US Army Officer
My career in leadership development began as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute. Upon graduation, I was commissioned an infantry officer in the US Army. After asking to go to Korea (one of the least desired choices for duty assignments), I was surprisingly sent to Fort Lewis, Washington (the No. 1 destination choice, Army-wide). My luck didn’t end there: I was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader, to THE unit experimenting with the “Medium Brigade” – a brand new doctrinal concept the Army was adopting. In 2003, I volunteered for the war and they actually sent me! In Kuwait and Iraq, I worked military intelligence for the ’03 invasion. I spent my last year in Korea, working as an assistant war-planner in a division headquarters. In six years of Active Duty, I was able to see and work across the tactical, operational and strategic levels of national defense. And I worked in three, completely different functions doing it. It was a hell of an education.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to meet great leaders and executives since my transition to the private sector. Now, I get to work with great organizations. Most of my clients are small, a few are big (one was Fortune 5). I relied on my Army experiences to facilitate the development, as well as support the execution, of over 50 business strategies. Using independently designed templates, I helped create and coordinate +200 strategic and operational initiatives. One client’s customer base increased from 30,000 to 1 million in 18 months. My intellectual property has been used during a successful initial public offering. One time, falling back to my experience as a war-planner, I helped a client create a strategic crisis playbook. It came in handy, as it prevented an overnight $2M loss! My specialized leadership workshops are fun, educational and incredibly engaging. They even helped justify ten restructures of leadership teams. As a result, risks to strategic execution were significantly mitigated.
Professor and Writer
General Patton said, “All soldiers are hero worshippers.” That’s probably why I taught US Military History at Scottsdale Community College for eight years. I introduced my students to leaders (good and bad), as well as strategy and philosophy in action. I’ve also taught a course on the Vietnam War, which was very depressing. Yet, many lessons can be learned from it. I’m currently writing my first book. The working title is “Managing Chaos: The Emergent Leader.” The goal is to publish it in Fall, 2020. The impetus was a simple observation made throughout the years: leaders are never prepared for Chaos, no matter the company, leader or industry. So, I want to prepare emerging leaders to not only accept it, but to effectively manage it. My goal is to help them transform into type of high-performing leaders that a CEO or owner eagerly seeks out.