You can call me Del.
I am an Entrepreneur, Consultant, Coach, Author, Advisor and Cheerleader for Entrepreneurs.
(Meet me online through the Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook links above or the live interview links below.)
Originally a small town boy from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia in Western Canada, I have lived for the past forty years in the fascinating, multicultural, bilingual, French Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec.
I graduated as an Engineer from UBC in Vancouver, later followed by an MBA from McGill in Montreal. I was six years in management consulting with Coopers and Lybrand working with businesses across Canada, in Europe and Central America. More recently, I have worked as a business consultant with many entrepreneurs who were clients of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
As an entrepreneur, I was eight years growing a distribution business, TTX Computer Products, from zero to $20 million per year; then two years to take it into and out of a merger with another business. I have also worked on start-ups in Internet and e-commerce businesses. Since 1984 I have operated my own consulting business, DirectTech Solutions, working with entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses in a wide variety of industries ranging from bus manufacturing to a ski resort, from a pet store to a machine shop, from an abrasives manufacturer to several Internet based businesses. The businesses have been at different stages of their life cycle – from start-up financing to the operating management challenges and cash flow issues, to strategic direction for performance improvement and finally to management succession and exit strategies.
Your Uncle Ralph is my alter ego and comes from all that experience plus everything that I have learned from the good and bad managers that I have worked with over the years. Coincidentally, Ralph is my secret middle name and was my father’s first name. Uncle Ralph is definitely much wiser than I am and has experienced more than I could possibly have lived through myself.
Uncle Ralph’s interest is to share his ideas, experience and advice with other executives, entrepreneurs and managers to help improve their businesses and their lives. Of course I will also learn something in the process and look forward to sharing that too.
In recent years, I have gained international business exposure working as a Volunteer Adviser with CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas), an agency providing aid to countries in developing economies. It has been an enlightening experience to share my ideas and solutions with entrepreneurs who are facing the additional obstacles of high poverty, untrained workers and limited or ineffective infrastructure.
My objective with LearningEntrepreneurship.com and with my writing, coaching, counselling and advising is to help entrepreneurs be better and do better.
Better for themselves, their families, employees, customers and suppliers, their communities and the planet.
Your Uncle Ralph,