My Experience


Grandpa Pete and I (1984)

Why Valdon Solutions

Valdon is my middle name, passed down from My Grandfather Pete that I passed along to my son.  Pete never graduated high school. He worked at the local blacksmith shop owned by his father Val. After a stint in the Army including a year in the Artic Circle, he return to Clinton, WI and in 1964 founded Custom Manufacturing with my Grandmother LaVonne. For 60 years they worked and raised a family together. An expert welder and maker, he was asked many times where he got his engineering degree.  Pete was issued a Patent in 2001 and created numerous inventions and  innovative solutions

His example has had a big impact on me along with that of my other grandfather and father, who also owned their own businesses.  I first decided that I would follow their footsteps in middle school and perused education and experience to make that a reality.  After years in the corporate world, I finally made it a reality when i founded FORWRD Training in 2018. Part of this decision was also that it allowed for me to pick up his mantle at Custom Manufacturing, where I work alongside my Grandmother, Aunt, and Cousin to keep his legacy alive after his passing.

Work Experience

Valdon Solutions


Helping partners find innovative product and system solutions. 

2019 – Present

FORWRD Training

CO-Founder &  General Manager

Created systems to support an innovative approach to physical training

2018 – 2020

Spectrum Brands


Designed and managed development for George Foreman and Black and Decker Kitchen Appliances

2012 – 2017, 2020

Oshkosh Defense

Extra Space


Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Engineering for Production and Advanced Military Vehicles.

2006 – 2011

Briggs & Stratton

Extra Space

Engineering Intern

3 Semester Rotational Co-Op. Facility Management, Engineering, Emissions, Testing, R&D


2003 – 2005

F.B. Reeders

Extra Space

Plumber’s Assistant

Service and New Construction Plumbing with at my Father’s Business


I’ve Worked With

George Foreman Logo

Education & Certificates

QFD Institute

QFD Green Belt

Modern and Blitz Training from the method experts


University of Wisconsin -Madison CPED

New Product Development and Innovation


University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee SCE

Designing Plastic Parts for the Injection Molding Process


University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh


Completed while working at Oshkosh Defense


University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Mechanical Engineering

Experienced the big city and learned how to truly study and work hard


Clinton High School


Jack of all Trades

12 season athlete (football, basketball, track). Concert, Pep, Marching Band, Choir and Musical, 4-H, Badger Boys State, Honors Student