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BACKGROUND: I started my first business, Energy Concepts, in 1976, and while I have been involved in a half a dozen other small business start-ups over the years, the bulk of my career has been spent developing remote operations and assisting customers in the expansion and startup of Chip Fabrication Plants, for Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 company in the semiconductor industry.
Over the last 30 years I have had the unique opportunity to both be involved in Applied Materials as it grew from ~600 to over 20,000 employees while helping a number of different businesses to start to grow. I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University and most recently my Masters in the Management of Science and Technology from Oregon Health & Science University in 2004. The last several years of my corporate career were spent turning around troubled organizations and projects that were failing to meet corporate or customer expectations. Today in addition to being the owner of Practical Business Concepts, I am an active member of both the Organization for Entrepreneurial Development (OED) and the Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE).
INDUSTRY BACKGROUND: While as a certified 7 Stage Consultant, I have access to a complete array of business experts, my personal expertise and strengths lie in Operations and Systems planning and development, Logistics, Personnel management and growth, Customer Satisfaction, Negotiations, Safety, Quality, and Training.
HOBBIES: Golf, Cycling, Sports Fishing, and Horses
I COACH/CONSULT BECAUSE: It is a passion, I am good at it, and I enjoy helping others.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” Henry Ford
FAVORITE MOVIES: The American President, Blazing Saddles, Avatar
WHAT I AM READING: J. Kotter – The Heart of Change, Kouzes/Posner – The Leadership Challenge, G.Stein – Racing in the Rain, C.Gould – The 7 Stages of Small Business Success
COMMENTS: After recently being certified in the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, I have to say, it is a very powerful tool for stimulating change and I am looking forward to using it to benefit my clients.