Century Club Co-Founder James R. Ball Dies

Posted: April 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephen Johnson for the Business Alliance

James R. Ball, co-founder and first president of the Century Club of George Mason University, which later became the Business Alliance of George Mason University, died on Monday, April 6. He was 63.

An adjunct faculty member for three years in the School of Management at Mason, he created and taught the popular course, Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset, which was based upon the principles in his book “Soar … If You Dare.”

Ball was the co-founder, president and CEO of The Goals Institute in Reston, Va. He was an author and creator of leadership and personal-growth methods, books and tools that help organizations and individuals achieve their goals and improve their performance.

Ball was also co-founder, managing partner and CEO of Venture America, a seed-stage venture capital firm that operated in the Washington, D.C., area for 12 years. Venture America served as the initial lead investor in starting and launching 23 new or early-stage business ventures.

Ball also had a 16-year career with Arthur Andersen in the Washington, D.C., area and Hong Kong. His final position was managing partner of the Northern Virginia office, focusing on high technology and rapid growth businesses.

Survivors include Bell’s wife, Maureen, two daughters and two grandsons. Friends may call at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, Va., on Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m.; a funeral follows at 10:30 a.m. Contributions in Ball’s name may be made to the Inova Lung Fund 306, Attention Debby Campbell, Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.

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