UTPB FACULTY ELECTED TO WTCIC ADVISORY BOARD
Contact: Iris Foster, Interim Public Information Officer, 432-552-2806
Dr. Leslie Toombs of UTPB’s School of Business was elected to the West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization (WTCIC) Advisory Board. She is a professor of management who holds the Pinkie Roden Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University.
This coalition chooses candidates from West Texas as potential recipients of Texas Emerging Technology Funds (TETF). A year ago, TETF Director Alan Kirchhoff joined WTCIC Executive Director Steve Anderson on campus to award a $2 million check to Midland business Turbo Trac, Inc. A portion of that award ($84,234.58) went to UTPB for the assistance provided by Dr. Toombs and Dr. Raj Desai, director of the Engineering and Technology Program.
During quarterly meetings, she and the other members of the coalition advisory board will be screening applications similar to that from Turbo Trac. Dr. Toombs has supervised MBA capstone classes on campus where students have worked with inventors and analyzed whether projects could be successfully commercialized. Of those class projects, Falcon International and Turbo Trac have been funded to take ideas to the marketplace.
Since Dr. Toombs heads the entrepreneurship concentration at UTPB, she offers her students a cross section of academics and hands-on business experience through the Roden Center. When she learned of her selection, she said she was honored to have the opportunity to work with people from area industries. After earning her Doctor of Business Administration (management) from Louisiana Tech University, she served on the faculties of the University of Arkansas—Fort Smith, Rockhurst University, and UT-Tyler. As executive vice president of CMR Creative Marketing Resources, Inc., Dr. Toombs has consulted with many businesses. She has also authored numerous articles and case studies for professional journals.
Recently, she and her co-authors received the McGraw-Hill Irwin Distinguished Paper Award for a paper to be presented at the 2010 Southwest Case Research Association Conference. Among the offices she holds is proceedings editor for The Academy of Management and vice president of publications for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).