George is a coach, mentor and adviser to startup founders, growth and venture Company CEOs and their teams serving as a Senior Business Adviser and Counselor at the George Mason’s Enterprise Center’s Small Business Development Center. George has advised hundreds of companies on Lean Start Up Principles, business strategy, strategic marketing, customer acquisition, sales development, channel management, leadership, team building, financial projections, investor preparations and organizational design and much more. George also is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School of Engineering where he has led a required course entitled “Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Scientists. Professor Siragusa also holds the position as “Mentor-in-Residence” for students and staff George Mason’s Horizon Hall at the central Fairfax campus.
George’s vast and deep experience spans two parallel 30+ year careers as both a former Global C-Suite Executive at ExxonMobil, and as a commissioned U.S. Naval Officer with command leadership positions (Captain, retired both U.S. Navy active and reserve tours), including a tour with a Naval Component Command of NATO. George has served as adviser and mentor for three Northern Virginia Area Accelerators (Smart City Works, Inova Health Personal Health Care and Mach 37) and has been an entrepreneur himself serving on the board of a small, boutique marketing consulting firm in Florida.
George is an engineering graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He is a certified Growth Wheel International Business Adviser and has advanced expertise in International Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and International Leadership Studies at Thunderbird University for Executive Leadership. George is a Greenbelt in Lean 60 Process Management and has 11 years of university teaching experience. George also has been a Certified Track and Field Official in Northern Virginia for 24 years.