I am an experienced university instructor, business executive and entrepreneur. I have a strong business and marketing education/training reinforced with 40+ years of experience in most all areas of business. I have a B.Sc. in Business Administration/Marketing, post-graduate continuing education in Management at Notre Dame, additional MBA courses at WGU, plus specialized intensive training in Japan on how to do business in Asia. Ive also had countless training seminars in most all aspects of business including finance, taxation, capital formation, international business issues, labor, marketing, etc.
My approach to teaching business whether as a university instructor, tutor or consultant is to use my years of diverse business experience to translate what is in a textbook to real world examples in order to clarify both the issue and the importance of key principles. My objective is to not only allow a student to pass a test but, just as importantly, understand concepts well enough to achieve greater success and make better decisions if they should decide to enter the business world. Business has a high fatality rate approximately 85-90% within 10 years. If I can teach a student how to avoid mistakes and make better decisions using proven business principles, passing exams will be relatively easy. I also explain the 5 critical things needed for success in business.
I am currently a consultant in marketing, international business, and media production. My 5 years experience as a University Adjunct Instructor included teaching advanced level courses in International Business, International Marketing, International Management, Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship (business startups). My business experience includes a track record of creating marketing and business successes on a local, regional, national and international level in B2B, B2G, and B2C as well as for non-profits. I have formed, founded, funded and senior management experience with 10-12 different businesses and organizations.
One of my positions was CEO and CTO of an international environmental engineering & manufacturing company based in both England & USA. As an investor owned company, I routinely worked with equity funds, investment bankers, hedge funds and stock exchanges (TSX, AIM, etc.) including M&A work.
My expertise in capital formation and finance was honed by my experience as a Member of the US Securities & Exchange Commissions Small Business Capital Committee where we worked on equity funding regulations and issues for small business.
I was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce as Chair of a District Export Council, a part of the US Commercial Service, to provided mentoring, training and guidance for exporting companies. As Chair, I cofounded a private/public State International Trade Office.
My business experience includes: the hospitality industry (hotel, food, beverage individually and combined) including fine dining and luxury hotels; consumer electronics, computers, mobile/cellular (including founding the #1 US outlet for a premium electronics line); automotive dealerships and auto accessories stores; web based e-commerce businesses; broadcasting/radio (included starting what would become the #1 radio station in that market); marine business (chartering and yacht franchise/dealership); high-end coffee products from beans to machines (retail); and Export/International Business Assistance, Training and Support. As a consultant, I have also worked in a variety of other industries/business sectors. My knowledge of business is not simply theoretical or from reading about or studying business. When it comes to business management, marketing and finance, Ive been there and done that, and my students have always appreciated my ability to clarify complex business issues by making them real.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Dakota - Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I use my extensive business experience to help students understand management and marketing concepts, and how these concepts are used in the real world.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to find out how comfortable a student is with the fundamentals of management and/or marketing. If they need a "tune-up," we can cover the essentials first, which often helps to understand a particular assignment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If I can show a student how to locate information, and how to fit that information into the basics of management and/or marketing, it can become more obvious how to address any business problem or assignment.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If I can show a student how much of this information can be used at some point in their future, a student can see that learning opens the door to future opportunities. The more training and experience, the better the decisions that can be made.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to explain through examples that are easier to understand. Covering concepts from a different angle often makes the issue much clearer. And if I can use examples that the student already is aware of, the "light" often comes on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to explain a bit about my diverse background and how I approach teaching from a different perspective. Having created, funded and managed numerous businesses and organizations, I can show students what is really important for any future business career.