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Jack Derby

Professor of the Practice
Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Gordon Institute)

Jack Derby

Professor of the Practice
Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Gordon Institute)

Phone 617-627-3110
Tufts Gordon Institute, Suite 2400
200 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA
entrepreneurial marketing

Jack Derby is a professor of the practice in entrepreneurial marketing and the president and founder of Derby Management, where he and his managers provide strategic planning, and sales and marketing optimization services to emerging and middle market companies. Prior to forming Derby Management, Derby served as CEO of Mayer Electronics Corporation, president of CB Sports, president of Litton Industries Medical Systems, CEO of Datamedix Corporation, and president of Becton Dickinson Medical Systems.

Derby is also a lecturer at MIT, where, for the past 17 years, he has taught classes in business planning and marketing to undergraduate and graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2015, he received the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award, awarded annually to a School of Engineering faculty member judged by graduating seniors to be "Engineering's Teacher of the Year." He was the first faculty member from the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program (ELS) to receive this recognition.

Professional Experience: 

Tufts Gordon Institute

  • 2006-present: Professor of the Practice
  • 2018-2019: Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship
  • 2018-2019: Director, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center

Board Member, Loci Controls


General Partner, Converge Venture Partners


Board Member, Chase Corporation


Board Member, Reiser, Inc.


Board Member, Aviant Hospice


Board Member, Associated Industries of Massachusetts


Lecturer, Business Planning and Marketing, MIT


President, Derby Management


CEO, Earcheck

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2019: Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Corporate Growth - Boston chapter
2015: Henry and Madeline Fischer Award, Tufts School of Engineering
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
The Art and Science of Sales

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