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Donn Van Dusen

Title: Owner and President
Company: Cadd Van Du
Location: Reno, Nevada, United States

Donn Van Dusen, Owner and President at Cadd Van Du, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in product development.

With years of experience to his credit, Mr. Van Dusen has excelled as the owner of Cadd Van Du, a product development company based out of Roseville, California, since 2021. Prior to this position, he was active as the vice president of engineering and a mechanical design engineer for Ground Control Systems, formerly known as Park A Bike, in Sacramento, California from 2009 to 2021. He previously served as a design engineer for Malibu Boats from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Van Dusen began his career as a design engineer and product developer with Titan Wake Accessories, LLC between 2005 and 2007.

Involved with fuel injection since his formative years, Mr. Van Dusen was greatly inspired by his uncle, Ken, as well as his great-granduncle, his grandfather, and his high school woodshop teacher. He has notably garnered his certifications in 36 different fuel injection systems, and has offered his expertise on transportation issues to more than 150 universities around the country. Outside of his primary endeavors, Mr. Van Dusen has worked as a camp administrator for Pilot Lake Camp Board and remained engaged with Mexico outreach at Asuza Pacific University.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Van Dusen was presented with the Gear of the Year Award in 1998. He has also accrued a number of patents since 1995, including for a hitch rack for an automotive vehicle, a vehicle rack strap, a spare tire carrier for a tow hitch, an extendible basket carrier for a vehicle roof rack, and an articulating base water sports tower, to name only a few. Most recently, Mr. Van Dusen obtained patents for a bicycle parking stand and parking rack featuring a flexible rope wire in 2016.

Mr. Van Dusen attributes his success to his grandfather, who taught him how to build wooden boats when he was younger, as well as the challenges of the fuel injection industry. Among the most memorable moments in his field, he is incredibly proud of his work as the lead engineer in the development of the Schilling Robotics CONAN 7P Arm Manipulator. He also fondly recalls his contributions to the XB2 Aircraft, which he cites as one of the most difficult yet rewarding projects of his career. In the coming years, Mr. Van Dusen hopes to expand upon his passion for micro-mobility transportation while helping to restructure the transportation systems in California and planning for his eventual retirement.

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