Casey Cowell graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. In 1976, at the age of 23, he co-founded U.S. Robotics and served as Chairman and CEO throughout the company’s history culminating in its merger into 3COM Corporation. Cowell is an active investor, advisor, and board member for many companies with an emphasis on start-ups and early stage. He is engaged in many civic and philanthropic efforts and organizations in upper Michigan and Traverse City and serves on the boards of Munson Healthcare, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. His principal focus is on improving population healthiness, cultural healthfulness, and growing the Traverse City area economy. In 2016, he founded Boomerang-Catapult to invest in TC startups. Boomerang-Catapult has launched or assisted in 16 startups or early-stage companies in the last three years with more under development.
“My mission today is to do what I can to develop the year-round, high-value-creation economy in our greater Traverse City area. This means starting companies that create year-round, high-paying jobs here. I believe this is the engine that powers our long-term cultural and economic prosperity and therefore is a key ingredient in continually evolving our greater area as a wonderful place to live and raise our families.”