Entrepreneurship Founders

Bob Despain

Membership Information:

Member Status: Silver
Member Since: 2010

Employment:

Company: Discovery Enterprises
Location: Wyoming, United States

Expertise:

  • Energy and Technology

Biography:

Bob Despain is originally from Lovell, Wyoming and Janet from Lander, Wyoming. Bob graduated from BYU in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Finance and from the University of Wyoming in 1978 with JD degree. While in Laramie, Bob met Janet Johnson, who was completing her degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology. They were married May 24, 1977 in the Ogden Temple. After college, they settled in Casper, Wyoming where Bob practiced law in the business, transaction, and natural resources area. After 25 years in the legal field, Bob participated in the development of a water treatment business that grew to be the largest coalbed methane water treatment company in the world. As the CEO, the company was sold in 2008. In the past year, Bob and a partner, have acquired the majority interest in the 1st and 3rd place finishers from the 2008 BYU Business Plan Competition. The couple has five children (two girls and three boys) and three grandchildren. All five children have either graduated from or are attending BYU. Bob enjoys golf and Janet is an avid reader.

Business Profile:

He recently sold a water treatment business and is actively engaged in several technical ventures involving energy and natural resources. He is an attorney with over 25 years of experience practicing law primarily in the field of commercial and natural resource transactions.