Featured Speaker – Don Larson, Founder, The Gorilla Group

Don has spent over 20 years of in information technology, engineering, and sales. His experience includes serving in the roles of CEO, CIO, General Manager, VP Sales, Chief Engineer and other positions at a number of companies and clients.

Don the managing partner in a strategic consulting practice and is currently leading a startup that is developing financial tools for small businesses.

Previously he founded MCF Technology Solution’s a Cleveland business focused on automating business processes with web based solutions. The clients ranged from small million dollar firms to the Fortune 100. He spent three years with a Cleveland based software firm taking it from zero to multi million in revenue. He worked at WireWay, Inc as the General Manager, a nationally recognized manufacturer of raceway systems for industrial control components. The Cleveland based firm is a national innovator in the controls market for over thirty years.

He also has served as manufacturer’s rep for several Fortune 100 companies in the Industrial Controls and Power Electronics Industry such as UPS equipment, switch gear and variable frequency drives. Prior to an active sales role, he led an engineering department in one of the manufacturing divisions of Elf Aquitaine building capital equipment. The company served the automotive industry in both the plating and laboratory testing fields.

He spent five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, serving at multiple duty stations leaving the Navy as a Lieutenant. Mr. Larson founded a weekly radio program, Capitalist Cleveland that concentrates on entrepreneurial business development in Northeast Ohio.

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