About Don

Real Leadship and Results

 

Business Owner

Leading a team that supplies renewable clean fuels throughout California to companies like Amazon, Costco, Fed- Ex, PG&E and UPS, Don understand how to deliver results.  As a COVID “essential service”, his company safely and successfully continued operations. Don understands what it takes to lead and manage even in difficult times. Facing the challenge of Costa Mesa’s $30 million-dollar deficit and COVID, Don’s leadership and management skills would benefit our city. 

Financial Management

Starting his career as a “Big-4” CPA for KPMG and serving as Chief Financial Officer for two multi-billion-dollar companies, he understands complex finances and operations. He also knows how to create value. By creating new business revenue, Don helped Orange County cities realize over $20 million in additional city revenue. His financial experience and leadership would be an asset to Costa Mesa.

​Business Experience

In his career Don has co-founded two businesses including IPC (USA), a multi-billion-dollar distributor and trader of energy products.  He also co-founded a division of SC Fuels and worked as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Strategic Planning. Other experience includes: Senior Vice President at Corner Capital; TRC as financial advisor to the CEO; Sunrise Bancorp as Vice President/Controller; and KPMG as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Family - Don's most important qualification is his love for family, friends and community...and, of course, the family dog Malcolm.