Dr. Rodney S. Ridley, Sr. is the Executive Director & Distinguished Professor of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Under his leadership, it has expanded its mission to include creating and running the businesses of the future. He is the founding Director of the Wilkes Business Incubator and Technology Transfer Office. Prior to his current position, he was Director of & Associate Professor in the Engineering & Physics Division at Wilkes University. Prior to joining Wilkes, he held the positions of Engineering Director at Velox Semiconductor, Vice-President of Technology at Data Friendly Inc, and Principal Engineer & Key Technologist at Fairchild Semiconductor. His research interests include semiconductors, nanotechnology, biotechnology and intellectual property management. He actively consults in these areas with companies like GE and Texas Instruments. He holds 27 patents, authored numerous articles, has been a keynote speaker and serves on several boards & committees. He holds a PhD in Engineering Science & Mechanics and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Penn State University. He also received a B.S. degree in Physics from Lincoln University (PA).
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Charles J. Pierce is the Assistant Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Prior to his current position, he held various consulting positions at the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was the most recent Assistant Director/Interim Director. He earned the prestigious ASBDC State Star Award for Pennsylvania in 2012, which is given to recognize the best employee in the Pennsylvania SBDC network. Prior to joining Wilkes, he owned his own small business, which had him in direct contact with many local real estate offices as a property maintenance specialist. His areas of expertise center on small business continuity services, financial analysis and valuations, and general small business operations. He has conducted many local seminars on topics within these areas and has also presented and partnered with many local economic development agencies.
He holds an MBA and a BBA with a concentration in finance and marketing, both from Wilkes University. He also holds specialized training in community and economic development, disaster preparedness, and machinist services.
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Gerald A. Ephault is the Executive-in-Residence of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Mr. Ephault also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. He previously served as Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee of Wilkes University's Engineering and Physics Department. His relevant business experience includes technology transfer and entrepreneurial development activities as the Pocono Regional Manager for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh University; and previously as Plant Manager for a major book manufacturing corporation. He received a MBA from Marywood University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Scranton.
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