Kurt Haskell, Director of the AZ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Coconino Community College, has over 25 years of business management and economic development experience. In this position he is responsible for the administration of business development, counseling and education for small businesses located throughout Coconino County. During his tenure with the SBDC, Kurt was recognized as the 2008 top business counselor in the State of Arizona for generating the highest economic impact and client satisfaction.
Prior to his position with the SBDC, Kurt was the Business Retention and Expansion Manager for the City of Flagstaff. He was instrumental in the retention and expansion efforts that assisted many well-known local employers to remain and expand their businesses in Flagstaff. He authored and was successful in obtaining several grants to facilitate the expansion of local manufacturers that will result in over one hundred new, highly paid jobs in Northern Arizona.
In the private sector, his experience includes business start up, business acquisition and sale, consulting, and ownership of several small businesses. Kurt has led teams that have installed manufacturing facilities in Mexico and China, held the position of Vice President of Business Development for a high-tech company in Albuquerque, NM, and was President of several electronics manufacturing firms that produced high-reliability components used in the International Space Station, implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, oil exploration, nuclear research, and other industries. One of his companies has been nationally recognized in publications, and twice recognized by the State of Nevada as one of “the Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies” in the state.
Kurt holds several patents, and has published peer-reviewed technical papers including a chapter on Electrostatic Energy Storage in the American Physical Society’s Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. The US Space Foundation inducted Kurt and his team into its Hall of Fame in April of 1999 in recognition of their innovative contributions to the technological advancement of portable medical devices. Kurt has extensive experience in manufacturing, business administration, finance, and sales and marketing. He has participated in International Technology Trade Missions with the State of New Mexico.
Kurt also teaches Operations Management, New Venture Planning and Entrepreneurship at Northern Arizona University’s The W. A. Franke College of Business.