Mr. Stavig holds a BS in Business from the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has over 15 years of experience in management consulting, private equity and industry. John has served as the Professional Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management since 2005, where he leads the development and delivery of experiential curriculum and programs. Most recently, he served as the CFO and board member for an early-stage communications firm acquired by Verizon. As a founding principal of a $100 million private equity fund, he sourced and managed investments in early-stage communications firms. John also served as CEO, CFO and board member for several start-up and early-stage technology firms. In these roles, John raised more than $300 million in capital and led numerous investments, acquisitions and divestitures. As a Principal at Gemini Consulting and Arthur Andersen, he provided strategic and financial consulting services to senior executives in Fortune 1000 firms in the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa. John resides in Long Lake, MN with his wife and three children.