Distinguished Speaker - Mr. Mat Johnson

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) is pleased to announce an exciting event planned for Thursday, January 27, 2011. We have invited Mr. Mat Johnson, Founder and CEO of GeaCom, Inc., a Duluth-based firm to come and speak. The title of Mat's presentation is Entrepreneurial Innovation from Small Markets - The GeaCom Story.

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Mat brings extensive knowledge and expertise in design and application of technology as well as a broad base of business and consulting experience. Over the previous years Mr. Johnson has co-founded several technology companies and has been involved in developing technology based applications that have been utilized by many of the worlds leading technology providers. Mat’s clients have included Cargill, Medtronic, Honeywell, ADC Telecommunications, Kodak and BP Amoco, to name a few.

Since entering this industry Mat has become an expert in several programming languages and has mastered skills in robotics, asynchronous streaming technologies, 3D, graphics, web integration and database solutions. In fact, for two consecutive years Mat received the award for Best Emerging Technology from the Minnesota Department of Economic Development and the University of Minnesota. In 2006 he was honored as a runner-up at the MN Tekne awards for an enterprise product he developed that has current successful sales.

Mat has written several internationally published technical papers, has participated as an honored lecturer at university courses and is a sought after speaker for technical venues. A native of International Falls, Minnesota, Mat attended the University of Minnesota where he was enrolled in the Scientific & Technical Communication Program (STC) and played hockey for the Golden Gophers. After college Mat played professional hockey and founded his first company in 1990. In 2010 Mat was been honored as a Minnesotan on the Move by Finance and Commerce magazine, as winner of the Minnesota Cup High Tech Division and the Tribunes 20 under 40.

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