Alumni Profile | Seton Claggett '98

Alumni Profile | Seton Claggett '98

March 21, 2018

Seton Claggett received his undergraduate and master's degree in Hydrology at the University of Arizona, and completed the McGuire Program in 1998. Claggett founded and is now the Managing Director for Fortus, a consultation company that specializes in marketing, warehouse operations and company efficiency. 

"My wife, Debbie, and I have two great kids and were the founders of Since graduating we have both remained very active by helping with several different aspects of the entrepreneurship program. In my spare time, you will find me at one of my kids' many events, fly fishing, wood working, golfing and running with my dogs."

5 Questions with Seton Claggett

Q. What is most surprising about being an entrepreneur? 


A. There is no finish line - but there is a journey.

Q. What was the most important lesson you learned in the entrepreneurship program?

A. Have an exit strategy. EVERY business will be sold, transfer ownership or go out of business. Pick one.

Q. What impact has the Entrepreneurship Program had on your career or life? 

A. I would have never had the balls to start my first company nor would I have had a road map (business plan) for that company. Going into the Entrepreneurship Program was one of the most important choices I made at the University of Arizona. 

Q. What do you consider your biggest entrepreneurial success?

A. Helping and guiding other entrepreneurs along their journey. Sharing the successes and failures I have had with others is very rewarding.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

A. Entrepreneurship is like riding a roller coaster - you will have some great highs and some horrific lows. You need to enjoy the highs because they won't last long and put your head down and plow through the lows....because there will be another high coming.

For more information, visit the McGuire New Venture Development Program.