Don has over 35 years of experience in business financial management and banking. After spending the first five years of his career as a commercial loan officer, Don completed his MBA and progressed through a variety of finance positions, including Treasurer, Vice President-Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, in a variety of industries, including food processing, wholesale distribution, consulting, health care, biotech, farm supply, and real estate development. He has worked for companies with a variety of ownership structures, including private and publicly traded for-profits, non-profits, and cooperatives. Recently, Don has provided part-time CFO services to multiple companies, in industries such as high-tech manufacturing and consumer products distribution. Over the course of his career, Don has raised hundreds of millions of dollars of capital, while working closely with CEOs in evaluating and implementing strategic initiatives. At various times, he has also been responsible for HR and IT. As an SBDC consultant, Don focuses on raising capital, financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, optimizing financial performance, and strategic planning for growing companies.