My goal has always been to help people overcome barriers to allow them to excel. It’s a way of living that was learned from my parents, teachers, coaches, scoutmasters, clergy, colleagues, friends, and bosses.
Early in my career I was able to turn around a sales territory that had begun to contract. The keys to this change involved large doses of enthusiasm and hard work, and the ability to communicate new opportunities and technologies to customers and the distributor personnel calling on them. In addition to doubling sales, our efforts also earned my distributor and I divisional sales awards.
Over the years I had the opportunity to pursue challenges and opportunities in international business, dealing with regulations and pursuing innovation, including gaining a patent along the way. I guided functions, departments, and companies in different parts of the world. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most visionary and brilliant people in and out of industry – working together for common goals and finding new ways to work more effectively.
My career roles have included salesperson, lab manager, product development manager, vice president – human resources, and general manager/managing director in the business world helping to shape a half billion dollar company; and crew chief and contracts officer in government service.
In business, I was part of teams and led teams that gained top awards and recognition, including –
A Computerworld Smithsonian Award
A Cover Story in CIO Web Business
An International Knowledge Management Executive Summit award
A Workforce Magazine Optima Award
My work with both county and federal government has provided an opportunity to see from the inside what works and what can be improved in government. I have promoted continuous improvement within government, and led by example in the delivery of positive customer service. Since 2009 I have been a member of the nationally recognized procurement department at Pima County and the award-winning Copper Chapter of NIGP, the leading national public procurement association.
But more than that my experience in government has put me in direct contact with many hit by the downturn in our economy. Many who were out of work were picked up in the lead up to the 2010 Census, and I can confidently report that those I supervised worked tirelessly to ensure that southern Arizona was properly accounted for. Now I speak on a daily basis with those engineers, contractors, and suppliers who have experienced the downturn in the heavy construction industries and are looking forward to being able to qualify or bid on the next project.
In my career I have presented success stories to audiences put together by –
The Conference Board
World Economic Development Congress
I have authored numerous articles both business and technical, been interviewed for others, and assisted others with their publications, including -
“The HR Role in Knowledge Management”, The Next Frontier, IHRIM & World-at-Work, 9/2001
“Applying the Three R’s of Conservation to the Water-Borne Coatings Industry: Reduction, Recycle, Reclamation”, European Coatings Journal, September, 1993.
“The Age of Knowledge: Frontier or Fad?”, Communications World, June/July, 2000.
“Managing Knowledge: The HR Role”, HR Executive Review, Volume 6, Number 4, 1999.
“Human Resource Technology Trends: Beyond the Millennium”, Workforce, June 1999.
“Buckman Labs is Nothing But Net”, (A Look From The Inside), Fast Company, June/July, 1996.
Bill Jensen and Josh Klein, Hacking Work (2010)
Robert Buckman, Building A Knowledge-Driven Organization (2004)
Bill Jensen, The Simplicity Survival Handbook and Work 2.0 (2003)
Daniel Tobin, The Knowledge-Enabled Organization (1998)
My associations and some past additional certifications include:
Member, Copper Chapter, National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP)
Diploma of Logistics Management, Australian Institute of Management
Senior Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), HRCI and SHRM Certified 2000-3
The Leadership Development Program, The Center for Creative Leadership