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Trent R LeeFounder and CEO Compass Leadership Advisors
Trent Lee is the founder and CEO of Compass Leadership Advisors, which is dedicated to improving the lives and business of Chief Executives and Business Owners. He is the Chair for two CEO/Business Owner private advisory boards for Vistage Worldwide, an EOS Traction Implementor and an Independent Exit Planning Strategists for NAVIX.
Trent is a former small business owner, divisional President/General Manager and Senior Executive with 25+ years of business background.
Through college, Trent worked at Ralston & Norwest Banks and then joined the Sales & Management Trainee Program with Ferguson Enterprises (a Wolseley PLC company, the world largest distributor of plumbing, HVAC and industrial piping products). While at Ferguson & Wolseley, he worked throughout sales, operations, branch management and then running his own divisions as President/General Manager across Iowa, North Dakota & Northern Minnesota.
His last several years with Wolseley he found his calling working with former business owners who had recently sold their businesses to Ferguson/Wolseley. In that role, he was tasked with their post-acquisition integration. Most specifically, working with the former business owners and management teams to ensure a smooth transition, successful exit to their sale and the ongoing business legacy. Quite simply…coach and confidant.
Trent has been a Chair for Vistage Worldwide since 2013, leading & facilitating peer groups for CEOs, business owners & senior executives across the Red River Valley. His two groups are widely diverse across many industries including; agriculture, banking, construction, distribution, engineering, medical, manufacturing, professional services, IT/software development and tele-com.
Trent grew up in the Omaha, NE and spent his summers living and working on the family farm in Central Nebraska. He and his wife Kerri have three children and currently live in Fargo, ND. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and holds a BS in Business Administration: Finance & Management.