After his leukemia diagnosis in 2010, Larry Lacerte had plenty of time in his hospital room to contemplate his life and fate. But the father of seven, then 58 years old, was loathe to complain. “I don’t think I’d do anything different,” Lacerte says, sitting in the elegant dining room of his Highland Park home. Few of us might be so sanguine. To those who know him, Lacerte is a quiet but influential force in the Dallas business community. He sold his first company, Lacerte Software Corp., to Intuit in 1998 for a whopping $400 million.
Three years later he launched ExponentHR, a technology firm that automates functions like payroll and human resources.
These days Joyce, his wife of 29 years, is by Lacerte’s side as he wages an ongoing battle against leukemia that continues to beat the odds. After two bone-marrow transplants, he’s now in remission.
But the road has been anything but smooth. Known for avoiding the limelight, Lacerte says he is happy to share his personal and business story now. But “not because I’m humble,” he says. “It’s because I’m scared.