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Faculty Associate and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Program

Bret Golann

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Brett Golann
Bret Golann
Faculty Associate and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Program
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Prior to earning a Ph.D. in management and marketing for entrepreneurial firms at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bret Golann spent fourteen years managing service and manufacturing operations and sales, mostly in technology businesses including IBM and small companies. Bret was also a product manager with responsibilities for market analysis, product development, and sales for a small entrepreneurial company that developed refractometers, optical quality assurance instruments for food processing, medical, and industrial applications. 

As a business professor Bret developed courses and launched the technology commercialization, managing growth, and entrepreneurship concentrations at the University of Maine and the University of Vermont. At Green Mountain College, Bret taught M.B.A. courses focused on sustainability in the areas of marketing, operations, and strategy. In over twenty years of teaching experience he has also taught marketing and sales, market research, consumer behavior, quality assurance, and operations management courses. 

Bret is the founder and past president of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance, a non-profit technology business development organization. He was the founder of the Family Business Initiative at UVM and serves on several business and non-profit boards, including the Maine Investment Exchange and the Vermont Investor Forum, not-for profits that brought investors together with growing entrepreneurial businesses in need of investment funding. Bret is also a director on the board of Cochran’s Ski Area, the first (intentionally) non-profit ski area in the country. The goal is to provide skiing and ski racing opportunities to kids from families with modest income levels.

Bret is currently writing a book on leading and managing through the challenges of rapid growth in smaller, entrepreneurial companies, which will be published by Praeger Publishing.

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