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About Diversified Business Resources. Inc

The founders of DBR are seasoned, successful business executives and consultants who have more than 50 years combined executive management and business consulting experience with a wide diversity of business enterprises.


Gary F. Johnston, President – Mr. Johnston has been involved in providing investment and business capital since 1980 and his experience in the factoring industry began in 1985. He has more than 25 years of practical, hands-on experience with both small and large enterprises in industries which include: micrographics, electronics, computers, software, avionics, aerospace, real estate and construction. Mr. Johnston has held key management positions with NCR, TRW, General Dynamics & Lear Siegler. He was the Operational Vice President of a computer oriented subsidiary of one of the top-fifty Fortune 500 Companies and the President of American Computer Corporation, a hardware and software company, specializing in computer systems for the medical market. He is a hands-on specialist in reorganizing, restructuring and streamlining businesses to achieve positive turnaround of performance.

Ben Gage – Chief Operating Officer – Ben is a highly experienced business professional with a 35 year track record as a successful founder, owner and senior executive in business management, sales, marketing, business and intellectual property law, business consulting and financial services. Ben’s experience includes: Formation and management of a successful Hermosa Beach restaurant; Senior Executive/Owner of a Los Angeles consumer electronics marketing company; Founder and Managing Partner of a San Diego business and intellectual property law firm; President of a San Diego media and marketing company; Founder of a business consulting firm and since 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer of Diversified Business Resources, Inc.

Rhoda Laxa – Director of Operations – She is a 10 year veteran in the factoring business and handles every single aspect of our daily operations.  Since joining our organization in 2007, her involvement in customer relations, business analytics, and contract mitigations has been a key component to our client’s success.   Rhoda’s experience involves banking industries such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and in addition to multiple startup companies in San Diego.   Her roles in business continuity, strict budgeting and expert understanding in financial strategies provided a broad understanding to all kinds of businesses.  Rhoda can always be quoted with the following: “In any business, customer service should be our number one priority, especially in business funding.    Sometimes a little funding can cause a lot of success.”


Jon Harvey – After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Finance and later obtaining an MBA from the University of San Diego, Jon’s career has spanned 28 years in banking which included senior executive and management positions with Torrey Pines Bank, Pacific Western Bank, California Bank & Trust and California First Bank. Jon is currently providing financial and management services for JCH Investors Group, LLC and serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Escondido-based Diversified Business Resources, Inc. and as a Director for San Diego-based One World Labs, Inc. In addition to his business activities, Jon also volunteers his time and expertise with the Girl Scouts of San Diego. He is an avid golfer and standup paddle boarder.