SC SBDC welcomes new technology commercialization specialist
The South Carolina SBDC welcomes Dr. Jim Wasson as our new technology commercialization specialist. Wasson will assist small businesses and university research partners in identifying and winning federal Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants. He will also provide consulting assistance in commercialization, growth strategies, financing, IP strategies, business management, government contracting, networking and business development.
Wasson comes to the SC SBDC from Growth Strategies International (GSI), a management consulting firm that assists entrepreneurs in the creation and expansion of businesses. At GSI, Wasson worked with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy providing assistance on the SBIR Commercialization Readiness Program. He also provided composite manufacturing engineering project management support and training on the 787 Dreamliner program for Boeing South Carolina.
Prior to relocating to the Charleston area in 2010, he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems, a major aerospace and defense company, where he planned and directed new product development and created and led the Innovation Venture in the U.S. and Europe. Wasson has 20 years of experience as Director of Program Management and Business Development at Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) and McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing).
Wasson, who was Chairman of the Graduate Business and Management College for the University of Phoenix in West Michigan and an MBA Adjunct Professor for 15 years has published several textbooks. Wasson has also founded and operated several successful high-tech small businesses.
“We are pleased to welcome Jim to our network. We are fortunate to have a consultant with his wide range of experience,” said Michele Abraham, SC SBDC state director. “He will be a great assist to SBDC clients as our state’s knowledge economy grows.”