Damon Pistulka is the managing partner for Cross NW and our COMSH – “Chief of Making Shit Happen” He helps Cross NW and our clients, execute change, stay on track and reach their goals.
LESSONS FROM THE FARM
Damon Pistulka grew up understanding the value of hard work on a large Midwestern family farm in South Dakota. At an early age he realized he liked to figure out how things worked. This served him well as the oldest of 5 siblings helping his father solve the daily challenges of the farming operation.
Damon worked his way through college as an engineering intern, and in his twenties earned the opportunity to design, build, and operate a plastics injection molding facility in the Southeastern USA.
This foundation allowed Damon to subsequently operate and manage businesses in the design, prototyping and production of retail store fixtures, custom fabricated metal products, advanced aerospace components and high tech devices.
Ultimately Damon became a turn-around and improvement specialist for businesses owned by professional investors or holding companies.
Damon approaches business challenges with a hands-on style that has proven effective throughout his career. Damon’s passion and drive for helping companies exploit opportunities to crush their competitors and dominate markets provides an unwavering focus for Cross NW and our client companies.
Damon’s hands-on experience is an invaluable asset to Cross NW and our Clients who understand the value of having an experienced business improvement specialist/operator on their Team.
“If you are going to go through the countless hours of hard work in business, have fun and make the changes necessary to dominate your markets every day”
Damon Pistulka joined Cross NW bringing 25+ years’ experience, where he held key technical, operational, and executive management positions for companies in diverse industries such as; aerospace & defense, retail automation, automotive, medical, electronics and consumer products. Damon is an architect and implementer of growth initiatives, efficiency improvements, product and process development, financial initiatives, turnarounds, consolidations, business sales, and diversification; Damon has successfully led organizations through these situations while increasing market share, and profitability.
Lead buy/sell side, and due diligence on multiple projects up to $100+ million.
Completed 6 company turn-around assignments in less than 8 years in different industries.
Directed the operational changes necessary to double annual sales in multiple companies.
Led several companies to market domination through customer driven business/operational enhancements.
Managed globally focused businesses with multiple manufacturing locations, North American sales and revenues in excess of $40 million dollars.
Coordinated multiple industrial facility build outs and startups including green field construction.
Damon resides with his family in Edmonds WA. Damon has been involved in baseball since playing with his three brothers in little league, then coaching and was very pleased when his son shared the love of the game. Damon was extensively involved supporting his son playing competitive baseball which resulted in multiple offers to play college baseball. Damon’s passion for the game and desire to help his community led him to serve as the board president for the Seattle Select Baseball Club.
The PNW also helped to reignite Damon’s passion for riding motorcycles. The PNW and West Coast have provided a great venue for exploring many rare and beautiful destinations. Damon has logged nearly 100,000 miles on two wheels.
Damon also enjoys working with his hands and you will often find him working around home completing a “project”.
BS, Mechanical Engineering, South Dakota State University
Masters of Science coursework in Industrial Management, South Dakota State University
Lean Business Processes, Rona Consulting Group
Finance for Non-Financial Executives, University of Washington
Behavioural Based Safety, DuPont Safety Educational Seminars