Don is currently a Regional Sales Manager for Sun Microsystems, a $14 billion computer storage company based in Menlo Park, Calif. His responsibilities include managing the Storage Sales Team for North Texas as well as managing Sun’s Business Partner relationships for this territory. Previously, Don was the Regional Vice President for Tarantella, Inc. an Internet Software based in Santa Cruz, California. His duties included managing their sales, sales support, and channel sales team for the Southeastern United States.
Prior to this, Don spent over 20 years in Sales, Sales Management, and Executive Management with Amdahl Corp, a large mainframe company that is best known for being the 1st company to provide an IBM-compatible computer for the world’s computer marketplace. During this time, his Dallas-based teams led the US in sales revenue 13 of 20 years. Don began his career here in Dallas with IBM as a Systems Engineer and then moved into Sales and Sales Management. He received numerous awards for business excellence during this 12 year tenure.
In addition to his very active business career, Don has been involved with a wide variety of civic activities. Included is membership in The Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1994 where he has raised over $1 million in corporate sponsorships for kids’ charities in Dallas. He has also served on the Board of Lake Highlands Young Life for 12 years and on the Regional Board of Young Life for 7 years.
Other outside activities have included Board Memberships at Scofield Memorial Church, the YMCA of Lake Highlands, Grad Resources, and Camp El Har---a Christian Camp in Dallas . He has also taught 5th and 6th grade at Scofield, served as Treasurer, Co-Chairman of a Capital Campaign, and Vice-Chairman of the Deacon Board.
Sports activities include 8 seasons of coaching soccer, 8 seasons of coaching basketball, 2 seasons as a softball player/coach, and many rounds of golf .
Don came to Dallas originally to attend Southern Methodist University, where he graduated with Honors with a B.S. in Mathematics. He then spent 2 years teaching Math at LSU where he received a M.S. in Mathematics. He has continued to be involved with SMU by serving on the Reunion Committee 4 times, Chair of his Class Sustentation Drive 4 years and he has also served on the Alumni Board of SMU and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Computer Science Engineering Department.
He is the husband of Linda, a graduate of SMU as well, and proud father of 3 children: Ben a vascular surgeon in Alabama, Kalee a homemaker in Fort Worth, and Kristin, a homemaker in Waco.