Tihic oversees all post-engagement support of veterans and military family members who have completed training through the institute’s portfolio of entrepreneurship programs. He is charged with developing and expanding the IVMF’s current portfolio of resources to aid program graduates in their transition to business ownership to create an even greater focus on post-engagement support. He oversees all aspects of the national EBV-Technical Assistance Program (EBV-TAP), which helps Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and Veterans’ Families program graduates realize and accomplish their professional and personal goals by providing mentors and corporate resource providers to help launch their businesses. In addition, he interfaces with IVMF education program managers, external program directors and stakeholders to further post-program support of veterans and military family members engaged with the IVMF.
Tihic previously served as program manager for the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at SU’s Whitman School. There, he supported the EBV, inclusive entrepreneurship through Start-Up NY and SBA PRIME, the Syracuse Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp, the Panasci Business Plan Competition, the South Side Entrepreneurship Connect Project and the D’Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship Program. In addition, he was an instructor in Whitman’s entrepreneurial consulting class and business plan laboratory.
Previously, Tihic operated a Syracuse-based small business, Tihic Construction LLC, a residential remodeling company. He also worked with Carrier Corp. in the pricing strategy department, and served as associate business manager for Daymon Worldwide. In 2009, he co-founded Syracuse’s North Side Learning Center, a family literacy center that helps immigrants and destitute individuals living in that area.
Originally from Bosnia, Tihic holds an MBA from Whitman, a master’s degree in neuroscience from SU’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at SU’s School of Education, concentrating his research on inclusive entrepreneurship within the disability studies program.