“From Engineer to Entrepreneur”
Longtime local and female entrepreneur Janet Lowe is one of the many women in North Lake Tahoe that possess strong character qualities. Alongside being a wife and a mother, Lowe has achieved the transition from being an engineer to her own boss; planting her roots in Incline Village. Amongst the many positive traits that Lowe carries, one characteristic that could describe this woman is empowered.
After completing her degree at University of Texas, Jan Lowe found herself working for Shell Corporation as a chemical engineer. Shortly after, she became one of the youngest engineers in Shell to hold P&L and line management responsibility for a large refinery manufacturing plant in Martinez, California. She left Shell to pursue her Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. While at Rice University, she was introduced to her future business partner and in 1989, Lowe co-founded CPLEX, an optimization software.
After completing graduate school, and looking for a place to settle down, Janet and her husband Todd knew they wanted to return to their roots on the West Coast. After looking at a map, and deciding that the area had everything they needed, they headed to Incline Village. It was here that they put roots down for their family, as well as their business. After moving to North Lake, they settled their business, and began hiring; creating many full time jobs. Janet and her husband raised their children in Incline Village, and still call the town home.
After selling the business in the mid 2000’s, Janet has ventured off into different pathways, including sitting as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Sierra Nevada University, volunteering to judge SNU’s business plan competitions, and worked with the Sierra Angels, a local angel investing group. She has also helped local start-up companies by providing mentorship.
She recently accepted an executive leadership position with the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV, where she is eager to see what will come in the next few months.
When asked about what makes a great entrepreneur, she said the main thing is persistence. While discussing entrepreneurship, she said, “The main thing they all have in common is persistence. If you succeed and make it to the end, you must have been very persistent.”