Jackie Kimzey, a general partner, joined Sevin Rosen Funds in 1999. He brings nearly 20 years of experience at wireless carriers and service-provider companies (including CEO roles) to the firm. Jackie focuses his investments in the wireless and software sectors.
Jackie joined Sevin Rosen as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Before that, he was interim CEO at AirGate PCS and, prior to that, co-founder and CEO of ProNet Inc., a wireless provider that went public in 1987. There, Jackie helped develop proprietary products, generated turn-around strategies, recruited top executives and played key roles in mergers and acquisitions. He grew the company to $140 million in sales and 1,200 employees. Earlier in his career, Jackie held various management roles at Mostek, a firm founded by L.J. Sevin, a founder of Sevin Rosen.
At Sevin Rosen, Jackie serves on the boards of Invodo,and Verified Person. He was also a board member of Tangoe, which staged a successful IPO in 2011; LiveVault, which was acquired by Iron Mountain; Voyence, acquired by EMC; NeoWorld, acquired by Sprint/Nextel; Tonic, acquired by Altiris/Symantec; and Wayport, acquired by AT&T.
Outside Sevin Rosen, Jackie is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University and a senior lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the School of Management at UTD and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of innovation, investment and management. He holds an MBA from the University of Dallas and a BBA and master’s degree from Abilene Christian University.