Mr. Stubbs holds a joint appointment as the Director of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center and Director of Technology Commercialization for the Illinois Small Business Development Center within the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University. The centers have a shared mission to promote business startup and growth. Mr. Stubbs manages the overall operations of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center (PNIC); and, as Director of Technology Commercialization, facilitates the commercialization and acceleration of technology generated by the region’s manufacturers, businesses, academic community, technology research centers, and entrepreneurs.
PNIC is a 48,000 square foot technology incubator built in 2007. The facility was built as a community asset to help bring together regional healthcare, education, research and development, commercialization, and business resources to drive innovation in Central Illinois. As Director, Mr. Stubbs provides the strategic vision, marketing, recruiting, and fundraising of the center.
As Director of Technology Commercialization, Mr. Stubbs helps companies navigate the convergence of business and technology to meet the evolving needs and wants of customers. This includes providing support in identifying, evaluating, and pursuing technology commercialization projects that lead to innovative products and services. Mr. Stubbs’ mission is to retain and support companies in Central Illinois through promoting and supporting technology commercialization. Mr. Stubbs has extensive experience in assisting clients with the financial and economic implications of intellectual property - including patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Throughout his career, Mr. Stubbs has pursued opportunities with a focus on innovation. Prior to joining Bradley University, Mr. Stubbs was a Managing Director of FTI Consulting, Inc.’s Intellectual Property practice in Chicago, IL. His eight years of experience at FTI centered on assisting large companies and universities with intellectual property engagements, including valuing patents and other intellectual property. Mr. Stubbs has had the unique opportunity of working on intellectual property matters for which FTI was retained by entities including Apple, Adobe, Stryker, Gilead, University of California-Davis, and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Throughout this experience, he has assisted companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, agriculture, handheld device, consumer electronics, and automotive industries, among others. Prior to FTI Consulting, Mr. Stubbs was employed by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP in Chicago, IL.
Mr. Stubbs is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Illinois. He is deemed Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, specialized in Business and Intellectual Property Damages (MAFF) issued by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Stubbs received his Master of Accounting Science and his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Stubbs was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois and is proud to call Central Illinois his home.