John Stavig

Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship


  • BS 1986
    University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

  • MBA 1991
    University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

John directs the activities within the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and is primarily responsible for leading the outreach activities and implementation of new curriculum. John's professional background is in management consulting, private equity, and the communications industry. Most recently, he served as the CFO and director of an early-stage communications firm acquired by Verizon. As a founding principal of a $100 million private equity fund, he sourced and managed investments in numerous early-stage communications firms. John also served as CEO, CFO and board member for several start-up and early-stage technology firms. In these roles, John raised more than $300 million in capital and led numerous investments, acquisitions and divestitures. As a Principal at Gemini Consulting and Arthur Andersen, he provided strategic and financial consulting services to senior executives in Fortune 1000 firms in the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa. In his role at the Holmes Center, John works with student and alumni entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas. He has served as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Wharton, and Minnesota Cup business plan competitions.

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