April 02, 2013
Vince Cushing Jr. is an engineer by training and temperament. When he studied electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame in the late 1960s, he took classes in Cushing Hall, a building named after his grandfather, civil engineer and wealthy alumnus John Cushing.
But professionally, for the past two decades, Mr. Cushing has been an entrepreneur. After 25 years of rising through the ranks at Potomac Electric Power Co. in Washington, he took advantage of an early-retirement buyout in 1995 to launch a company, the first of a half-dozen successful and not-so-successful startups. His latest might put another in the win column.