Starting in November 2016 Joe Donovan accepted a position as Division Director/Bureau Manager for The Entrepreneur Center @ Mississippi Development Authority. Donovan’s primary responsibility is to re-organize The Entrepreneur Center, develop an environment that ‘raises entrepreneurs’ and build an entrepreneurial eco-system to develop and attract start-up businesses to Mississippi.
Joe Donovan has been best described by the Mississippi Business Journal as a “serial entrepreneur”. Prior to MDA he was the principle at The Donovan Consulting Group, (DCG). The DCG focused on business development including startups, business development plans, business restructuring, re-branding, growth and expansion along with M&A.
As the first Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Millsaps College, Else School of Management coordinating a new core focus on entrepreneurship within the Undergraduate and Graduate business programs at Millsaps College.
From June 2011through December 2015, Mr. Donovan served as the Executive Director of the MS Center for Non Profits. This continues his career in nonprofit work which he started as firefighter/paramedic in 1975, in a suburban Cincinnati department, retiring as EMS Chief in 1992.
Mr. Donovan, has twenty-five years of progressive senior management experience, serving in the last 18 years as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CFO/Vice President of Finance for three multi-state organizations with gross sales exceeding $165 million annually.
Mr. Donovan was co-founder of three companies that made up Allan Holdings – Pro Derma LLC (2002), Pharma Pac, LLC (2003) and Allan Pharmaceutical (2004). From March 2002 to September 2010, Mr. Donovan served Allan Holdings LLC and related companies as Vice President and CFO where he was responsible for overseeing financial operations including initial corporate set up and raising capital from both governmental agencies and traditional lenders. He also oversaw the financing and construction of four facilities.
Between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Donovan was the CAO of Emergystat Ambulance Service, an organization that increased its gross sales from $5.5 million to $65 million in a period of five years. Mr. Donovan was responsible for overseeing governmental relations, administration, including final approval of all mergers and acquisitions, of this multi-state, rapidly-growing company. The company sold in 2004.
From 1992 through 1998, Mr. Donovan served as Divisional CEO for American Medical Response and Laidlaw International. In this capacity, Mr. Donovan directed all operations, finance, information systems, business/product development and mergers and acquisitions for a multi-state area. Mr. Donovan was responsible for developing and implementing the structure of the division and its plan as well as determining specific business objectives for the division.
Mr. Donovan earned his B.B.A. from Thomas More College and Xavier University along with his M.B.A. from Millsaps College.