Jeff Gardner joined me on the Accelerate Show to discuss what he’s been doing as the new President and CEO of CalAmp, a local company that has always been a pioneer in IoT and connecting the mobile economy. He’s been on their Board for over 5 years, so he knows the company well and has a strong vision for its future.
Through their hardware and software they have enabled others to track, trace and manage their assets more effectively, such as vehicles in a fleet. One of the brands that you may recognize that they own is LoJack, which has helped many people recover stolen cars over the years. They have over a million customers and track over 20 million products where they are installed. We talked about their roots, innovation and solutions today and into the future.
Prior to CalAmp, Jeff was the President and CEO of Brinks Home Security, a well-known national company home security solutions. He was also President and CEO at Windstream for 10 years, a multi-billion dollar telecommunications company, which had been a part of Alltel, where he was the CFO. He’s also been heavily involved in M&A and technology throughout his career.
I did my best not to hold it against him as Jeff graduated from my college rival, Purdue. It’s great to now have him in the area, accelerating a leading technology company!
Virginia Schmitt is a partner and CFO at B Capital. B Capital is a leading growth-venture firm and one of the largest with an LA office, investing $10-60M in series B-D companies. Virginia shares insights from being a CFO investing out of over $1B AUM.
Frank Agin is president of AmSpirit Business Connections, which empowers entrepreneurs, sales representatives and professionals to become successful through networking.
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The Eureka co-working building in Irvine is starting a series of “Eureka Moments” invite-only, live podcasts. The first, which will take place later this month, features Sean Ellis, host of the Breakout Growth Podcast and author of "Hacking Growth." Peter Polydor,