LARRY TRAUTMAN is author and teacher of public policy, business law, climate, constitutional law, cyber security, entrepreneurship, ethics and corporate governance scholarship. Educator, heavily published, nationally-recognized, proven entrepreneur (responsible for about a dozen company start-ups) and professional corporate director. Invited speaker or full-time faculty at: University of Florida; George Mason University; George Washington University; Harvard University; UC Davis School of Law; Western Carolina University (2016-2018); Prairie View A&M University, the first HBCU in Texas (2019 - Present) and others.
He has many years experience as a professional corporate director with particular expertise in the areas of corporate governance, investment banking, law, and capital formation. Mr. Trautman held numerous corporate directorships in publicly-traded and privately-owned corporations engaged in such diverse industries as dairy processing, financial services, franchising and fast food (Custom Creamery, Orange Julius and Crescott, Inc.– all NASDAQ), mortgage banking, publishing, software and information technology, oil & gas (Comstock Resources, Inc., NYSE: CRK), and others. He served as Chairman of the Committee of Independent Directors in the sale of Orange Julius, Inc. to International Dairy Queen (now owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. As Senior Vice President of the New York-based investment banking firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, he had a diverse corporate finance practice, having sole client responsibility for the origination, negotiation and processing of billions of dollars (current market value) of merger and acquisition transactions and public equity offerings for both traded and going-public situations. His other transaction experience includes: venture capital, real estate, public finance, and private debt and equity placement. He is a serial entrepreneur, bringing skill sets and experience to his practice of corporate governance.