Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development; Visiting Assistant Professor of Management
Jon joined Loyola in 2014 as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management. Jon currently teaches Entrepreneurial Strategy, Entrepreneurial Finance, and leads the teaching team for Loyola's Lean Launchpad and technology commercialization program in partnership with NASA. He also runs the IDEAcorps MBA Consulting Challenge, start-up internship placement programs, and the College of Business's Angel Fund partnership. Additionally, he leads the college's efforts to develop curricular and continuing education programs in software development.
As a practitioner, Jon is an expert in entrepreneurial finance and growth strategy. His diverse experience combines knowledge as an organizer of professional investors and business lender with skills gained as an interim CFO, business advisor, board member and strategic consultant to deliver unique business insights in guiding and financing growth oriented companies. In addition to his roll as founding Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship Jon currently serves as Fund Executive for Lagniappe Angels, LLC, an active group of early stage angel investors.
As the Founding Director of the Loyola Entrepreneurship program, Jon has led the development of an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and an MBA specialization, brought Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad methodology to Loyola, developed a technology commercialization program with NASA, licensed and developed the IDEAcorps MBA Consulting Challenge, and focused on creating career pathways for Loyola students to value creating, high impact, jobs in local start-ups.
A "recovering banker," he started his career in finance as a commercial banker for Hancock Bank and then ran the state office for New York based alternative lender, Trufund Financial Services. Prior to joining Loyola, He taught finance classes at Tulane and is the founder of the Changemaker Institute, a social entrepreneurship incubator at Tulane. He has also worked with Propeller and Idea Village in a variety of roles, helping develop acceleration and incubation programs and educate entrepreneurs.
As both a leader in the angel investment community and an educator, Jon believes that professionalization of local early stage capital, focus on developing a local innovation-ready workforce and connecting entrepreneurship to the Gulf region's legacy industries can have a profound impact on our local economy and community.