Board of Advisors
John T. (Cork) Jaeger, Jr.
President and CEO
Platinum Research Organization
Cleveland Marshall Law School, 1965-1967
B.A. Trinity College, 1961-1965
Cork Jaeger began his career in the automotive industry in 1965, holding a variety of positions, including assignments in technical sales, sales management, distribution, marketing and general management. All of these activities were with firms engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, sales and service of truck, engine, coach/bus or auto product lines.
In 1978, Mr. Jaeger relocated to Dallas and began an entrepreneurial career. He formed or co-formed several firms in diverse fields, including consulting, investment advisory services and technology. In 1984, Mr. Jaeger formed The Fairmount Company, a management and investment firm that absorbed most of the previously-mentioned startup activities, but also focused Jaeger's marketing and general management background on turnaround acquisitions.
In addition to his responsibilities at Fairmount, Jaeger was also the chief executive officer of a circuit board manufacturer and a builder of entry-level boats and a director/shareholder of an environmental engineering business.
In 1996, Fairmount co-founded Platinum Research Organization (PRO) with the purpose of designing and commercializing patented, high-performance lubricants and coatings. PRO’s patented technology was developed in collaboration with researchers in UT Arlington’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. Since 1999, PRO has collaborated with the College of Engineering, the Office of the Vice President of Research, and the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. These activities brought considerable research capital to UT Arlington and exposed the research capabilities of the University to a global marketplace. In addition, these activities provided Jaeger a unique working understanding of the capabilities of the College of Engineering. As a result, Jaeger was appointed to the college’s Board of Advisors.
Mr. Jaeger has served as a director of several private companies and has also had non-profit board experience with the Downtown Dallas YMCA, 1982-88 and 1998-2008. Currently, he is active only in a consulting capacity involving initiatives in acquisitions, distribution and technology.