Business Advisor, Sal Mondelli

Friends and colleagues would have bet a lot of money that Sal Mondelli would have retired after completing a career as an officer in the U.S. Navy (he was there for 5 years) or as an Executive with IBM Corporation (he was there for 15 years). Instead he followed a different path that included leading mid-sized and start up technology companies, being involved in turn around situations, and  not for profit board work  including 4 1/2  years as CEO of the largest not for profit in Dakota County.

His past executive roles include:

  • IBM Business Unit Executive responsible for $250M in revenue
  • President & CEO of Transition Networks a network infrastructure hardware and software company
  • Advisor for small business owners on strategy, sale & sales management
  • President & CEO of 360 Communities a Dakota County based not for profit (2015 Dakota County Regional Chamber Not For Profit of the Year)

Sal has been a guest lecturer for business students at the University of Minnesota, and University of St Thomas as well as an adjunct professor at Crown College in St Bonifacius.

One experience that helped along this journey was a participating for three years in a self-facilitated CEO Peer Group. The group has not met for over a dozen years, but members still get together periodically to catch up. For the past four years, he has facilitated a group of twenty not for profit Executives in Dakota County in bi-monthly meetings designed to promote partnerships as well as developmental opportunities. When he met Bill Mills, both agreed that starting a new Executive Group Peer Group was a great idea.

Sal has remained active in volunteer work over the years having served as the chair of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Board, Chair of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center Advisory Commission, and current board member of Fairview Ridges Hospital, and the Upper Midwest Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.  He is also a board member of Total Logistics, Inc., a privately held holding company for transportation related businesses.

He and his wife Audrey reside in Burnsville, have two grown children, and three granddaughters.