Director, Purdue Technology Center of NW Indiana
9800 Connecticut Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
Kathy began work with the Purdue Technology Center of NW Indiana as the Business Development Manager in July 2004 prior to the opening of the technology incubator in the newly established Purdue Research Park of NWI in Merrillville. She served as Interim Director from February 2005 to June 2005 and then was named Director of the Purdue Technology Center in February of 2009. Kathy DeGuilio-Fox is responsible for the success of the business accelerator and incubation programs, including services and facilities, at the Purdue Technology Center of NWI and the Purdue Research Park of NWI. She is responsible for recruiting and working closely with the companies that locate or affiliate with the Purdue Technology Center of NWI and focuses on providing direct assistance that supports growth and development of the Center’s clients.
Kathy coordinates the essential logistics and activities associated with the Purdue Portals business accelerator program including assisting in the search for sources of capital, technical resource acquisition, organizational development, structuring of financial aspects of new business ventures and establishing a network of resources throughout the Purdue, local, and state communities. DeGuilio-Fox also coordinates the incubator companies’ use of interns as well as their project collaboration with university faculty. And, as Director of the facility she is responsible for decisions directly related to staff and the 60,000 square foot physical facility as well.
She has more than 20 years experience in project development, grant writing and fund raising, plus extensive relationships in business, economic development and governmental communities. In her previous position as Executive Director of Partners in Contracting Corporation Kathy worked with small businesses to secure government contracts and trained clients to work effectively with government agencies. She also developed marketing strategies to promote services, attracted grants, developed business partnerships, coordinated training seminars, and assisted in economic and job development initiatives. During her years as a redevelopment commissioner for the Town of Highland Kathy played an integral role in moving forward the downtown infrastructure renovations and the streetscape projects. This facelift was the jumpstart to renewed life and increased commercial traffic for Highland’s aging downtown.
DeGuilio-Fox is an Indiana University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and completed masters level courses at Valparaiso University. She currently serves on a number of boards including Leadership Northwest Indiana (2003 recipient of The Community Leadership Association Distinguished Leadership Award), the Lake County Advancement Committee, NWI Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, Purdue University Calumet’s Engineering Advisory Board, Purdue University Calumet Water Institute, and the Society of Innovators Board of Governor’s. She also is a member of the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) and earned NBIA certification from their Incubator Management Certificate Program in June 2008.
Kathy is a native of Northwest Indiana and grew up in Hammond. She is currently a resident of Highland although Kathy has lived in various communities in Indiana, the United States and in Geneva, Switzerland.
DeGuilio-Fox has one son, Sean. A graduate of Highland High School, Sean received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a dual master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington. His primary focus of study was water resources and he is employed as an Environmental Specialist for the State of Georgia.