If you didn't see the big news today, VelociData announced that Christopher Galvin, former Chairman and CEO of Motorola, joined the company's board of directors and led the most recent financing round with participation from existing investors Bush O'Donnell and NewSpring Capital Growth (press release).
Over the last year or so, I've had the honor and privilege of spending considerable time with Chris especially over the last few months. He's an amazing man and executive.
For those that don't know the history of the Galvin family, Chris' Grandfather started a company in 1928 called Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. In 1947, the name was changed to Motorola. Chris become the 3rd Galvin to run the family business from 1997 to 2004. During his tenure, he led Motorola through a massive turnaround that ended successfully for the company.
Since 2004, he worked hard to become a very successful entrepreneur as co-founder of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC and an investor in a number of technology companies.
In all my interaction with Chris, I'm amazed at how adeptly he can discover the essence of a challenge and then apply incredible business savvy to finding the best solution. No detail is too small. No idea is too big. He counsels and inspires in proper dosages. He insures informed decisions and holds integrity above all else. The Galvin's and Motorola have been a fount of innovation for over 85 years and it shows in how Chris relishes in the discussions on inventing the future. The only unfortunate thing is that he's Irish and you know how those people can be ;-).
Sometimes you don't know greatness until you see it with your own eyes.