In 1986, Don Mahaney was the Executive Vice President of Allied Container Corporation where he got his baptism into the real world. He was fortunate to be exposed to how businesses operate and what makes them successful and how they can fail.
Armed with this knowledge and having the passion to create something on his own, Don started a small business in an industry that he knew nothing about. After 25 years he helped build a $40,000,000 full service advertising agency. As Chairman/CEO he was responsible for all aspects of the business. Don has gained extensive hands-on knowledge in operations, finance, human resources, and marketing during all phases of a company’s life. He developed the strategies for both organic and strategic growth using business development and mergers and acquisitions skills.
The passion for growing his own business extended to the relationships he established with clients. Don helped develop go-to-market strategies for numerous companies and products in a wide range of industries. As a result he has experienced the good, bad, and ugly in scores of different business.
Currently Don is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Spend Management Excellence. He has helped guide the development of the business model and marketing strategy for this start-up. Through this organization he has been able to help other business executives discover how to find wasted money and turn it into working capital. When The CSME is on sound footing Don will be looking for his successor.
He holds degrees in both marketing and business management from the University of Maryland. Don has a Masters in Life Experiences and is a member of the I’ve Seen That Before Club. He resides in St. Petersburg, Fl where he plays golf, racquetball, and hunts fish.
He likes this quote: “The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing.”