Katharine Hazard Flynn, Executive Director
Katharine Hazard Flynn oversees daily operations of the University of Rhode Island’s Business Engagement Center. She also serves as the director of the URI Foundation’s Corporate and Foundations unit, and leads efforts on behalf of the University to secure philanthropic support from local, statewide, national and international corporations and charitable foundations.
Before joining the BEC/Foundation, Flynn served as a director at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Her experience at the EDC provided Flynn with a valuable understanding and knowledge of the business community, including the needs and interests of many companies, whether small or large in size.
She has significant experience in the finance industry as well, holding a number of senior level positions at Prudential Bache, Alex Brown & Sons, Toronto Dominion Securities and Societe General. She is an alumna of Brown University.
George Nickolopoulos, Relationship Manager
George Nickolopoulos serves as a key relationship builder for the University of Rhode Island in the areas of defense and marine trades.
Before joining the BEC, Nickolopoulos served as director of operations for Nautilus Defense, a Providence-based company providing support to the United States Armed Forces in its efforts to combat terrorism and develop new technologies to enhance operational safety and effectiveness. In his role, Nickolopoulos worked with the United States Navy to support anti-terrorism initiatives in Southeast Asia, and with several organizations within the defense and marine trades industry across the state, including the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA).