Dale Gibbons is an entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He owns two businesses and publishes a monthly newsletter on business development topics. Dale is a graduate of Purdue University and he began his career in the aerospace industry in 1987, as a field service liaison with General Electric’s aircraft engine group. After working 18 years with firms like GE, Compaq, EDS and Manpower, Inc., Dale acquired a small, struggling technology firm in 2005. While applying his passion for process improvement, marketing and sales, he reinvented the business, which is now ranked 4th on the Business First list of 50 largest Louisville, KY, area technology firms and has made the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing private small businesses in the U.S. After turning the tech firm around, Dale replaced himself in 2008 and currently plays a passive role of coach and advisor to the management team. Dale founded The Continuous Improvement Center in 2008, consulting with businesses on process improvement and performance excellence. He also serves as Vice President, COO with Farm Credit Mid- America, one of the nation’s largest lenders to farmers and rural Americans. Dale is active with the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence, where he serves on the operating committee and also as a certified examiner for the Malcom Baldrige Performance Excellence Award. Dale also serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana. He can be reached at www.TheCICenter.com.