I entered the U.S. Army in 1984 as a Private First Class, and retired in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Along the way I had assignments in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and across the United States. I held leadership positions in the infantry, led human intelligence collection, served as a counterintelligence special agent in charge of a national security investigations, and as the senior intelligence officer at battalion, brigade and joint task force levels. My military career culminated as a staff officer with program oversight responsibilities for biometric collection and analytical activities in 27 countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Entering the business world, I led business development in a security technology company before embarking on a consulting path that allows me to add value and provide innovative insights to a broad variety of clients. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University, a Master of Science in International Management from Troy University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Aviation Safety and Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, my educational background provides a unique perspective and expertise as I tackle new challenges.
My Resume and Curriculum Vitae are available below.
"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
I've always been interested in the manner in which knowledge, innovation, and technology intersect in the form of new ways to solve challenges and improve upon the status quo. While I admit to be enamored with many forms of technology, in my experiences I've learned that even the best technology will fail if it isn't embedded into the culture and processes of the organization or society in which it is expected to perform. So while I am learning the inner workings of a new technology, I'm also thinking about how that technology will fit in or disrupt the processes into which it will be implemented, and how it will affect the people that will operate or benefit from the technology.
I have experience and interest in a wide range of research topics. I've led projects involving biometric, intelligence, security, and aviation technologies, and have conducted research to improve our understanding of how humans implement and use innovative ideas and equipment. My work has taken me to over 70 countries, where I've interacted with scientists, manufacturers, government officials, and end users of technology. I'm thankful that my work, travels, and educational experiences have provided me the tools to lead consulting projects while indulging in my passion to learn about new technology solutions through research.