Richard H. Lester
Executive Director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
Dick holds the titles of Clinical Professor in The Mays Business School and Executive Director of The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship both at Texas A&M University. The McFerrin Center operates as a hub of entrepreneurial activities at Texas A&M through creation and management of such programs as 3 Day Startup, Startup Aggieland, Ideas Challenge, MBA Venture Challenge, the Aggie 100, Aggies in Business, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, amongst many others. He received his Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, an EMBA from the University of Houston and a B.S. from Wright State University. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice amongst others. Prior to his academic career Dick spent 20+ years in organizations that range from a Fortune 250 conglomerate to a mid-sized privately held corporation. The majority of his experience has been in the oil and gas industry based out of Houston, Texas. His last corporate position was Vice President General Manager for a privately held firm based in Houston. Dick teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in entrepreneurship and corporate strategy and also teaches in the Mays Business Schools’ Center for Executive Development and Professional MBA programs.