CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –David Fonseca, Incubation Manager of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, has been elected as a member of the 2015 Board of Directors of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA).
“There were initially over 40 candidates for the five board seats, and David was among seven people selected to be on the final ballot,” said Bill Cone, Director of the Innovation Center. “That he was voted in on his first attempt at membership is quite an accomplishment. It brings national and international attention to the Innovation Center, and to the Island University.”
As a member of the NBIA Board of Directors, Fonseca will influence the direction of the NBIA and will attend board meetings three times a year. He will begin his term on October 1, 2015, and will remain in the position for three years.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity to power up my passions by becoming a part of the most recognized organization serving the business incubation industry in the world,” Fonseca said. “Together, with the other board members, we will transfer knowledge in an effective way to reach and assist more entrepreneurs.”
Since becoming an active member of the NBIA in 2010, Fonseca has presented at NBIA events in Boston, New Orleans, Denver, Moscow, Monterrey, and beyond.
Fonseca received both a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in four years, while working 40 hours a week. In 2014, he was recognized as the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the Islander Alumni Association. Working in many roles at the Innovation Center, he has assisted more than 130 early-stage companies with business development plans. Additionally, Fonseca is the co-founder and board member of the Young Business Professionals (YBP) of the Coastal Bend.
“I feel passionate about helping with and understanding the process of developing innovative ideas, products and services,” Fonseca commented. “The YBP started with a small group of people wanting to retain and grow the best and the brightest minds in our region and give them the opportunity to build relationships. Today, YBP has several hundred active and enthusiastic members.”
NBIA is an international non-profit organization that works to advance business incubation and entrepreneurship, and provides early-stage businesses with information, education, advocacy, and networking resources to help them grow. Currently, the NBIA is comprised of almost 2,000 members in over 60 nations. NBIA members serve over 60,000 clients worldwide.The Innovation Center was established in 2009 by College of Business at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to encourage entrepreneurial growth in the Coastal Bend.