What do science and business have in common? Join the School of Science and the School of Economics and Business Administration to hear three entrepreneurs tell their stories and recount their experiences of how a science background is an excellent basis for starting a business. Learn the importance of using science, creativity and business knowledge to develop a rewarding career.
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Location: Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity Center
1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA
Time:5:30 p.m. - Registration
6 - 7 p.m. - Panel Discussion
7 - 7:30 p.m. - Q&A and Closing
Event Hosted By: The Center for Regional Economy, the School of Economics and Business Administration and the School of Science.
RSVP: Registration Requested.
(Business Administration Students - Please RSVP and make sure you sign in at the event entrance to receive your Gateway Key Pass.)
After graduating from SMC, John Macken started working with lasers in the aerospace industry. At the age of 26 he started working nights in his garage developing laser-related scientific instruments, which he intended to eventually manufacture. Two years later he quit his aerospace job and started a company with his brother. Over the next 20 years the company grew to 240 employees, with Macken as its president. Many of the products were based on Macken’s inventions (36 patents). He then split the company to concentrate on the laser material processing. He eventually sold the business, but he still owns a small laser-related company, which two of his sons now run. Macken has published many journal articles, as well as the book The Universe Is Only Spacetime.
Thomas Loker is a startup consultant and advisor at SYDK.ORG, angel investor, mentor and advisor at Keiretsu Forum & Venture-Med. He is an active board a member in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Tom has written numerous articles in the areas of healthcare, technology, politics and the economy. He maintains a passion for serving the underserved and has founded, supported and worked in various companies in science, technology and healthcare industries. Over his career, he has mentored more than 200 startups. Prior to his latest book, The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America, Loker published “Delusional Ravings of a Lunatic Mind”—a collection of essays on healthcare, politics and their interaction with the economy. He has a BS in Life Sciences and a microbiology degree from Georgetown University.
Gint Federas held various sales and marketing positions at AT&T, then moved to the medical device space. At Fitting Image, he launched a new product line that ramped from $0 to $100 million in retail sales in just two years. In 2009, Gint recruited senior management and raised $1 billion to lead an acquisition bid for Saturn Motors Division of GM. Gint is currently an angel investor refining business models and raising capital for cleantech startups. In addition, Gint runs a Vulture Fund investing in turnaround situations and taking an active role in operations management. He earned a Saint Mary’s Executive MBA in 2003, complementing a BS in Biochemistry and BA in Psychology earned from UCLA at 18 years old.
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