Monday, April 4, 2011
James McClintock - a True Entrepreneur
My father James McClintock is a true entrepreneur in my opinion. He works for Environmental Protection Agency, working to help stop pollution from ruining our environment. He also teaches science at George Mason University. On top of that, he owns his own business called DNA Diagnostics in which lawyers ask him to test evidence from suspects and victims in criminal cases. He has worked for the EPA ever since he got out of college. He got a doctorate degree in microbiology. He loves anything and everything about science.
He works for the EPA to help come up with ideas on how to go about saving the environment from pollution. For example, he is working on a project to help the Chesapeake Bay from pollution. His dream since he was young was to be in charge of the whole EPA but since he is close to retiring, he decided to take up teaching as a side job. The side job to help pay for bills became a secondary permanent job. He taught at AACC before receiving his job at George Mason University teaching microbiology. He teaches what he got his degree in so he is quite experienced in the field. He wants to help those in trying to get their degree in that field now so they can do well in the future with a job related to that field of study.
He had also always dreamed of doing something related to criminal justice as well. He started his business DNA Diagnostics so he could own his own business related to criminal justice and science. Lawyers will ask him to test evidence from suspects and from victims in such cases involving rape, assault, and murder. This way he is helping keep criminals off the streets but also doing something he enjoys related to science and criminal justice. He came up with the idea to start his business because he wanted to be his own boss so he could do things the way he wanted.
That is the meaning of being an entrepreneur by making a business from ideas of what you like to do. He worked doing what he wanted to do by going to college and studying what he enjoyed learning about. When he realized he couldn’t go any further in the EPA, he took what he knew about science and turned into his own business. He chose to make a business that will always be in need. There will always be evidence in criminal cases that needs to be tested to tell who committed the crime.
By: John McClintock