Don Ryan Center Adds Vice President of Innovation

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation, announces Charles Wohl as Vice President of Innovation.  In the newly created position, Wohl will lead the organization’s business incubator and entrepreneurial ventures.

Wohl brings global experience as an incubation program leader across various industries including aerospace, bio-technology, electronics and manufacturing. He is an expert in mentoring entrepreneurs in full-scale business formation including product development, market entry, sales, licensing and operations management. 

Trent Williamson, Don Ryan Center for Innovation CEO, said “Charles’ skillset will further enhance the Town of Bluffton’s optimal environment for emerging businesses. We are thrilled to have him join our community and can’t wait to see his impact.”

Most recently, Charles was Executive Director of Texas Capital Network, Inc. Additionally, he launched HTC North, a technology-focused incubator in The Woodlands, Texas, that developed new clients for the Houston Technology Center.  He is also a named inventor on numerous patents.  Active in the Texas startup community, he served as a mentor for programs at the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Rice University along with the Regional Clean Tech Open program.

Wohl will play an integral role in planning and development of “The Hub”, which will house the business incubator and serve as Bluffton’s first state-of-the-art co-working space and economic development headquarters. 

"The importance of innovation cannot be overstated and is critical to our mission," said Don Ryan Center for Innovation Board Chairman Matt Green. "Adding an expert of Wohl’s caliber to the team will further position the Town of Bluffton as a leader in fostering an economy where both aspirating and experienced innovators can thrive.”