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MSU to host March 20 Orser lecture with business executive Lachlan Perks

March 10, 2017 -- From MSU News Service


Lachlan “Lach” Perks, an accomplished business executive and past chief operating officer of Eclipse, Inc., will present "A Practical Guide to International Business Development" on Monday, March 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Jabs Hall 111 on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum and is free and open to the public. Photo courtesy of Lachlan Perks.   High-Res available

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BOZEMAN — Lachlan “Lach” Perks, an accomplished business executive and past chief operating officer of Eclipse, Inc., will present "A Practical Guide to International Business Development" on Monday, March 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Jabs Hall 111 on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum and is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Perks will share his experiences and knowledge obtained while he built and led a global manufacturer of industrial combustion equipment.

Perks’ career includes experience as a construction project engineer, an industrial product development engineer, and a sales and marketing professional. In 2006, he began leading Eclipse, Inc., as the company’s chief operating officer.

Under Perks’ more than 10-year leadership, Eclipse Inc. grew into a company that has manufacturing facilities in six different countries and sales in every industrialized country of the world. The company also grew its revenues from $85 million to $125 million through strategic acquisitions, product/business line development and international business development. The company was sold in late 2014 and is now owned by Honeywell.

In 2003, Perks and Eclipse launched a wholly owned venture in China. Through this experience Perks said he developed a unique, practical guide to success within a variety of countries and cultures while building Eclipse’s international presence.

Perks grew up on a horse ranch in northern Illinois and has a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from MSU. Perks later received an executive scholar award from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Today, he manages his ranches, competes on cutting horses and serves on a variety of boards. He also actively mentors other chief executives at several small companies and non-profit organizations.

The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Anna Reardon at (406) 994-6195 or anna.reardon@montana.edu.

Contact: Anna Reardon, (406) 994-6195 or anna.reardon@montana.edu