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David Nilssen

CEO, Guidant Financial

David Nilssen is the cofounder & CEO of Guidant Financial which he launched in 2003. To date, he and his 140 employees, have helped 22,000 entrepreneurs, from all 50 states, to secure 5 billion dollars to start or buy a business. The team operates out of the United States, Vietnam and Philippines.

In 2007, the Small Business Administration (SBA) named him the National Young Entrepreneur of the Year and his company – Guidant Financial – has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list 6 times and is a 5-time “Best Places to Work” honoree.

He is an active investor who has provided funding to companies in neuropharma, online travel, personal financial management, medical billing, offshoring & more.

Today, he is serves as the Global Learning Chair for the Entrepreneurs Organization – which provides opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for its 13,000+ entrepreneur-members.
David and his wife are wine snobs, travel addicts and Seahawks fanatics. They currently live in Kirkland, WA with their daughters.