President and CEO
As an entrepreneur for the past 30 years, Courtney Price founded VentureQuest, utilizing her background and experience to lead and direct high-growth organizations toward new and higher revenue streams. To do this, she helps them capitalize on developing people, market opportunities, and commercializing technology. The firm works with high growth companies, federal laboratories, and universities world-wide to better commercialize and extract value from their innovation to produce bottom line impact.
In the early 90s, Price founded the Entrepreneurial Education Foundation in Kansas City and co-founded FastTrac, which was selected to have the best materials for entrepreneurship training in the United States. Her innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization programs have been utilized by more than 200,000 professionals in business environments worldwide. Price was the first Scholar-in-Residence at The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Kansas City. She is an internationally recognized expert in mentoring and executive development and directs the renowned Committee of 200 Mentoring/Protégé program.
As an author and national syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard Newspapers, her weekly column Entrepreneurs Ask, appeared in more than 350 newspapers nationwide. She has written more than 10 books on entrepreneurship, corporate venturing, and innovation. She currently serves on several boards, is the Executive Mentoring Director for the Committee of 200 and is a visiting professor at colleges and universities around the globe.
Mack Davis is a Partner and one of the founding members of the VentureQuest team. Davis has been an active entrepreneur, educator, and author for more than 40 years. The businesses that he initiated and helped start include a high-tech venture, a menswear retailing chain, an entrepreneur consulting firm, an import/export fly fishing company, and a not-for-profit entrepreneurial education foundation.
As an educator, Davis was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Californias Marshall School of Business and the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Creativity at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He also served as a guest lecturer and advisor for University of Colorado Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Currently, he is a visiting professor at M.B.A. programs and the Engineering Entrepreneur program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Davis has coauthored seven books on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization and is now professor emeritus of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Southern California.
From 1995 to 2000, Davis was the co-director of Entrepreneurial Education Foundation funded by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. The Foundation has trained more than 200,000 entrepreneurs in writing feasibility and business plans in 40 U.S. states, Australia, Canada, and Sweden.