NEXT Lab Oversight Committee Member
Jim Porter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, then earned an MBA from Harvard University. Later, he attended Stanford University’s Advanced Management Program and Babson College’s Entrepreneurial Education Program. Porter has always maintained a healthy mix of commercial business and “give back” activities. He was a principal participant in two early stage companies and direct Wall Street public company fundraising of about $500 million. His extensive merger and acquisition experience is a result of his role as direct principal in 34 mergers. He served for five years as entrepreneur-in-residence on the College of Business Administration faculty at Abilene Christian University, and participates in the McFerrin Entrepreneurship Program at Texas A&M. A former Air Force captain and trustee of ACU, he manages a portfolio of investments in early stage companies comprised mainly of technology firms and commercial banks. He is the principal and owner of Porter Capital Partners and serves as a member of the NEXT Lab Oversight Committee.