Mr. Donald O. Reed » Beacon Board Advisor Biographies
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Mr. Donald O. ReedBIP Associate Member, Business Angel and BEST Fellow
Donald O. Reed – BIP Associate Member, Business Angel and BEST Fellow, is an extremely versatile engineering manager with nearly thirty years experience in electronics, industrial and mechanical engineering, marketing and sales. As President of EDO Industries, a technology consulting company, Reed has provided electronic product development and business consulting to over 500 firms and has served as advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the State of Missouri International Business Office. Regarded as an expert in the areas of oscillators, underground utility service detectors, and communications systems, he has designed numerous products in these and other areas.
Previously, Mr. Reed served as Senior Applications Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, and Sales Engineer for RYCOM Instruments. Here he was the sole designer of the Trident submarine’s 5307B Sonar Threat Detection Receiver, the best known piece of equipment in the Navy submarine fleet.
In addition to engineering, Mr. Reed demonstrated his business and marketing skills as Sales Engineer where he developed annual sales and marketing forecasts and was responsible for $1.8 million in international and government sales. This achievement resulted in him receiving the highest sales commendation given by Ameritech, a RYCOM customer. His responsibilities included new product definitions and market-driven product justifications, specifications, and sales projections.
Don is an intensive and versatile engineer; he designed numerous other products including receiver/ transmitter test equipment for underground line detectors, analysis instrumentation for cathodically protected pipelines, frequency selective voltmeter for microwave system testing, universal microwave dish alignment system, electromagnetic interference test equipment, cable TV signal leakage test equipment, and a digital signal processor for audio noise reduction.
Early in his career, Mr. Reed served as an industrial engineer for several vocational training centers. In this capacity he not only taught numerous courses in electronics, industrial process control, and various industrial engineering areas, but wrote grant proposals, developed product concepts and engineered or managed the development of more than sixty projects. Prior to that he served as an engineer for Wilcox Electronics where he designed and developed more than a dozen major systems.