Jean Evans has extensive experience in early-stage startups and mid-market companies.
Evans is the owner and principal of the outsourced CFO/COO firm Evans and Associates, a consulting company that works with CEOs and business owners to streamline their operations and help them grow. The company focuses on strengthening businesses by providing management and operations consultancy, financial operations planning, build-to-sell initiatives, turnaround strategy, transition and exit planning and software analysis/strategic conversions for maximum, effective outcomes.
She has executive experience in private industry, public accounting and extensive experience in early-stage startups and mid-market companies with revenue of more than $150 million.
"I am honored to join Texas Tech University and do what I truly have a passion for," Evans said. "I look forward to supporting startups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in West Texas, along with having a positive impact on the overall community."
In her new role as associate managing director, Evans will manage operations for the Innovation Hub and its Accelerator program. She is charged with strengthening and developing programs and resources for both emerging and experienced interdisciplinary startup teams, expanding the university's innovation and entrepreneurship culture and developing and implementing a sustainable industry-relations effort with university partners, companies, nonprofits and governmental organizations.
Evans moved to Lubbock from Boca Raton, Florida, where she was actively involved as a mentor with Florida Atlantic University's Technology Business Incubator and Accelerator. She was a founding investor/mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Now acclimated to Lubbock, Evans is becoming active in this community as well. She currently serves as a mentor for the Innovation Hub's Innovate Texas Tech (iTTU) Mentor Program, as an ambassador for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer for the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Program.
"I look forward to Jean's contribution to our innovation ecosystem," said Kimberly Gramm, associate vice president of innovation & entrepreneurship. "She has decades of experience working as a CFO in industry, developing high-impact operation teams and running her own business. Working with startups is her passion. She will be a great addition to the team."