Don Beery prepared and delivered a recent workshop on the Fundamentals of Business Development.

The event was well-attended and participants seemed to be highly engaged in the material. Don brought clarity to topics such as What Is Business Development (Really) and What Is It Not. And he presented the How, When, Where, and Who of Business Development. Participants learned to think about business development more broadly than perhaps they had before.

The Start Garden team was pleased with this workshop from Don, and has already scheduled him for another event.

Amanda Chocko – Community Relations
Start Garden
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Don Beery carried out a very successful assessment activity for Ideomed, related to Abriiz, our pediatric asthma management product.  Don’s insights and feedback were valuable to us and reflected both his expertise and creative thinking about our topics.  Don was very professional and positive minded to work with as he interacted with our fast moving startup team, and we appreciated that he brought business as well as engineering insights to bear on the task.

Keith Brophy    
CEO, Ideomed

Don has a unique combination of talents — strong character, excellent communication skills, and an understanding of the product lifecycle that is both broad and deep.  Don has experience with every step of the product development process – from product concept, to product design, introduction to the market, and managing long-term customer relationships.  He also has the uncommon ability to be both practical-minded and visionary — which is invaluable when the goal is to bring new technology to customers.  As an advisor, he will be a value-add for any enterprise that wants to reach its full potential.

Walter Zimmerman
former Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, 
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Don demonstrates a unique ability to translate technical information into terms that resonate with customers across diverse professional functions. He is equally comfortable reviewing design details with an engineering team or crafting corporate strategy with C-suite executives. Don has demonstrated abilities to build and execute strategies for new business development initiatives; including taking technologies to the market and building business around them. I have seen him create long term successful outcomes with Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller, privately held firms. He seems to possess a unique complement of both technical understanding and the ability to cultivate customer relationships.

David Ellis
Vice President & COO, Concept Industries


Don is very knowledgeable and capable. His customer insight and experience allow him to match products/services with market needs. I would recommend him highly!

Dr. Timothy Syfert,
President, P3Safety
blendon group business consulting, technology commercialization, technology marketing, business development


Don is an exceptionally talented business person and his engineering background makes him instantly credible.

Jeff Vogel
Vice President, Unwired Technology


I have had the great opportunity to work with Don over the past few years – when I was with Salamander Technologies. In my opinion, Don is a ‘triple threat’ – he possesses intelligence, ingenuity and integrity.

Mary Winowiecki
former Marketing Manager, 
Salamander Technologies


Thank you for your recent presentation entitled “Business Development: A Full Contact Sport?” to our membership.  Your presentation struck a chord with our membership as being very timely and appropriate for businesses and the business climate in this area.  Your focus on organization wide, long term commitment as a vital ingredient for growth and development was most refreshing in this era of instant gratification and thirty second sound bites.

J.C. Shaver, Secretary
Holland AM Rotary Club

While Don and I both worked for Prince Corp/Johnson Controls, I knew that he was a highly regarded, high-value team member. But it was while we both worked at the Fleetwood Group in Holland, MI that I got to work closely enough with him to fully appreciate his qualities. Don always has a positive, respectful, upbeat disposition. He is a man of high integrity with a great work ethic who possesses a personal skill set that will allow him to integrate into most any corporate culture and add value.

Jeff Pett
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Fleetwood Group

Don has a comfortable and confident approach to customer relationships and makes it clear he cares about delivering on commitments and expanding business opportunities. Don manages new projects with enthusiasm and excellence. As an engineer, I also value Don’s ability to understand technical aspects of a potential design and communicate them well to external customers and the internal development team.

Will Buehler
Vice President of Engineering, 
SoundOff Signal


Blendon Group consulting


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