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Alumnus Dusty Wince Shares Successes, Challenges, and Advice

Dale "Dusty" Wince recently graduated from George Mason University's School of Business Executive MBA Program as part of the National Defense cohort. Selected by faculty as "Outstanding Graduate," and also Dusty Winceinducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, Wince says, "A critical role for any CEO is the ability to develop a strategy and articulate a vision. The Mason EMBA program has provided me a framework and set of tools to lead my company far more effectively."

With more than 25 years of information technology (IT) consulting experience, Wince has held several executive positions for leading IT integration and consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area throughout his career. Wince founded Knowledge Consulting Group in 2000 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Even as a teenager Wince was interested in building his own business.

"I have been fascinated by business leaders such as Ross Perot and Jack Welch," says Wince. "My career started at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) when Ross Perot was still the CEO. From that point, I knew I wanted to start, run, and grow a company."

At 32, with two children and a pregnant wife, Wince faced his biggest career challenge. "[I] was leaving a highly successful 10 year career at EDS where I was running $200M of defense business to be a co-founder of a two person company called Business Impact Systems (BIS). It was a scary time."

In 1998, BIS was ranked #1 Fastest Growing Technology Company in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Wince was able to grow the company to more than 150 people and sold it within five years.

In 2000, he decided to follow is entrepreneurial passion yet again.

"[I] started Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG) Dusty Wince and Dean Haddockin 2000 and hired one of the most talented management teams in the cyber security market," Wince shares. "Watching the company grow from one to over 250 employees has been the most rewarding aspect of my career. It is my belief that there is nothing more important in business than creating jobs and opportunities for others."

So it was only natural that when Wince wanted to give back to his alma mater he became a supporter of the School of Business' Student Venture fund. His $100,000 donation to the fund will support students seeking to start their own companies. Initially, recipients will be selected at the annual Dean's Business Plan Competition and the selected team will receive $20,000 in cash and in-kind services to help launch the company.

Whether starting a business or pursuing a master's degree, the path to success is not an easy one. "Like most things in life, anything worth having will involve personal sacrifice," says Wince. "If you do decide to accept the challenge, you will not be disappointed. The sense of accomplishment and new confidence is irreplaceable."

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