How They Reached $1 Billion
Hear the candid stories of three Gulf Coast CEO Forum members — Al Carlson, Dean Eisner and Joel Schleicher. Carlson and Eisner took over middling companies, Sun Hydraulics and Manheim Inc., respectively, and Schleicher started Presidio Inc. Each of them grew their businesses into $1 billion-plus enterprises. Interviewed in a fast-paced Q&A by Forum President Matt Walsh, Carlson, Eisner and Schleicher will share their insights on what it takes, how they did it, mistakes they made and lessons learned.
Allen Carlson joined Sun Hydraulics in 1996, initially to lead the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Further initiatives were directed towards projects in new product development and manufacturing operations. May 2000, he was elected President, CEO and a member of the Sun Hydraulics board, serving in that capacity thru March 2016 and continues to serve as a board member. During this time, Sun transitioned from a privately held company to a public company (1997 IPO). As a public company, revenue grew from $50m to $225m and with a market cap from $50m to $1.2b. Prior to joining Sun Hydraulics, Carlson served in various engineering, product management and sales assignments for Vickers, Incorporated from October 1977 to March 1996. Carlson has over 40 years experience in the fluid power industry.
Dean Eisner retired five years ago after serving 11 years as the CEO of Manheim, the worlds largest auto auction company with $3.3B in sales and 25,000 employees. Preceding Manheim, Dean led Cox Enterprises investment efforts in radio, television, newspapers, cable, and new media. Throughout his career he worked for several media companies in New York, including CBS, Sony, GE, as well at AGB in London. Dean received his undergraduate degree from Purdue and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Currently, he serves on several corporate boards and private equity firms. Locally he is a board member of several non-profits including, Mote Marine, The Arts Alliance and is Chairman of the Board for Ringling College of Art and Design.
Currently — Founder and Executive Chairman for Cyber Risk Management, LLC
Former — Founder and Managing Partner for MWB Investments, LLC
Former — Founder, Chairman and CEO for Presidio, Inc.
Former — Chairman and CEO for Interpath, Inc
Former — President, COO and Board Member for Nextel Communications, Inc
In 2015, Joel was recognized by the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota as their Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a current member of the Boards at the Argus Foundation and the Van Wezel Foundation.
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