Jim Flowers – Executive Director
Regardless of your exact interest in VT KnowledgeWorks, you can start by contacting Jim. He will be, as appropriate, your tour guide, welcoming committee, program manager, counselor, advocate, critic, and friend. Jim screens new companies for admission to the program and is the principal counselor for new Member companies as they plan and execute their launches. He also conducts our Entrepreneurship Option workshops several times each year. Start by meeting him on YouTube then meet him in person at one of our Startup Chatup opportunities.
Jim's book: Moxie and Other Fundamental Entrepreneurial Concepts
Dr. Richard (Dick) Daugherty – Director of Strategic Services
Dr. Daugherty helps emerging and evolving technology-based businesses assess, quantify and prepare for the exploitation of their business opportunities; development of business strategy and preparation of documents needed for investor discussions. Typical projects involve gathering data needed for a company to make an intelligent decision about a market opportunity, its competition and the potential financial rewards associated with a market opportunity.
Conaway B. Haskins III – Director of Community Development
Conaway helps Virginia communities enhance their competitiveness in the global knowledge economy. He is primarily responsible for managing and overseeing statewide community economic development initiatives that leverage VT KnowledgeWorks resources, including the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurial Alliance. He also serves as executive director of the Virginia Community Economic Network, a statewide nonprofit that promotes innovative, creative and sustainable local entrepreneurship and economic development strategies that spur job creation, increase wealth-building, and enhance community vitality.
Lindsey Eversole – Outreach Manager
Lindsey oversees and manages the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, which offers university students and faculty, and companies from all over the world a chance to collaborate, exchange information, build relationships, and form partnerships. She plans and executes the Global Partnership Week, including the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and the university-to-university relationship roundtable. Her scope of responsibility also extends into other global outreach programs, media, publicity, and public relations.
Christine Spalding – Client Services Coordinator
Serving as facilitator, coordinator, and support to the Executive Director, Christine assures clients receive the utmost benefit from the comprehensive VT KnowledgeWorks suite of program services. Whether she is coordinating educational meetings, synthesizing strategic planning assistance, or orchestrating public relation services, she demonstrates dedication to her first priority – VT KnowledgeWorks clients. Her scope of responsibility also extends into financial management, event planning, program and publicity coordination, and office and building management.
Kevin Passarello – Innovator-in-Residence
Pathways to Innovation offers private, candid conversations with the new VT KnowledgeWorks Innovator-in-Residence, Kevin Passarello, about the opportunities for translating specific scientific developments into successful commercial products. Kevin is currently Counsel to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (BIR) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining BIR, Kevin co-founded two venture-backed technology companies in the enterprise software and mobile technology arenas with successful exits—and enjoyed backing from investors like Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, Hg Capital, and L Catterton. He later co-founded a $60 million private equity buyout fund with over $300 million in M&A transactions and, most recently, co-founded a predictive analytics company in the medical technology space. He is a serial entrepreneur with experience encompassing emerging companies and technology transactions; corporate finance; venture capital and private equity; intellectual property and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate law and governance; legislative and regulatory affairs; and not-for-profit organizations.