Darin Leonard joined Dream Dinners as its CEO in January of 2008. With 20 years of diversified experience incorporating enterprise wide leadership within Fortune 500, as well as a start-up and high growth entrepreneurial background, Darin is considered a visionary with the ability to simplify complex challenges within organizations. At Dream Dinners he has led a successful entrepreneurial start-up through the growth challenges such organizations face. Under his leadership the organization has created a solid foundation of success in which to build scalable and repeatable growth.
Darin came to Dream Dinners as a client from OneAccord LLC, an interim executive firm that provides seasoned C-level leadership to small and mid- market companies. During his tenure at OneAccord, he developed breakthrough revenue strategies and processes for consumer goods companies, manufacturers, retailers and professional services firms.
Prior to joining OneAccord, Darin was CEO/President of the Maytag Stores, a cutting edge appliance retailer. As CEO of the Maytag Stores, he embarked on an unprecedented market entry with multiple stores over a one-year span. His organization was widely considered an industry leader in the terms of market entry, sales methodologies, and local marketing strategies/negotiations and customer service. Prominent retailers adopted many of his practices nationally and he is still sought to contribute articles for retail magazines and publications.
Within the Maytag Corporation, Darin also held executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, and channel management & product development. During his tenure at Maytag, he led national sales organizations and some of the company's largest customers where he incorporated manufacturing, R&D, logistics, I.T. and finance into the customer relationship. Prior to his work with Maytag, Mr. Leonard held numerous sales & leadership roles with the Jenn-Air and Magic Chef companies.
Throughout his career Darin has consistently won awards as a top producer. A high point of his Maytag experience was when he was voted the corporations Employee of the Year in 1998 for negotiating the Sears/Maytag strategic partnership.
A deeply committed husband and father of three boys that share their fathers' passion for baseball, Darin currently sits on the Board of Directors for a retail company, two manufacturing organizations, a non-profit organization and a non-profit ministry.