Donn began his career at General Electric testing large steam turbines and generators used by utilities to generate electricity; followed, by manufacturing and marketing assignments at the Transformer Division. Later he led an organization servicing these and other GE products in the United States. He then established facilities around the world to service power generation, transmission and other electric equipment. Donn was involved with the work done at customer locations; steel mills, electric utilities, refineries, oil drilling and production facilities and open pit and underground mining operations. At every opportunity, he learned of the needs of these industries.
Donn has toured Saudi Arabia including a close-up inspection of the eastern province with its oil producing and shipping facilities. He has investigated many of the other oil producing countries in the Mideast and Northern Europe, as well as examining iron-ore mining locations and major shipping centers in Europe and Asia. All told, Donn has visited over 50 countries and has knowledge of their need for the technologies that can improve their well being and their use of equipment manufactured in the United States.
Following his retirement as a senior GE Company executive, he continued to study and write about energy issues. Before retiring as president of TSAugust, a 501 (C) 3 think tank comprised entirely of volunteers, he wrote for www.tsaugust.org.
He has written two books as well as various papers and articles. He also speaks about energy issues at professional meetings, at conferences, and on cruise ships.
Donn has been active in the community, serving two terms on the board of the Reston Association, the second largest such association with over 60,000 residents.
Donn is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy.