Jim Wasson

As a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute, Jim brings more than 37 years of experience in leading research, product development and technology commercialization in the electronics manufacturing industry, and has extensive experience in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors. His technical and business expertise include Strategic Business Planning, R&D/Product Development, Marketing/Business Development, Grant and Equity Financing, Patents/Licensing, and Project and Operations Management.

In 2010, Jim founded Growth Strategies International, LLC (GSI) to provide technology commercialization business consulting services. He advises entrepreneurs on how to develop their innovations into products and to take them to market. He assist clients with the development of SBIR and STTR proposals and focuses on helping clients develop and execute a commercialization strategy and a business plan to create partnerships, achieve acquisitions and obtain private capital funding. He founded and sold two successful high-tech businesses, including ProLink Inc., the world’s first patented GPS Golf Course Management System that raised several rounds of VC capital before it was acquired.

Before founding GSI, Jim was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems Inc. where he planned and directed new product development for 16 product lines with 600 engineers at 7 plants in the US and UK. He helped small businesses transition their technology into BAE Systems products, which often times led to subcontracts, licensing agreements, or acquisitions. Jim also created and led the BAE Systems Innovation Venture.

Jim served in a similar role as Director/Manager of Engineering, Program Management and Business Development Director at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) for 20 years. He also served as Chair of the University of Phoenix West Michigan Campuses Graduate Business and Management College and was an MBA Adjunct Professor for 15 years. In addition, he founded and sold two successful high-technology small businesses.

Jim holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Northrop University, and MBA from the University of Phoenix (UOP), and a PhD in International Business Administration from Stamford Hill University. In addition, Jim is an SBA certified SBIR/STTR Mentor and Trainer, PMI certified Project Management Professional and UOP certified Government Contracts Manager.