Loyola University Maryland
August 2010

From Whiz Kid to Dream Builder

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By Carl Luty
Tom Kuegler talks with Robert Fink, ’12, one of the Loyola students he is mentoring. Fink has launched a Web-based job search company, yoomly.com.Tom Kuegler talks with Robert Fink, ’12, one of the Loyola students he is mentoring. Fink has launched a Web-based job search company, yoomly.com.

While building his own dreams, Kuegler co-founded and became managing director of business incubator, venture capital, and consulting firm Wasabi Ventures, the position he holds now. Kuegler is driven by the conviction that the time has come for a wider and warmer embrace of the entrepreneurial spirit, an intellectual mindset that sees every problem as a puzzle and every puzzle as an invitation to innovation. This spirit, he believes, not only enables us to meet unmet needs—it drives us to do more with less.

The same spirit drives Kuegler in his dedication to Loyola—and its students.

“Loyola is alive with energy. Great things are happening.” said Kuegler. “But the University, like every other institution, needs to make a commitment to doing more with less. Every department needs to be more entrepreneurial. Every discipline, not just economics, needs students who are intellectually nimble, passionately curious, and committed to using limited resources wisely. At bottom, every intellectual challenge is a puzzle just waiting for someone to see what pieces are missing and then how the pieces fit together.”

Now a regular presence on the Evergreen campus, Kuegler returns frequently to offer advice and encouragement to students.

“Giving back to Loyola isn’t a matter of charity. It’s a responsibility. We’ve got to say to every alumnus and alumna that there is no excuse—none—for not giving back. You may not have money, but you have time and energy. Give that.”

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