I wanted to annouce that we have a new Director here at the Center for Business Development, Ron Duggins. Ron comes from the business incubator from Enid, Oklahoma, and will take over starting February.
Here is his bio sketch -
Dr. Ron Duggins is putting his background and experiences to work for local entrepreneurs. Just as many entrepreneurs have diverse work backgrounds, Dr. Duggins professional background includes entrepreneurship development and research, economic development work, export assistance, vocational training in developing countries, pest control, and publishing.
Prior to employment at Meridian, Dr. Duggins was the initial Coordinator for the James W. Strate Center for Business Development at Autry Technology Center in Enid, Oklahoma. During his time in Enid, Dr. Duggins was involved in the planning and construction of a new 18,000 sq. foot incubator facility and was responsible for managing a total of nearly 28,000 sq. feet of incubator space. Dr. Duggins had also previously worked in Stillwater at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in multiple roles included activity in the Business and Industry Services Division as well as the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center (CIMC).
His wife, Jane, is a native of Brazil and they have a 3 year old daughter named Lilian. Dr. Duggins volunteers his time working with Christian based non-profits that seek to provide technical and logistical assistance to organizations and individuals seeking self-sufficiency through spiritual, education, agriculture, and entrepreneurship programs.
Dr. Duggins holds an English degree and an MBA Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Occupational and Adult Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in International Studies from Oklahoma State University.
Ron strengthens our offerings in a number of areas, including international trade, particularly in Brazil. As one of the key "BRIC" member states [Brazil, Russia, India, China] this is a huge market that could be opened to your products. (We will have to ask him about the 'pest control' part!)