AURP Peer2Peer Network 




Incubation/Acceleration: May 1, Sep 4, Nov 6 @ 2pm ET (No call in Jan)

A successful corporate incubator or accelerator depends upon three things: people, people, people. The heartbeat of every tech park and innovation district is the startups, whether commercializing a research project, a 4th year student project moving into the marketplace or a veteran tech genius with a new piece of code that changes lives. Let’s explore how do we move these startups through the ecosystem and scale into economic drivers for our communities.


Aaron Miscenich, MBAPresident and Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc.

Jim Currie, MBAPrincipal, JSCurrie, LLC; Manager, Training and Testing, University of Akron

Larry ShawChief Executive Officer of Knowledge Park, Inc. & Ignite Fredericton

Charlie D’Agostino, MBAImmediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park

CEO to CEO: Jan 9, May 8, Sep 11, Nov 13 @ 2 pm ET

The CEO peer group allows park executives to gather to create their own collaborative discussions and collection of best practices. This peer group of seasoned pros can be helpful to discuss how to keep the good times “rolling,” as well as how to manage any “difficult waters.”


Kevin Byrne,  MBA — Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation

Mason AilstockPresident, AURP; Vice President of Operations, The University Financing Foundation

Ellen Hemmerly — Past President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park

Greg Deason — Past President, AURP; Senior Vice President, Purdue Research Foundation; Executive Director, Purdue Foundry & Purdue Research Park

Business Development: Feb 8, Apr 12, Jun 14, Aug 9, Nov 15 @ 1 pm ET

This is an open forum meant for senior business development and sales professionals to discuss topics such as lead generation, FDI, closing deals, sales team training and more.


Jackie Kerby MoorePast President, AURP; Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Bruce WrightPast President, AURP; Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona

Facilities/Sustainability: Jan 16, Mar 20, May 15, Sep 18, Nov 20 @ 2pm ET

Facilities & Sustainability is one of the most complex elements of managing a university research park. This Peer2Peer group deals with issues such as new construction vs existing building, maintenance, renewal & replacement and sustainability of the physical infrastructure. Specialists join the group to explain and introduce the latest technology and solutions on financing, building management, communication, access systems, and recycling programs. The dark side of our responsibilities have to be addressed in our communities of innovation such as emergency response planning including lab and chemical handling, insurance, and risk management. The topics are endless in this Peer2Peer group!


Ken Marcus, MBADirector, University of Arizona Science & Technology Park; Chief Financial Officer, Tech Parks Arizona

Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.

Community/PlaceMaking: Feb 15, Apr 19, Jun 21, Aug 16, Dec 6 @ 2 pm ET

Research Parks and Innovation Districts are more than just bricks and mortar, it is the sense of community and collaboration that set them apart and become the magnetic force that draws people, projects, and companies to co-locate with the like minded. This meet-up covers the strategies, successes and failures of events and amenities, purposeful planning, and trends in the location and development of communities of innovation.


Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.

Ellen HemmerlyPast President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park

Strategic Marketing:  Jan 23, Mar 27, May 29, Sep 25, Nov 27 @ 2 pm ET

Tech marketing leaders will share their ideas and best practices in this peer group on relevant topics, such as branding, advertising, promotions, publications, metrics, social media and more.


Stephen FrayserSecretary, AURP; Executive Director, STAR Park at Texas State University

Jeanne MellVice President, AURP; Vice President of Marketing Communications & Community Engagement, The University City Science Center

Legacy and Large Research Parks:  Feb 22, Apr 26, Jun 28, Aug 23, Nov 29 @ 2 pm ET

NEW! Join up with our Legacy and Large Research Parks networking group which will cover a very unique set of challenges and opportunities. Whether it's considering new master plans, stakeholders or infrastructure, there is plenty to discuss and learn from others that share similar opportunities and challenges.


Scott Levitan President and CEO, Triangle Research Park

Bruce Wright Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona

Erin Koshut Director, Cummings Research Park

Non-Urban and Small Market Research Parks:  Feb 1, Apr 5, Jun 7, Aug 2, Nov 8 @ 2pm ET

NEW! Join up with our Non-Urban and Small Market Research Parks P2P group to learn how to be heard above the 500 pound gorillas in our niche marketplace and take advantage of the industry relationships active in your university. This sometimes daunting task now has forum for sharing and knowledge exchange.


Daniel Duncan - Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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