Director and Operations Manager of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise
Rob Mathews is the Director and Operations Manager of the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State University. He is also an Instructor of Management in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business. He currently teaches the introductory entrepreneurship course, “The Entrepreneurial Experience”. Mathews has also led courses in market research, the business plan, entrepreneurial design, entrepreneurial decision-making, entrepreneurial consulting, management ethics, marketing for new ventures, and entrepreneurial finance.
In his role in the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, Mathews maintains the Institute’s budget and leads faculty, staff, K-12, adult, and community entrepreneurial leadership and problem solving training and facilitation programs.
Mathews previously served as the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business. His primary role was to mentor students on researching, compiling, writing, pitching, presenting, and defending new venture business plans. He also led student teams in entrepreneurial consulting projects. During his tenure in the Entrepreneurship Center, he led student teams in the Military 2 Market initiative between the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division and Department of Defense. He has also aided the Entrepreneurship Center in various outside partnerships. Mathews has also been involved in budget management, curriculum development, business community and advisory board relations, and led youth programs, Mini Society and EntrePrep. He served on the selection committee for the Blue Chip Enterprise awards. Mathews won the Entrepreneurial Support award in 2001 and 2006 for his contributions to the Ball State University Entrepreneurship Program.
Mathews earned his undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship and MBA in entrepreneurship and management of information systems from Ball State University. While earning his undergraduate degree, he received the Outstanding New Venture Plan Award. In addition, he is currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate in Higher Education.
Mathews is a certified trainer, facilitator, and consultant in the Simplexity Complex Problem Solving Process. He is trained in Simplexity Applied Creativity levels I, II, and III, as well as having the designation of Professional Innovation Advisor (PIA). He is also a certified Gallup Strengths Finder and Entrepreneurial Profile 10 (EP10) coach and facilitator.
Mathews was part owner and Vice President of San Marco Realty, Inc. San Marco Realty, Inc., a retail home improvement business as well as a real estate company located in Marco Island, Florida. During his tenure in the business, he led a complete remodel that resulted in more than a 200% increase in revenues. Mathews was also owner and Managing Member of 67 Realty, LLC in Pendleton, IN, a retail home center and property management company, where he managed all strategic activities of the business, including marketing, finance, and seasonal procurement. Mathews was a finalist for the Hardware Retailing magazine's Young Retailer of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000, and his business was a finalist for True Value Company's Best Hardware Store in Town Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mathews enjoys his family, golf, softball, attending sporting events, and church activities. He and his wife are approaching their 20th anniversary, and have two children, Nate (9) and Lindsey (7).