I am a facilitator, teacher, and speaker. I teach organizations and individuals how to successfully overcome the inability, the fear, and sometimes the unwillingness, to change.
I facilitate the creation of new road maps to guide the journey from the present to the future. I reduce the time between Ã¢â‚¬Å“WouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it be cool ifÃ¢â‚¬Â¦?Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wow! What an achievement!Ã¢â‚¬Â
I believe perspective defines happiness, a positive attitude enables success, and possibilities exist for everything.
My job is to transform ideas into reality.
I was born in the capital city of West Virginia the year John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I cheered Neil ArmstrongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s walk on the moon, watched solar eclipses through a color-film negative, and listened to music on 8-Track tapes. I watched President Nixon resign his office, owned a first edition SonyÃ‚Â® Walkman, and remember my latitude and longitude when both Harry Chapin and John Lennon died.
Growing up I spent more than my fair share of time grounded to my bedroom, where I chose to use my time to engineer and flight-test perfect paper airplanes elaborately decorated, perhaps unwisely upon reflection, with the phrase, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Help!!! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m being held captive by a wicked witch!Ã¢â‚¬Â, from my window into the back yard where my mother often found them. When I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t being held in captivity, I survived walks through protesting parents during the Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, was interested enough to learn New Math, rose many mornings at 5:00 AM to deliver newspapers, and I learned how to march and play the trombone at the same time.
I set off for college to become a dentist, but organic chemistry got the better of me and a wise Chemistry professor encouraged the pursuit of a different career. A wiser English professor suggested I consider becoming a writer. Unfortunately, my parents had no room in the basement for me to make a home, so I chose life in marketing and advertisingÃ¢â‚¬â€the closest fields I could find to writing that actually paid enough to allow me to get my own place.
Once on my own, I fell into a successful career leading marketing and organizational change for companies both small and large. I have worked in many industries and been fortunate enough to have held senior positions with, or advised, many well-known organizations including: AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association (National), American Bar Association (National), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Cargill Ag Horizons, Disabled American Veterans (National), DominoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pizza, Geneer, Microsoft, PinPoint Marketing, and Subway to name just a few.
I am a serial entrepreneur and I have helped grow many first-stage start-up companies.
My life and career have been marked by both successes and failures. Along the way, I learned my greatest strengths are a drive to create, a desire to build things and nourish people, and a passion for identifying workable solutions to seemingly impossible problems in business, and in life. These traits and my core beliefs that perspective defines happiness, a positive attitude enables success, and possibilities exist for everything form the root of all my successes.
I am an avid student of emergingÃ¢â‚¬â€yet usefulÃ¢â‚¬â€technology, cultural change, human behavior, and personal motivation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on these, and related marketing topics.
In my spare time I write, paint, hike, and explore.
I have been known to take a picture or two.
Ideas and the opportunity to use new and emerging technologies to build useful things that change the way we work, play and serve in the world.
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