Don Piper (Illumeo)
Finance and Accounting
Over the past 25 years Don has started a dozen companies including an oil production company, a retail franchise, a software company, an Internet navigation business, and an investment bank. During this period he helped mentor more than 500 aspiring entrepreneurs through the early stages of developing and launching their business concepts.
Don Piper is a former member of the core faculty and Entrepreneurship Discipline Lead at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the first institution to offer a “green” or sustainable MBA degree program. He taught the capstone course for the MBA Program, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship.
He was previously a Mentor-in-Residence at the #1 Ranked McGuire Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Arizona, where he was recognized by Fortune Small Business and CNN/Money as “top in the field by colleagues, students, and entrepreneurs.”
Prior to entering academia, he helped create two angel capital funds at TriState Investment Group and was Chairman of the Board of The Phoenix, a research management company and ntouch research, a site management organization. Don’s specialty is in helping emerging growth companies navigate the path from inception through adolescence with a special focus on sustainability, conscious business and performance management.
MS/MBA Management, Marine Resources Management : Texas A&M University - [1973 to 1975]
BS Geology/Oceanography, Geology/Oceanography : Duke University - [1969 to 1973]