Harold has spent the majority of his professional life serving as CEO or COO for a variety of companies across many industries. After selling his last company to a Forbes 400 family, he founded ADARON LLC- an Arizona based private equity and business consulting firm.[/person]
[accordian][toggle title=”Read More” open=”no”]From 1987 to 2000 he served as President & CEO of the Larson Company, His team of 450 highly skilled artisans quickly earned the reputation as a global leader in themed design and construction. Harold was responsible for setting up many successful international marketing and joint ventures- including manufacturing plants in Asia, Mexico and the Mid East. He received the “Outstanding Exporter of the Year” award from the US Department of Commerce in 1994 and Ministry of International Trade (MITI) award in Japan 1990.
He moved to Tucson in 1985 and led a venture capital interest as managing partner responsible for the acquisition, operations, and sale of a variety of companies, including auto dealerships, casinos, construction products, tele-communications and numerous real estate interests. Prior to moving to Arizona, Harold was the owner of the IBIS Company- a Kansas City/Boston based consulting practice providing strategy, marketing, and business planning services to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to IBIS, Director of Marketing and Advertising for MEDCO, a public company managing 200 retail locations.
For over a decade he has served on the boards of the University of Arizona’s College of Business & Public Administration, College of Medicine, Sarver Heart Center, and an Honorary Fellow of the Karl Eller Graduate School of Management. He also founded Crossroads Executive Forums, providing management and financial solutions for operating companies.
- Currently serves as President or board member of the following companies:
- West Valley National Bank, Chairman East Valley Community Bank Board – Providing commercial banking and financial services to the Phoenix metro market.
- Director of One Energy – Provides solar products to residents in Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona.
- Vice President/Director of BLU Mortgage Banking – Provides mortgage and alternative financing services to the Arizona market.
- Board member of UNICON – Provides consulting and technology for CISCO e-Learning Institute and higher education market
[/toggle][/accordian][/one_half][one_half last=”yes”][person name=”Brandon S. Pride” picture=”https://wichitaexecutiveforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Brandon-S.-Pride.png” linkedin=”http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brandon-pride/4a/b33/43b” google=”https://plus.google.com/107139404310082805399/posts” linktarget=”_blank”]Brandon has “hands on” experience in taking companies from start up to sale. He began his successful career in direct sales to consumers across a variety of industries. In 2006 he became part of a Health & Fitness Club in Avondale, AZ that after one year he was able to grow the company making it highly profitable resulting in a sale yielding a substantial return to the owner. In 2009 he formed an International technology venture in Scottsdale, AZ. As President, Brandon developed the concept from branding thru operations and marketing. He started the company with $30,000 and most recently received an additional round of funding creating a value of $6.25 million for all shareholders.[/person]
[accordian][toggle title=”Read More” open=”no”]His ability to quickly translate an idea into a practical business opportunity is most valuable for owners in their early planning process. He provides cost effective plans to gain an understanding of capital and resources required to meet a company’s objectives. Brandon has proven results with implementing strategic plans into measurable actionable tasks that meet the most aggressive goals.
As a facilitator and collaborator for business ventures and relationships, Brandon plays a critical role in bringing the right people together, assisting with business funding, customer retention and new business development for start-up companies and entrepreneurs.[/toggle][/accordian][/one_half]