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Session Description – Lessons of Entrepreneurship

Since 1998, Perficient has delivered successful business-driven technology solutions for hundreds of Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers. During that time, the company has grown from startup to a publicly-traded firm with more than 1,500 full-time professionals serving clients from locations in 17 markets across North America, global delivery centers in Europe and China, and a technology consulting recruiting office in India. Jack McDonald, Chairman and CEO, will provide an overview of the Perficient story, including lessons learned, with the goal of helping other entrepreneurs succeed in their own ventures.

About the Speaker

Jack McDonald

Perficient, Chairman and CEO

Jack McDonald is chairman and CEO of Perficient, a leading information technology firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout the United States. Since joining Perficient in 1999, McDonald has transformed the company from a start up to an industry leader with approximately $220 million in revenues and 1,200 professionals in 17 offices throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Perficient, McDonald, a mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer turned entrepreneur, enjoyed success with several other companies. In 1998, he completed a successful transaction in Europe, acquiring a significant interest in ALTO Imaging Group, a $100 million computer peripherals integrator, which was later sold to Minolta. From 1996 to 1998, McDonald was president of software firm VideoSite, Inc., where he executed a successful turnaround and sold to GTECH Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange Company. Earlier, McDonald was a Principal with Zilkha & Co., a New York-based merchant banking firm and served in various positions, including Director of Corporate Development, at Blockbuster Entertainment Group. McDonald began his career in the 1980s as a mergers-and-acquisitions and corporate finance attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. McDonald, a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has served on several technology industry boards, including the World Congress on Information Technology Texas Leadership Council and the VARBusiness 500 Advisory Board. McDonald is also a member of the board of Interstate Connections, Inc.and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). McDonald also serves on several nonprofit boards. He is chairman of the advisory board of American Youthworks, a member of the board of PeopleFund and a member of the board of People's Community Clinic.