James C. McGill
2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur
James C. McGill (BS ’65) is the chairman and CEO of two Tulsa-based companies: MacroSolve, Inc., a provider of mobile application consulting services, and Avansic: E-Discovery and Digital Forensics, a leading national provider of digital forensics services litigation support teams.
A graduate of TU’s chemical engineering program, McGill began his professional career at Dresser Engineering Company in Tulsa. In 1970, he embarked on his own business venture with the creation of McGill Environmental Systems, Inc., one of the first environmental companies in the United States. McGill’s focus on environmental issues yielded him two U.S. patents by 1976, one of which allowed McGill Environmental Systems to dominate the hydrocarbon vapor emission marketplace and experience substantial growth. His innovative drive in the environmental industry ultimately resulted in 26 U.S. and international patents.
After McGill Environmental Systems, Inc. merged with International Technology, Inc., in 1986, McGill served on the company’s board of directors until 2002. In 1987, McGill founded McGill Resources to provide investment capital and business advice to emerging companies.
McGill’s efforts to support Tulsa economic development include involvement with the Tulsa Innovation Center and the Economic Development Commission of the City of Tulsa. He is a founding board member and current secretary, treasurer of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute.
McGill has served on the TU Board of Trustees since 1994 and is a past recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a Department of Chemical Engineering Outstanding Alumnus and was named to the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame.
He and his late wife, Jean, have four children and 11 grandchildren.