Darlene adheres to a strategic plan for measured growth of 15 percent per year. Her success and business acumen have earned accolades for Darlene and Permac – locally and nationally. These include:
- Named “No 23 of the Top 25 Woman-Owned Businesses in the Minneapolis/St Paul Area” in 2003.
- Named “Woman Change Maker” by the Minneapolis and St Paul Business Journal in 2003
- 2006 U. S. Chamber Small Business Person of the Year
- 2007 U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon award winner and Regional Finalist of US Small Business of the Year 2007
- 2008 U. S. Chamber Blue Ribbon award winner and Regional Finalist of U. S. Chamber Small Business of the Year 2008
- 2008 U. S. Chamber Small Business of the Year winner
Darlene is actively involved in the community. In 2005, she co-founded the local chapter of Hope for Tomorrow, a mentoring program that pairs business leaders with eighth and ninth-grade girls – and now boys – to create tomorrow’s leaders. Her other community and charitable activities include:
- 2005 to Current - Member of Advisory Panel for Burnsville Medical Alliance
- 2005 to Current - Hope for Tomorrow Burnsville Chapter Board of Directors
- 2005 to Current - Hope for Tomorrow National Board of Directors
- 2003-2006 Board of Directors and Member of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).
- 2008 – Finance Committee member for PMPA
- 2007-08 Member of U.S. Chamber Advisory Council
- 2007-08 Member of International Committee for U.S. Chamber
- Member of Minnesota Precision Machined Products Association (MPMA)
- Founder and President in 2007 & 2008 of the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers Network (Med Net)
- Since 2006 Member of the Community Partnership Team for Burnsville, Eagan and Savage school districts which is part of Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
- 2007 Chair of Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
- 2004 to today – Board Member, International Trade Committee for Dakota County
It is not surprising that Darlene values family, education and inter-cultural involvement. She comes from a hard-working, farm family of eight children and attended the College of St. Benedict. Darlene is the mother of two sons who are involved in the company and has five grandchildren. An avid traveler, Darlene is a member of the International Trade Committee, Dakota County, and has traveled to Ireland, England, Germany, China and to India with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Trade Mission.
Her guiding beliefs: “Something good comes out of everything,” and “You are never given a dream without the opportunity to make it come true.” Darlene feels that she has been blessed with many challenges and opportunities in her life – and looks forward to the coming chapters!