Bruce Balfour is the Executive Director for Phoenix Forge, which is operated by Gateway Community College. Bruce has over 30 years of management and technical business development experience in environments ranging from software startups to automotive manufacturers to high-tech federal laboratories (NASA, Sandia, Berkeley). In California, he developed and managed a successful technology business incubator and community makerspace while working for Sandia National Laboratories. As a consultant, he has been involved in the development of several makerspaces around the country. He earned his doctorate in Sociology (with a focus on entrepreneurship networks) from Penn State. In his spare time, he is a metal sculptor and has had six novels published.