University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Encore Mentor

Dan Flesher retired from Ecolab as a Vice President of Marketing , with a special focus on bringing new and innovative products and programs to market. Within Ecolab’s Institutional Division, he developed and launched programs in a number of arenas including water treatment, food safety , employee safety, laundry and warewashing programs. Prior to marketing, he worked for Procter & Gamble, Benckiser and Ecolab in numerous R&D and technical capacities including Product Development and Process Development. Since retirement in 2010, he founded AHA! Innovation where he is the IDEATOR for consulting to smaller and startup businesses who are looking for instant marketing and technical insights to their product launch challenges.

Dan’s academic background includes a BSChE from the U of MN, as well as an MBA in marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

Dan looks forward to working with Fellows who are interested in learning about the basic fundamentals of bringing their products to market, while increasing the “fun” and “excitement” of the journey!

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