Diverse Experience and Leadership
Consistently proven leader with 18+ years of professional experience, first in law and then in early stage technology ventures.Demonstrated early career skills in legal positions with private, non-profit, and government organizations.After transition into high-tech entrepreneurship, launched new ventures in Silicon Valley and in the Washington, DC, area, including one successful exit via acquisition.Held several interim CEO/COO-type positions with growth-stage startups, and worked with many others as a formal or informal consultant, advisor, and mentor.Excelled across a variety of technologies (Internet, speech recognition, telephony, security, mobile, Web 2.0) and industries (legal, military, aerospace, technology, angel investing, travel, consulting, environment, education).
Success in Chaotic Environments
Leveraged legal, military, and entrepreneurial training to comfortably succeed in unsettled operational environments.Easily adapted to unfamiliar geographic markets, industries, technologies, organizational structures, and roles, even when pushed outside of personal “comfort zone.”Especially decisive in situations with unclear objectives, incomplete intelligence, tight timelines, and high stakes.
Exceptionally adept at “out of the box” thinking and undertaking unconventional approaches as a means of solving complex problems.Led startup tech venture through three shifts in strategic direction in order to properly position for acquisition during economic downturn when other industry ventures ceased operations.Created two new entrepreneur-focused committees to address local economic development and entrepreneur development issues.Launched one non-profit organization and one for-profit venture to stimulate the creation and growth of international aerospace-related private ventures.
Strategic Planning and Operational Execution
Strong strategic planner and visionary thought leader, equally at home in the Board room, at a podium, in a media interview, on a business plan competition judges panel, or on a client site.Worked with entrepreneurial founders, Board members, and senior executives to develop and hone high-level business strategies.Leadership experience in operational roles also demonstrated success creating and managing processes, infrastructure, execution plans, success metrics, reporting, and control mechanisms, especially in high-growth organizations.First-hand expertise in every aspect of business operations, including product development, marketing, sales, business development, customer/client support, fundraising, legal, finance, IT, human resources, and corporate governance.
Professional Networking and Team-Building
Developed a strong and growing professional network of contacts across a range of industries, geographies, roles, and sectors.Leveraged personal introductions, events, and online media to create meaningful relationships across the world.Repeatedly recruited, trained, motivated, and mentored teams at all levels (Board, executive, staff) for paid and volunteer positions.