Deb Purvin

Founder and Instructor

Deb Purvin is an entrepreneur, an executive, and an adventurer. She is the founder of The Business Owner’s MBA (BOMBA) and has taught this program to hundreds of business owners over the past 20 years. She passionately believes that all business owners can be successful; they just need the right tools and knowledge – which she teaches in BOMBA.

Deb has successfully started, managed, grown, and sold two multi-million dollar businesses. Despite her Dartmouth and Harvard education, she quickly learned that she did not know everything she needed to know to run her companies profitably, to encourage her employees to perform at their best, and to juggle all the risks and requirements of a CEO — while raising a family. Deb made a lot of mistakes. The Business Owner’s MBA was born to help other entrepreneurs avoid these mistakes and to accelerate their learning curve, so they can be more profitable, more quickly. The results speak to BOMBA’s success.

When not managing her own companies, Deb has held many executive roles in the banking industry – working with entrepreneurs and business owners who recognize the value of having a banker who has “been there, done that.” Her banking experience includes companies with revenues from $10MM to $1B in many different industries.

Finally, Deb is an adventurer… she skied on the US Ski Team as a teenager – traveling to 6 of the 7 continents before she was 20. When she sold her first company, she and her family embarked on a 4.5 year sailing trip through Central and South America on a 45’ sloop. Now her adventures are more tame – she has 3 grandchildren that keep her busy.

In addition to the Business Owner’s MBA, Deb teaches several classes for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. She has taught entrepreneurship at both SMU and UNT. She has her coaching certificate from UTD and is currently working on her PhD.