Mark Groulx is a contributor to the Tips from the Trenches small business blog by ERP 101

Mark Groulx's Resume

 
 

Falcon RME

President & Founder

January 2007 to February 2017

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Falcon manufactures equipment used by public street departments and private contractors to repair asphalt---patches, utility cuts and potholes. The company invented (and patented) technology that enables these repairs to be made with recycled material. 

  • Grew sales an average of 32% / year from 2007 to 2015; earnings growth averaged 46%  / year.    
  • Six-time member of Inc. Magazine list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies. 
  • Sold business January 2015. 

Trendway

President

April 2001 to January 2007

     

      Trendway markets a full line of office furniture to small and medium sized businesses through a national network of 500 dealers.

      In an industry saturated with me-too products, Trendway separates itself from the pack through service. 

      • Shattered industry record with 113 consecutive days of 100% on-time shipments. Launched industries first
      • On-Time-Or-Free delivery guarantee.  
      • The company is privately held with annual sales of $100 million. 

      Prince Manufacturing

      President & Founder

      June 1997 to March 2001

      Led start-up of this venture capital funded manufacturing services company – from idea to profitable growth. 

      From five regional service centers in the Midwest, Southeast and Mexico, Prince provides metal stamping, metal finishing, assembly, and just-in-time sequenced delivery.

      The company focuses on customers electing to outsource their manufacturing requirements (ex., GM, TMW, Square D, Frigidaire, Steelcase).

      • Grew sales from $0 to $24 million in first 48 months --- half through acquisition and half through new business development.

      Herman Miller

      COO

      June 1993 to June 1997

      Herman Miller is a $5 billion manufacturer of office furniture. The company is widely heralded for product innovation and environmental stewardship.

      • Led 3,500 employee, 13 plant operation with annual operating budget of $650 million.
      • Operational turnaround reduced annual manufacturing costs $55 million. This cost reduction contributed significantly to rise in stock price from $4 / share in 1993 to $25 / share in 1997 (NASDAQ).

      Dow Corning

      Director, Economic Evaluation

      June 1977 to June 1993

      Dow Corning is a $5 billion global market leader in specialty silicone materials. 

      • Sixteen-year career focused on new business development.  
      • Created global market for bottom-dispensing consumer packaging (ex., Heinz ketchup). 

      Education

      • Michigan State University B.S. Computer Science, 1977
      • Saginaw Valley State, MBA Marketing, 1983

      Beyond Work

      • Advisor to ERP 101, LLC, a developer of software for small business.
      • Angel investor.
      • Long distance runner – 23 marathons and counting. 


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