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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Jon McCarry, UNT

Jon McCarry, UNT

Mr. McCarry is a man of international renown. Having lived, studied and worked in 11 countries, this former Marine who earned an Engineering Physics degree from UNT, previously advised institutional investors and fund managers on sourcing and secondary private equity opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region. As a Senior Group Internal Auditor for Neslte, he conducted operational and financial audits across three continents and 10 countries. Now in charge of UNT's Murphy Center, he works with students, faculty and university-affiliated early stage companies to increase their chances of success and growth. This father of two young girls will help increase your chances of success climbing Mt. Fuji -- at night! Read on and get to know Jon McCarry.

 

Q&A

What is your favorite aspect about your job?
Helping our entrepreneurs turn dreams into successful businesses.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
Increased cross-promotion of the many great UNT services, events, activities and breakthroughs happening. They’ve traditionally flown under the radar, but we’re moving in the right direction and have much to be proud of.

What is your proudest work moment?
Seeing fellow UNT alum and entrepreneur Don Ward be recognized as one of the 30 U.S. Black founders to Watch in 2021 by Google. I mentored Don on occasion and provided him access to our UNT alumni network to support his business growth. That is followed closely by our first tech spinout from UNT in 2019. A tech spinout is when technology is developed by one entity, in our case UNT, and because the technology is not core to the mission of the entity, it is legally carved out from the entity into a separate entity (typically through licenses at the university level). The new entity (tech spinout) has its own management team and shareholders, but may remain tied to the university through research partnerships and licenses. 

What is your proudest non-work moment?
The birth of our two children.

What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
Have lived and worked in 11 countries. I worked for a family office in Hong Kong with venture investments in China and Silicon Valley. I studied for my MBA in Belgium and following the MBA, I worked for Nestlé in Switzerland, Indonesia, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark and the U.S. Post Nestlé, I launched an advisory firm in Japan with significant time spent in South Korea.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Book?: 
Armor by John Steakley. While arguably the book is not for everyone (military sci-fi), it has a passage that has stuck with me for over 20 years: "You are what you do, when it counts.”
Inspirational hero?: My grandfather. He dropped out of school at 10 to work on the farm and help the family survive during the depression. While never formally educated, he showed me what hard work, determination and devotion to family can achieve.
Place to visit?: Tough choice, but I will go with Mt. Fuji. I night-hiked to the top of Mt. Fuji with a colleague from Nestlé in the summer of 2008 and the experience was incredible.