David Dunwood

By Katherine Bose, R. Ellis
2008 | Case No. E320
The protagonist,David Dodson, is a second-time search fund entrepreneur who in mid-2004 purchased Mountain Auto, a leading auto parts retailer in the Rocky Mountain United States. The venture started off strong, and Dodson grew the organization along with revenues in his first two and a half years as CEO. However, by the end of 2006, the company finds itself in a downward spiral due to a combination of forces, including unfavorable weather and intense competition, especially among the top retailers who could afford to ride out leaner years and undercut smaller chains like Mountain Auto. Dodson is faced with layoffs, budget cuts and having to put up the company for sale.
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