Larry graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from a Canadian University and started work for the world’s largest oil, gas and chemical company, where he worked almost exclusively in the chemical’s division. He worked in project engineering, maintenance engineering and environmental engineering in the first five years of his employment before moving into management positions. During this time, Larry also completed an executive MBA at the Darden School of Business in the USA.
Larry was offered a role as a group general manager for a chemicals/fertiliser business (Ballance) in New Zealand and moved his family to New Plymouth from Canada. Within two years he was offered the role of CEO of Ballance and led the business for 14 years until his retirement.
As the CEO of Ballance, Larry reported to the board of directors and also chaired many boards that were subsidiaries of the company. He understands the importance of a good board, directing and supporting the organisation.
Larry is currently the chair of the Tauranga Community Foodbank and a director and treasurer of the Kaimai Pistol Club. He joined the board of Acorn in late 2020 and we are delighted to have him on board.