Based in Houston, Ken Jones is a Principal Consultant of Allen Austin. Ken works with a wide range of clients in the technology, industrial, manufacturing, private equity and financial services industries. His mix of clients is quite diverse, ranging from conceptual stage, start-up companies to large companies where the application of entrepreneurial thinking is needed. Ken’s work with start-up companies has resulted in a significant economic impact, creating more than 5000 new jobs and over $1 billion in annual revenues in Texas.
Prior to joining Allen Austin, Ken held senior leadership roles at the University of Houston. Most recently, he was Executive Director of the Center for Industrial Partnerships, responsible for commercializing the University’s intellectual property portfolio through licensing of the technologies and/or through start-up ventures. He was also responsible for managing various business incubators, wet labs facilities, and the University’s iCorps site, which employs the Lean Start-Up Module to support the very early stages of product and business development.
Ken also served as Director of the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Houston for nine years. During his tenure, The Wolff Center was ranked the nation’s number one undergraduate entrepreneurship program for public universities by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship Magazine and was ranked in the top five programs nationally for six consecutive years. Under Ken’s leadership, the Wolff Center facilitated the startup of over 260 businesses in Texas.
For more than 30 years, Ken’s passion for entrepreneurship, both as an active practitioner and trusted advisor has allowed him to help business owners achieve exciting successes, as well as guide them through difficult times, identifying core strategies designed to confront the challenges of ever changing markets, customer dynamics and team chemistry. Ken is a graduate of Bucknall University in Pennsylvania and received a graduate degree in business from the University of Houston.
Ken and his wife Carla are long time Houstonians. They have four children and one grandchild. Carla and Ken are very active in the community. Ken serves as a member of the board for The Lung Cancer Alliance, as an advisory board member with the Houston Small Business Development Center and the Houston office of the SBA. He is a national speaker and instructor on entrepreneurship, and teaches an entrepreneurial start-up program at Houston Community College working with adults looking to start a business.