Gannon Professor Dr. Rick Prokop Bridges the Academic, Business Worlds

Published: 10-May-2019

Duane R. (Rick) Prokop, Ph.D.

Bridging academics with economic development is at the core of Gannon University’s Center for Business Ingenuity (CBI) and Dr. Rick Prokop is a key driver in making it happen.
The co-location of Dahlkemper School of Business (DSB), Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) and the Small Business Development (SBDC) at CBI creates the platform that encourages collaboration between regional businesses, economic development professionals, students and faculty.

Dr. Prokop has been deeply involved in the development of CBI.  Not only does he include hands on opportunities including internships, graduate assistantships, employment, field experiences and service-learning to his students, Dr. Prokop is actively involved with ETI and SBDC clients. Many of his students have brought their skills to SBDC and the Erie Beehive Network where they are employed as work study students.  Currently, he oversees development of marketing strategies for local businesses and organizations through classroom projects.  

The teamwork concept extends to ETI where Prokop himself is part of the teams assigned to advise and mentor each ETI client company. Dr. Prokop is able to leverage his decades of experience to continually develop the CBI concept to enable companies, students, and staff to excel at the CBI. 

 “It is very exciting to be part of the innovative concept happening at CBI.  The opportunities inside and outside of the classroom benefits both the students and the business community we serve.” Prokop said.
There is no doubt that universities bring value to the economic vibrancy of the communities they serve and CBI is positioned to drive foster and support innovation in the Erie region.