Dale Gibbons

Dale Gibbons

Chief Executive Officer

I’ve been fascinated with entrepreneurship and business since I was ten years old. My parents eloped in high school and didn’t get their diplomas. As a child, hearing them argue about money planted a seed in me to show them a better way. I sneaked business opportunity magazines into the shopping cart when my mom wasn’t looking.

My earliest memory of entrepreneurial success was during grade school, telling my mother she no longer had to give me thirty-five cents each morning for milk. I was making my own money selling factory imperfect ball caps to my friends at a nice profit.

I later studied aviation and aerospace technology at Purdue and landed a position with GE Aviation in Cincinnati and traveled the world supporting the F-16. But, the entrepreneurial bug was still alive and well.

After 18 years in corporate life in four industries, I left in 2005 to rescue a struggling IT training company, which I had purchased, and I’ve been working to grow and improve small businesses most of the past 12 years.

Do you deserve a geek badge? Why or why not?

No, definitely not. I love technology and the smart people who understand the bits and bytes that make it work, but my technical skills are not deserving of the geek badge.

What’s your favorite bumper sticker?

A toss-up between “Don’t Laugh, It’s Paid For” and “I Believe In a Better World Where Chickens Can Cross The Road Without Having Their Motives Questioned”

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Invest the rest of my days helping abused and disadvantaged children have more confidence and a better life.

What do you miss most about being a child?

Time with my grandfather. He taught me how to think, solve problems and build a dog house. He made me feel like superman.

What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?

I like coaching and mentoring others and seeing their excitement when they achieve their goals. I like helping them to be, do and have more than they thought possible.

What I like the least is anything that isn’t what I like most. Usually, it’s the monotonous, administrative part of work that simply cannot be delegated (thankfully, most can be).

What’s one of your favorite websites?

YouTube.com. I love watching documentaries about history, nature and astronomy.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8

“Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.” –My grandfather

What’s your goal in life?

To please our Creator. To wear out and not rust out. To leave every person place or thing better than when I found it. To hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant” when I close my eyes to this life and open them to the next.