Married to Julie and father of four children Cameron, Cole, Jade, and Quinn, Verne is the founder of two world-renowned entrepreneurship organizations, the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE),
Verne is presently founder and CEO of Gazelles, Inc., which serves as an outsourced corporate university for mid-size firms. The “Growth Guy” columnist, Verne is the author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm, which has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Korean, and several other languages. Verne was named one of the “Top 10 Minds in Small Business” by Fortune Small Business Magazine.
Verne chaired the renowned “Birthing of Giants” entrepreneurship leadership program at MIT for 15 years and the MIT/WEO “Advanced Business Program”. He also chaired for several years the leadership program for the Canada’s prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” program and is going into his ninth year leading an executive program in Malaysia entitled “Taipan, the Making of Asian Giants.” He has launched similar programs in Australia, India, and Europe.
Verne has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Hobbies include piano, tennis, and magic as a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.