Scott DePasquale ’94: Be unbound and take risks
“When I was at Bryant, you’d never have guessed I’d be the one to end up as a CEO,” laughs Scott DePasquale ’94, chairman and CEO of the energy-tech firm Utilidata, Inc., and a partner at Braemar Energy Ventures.
Though not at the top of his class, DePasquale wanted to understand business and benefited from what he calls an “esprit de corps” at Bryant. “The faculty showed us how to be unbounded and take risks,” he explains.
Since his days on campus, DePasquale built a career as an investment professional in the global energy industry. Before joining Braemar, he was a senior vice president at GE Energy Financial Services, launching and leading its venture capital activities. He also has developed public policy as an economist for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I don’t know anything,” DePasquale says. “Most success comes from being humble enough to hear bad news and making small adjustments. It’s important to have the ability to adapt and to put your ego aside.”