Don Springer is co-founder of The Colton Group, Inc., a strategic advisory firm serving emerging businesses, global companies, and social enterprises to ignite and accelerate growth. As such, he has provided growth strategies for companies serving US, European, and Asian markets.
Mr. Springer has served on the boards of international and domestic technology and service companies as well as non-profit boards. He also served as director of companies in UK, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and Sweden, while living in Europe. He has been President of a global technology and services subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., CEO of a Microsoft VAR, EVP of an EDS venture, CEO of multiple venture-backed startups, and had an early career at Texas Instruments.
Mr. Springer is presently an advisory board member for the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at University of Texas at Dallas and a member of Executive Connection Dallas. He is a past member of CEO Netweavers where he founded and chaired the New Business Development SIG, CEO Trust, and a past mentor with the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization. He has been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management, and presently at SMU’s Cox School of Business Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Jim Pizzimenti is Co-Founder of The Colton Group, a strategic advisory firm serving the nonprofit and private sectors to promote capacity building and organizational growth. Jim is an experienced executive with 30 years in leadership focused on growth, strategic planning, and outcomes based measurement. He has been successful in all facets of operational and executive management for organizations of 70 to 500 people with $10 million to $600 million in annual revenue.
Jim’s previous senior management experience includes serving as President of Novations Learning Technologies, VP/corporate officer for a technology/services subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, VP at MSX International, and Service Delivery Officer at a web based B2B services company. Since 2004, Jim has focused on supporting nonprofit sector clients, working with foundations and funders, associations, community development organizations, and direct service agencies to build capacity, set strategy, and launch programs serving the community.
Jim has also held volunteer leadership and board positions in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. His service includes United Way SEM as Allocations Chair and Fund Distribution Committee member, a founding board member at the University of Michigan Dearborn for the M.S. program in Adult Instruction and Performance Technology, trustee for the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Chapter, founding board member of the Greater Detroit Network of Social Innovators, and as a board member of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.