Jasper Welch is married (to Susie Louis, m.1975) and he has been a resident of Durango, CO since 1976. Educated at the University of Colorado [B.S, 1975], Jasper completed training and earned certifications in business planning, personnel assessments, quality management and local governance. As a small business owner and business development expert, Mr. Welch has worked in the printing, office supply, marketing, business incubation, coworking and management consulting fields. He has previously served as an independent director on the Stoneage, Inc (water blast tools); Fast Track Communications (telecommunications) corporate Boards. Jasper presently serves on the Board of WSI, Inc (oil & gas field services) and Data West Corporation (utility billing systems). He is a “Friend” of the La Plata ED Alliance, our Durango, CO-based EDO.
For 25 years, Jasper operated his own management-consulting firm, Four Corners Management Systems, www.jasperwelch.org As an executive consultant; Mr. Welch has provided management advisory services to businesses, individuals, government agencies and non-profit organizations. In the non-profit sector, Jasper has served as a local Chamber executive and he has served with non-profit Boards in the Durango, CO and Farmington, NM areas. He is a twice-elected Council member on the Durango, CO City Council (1991-1999) including two one-year terms as Mayor.
In February 2011, Mr. Welch & Nancy Wharton cofounded DurangoSpace
http://durangospace.com , a full service coworking facility located in downtown Durango. Jasper presently serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the SW Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE) http://goscape.org
From 1999 to 2011, Jasper worked at San Juan College as the director of the Enterprise Center (a business incubator located in Farmington, NM) www.sjc-enterprisecenter.com. During 2013 & 2014, Jasper served as the transitional President & CEO of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA www.nbia.org) following a nationwide executive search. NBIA has 900 member organizations, 2,200 member professionals that are incubating 12,000 startup and emerging companies. He is a recognized subject matter expert on start-ups, coworking and business incubation. Jasper has presented at NBIA, CABI, EBN and IEDC conferences on various expert panels.