Ed is a a life-long entrepreneur, investor, inventor and community builder.
His accomplishments include:
His highlights of his extensive experience with evidence-based entrepreneurship include:
As a long-time member of the Atlanta startup community he has had the pleasure of serving the community in many different capacities. He regularly participates as a Mentor/coach/teacher in several programs offered by local incubators, accelerators and university business school programs. He is also an angel investor in local technology startups.
Robert K. Kazanjian is currently Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Organization and Management.
From 2010-2017, he served as Vice Dean for Programs, and for part of 2014, he acted as interim Dean. He was also Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education with responsibility for all non-degree programs at Goizueta from 2002-2004. Prior to his appointment at Emory, Rob was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan. More recently, he was a Visiting Professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Rob received his Ph.D. in Organization and Strategy as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an AB in economics (with honors) from Hamilton College.
Rob has authored a number of articles in such journals as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies and Journal of Business Venturing. He is the co-author or co-editor of two books: Strategy Implementation: Structure, Systems and Process with Jay R. Galbraith (West Publishing); and The Search for Organic Growth with Ed Hess (Cambridge University Press). Since 1999, he has received 15 Teaching Excellence awards from full-time, part-time and executive MBA students at Goizueta.
Rob has consulted and done executive education work in the areas of strategy, strategic change, organization design and innovation with firms such as SunTrust, General Electric, General Motors, The Home Depot, Boston Scientific Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Singapore Airlines, IBM, Acer, Westinghouse, Abbott Labs, Exxon, Lockheed Martin, Tyco, and Siemens North America. He has regularly taught in senior executive programs across the US, as well as in Asia.
Kurt Ronn is a successful serial entrepreneur. While in college, his first startup serviced major corporations in the area of financial reporting. Following college, Ronn enjoyed a successful central merchandising and retail career with Macy’s. He was an early internet pioneer and principle with one of the East Coast's largest website development companies, which was sold to MindSpring. Ronn founded HRworks, developed the company's proprietary process, large-scale recruitment software/services for Fortune 500 companies and Private Equity groups. He helped found the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPOA) organization and is an expert of recruitment compliance and military transitioning employment. Following the successful exit of HRworks, in 2009, Ronn founded AGD Ventures to a focus on “for good, for profit” entrepreneurship and startup methodology. Additionally, as fellow and partner, Ronn was instrumental in developing a more reliable innovation process with the Flashpoint @ Georgia Tech accelerator. He participated with the initial Emory Startup Launch.
Ronn is active in the community, on the boards of local, statewide, industry, arts, corporations and charitable organizations. He was statewide President and Chair of the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation, focused on improving student success: graduation. Ronn founded CHARITYworks foundation while at HRworks and is the recipient of Atlanta Rotary’s highest honor, the “Service Above Self” award for outstanding service contributions to Atlanta. He is on Blue Ridge, Georgia’s Downtown Development Agency, economic development committee.
Currently, Kurt Ronn is focused on democratizing innovation-for-all. The new Blue Ridge, Georgia startup studio, North Georgia Innovation, is a research center and practical model for driving innovation, big-problem solving, and job creation outside of traditional markets. He is focused on helping a million entrepreneurs, working-class individuals, and the underserved in rural and urban markets, live better lives through innovation.
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