Jerry Haar has resigned as director of Florida International University's Pino Global Entrepreneship Center but will remain a professor at FIU's College of Business and a senior fellow at the Pino Center.
Haar said he is looking forward to returning to teaching, spending more time on research -- he is writing a book on nnovation in emerging markets with a colleague at Georgetown -- and devoting more time to community engagement. He is particularly excited about an initiative he is working on with the Beacon Council's One Community One Goal to explore creation of a design and fashion incubator in Miami-Dade County. He also said he is also considering launching a boutique healthcare consulting company with several colleagues.
During Haar's two-plus years at the helm of Pino, the center significantly expanded its Americas Venture Capital Conference, added to the center's programming, such as the addition of webinars and "Coffee Breaks" for entrepreneurs as well as more workshops, and expanded partnerships within the community, including with SCORE Miami-Dade and MapYourStartup.com.
On a personal note, Jerry and the Pino Center have been a strong partner of the Miami Herald's Business Plan Challenge, one of my projects, for more than three years now. The Pino Center is our presenting sponsor, and I am grateful for the help and guidance we've received and will continue to receive from the Pino Center.