As the first step of his vast and varied professional career, Lon Secrist graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in finance. After graduation, Lon began working at Johnson and Johnson, a global American pharmaceutical, medical devices, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer. He moved to San Francisco when he was promoted to divisional manager.
Lon then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he took a position as national sales manager for O.C. Tanner Company, the largest recognition jewelry company in the world. He worked with a variety of large and small companies during his time there, and gained tremendous understanding and experience in sales and finance.
Lon eventually left O.C. Tanner to become vice president of Terra Industries. Utilizing his background in finance, he became a true innovator in marketing lease transactions to small community banks.
In 1986, Lon decided to start his own business. Together with partner Harold E. Turley, Jr., he founded Tetra Corporate Services (Tetra), and the company has now been in business for over two decades. Tetra has conducted business with many Fortune 500 companies, as well as structuring creative leasing options for smaller middle-market businesses. His vast experience in sales, financing, and leasing transactions has contributed greatly to the longevity of Tetra. Lon’s vision and knowledge continues to be a driving force behind Tetra’s success.
Adding to his strategic innovations in marketing and sales, Lon holds a chair on the advisory board for Commercial Funding Partners.