Jeff Gish taught high school for several years before buying a small business in the transportation industry in 2006. The business expanded from one location in Spokane, WA, adding a second in Seattle in 2011. A larger competitor purchased the business in 2013. Gish continued to consult for the acquiring business until joining the department of management at the Lundquist College of Business in the fall of 2014. He is currently a UO Dissertation Research Fellow (1 of 11 university-wide fellowships) in the Department of Management.
In 2017, Jeff joined Willamette Valley Capital (WVC), an angel investing group that funds early-stage startups in Oregon, as an academic advisor. He is also an investor in the fund and was recently (2018) named the research director at WVC. The fund provides capital and coaching to startups and entrepreneurs from various industries including health care, electricity production and storage, advanced indoor air filtration, business-to-business channel revenue optimization, and athletic wear, among others.
His research interests include the psychology of entrepreneurship, angel investing, the strategic deployment of human capital, and entrepreneurial activity stemming from social movements.
When Jeff is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, reading non-fiction, mountain biking Oregon’s wilderness, and playing basketball or golf.