Kicking Stones Consulting provides strategic analysis and planning for businesses, non-profits, and state agencies. Formed in 2008, the company is built upon the knowledge and skill of its president, Jack Carpenter, who has more than 40 years of experience in Government, private business, higher education research, Federal agency research, technology transfer, and business consulting. Kicking Stones Consulting has been a member of the national Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and Institutional Development Award (EPSCoR/IDeA) Foundation for 25 years, providing input and leadership on topics dedicated to advancing science education and research in the 27 EPSCoR states and jurisdictions. That experience has provided the company with a network of institutions and individuals in a range of specialties including health and biomedical-related research.

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Mr. Jack Carpenter is president of Kicking Stones Consulting, Inc., where he provides strategic analysis and planning for businesses, non-profits, and state agencies and serves as a subject matter expert for technology transfer. Additionally, Mr. Carpenter served as an advisor for grid computing technologies for the West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation. Mr. Carpenter is a member and past chairman of the West Virginia EPSCoR State Advisory Council and a member of the state’s Energy Task Force. Currently, he is a member of the Governor’s Science and Research Council and is the secretary/treasurer of the National EPSCoR Coalition. During his tenure on this coalition, the EPSCoR program has grown from[DK1]  less than $50M to over $500M annually. Mr. Carpenter was previously the senior vice president for strategic planning for the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) and has also held the roles of vice president of technology and e-business development, vice president of technology access services, director of strategic planning, and associate director of measurement and evaluation. He served on the Federal Interagency Working Group on Measurement of Technology Transfer and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Task Force on Economic Impact.

Mr. Carpenter served as staff director of the Subcommittee on Office Systems in the U.S. House of Representatives for nine years.  In this position, he was responsible for telecommunications, computers, and all office systems for the House of Representatives and 13,000 office employees. He served as liaison between members of Congress and major corporations; assessed equipment needs; negotiated terms and conditions with all companies desiring to do business with the House of Representatives; managed systems and equipment budget in excess of $50 million annually; developed subcommittee policy and procedures regarding equipment selection, acquisition and implementation; and coordinated House/Senate telecommunications and office systems activities.