About Me

Who is Don Frederiksen?

I am a data guy by day and a student of leadership and learning at night. Let me reconsider for an instance. I guess I'm a data guy by day and by night and always a student... there is so much to learn.

Specifically, I'm employed as Manager of Data Services at G&K Services in Minnetonka, MN.  In this role, I lead a team of data professionals including DBA's, Architects, and BI Administrators.

In my spare time, I blog here at www.leadquietly.com. My Lead Quietly blog is dedicated to quiet leaders who do the right thing with quiet, behind-the-scenes actions, not public heroism. Please visit and comment.

I also blog at www.MeshingUp.com, I blog to explore new ideas, i.e. the intersections of learning, knowledge, data, and innovation. That's my way of saying anything goes and my interests are broad and varied.

In my "day job" as as a manager/data guy, I have led technical teams in database, server, and development functions during full cycle implementations of business intelligence solutions. The applications and tools used in this work include Informatica, Business Objects, Microsoft Analysis Services, Microsoft SQL Server, and Cognos.

As a database administrator, I have provided database consulting and development in a variety of applications including CRM and PeopleSoft environments. As a PeopleSoft DBA, I also installed, configured, and optimized applications and web servers for the platform.

I have been an IT professional for twenty-eight years During this time I have worked extensively in a wide range of user and network applications.

As a business entrepreneur, I was the founder of two companies, both of which were subsequently acquired by other organizations. I swung the bat a couple of times at entrepreneurial pitches. Learned a lot but needless to say, I'm still working and maybe the next swing will bring the "he only works because he enjoys it" success.

I am a Microsoft Certified DBA, a Microsoft Certified System Engineer, an A+ Certified Computer Technician.

I have a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas.

I live in St. Anthony, MN with my wife, two teenagers, and dog.

I can be reached at: TheDon@donfred.com
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