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Don Girard

President and Managing Director

Don Girard attended Penn State University with a major in accounting. After service in the US Army as a Special Agent in Army Intelligence, and a tour in Vietnam, He joined General Electric Food Service Equipment Business. His career progressed from a zone manager in New York City, and Eastern Pennsylvania to a product development manager in Chicago Heights, Il. He then joined Garland Commercial Industries as the Eastern Sales Manager. In 1981 he formed Carman Girard Associates with T Carman. Carman Girard has won numerous sales performance awards from many companies during the years.

Don married his wife Paula in 1970. Her support especially during the lean years of starting a business has contributed to his success. They have three adult children. Sean the oldest, is a successful manufacturers representative in North Carolina. Kirsten and Ryan, twins, have elected to stay outside the industry. Kirsten is a successful Interior designer, muralist and homemaker in Nashville, Tn. Ryan is an actor, comedian and director, and currently is the artistic director for Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery in Atlanta. Don and Paula also have 6 beautiful grandchildren that are the light of their lives.