Bill Jones oversees Venture Creation's operations as the incubator's Executive Director. His approach is to operate Venture Creations like a business with the primary goal of developing successful businesses stemming from RIT.
Bill first came to RIT in 2008 as a part-time consultant working with Venture Creations' businesses, then served as the manager of business development when the NYSERDA Clean Energy Incubator was established in December 2009.
Bill is an experienced entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and additional graduate courses in finance and business administration from RIT. Bill founded and managed FM Technologies, a facilities design and project management company, which merged with XX in 2004. Bill has a long history of facilities and project management working with a variety of organizations, including Syracuse University, Catholic University, University of Maryland, Harris RF Communications, Kodak, Xerox, and Frontier Communications.
Manager, Business Development, Adjunct Professor
Saunders College of Business
Rich serves as Manager of Business Development for Venture Creations, a role in which he helps companies advance their businesses and business concepts through a combination of coaching, consulting, and making connections. Rich is also an Adjunct Professor at the Saunders College of Business; teaching classes in technology commercialization, small business consulting, and strategy.
At the Saunders College, Rich leads a student consulting business which employs MBA students as co-ops and deploys them on a fee-for-service basis to companies in the Rochester area. Rich brings the Saunders connection to Venture Creations through the Student Engagement Program which connects RIT students with Venture Creations' companies.
Rich is a seasoned new products and innovation professional with a track record of successfully commercializing new products. He has worked in a wide variety of functional areas and has moved new products through the lifecycle from conceptualization to launch and, ultimately through discontinuance.
Rich is a graduate of the University of Rochester's Simon School holding an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. He is holds a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.