Faculty Associate and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Program
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.
Entrepreneurial dreams to action! Launching and leading new ventures is the focus now. Students develop real-world launch plans for their own new ventures to achieve market success plus the internal leadership and processes to cope effectively with the challenges of rapid new venture growth. Examples include: Leadership and learning how to "conduct the orchestra" - instead of trying to play every instrument yourself. How does the entrepreneur's day change as the company changes? Getting the right people in the right seats: finding, hiring, and motivating the best people you need to support success. Delivering consistent value to customers: Getting it right the first time, every time. Other topics include: Effective pricing strategies for growth. Where to find the funding you need to grow your venture. Proactive risk management - how to reduce and cope with the uncertainty, risks, and change of leading new ventures? Students are expected to begin the course with a clear idea for a new venture. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a previous entrepreneurship course plus instructor permission.