Technologist, Strategist, Communicator
I help my employers build better products by fostering strong customer relationships.
That's what it really comes down to, doesn't it? Life is about relationships. Business is about relationships. And the best relationships are built upon trust, honesty, and respect. That's how I treat my customers and my colleagues. I trust them, I'm honest with them, and I respect their needs. Peirod. Business relationships, like life relationships should start with that foundation and they can grow from there...
I'm a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia school of Engineering.
Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering (BS EE)
In my Electrical Engineering studies I learned about 3-phase power, electromagnetics, and analog vs. digital signals. But most importantly, I learned troubleshooting and problem solving skills invaluable not only in my career, but also in my everyday life.
Bachelor's Degree, Computer Engineering (BS CE)
In my Computer Engineering courses, I wrote a small operating system, learned different programming languages, and explored computational logic. I also learned that being a Computer Engineer also immediately labels you as "tech support" for your friends and family.
I've spent over 20 years working hard to develop strong customer relationships. However, I started by spending the first years of my career programming CAD software before transitioning into product management and marketing roles.
On a daily basis, I've been responsible for executing research and development projects, gathering customer requirements for future projects, assisting with sales engagements, managing customer relationships and activities, defining a future vision for the products under my jurisdiction, mass communications, social media communications, and general marketing.
I've traveled the world to help build my customers better software.
Ask me about how I've spent decades generating value for my employers.
I've done a lot of research on business, leadership, and management, and over that time I've found inspiration in many quarters. Here are some quotes that have resonated with me...
Creativity is every company's first driver. It's where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place. Nolan Bushnell
Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. William Arthur Ward
Every company needs to have a skunkworks, to try things that have a high probability of failing. You try to minimize failure, but at the same time, if you're not willing to try things that are inherently risky, you're not going to make progress. Nolan Bushnell
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money. Lord Acton