As Founder and Owner of his California based company TRUE NORTH CONSULTING, Brett Sargent is a Certified Exit and Succession Planning Strategist for NAVIX, the world leading company helping business owners navigate and achieve successful exits. He also chairs five CEO/Business Owner/Executive groups totaling over 60 members in the Sacramento area on behalf of VISTAGE Worldwide. He is also Owner of Sunbelt Business Brokerage of Sacramento, where he and his team specialize in mergers and acquisitions and the sale of businesses and franchises in Northern California.
Brett is a former C-Level Executive and Business Owner of several small businesses working with both large companies and small companies throughout his 20-year career.
Through college he was an Electrical Engineering designing medical equipment at DuPont. After college, Brett transitioned to be a Nuclear Engineer/Physicist working on both nuclear submarine design and training at Lockheed Martin as well as commercial nuclear plants at Commonwealth Edison in the Midwest. He spent a portion of his career with General Electric in various executive roles in supply chain, manufacturing, quality, product management, engineering, sales and marketing and completed several leadership programs and training while at GE. His last role was the Global Sales Leader for General Electric’s Transmission and Distribution products, responsible for global sales of $600M.
Brett transitioned from GE and large corporations to work in various startups and small businesses and start his own companies in numerous industries on both the East and West coasts in a variety of leadership and ownership roles. These roles involved starting operations in China, India, Brazil and Europe. This included being GM/CTO for LumaSense Technologies, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA and President of GridSense, Inc. in West Sacramento, CA.
Brett holds a MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA; a MS in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY; and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Widener University in Chester, PA. Brett has also completed the Naval Nuclear Power School from the US Navy and the Reactor Plant Design Analysis Program from Knoll’s Atomic Power Laboratory. He is also Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
Brett is active in the Clean Tech Startup community working as a Venture Advisory Board member of the i-Gate Innovation Hub and Advisor to Clean Tech Open. Brett resides in Northern California with his wife and two children.