Dr. Jim Wasson is founder and President of Growth Strategies International, LLC (GSI) providing Technology Commercialization Consulting Services since 2010 to assist organizations in Strategic Planning, Business Development, R&D/Product Development, Project Management and Operations Management. Clients include the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Boeing, Honeywell, Qualcomm, Battelle, Bennett Aerospace, Orbital Research, Vital Strategies, etc.
Jim is currently under contract to University of South Carolina (USC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where he assists entrepreneurs in obtaining Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants and contracts and launching new products into the marketplace. In addition, he is under contract to Montana State University TechLink assisting in the development of a DoD SBIR/STTR Economic Impact Study and he supports the U.S. Navy SBIR Transition Program (STP). Previously, he was a technology commercialization consultant to the U.S. Air Force Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP).
Prior to GSI, Jim was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems Inc., Platform Solutions, where he planned and directed new product development portfolio for 16 product lines, overseeing 600 engineers at 7 international locations. He also created and led the BAE Systems Innovation Venture. He has over 20 years of experience as Director/Manager of Engineering Technology, Program Management and Business Development at GE Aviation (then Smiths Aerospace) and the Boeing Company (then McDonnell Douglas). In addition to GSI, he founded and managed several high-technology small businesses still in operation today.
Academically, Jim was Chair of the Graduate Business and Management College for the University of Phoenix West Michigan Campuses and was an MBA Adjunct Professor for 15 years. He earned a Ph.D. and MBA in International Business Administration and a BS in Engineering Technology. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Government Contracts Management Professional. He has published four textbooks and numerous technical papers.