Jon Bennett serves as Principal at Catalyze Dallas assisting with the capitalization and commercialization of advanced products with immediate commercial potential sourced from the nation’s top defense companies, government research laboratories, and the Fortune 500.
Bennett is a seasoned operations executive with a proven track record in business development, strategic business growth, governmental affairs, board management, marketing, and sales. In his work with companies ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to small startups, he has demonstrated the ability to establish and achieve strategic objectives, while maintaining a steadfast focus on driving results.
Prior to joining Catalyze Dallas, Bennett served as Vice President Business Development at SDL Citadel, where he was responsible for marketing channel development, new product introduction, competitive pricing, and product management. From 2011 to 2014, he was Director External/Governmental Affairs for Energy Future Holdings, where he designed and directed advocacy strategies and tactical plans on policy issues that won support from opinion leaders, elected officials, economic development groups, and other key partners.
Bennett served in a similar capacity at TXU Energy (2004-2011), where, as Director External/Community Affairs, he developed strategic initiatives associated with energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability, economic development, and support for local communities, among other areas.
Before taking on the challenges and responsibilities of his more recent positions, Bennett had a lengthy career with Oncor Electric Delivery, the largest electric utility conglomerate in Texas.
As Manager Operations/Finance & Strategy in the United Kingdom, he successfully negotiated a $225 million contract with a London-based distribution asset service company and created a $48 million annual agreement with Siemens Company for a facility in Ipswich England. He also designed and directed lobbying and advocacy strategies on key tax and policy issues that resulted in $345 million in savings over five years.
Bennett graduated from Texas A&M University Central Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Technology and a Master of Science in Management. He has delivered industry lectures at numerous conferences and business forums nationwide, and he serves on a number of local, state, and nonprofit boards.