Brian Bonar is a pioneer of professional employer organizations (PEO), special companies that manage human resource functions for client companies that want to have their time free to focus on other tasks.
Brian Bonar is the Chairman of the Dalrada Financial Corporation based in San Diego, but he’s led the acquisition of subsidiary PEO companies including Smart-Tek which was recently renamed to Trucept Inc.
Smart-Tek incorporated advanced security systems and automated payroll technologies for small to mid-sized businesses, but Bonar decided to take it to another level by turning it into a staffing solution-based company. The Dalrada Financial Corporation also sells employee benefits and compensation packages through PEOs.
Brian Bonar began at IBM UK after graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from Strathclyde University and Staffordshire University. He spent 17 years with IBM working as a consultant and Procurement Manager who was responsible for marketing computer motherboards and special equipment to enterprise customers throughout the world.
After leaving IBM he served as Director of Engineering for QMS Management where he oversaw software development teams of about 100 engineers. He soon moved into the printing industry and during his time with Rastek, Adaptec and Bezier Systems he led the development of different printing technologies and oversaw sales and marketing.
He officially joined the Dalrada Financial Corporation in 1999 though he’s also served at AMS Outsourcing, The Amanda Company, Allegiant Professional Services and Imaging Technologies.
According to Bloomberg, Brian Bonar’s foray into the restaurant business started as a side hobby, but he’s built quite a little empire in San Diego County, particularly in the Escondido area. He took an interest in some lesser known smaller restaurants that he had a plan for and began to recruit some of the state’s fine chefs to manage them.
His biggest acquisition was a small restaurant that he renamed Bellamy’s in 2013 and hired an award-winning Master Chef of France, Patrick Ponsaty to manage.
Ponsaty has been featured in numerous culinary arts magazines and has been known for preparing some of the most exquisite meals. In addition to Bellamy’s, Bonar has also tasked Ponsaty with catering to guests at his Bandy Canyon Ranch resort just outside the Escondido vicinity.
Bonar has won a few notable awards, including the Executive of the Year in Finance at the Cambridge University Who’s Who event. He also is involved in several philanthropies including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
When he isn’t too busy with other things, he enjoys boating on the ocean or taking swings on the golf course. And a little-known fact about Bonar is his honorary title of Lord Bonar of Wilcrick bestowed on him by the British royal family.