Macricostas Lecture Series

A businessman who was hailed by Inc. Magazine as “The Next Bill Gates” for his revolutionary approach to providing high-quality software services gave the Macricostas Entrepreneurship Lecture in the Science Building on May 12. Douglas K. Mellinger spoke on “Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today's Challenging Economic Environment.” at Western Connecticut State University. Mellinger was still in his 20s when he founded PRT Group Inc., a company that created a “near-shore” development center to build solutions to clients’ complicated software problems. The center was based in Barbados and brought together top-flight engineers in one low-cost place near most of PRT’s U.S. customers. PRT, which later became Enherent, was known for building collaborations with its clients so that the best solutions could be developed on time and under budget. He has since moved on to found an investment company and a firm that provides support services to private foundations. Mellinger is currently vice chairman of that company, called Foundation Source. The annual lecture series is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie. Before the lecture, Joseph Platano, president of WestCo Scientific Instruments in Danbury, was named WCSU Entrepreneur of the Year. Platano will work with business students in various class settings over the next year.

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