Investment Partner and Co-Founder
Kirby is an Investment Partner and Co-founder of Pioneer Venture Partners. Kirby founded McDonald Industries, a major distributor of construction and mining machinery in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, in 1970. In 1979, he founded Peak Oilfield Service Company which provided oil field support in Prudhoe Bay Alaska, then America's largest oilfield. In 1984 he was a founding partner in Sundance Cruises, which provided cruise ship operations in the West Coast, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1987, Kirby purchased and became CEO and principal shareholder for Universal Services a provider of remote site logistical support services, principally to oil and gas companies and mining and military operations worldwide. When the company was sold to Sodexo SA in 2000, it had operations in 44 countries on 900 sites. In 1989, Kirby became a partner in Pacific Detroit Diesel, a supplier of Detroit diesel engines and related products in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Kirby also served on the Boards of Providence Health and Services, the fourth largest regional healthcare system in the US, Global Voyages Group, Vubiquity, and Prepared Response. Kirby is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the University of Washington in International Business and Finance.