Travis Pearson

MANUFACTURING, SECURITY & STAFFING

Travis Pearson is President & CEO of The DPI Group, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. Under his leadership, The DPI Group has expanded its footprint and lines of business, and its mission has evolved from employing people with disabilities to employing those with any barrier(s) to employment. The organization now includes nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries that employed nearly 2,200 people in fiscal year 2019 and brought in $32 million in revenue.

Travis joined DPI in 2004 as an Employment Specialist and has held leadership roles in nearly every branch of the organization. He helped to grow DPI’s security business from a public sector provider to a diversified organization with private sector clients in various industries. Under his watch, DPI’s staffing services expanded in Oregon and into Washington, Arizona, Maryland, Idaho, Minnesota, Delaware and New Jersey. DPI Staffing now has 10 branch offices around the country. Travis stewarded the development of an infant formula and nutritional product manufacturing business that has products on the shelves in the United States, Africa and the Middle East. He also grew a single AbilityOne combat knife assembly contract into a diversified tactical tools division with multiple sales channels, all supporting the employment of veterans with disabilities.

Travis is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and the US Coast Guard and has a background in intelligence and security; he worked for various federal agencies during his time in the service as a security and intelligence analyst. Travis is a graduate of American Military University and earned an MBA in finance from Washington State University.

Travis is active in a variety of nonprofit, social enterprise and manufacturing organizations, and has presented at the Alternative Staffing Alliance and SourceAmerica national conferences. His professional accomplishments and community service led him to be named one of the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2016.