NMSU alumnus to speak on recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities

Writer: Tracey O’Neil

NMSU’s College of Engineering welcomes telecommunications entrepreneur and alumnus Robert P.  Meinzer, Jr., to be the featured speaker for the Verge Fund Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on April 3 in Thomas and Brown Room 104. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his lecture entitled, “Recognize and Seize the Right Opportunity,” Meinzer offers his expertise as a venture capital adviser and investor in the final presentation of the Verge Fund Lecture Series in Innovation, Ventures and Entrepreneurship.

Meinzer graduated from NMSU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and received his master’s in business administration in 1980 from National University in San Diego, Calif.

Meinzer began his career as an engineer with San Diego Gas & Electric in 1975. From there he moved to the telecommunications industry where he led companies involved in wireless paging, cellular mobile telephone and broadband wireless.

In the early 1980s, Meinzer let the F.C.C. licensing and building of the first-ever, non-wire line cellular telephone company in San Diego. That company formed the foundation of what is now Verizon Wireless.

In 1986, he participated in the start up of U.S. West Paging as Chief Operating Officer in Bellevue, Wash. In 1993, he recruited equity partner Merrill Lynch Capital Partners and led the purchase the paging division from U.S. West, by then the tenth largest paging operator in the country, to form what became known as Westlink. Meinzer served as Westlink’s president and chief executive officer.

Following the sale of Westlink, Meinzer went on to become president and CEO of Javelin Connections, a start-up national broadband wireless enterprise designed to deliver broadband wireless voice, video and data to small to medium sized businesses across Canada.

Meinzer currently spends his time advising and investing in start-up and operating ventures, participating in politics and leading charitable endeavors.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alissa McDowell at 575-646-7505 or malissa@nmsu.edu


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