I have a passion for leading people and helping organizations thrive, especially when they’ve stalled. Envisioning a future beyond expectations and building the team, strategic plan, and culture to execute that vision really jazzes me up!
Know your job, work together, and no surprises are my three rules and I like to get things done. Once the vision and strategic plan are in place I’m a fan of do-groups, not work-groups, do-tanks, not think-tanks. I’m an engineer, so data is my friend and I drive toward data-driven decision making.
During my military career, I developed my leadership skills and how to lead large organizations ($4 billion/yr F-22 stealth fighter program) and while working in the private-sector I rounded out my business skills and how to lead small ones ($4 million/yr 501.c.3 non-profit).
I have an entrepreneurial view of problem-solving that fuels my success in creating innovative solutions and the creation of products and programs that stretch the imagination and produce results. I’ve taken my turn at starting companies and failed and will do it again one day with the hindsight of what not to do.
For the last two years, I’ve been leading the transformation of the West Virginia University Alumni Association into a professional and relevant organization for our 203,000 graduates, the University and the state. My goal is to figure out how to harness the knowledge, skills, talent, ideas, and treasure of our Alumni to help each other, grow opportunities for our students, and increase jobs in West Virginia.
In addition to creating economic opportunity and a secure tomorrow for Mountaineers, I’m also leading the effort to improve success for our student veterans at West Virginia University as well as help the University partner with the Department of Defense and the Defense Industry for research and development.
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