The George Washington University
Founder, GW Business Plan Competition
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Primary interest is in entrepreneurship and fostering the formation and growth of new enterprises by students. Rollins taught the entrepreneurship course in the GW School of Business from 2001 to 2010. In 2008 he conceived and founded the GW Business Plan Competition which has grown significantly and is now among the top 10 largest university business plan competitions in the country. Rollins served on the GW School of Business Board of Advisors from 2000 to 2011 where he was Vice Chair from 2006 to 2011. He currently serves as an advisor to the GW Business Plan Competition.
In 2003 Rollins founded and served as Chairman of StreamCenter, Inc., an e-learning video production and streaming enterprise, where he was CEO from 2008 to 2010 when it was acquired by a national media firm. After founding AZTECH Software Corporation in the punch card era, Rollins served for 30 years as CEO and Chairman as the company reinvented itself five times and grew to be the largest software firm in the non-profit association space. He also serves on several national, regional, and community non-profit boards. These include the National Park Trust, Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and the Perry Street Prep Public Charter School.
Rollins earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his bachelors at Dartmouth. He and his wife live in DC.
Michael was Chief Scientist for the National Park System for 12 years, responsible for technical programs and policies protecting 391 national park units (84 M acres) that host one-quarter billion visits annually. He retired from public service in 2007.
His tenure in Washington DC saw a doubling of the National Park Service’s science-based resource protection capabilities and an increased role for academe in national park research. He was a key architect of the Natural Resource Challenge—the NPS vision for approaching the next century of rapid environmental change. Designed to make NPS authoritative on the resources it manages, that program initiated a 13-agency Cooperative Ecosystem Studies (CESU) Network with over 300 academic partners, a network of 19 Research Learning Centers, and a long-term faunal/floral inventory and monitoring system for the 270 natural resource parks.
Previously, Michael was Director of Research at Everglades National Park and lead technical negotiator in the successful four-year U.S. v. Florida litigation to restore Everglades water quality.
He received his B.S. from the University of Richmond, VA, and his doctorate in limnology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His personal research targeted lake and marsh biogeochemistry and restoration.
A past President and CEO of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park he currently he serves on several Boards and as Director of Science for Schoodic Institute. He continues to explore the role that national parks--as superb natural laboratories and inspirational sites for lifelong learning--can play for greater impact on the future landscape.
He lives in Blue Hill, Maine.
Michael Carper serves as Principal of Conocarpum Advisors LLC, a privately held consulting services company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Conocarpum serves the needs of companies operating in the telecommunications, intellectual property, technology development and capital management industries. Mr. Carper also serves as President of United Wireless Holdings, Inc. based in Austin, Texas. Through his director and officer roles with United Wireless, he has full responsibility for the leadership and management of the operations, corporate development and legal functions for this group of data communications, mobile messaging and technology licensing companies.
Dave Markarian focuses on providing representation and pursuing solutions to optimize corporate value in complex competitive and regulated industries, including those focused on energy and technology. He serves as Senior Policy Advisor to EnergySavvy, a Seattle-based technology company and previously led teams at NextEra Energy, Inc. pursuing clean energy policy initiatives. His track record includes success in business, as well as in legal and governmental-regulatory arenas.
Ronnie Gathers was named The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, MD, in 2007. Prior to that, he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of Facility Operations for the department. Formerly, he was with M-NCPPC’s Montgomery County Parks Department and the U.S. Army Recreation Department.
Mr. Gathers has connected with Prince George’s County communities to develop strategic partnerships, and has worked with staff to emphasize customer service, community engagement, health and wellness programs, and services for youth and seniors.
Mr. Gathers holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Recreation from South Carolina State University, a Master's Degree in Administrative Management from Bowie State University and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is also a member of the National Park Trust Board of Trustees.