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Dr. James Simak

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The Innovator’s Voice

Hackathons and Shark Tanks don’t work as an experiential learning experience or effective ideation mechanism. The Innovator’s Voice competition was created as a better alternative.

The Innovator’s Voice was created as a competition to immerse students as well as corporate employees in design thinking, innovation, and ideation through a novel approach that is both purposeful and fun!

About James

Dr. James Simak is the Director of the Center for Organizational Research and Executive Education (CORE) and an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business & Technology. 

James brings more than 25 years of experience in software ventures, business development and product development.    He is an entrepreneurial leader and expert in startups, corporate innovation and strategic growth Initiatives.  As a CEO, James expanded the Jacksonville-based System Innovators Inc. to become an industry leader in payment technology for local governments across North America.    He continued his leadership role at Harris Computer as M&A portfolio leader for Utility, Public Safety and Local Government business groups.  James previously held leadership positions in several local startups as well as Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Computer Sciences Corporation, ECI Telecom, and General Dynamics.

James earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and continued graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his EMBA from Jacksonville University in 2008, and completed his Doctorate in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Economics in 2018.   

His research interests include entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and venturing, ecosystems and the economic impacts of new business formation.  He is an active member of the Academy or Management, IEEE Computer Society,  and the IEEE Power and Energy Society, and serves on multiple local boards and academic advisory committees.

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