Gateway Venture Mentoring Service

William Yakstis

Currently serving as a mentor for several start-up companies with Gateway Venture Mentoring Service and for students in UMSL’s Entrepreneurial Scholars Internship Program, Bill Yakstis will complete his MBA at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) in December 2015. Currently active in the entrepreneurial environment in the St. Louis region, he plans on teaching business/entrepreneurial classes in a college/university environment. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in business with a minor in political science at UMSL, has attended the Washington University School of Engineering and received his Associates Degree in Electronics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. His professional history includes engineering related positions in the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries with major corporations such as McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), Ford, Chrysler, and General Electric. Successfully having started electronics design and computer networking companies over a twenty-five year period, his start-ups have also included companies in the publishing and marketing sectors. His experience includes executive management, manufacturing, sports publishing, institutional research, national and international sales and procurement, marketing, engineering, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, photography, customer service, personal and small business taxation, and broadcasting. He has served as a board director on several start-ups and was previously active in several charitable organizations. A Viet-Nam veteran, he served in the Air Force in electronics warfare countermeasures. As a serial entrepreneur, he is currently researching opportunities in the alternative energy fields of solar and wind technologies with the goal of starting his fifth start-up company. When time permits, you can find him learning the basics of playing the piano.