Dolan School Entrepreneurship Program Continues to Grow

As Dolan’s Entrepreneurship Program continues to grow, more alumni and local business professionals have been brought on board to lend their expertise and mentor students through the program.

Over the past few years, the Dolan School has welcomed the following alumni and local business professionals to join faculty in the classroom to create authentic learning experiences for students studying entrepreneurship: Entrepreneur-in-Residence Chris Hamer, founder and CEO of CrowdFlik, Inc; Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scott DePetris, founding member of Portware, LLC; and Investor-in-Residence Phil Cagnassola ’92, founder of Frasier Capital.

Most recently a new Executive-in-Residence position was created and the Dolan School welcomed John Dretler, a highly successful sales executive with 30 years of experience in his field, to join management professors in the classroom and to mentor students as part of the School’s Entrepreneurship Program and extracurricular activities.

So far this year, Dretler has worked with students in Assistant Professor of Management Jeff Moretz’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management class. In his role as Executive-in-Residence, Dretler will continue to mentor student teams participating in the annual entrepreneurship competition, Fairfield StartUp Showcase, as well as work with students in other classes.