Jon has been a principal and managing director at TIP Strategies since 2000. He helped transition the company from its Texas-based site selection practice to an economic strategy firm with major national recognition. His portfolio includes planning work from New York to California, with significant regional projects in the Mississippi Delta, Seattle’s Puget Sound, and in the Great Lakes area.
Prior to joining TIP, Jon was the director of business development first for the State of Washington and then under Governor Ann Richards for the State of Texas. During the transition to Governor Bush’s tenure he helped restructure the state’s economic development organization and then co-authored the new strategic plan for the State of Texas
Jon also has deep ties to the state of Oregon. He was vice-president with the Oregon Technology Fund and was the lead investor for the Hood River Brewing Company (Full Sail), which continues to hold a prominent place in the craft brewing industry. He also managed two start-up technology companies: Fiberlite Composites and LifePort Inc. LifePort was subsequently acquired by Sikorsky.
Jon has served on the boards of several startup technology companies and on state task forces and gubernatorial committees. He has lectured in business at the University of Washington, the University of Texas, and was on the faculty at Marylhurst College in Portland, Oregon. Jon was also the founder of a mountain bike company in Portland: the Fat Tire Farm, which now operates multiple retail outlets.
Born and raised in Germany, Jon has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. He resides in Austin but spends his summers in Bend, Oregon.