Jeff is one of the key leaders nationally involved with the creation of lasting venture ecosystems. Jeff has held senior leadership positions in nine startups and three Fortune 500 companies, and he has made more than 80+ angel investments into new ventures and small businesses either directly or through the funds he manages.
Jeff now leads Startup Junkie Consulting, Cadron Capital Partners, and the Tonic Regional Funds. Jeff served as Associate Vice Provost, Research and Economic Development, and Director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas until leaving to pursue Startup Junkie Consulting full-time in January 2015. His work at the University of Arkansas canvassed every aspect of the commercialization of life science, biotech, medical devices, healthcare information technology, pharma, and other areas of scientific and technical innovation.
Jeff is an adjunct professor and teaches entrepreneurship at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at University of Arkansas. From 2008-2017, Jeff was a retained advisor for Innovate Arkansas, a Winrock International program chartered with the creation and support of a knowledge-based economy in Arkansas and has accounted for $300+ million in public and private financing for Arkansas-based small businesses.
Prior to all of this, Jeff served six years as United States Air Force Officer, working in the Strategic Air Command as a missile launch officer and later in research and development acquisition. Jeff graduated from United States Naval Academy in 1984 and holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He is a certified Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP).