2009-2011 Fuller Theological Seminary: Classes in Systematic Theology, Church History
2011 SIUe Elected to Business Hall of Fame
2020 SIUe Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
1966-1970…Engineering positions with Owens-Illinois and Emerson Electric (Electronics and Space).
1970-1988…Tubular Steel. Product Manager, Marketing Manager, VP Operations and others leading to President/CEO.
1984-1988…Tubular had service centers throughout the USA and international buying office in 5 countries.
1988-Present…Merger and Acquisitions Business…Triac Partners, Riverside Partners and Eagle Investments (which I started in 2002).
In-depth analysis of companies that were potential acquisitions: market and products, company management and financial strength, management, equipment and facilities, etc. and developing a future business model for that business, then negotiating the price and financing.
Acquired over 10 businesses in the medical and high-tech manufacturing area. Purchase prices were from $25 million to over $200 million. Started companies in 5 different countries to expand existing companies.
Served on the board of a number of companies, and not-for-profit organizations including York Industries, Research Biochemicals, EntraCare Medical Devices, Life 365 Medical software, Tumbleweed center for Youth Development, and others. As a Board member I developed and approved business strategy, hired exec teams, required annual detailed business plans and quarterly reports, etc. Held management accountable for results.
2016-Present…Started and funded The Lawrence Institute, a 501(c)(3), to help other not-for-profits with strategy, developing boards, exec teams and annual plans. Focused primarily on organizations that have relatively short term programs that make a permanent difference in people’s lives such as Golf Fore Africa that drills water wells in Zambia. In 2019 they provided water to 60,000 people.
2020…. Most of the companies that were acquired have been sold except for Thin Metal Parts (a high tech manufacturer serving the optical, acoustics, medical, automation, and space industries).
Also have current minority investments in early stage medical related companies, and multi-family housing and storage industries.
Have held a number of leadership positions in churches including Elder, Chair of Adult Studies, Stewardship Chair, and Church Council.
Paula J. Adkins
Interim Chief Executive Officer – Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development