Louis Judge III, an accomplished innovator and leader in the Greensboro business community, has been named Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). Judge is Director of Technology Transfer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Judge will receive the award on September 13 at the association’s annual convention in Houston. The award recognizes an association member for, among other things, developing future leaders in the community and in the organization.
Judge’s career is highlighted by innovation and leadership in the community, at the university, and in the NBMBAA. Among his accomplishments are the creation of an annual jobs fair in Greensboro that has grown to more than 40 companies and universities participating and the establishment of N.C. A&T’s Innovation Challenge, an annual contest in creativity and ingenuity for students.
He was the founding president of the Piedmont Triad chapter of the NBMBAA in 2007. He also helped to establish the local group’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” mentoring program for high school students. At the state level, he founded the North Carolina NBMBAA mini-conference. He was nominated for the award by the Piedmont Triad chapter.
At N.C. A&T, Judge is responsible for negotiating licenses for university-owned intellectual property, developing business models for university startup companies, establishing the University’s intellectual property policies and procedures, and seeking commercial partners who can contribute to the University’s research efforts.
He earned his MBA and Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Winston-Salem State University. Judge is a graduate of N.C. A&T with a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer technology. He holds the Technology Transfer Certification from the National Technology Transfer Center.
Before joining N.C. A&T in 2004, Judge was a technology innovation specialist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he improved the technology commercialization process in the Structures and Acoustics Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
He has served on the boards of the N.C. A&T Center for Entrepreneurship, the East Market Street Merchants Association, the Jessa Maria Foundation, Just Plain Etiquette and the NC Agricultural Biotech Strategic Projects Workgroup. Louis is a 2012 Graduate of Leadership Greensboro and a 2013 member of the Guilford County Citizen Academy.
Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships to create intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. Partnering with more than 400 top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sectors. It has 8,000 members in 42 chapters. The Piedmont Triad chapter has about 65 members.