- Full Name
Ed "Skip" McLaughlin
Ed is the founder & CEO of Blue Sunsets LLC, a real estate and angel investment firm based in Darien, CT. He also founded and served as chairman and CEO of United Systems Integrators (USI) Corporation, a corporate real estate outsourcing firm. He earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors in 2001 from Ernst & Young, and USI was named to the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. In 2005, he sold USI to Johnson Controls (JCI), a global leader in automotive, battery, and control systems. Ed then became CEO of JCI’s
Global WorkPlace Business for the Americas. Earlier in his career, Ed was a partner with Trammell Crow Company, a global real estate firm, and worked at IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
A member of the Board of Governors for Tufts Medical Center, Ed founded its David E. Wazer Breast Cancer Research Fund. He graduated from The College of the Holy Cross where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. Ed is the author of The Startup Roadmap: 21 Steps to Profitability and The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business, both books for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business leaders.