A uniquely qualified Information Technology professional with broad-based experience in project and portfolio management, business and process analysis, the software development process, configuration management, staffing, policies and procedures, software selection and vendor management.

Industrial Technology trained ROI-driven leader with a proven track record in recommending, planning, and executing projects while utilizing technology to bring about measurable business benefits.

Organized self-starter able to motivate teams and establish effective strategies to align IT efforts with overall business goals.Accustomed to building lasting relationships with business areas using strong oral and written communication skills and leveraging business acumen.

Well-versed in manufacturing, quality control, engineering, maintenance, warehousing, transportation, supply chain planning, purchasing, human resources, finance, and customer service.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2005 - Aug 2009

Director - Corporate Systems Development

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Responsible for all aspects of system development activities related to the change control, development tools, programming standards, security, licensing, and reliability. Direct all technology projects for the firm with overall responsibility for I.T. staff selection, training, supervision and evaluations. Oversight of all North American and China development operations related to HR, Finance, Transportation, Distribution, Manufacturing, Engineering, Purchasing, Payroll, and Sales.

Jul 2004 - Aug 2005

Manager - Corporate Manufacturing/Engineering Systems

Ashley Furniture

Responsibilities included strategic planning and oversight related to corporate manufacturing, data collection, incentive payroll, purchasing and advanced planning and execution systems.  Directed all technology projects with added responsibility for I.T. staff selection, training, supervision and evaluations.

Mar 2001 - Jul 2004

IT Manager - Manufacturing Systems

Stora Enso

Member of Corenso North America management team responsible for strategic planning and oversight.  Directed all technology projects with responsibility for I.T. staff selection, training, supervision and evaluations.  Matrix reporting to Vice-President of I.T. and President of Corenso North America.

Mar 1997 - Mar 2001

Team Lead - Systems Development

Consolidated Papers, Inc
JD Edwards OneWorld XE technical team leader focusing on Sales Order Management. Responsible for design, development and configuration of inventory & scheduling interfaces from Manufacturing Execution Systems for the companies’ seven North American manufacturing divisions.
Mar 1993 - Mar 1997

Senior Systems Analyst

Consolidated Papers, Inc.
Lead designer of corporate Quality Control System, a repository for test data and statistical summarization providing end-user access and integration with automated data acquisition systems. Lead designer and developer of TeleMerchant®, an interactive voice response system for customer inquiry to order, inventory and product specifications using Voice Builder, C, DECmessageQ, and Oracle/Rdb.
Jan 1990 - Mar 1993

Project Systems Analyst

Consolidated Papers, Inc.
Lead developer for order processing, load planning, finished goods, production inventory control and product tracking systems using DEC VAX, OpenVMS, Oracle/Rdb, DCL, C, and CA/DB Generator.
Jan 1989 - Jan 1990

Senior Scientific Programmer

Project lead for Engineering/Manufacturing Parts List Automation performing systems analysis, design and development. Integration between mainframe based parts list and Unix workstations with INGRES database. Performed analysis and conceptual modeling for optical disk archive and distribution system.
May 1986 - Jan 1989

Scientific Programmer

Designed, developed and supported two engineering focused systems. Managed project teams and acted as lead analyst. Data base administrator responsible for network architecture database. Performed logical/physical database design and optimization in a Unisys mainframe environment.
May 1985 - May 1986

Associate Scientific Programmer

Responsible for Trident II missile defense hardware diagnostics system written in C on RSX-11M-PLUS.



Company Sponsored Training

Stora Enso Manager Program (SEMP)

  • A five week internationally-scoped executive development program established to prepare key managers for executive-level positions.
  • 25 attendees (out of 44,000 employees) are selected each year to participate and tasked to deliver top executives key directional recommendations. 
  • Sessions held in Germany, Finland, Belgium and Sweden.
  1. Leadership Assessment and the Rules of the Game in a Global Economy
  2. Key Functional Issues from a General Management Perspective and Cross-Cultural Communications
  3. Business Development in a Global Setting
  4. Final Report Presentation to EVPs

Achieve Global Management Development

  • A 40 hour program covering Principles & Qualities of Genuine Leadership, Providing Constructive Feedback, Addressing Emotions at Work, Correcting Performance Problems, Developing Others, and Managing Your Priorities.

Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving

  • Rational Process training, commonly referred to as the 'KT Process', is the creation of structured, systematic processes which are used to maximize the critical thinking skills of key stakeholders in a particular situation, problem (potential or real), decision or opportunity.
  • The Rational Processes are broken down into the following:
  1. SITUATION APPRAISAL - the process of ensuring that priority and order are established for multiple concerns associated with a specific issue.
  2. PROBLEM ANALYSIS - a systematic process for finding the cause of a positive or negative deviation.
  3. DECISION ANALYSIS - a systematic process for making a balanced choice.
  4. POTENTIAL PROBLEM (OR OPPORTUNITY) ANALYSIS - a systematic process for protecting an action or a plan.

Juran Quality Improvement

  • Pareto Analysis
  • Management Theory (Overcoming Resistance to Change)
  • Managerial Processes: Quality planning, Quality Control & Quality Improvement

Coaching For Improved PerformanceHow To Influence Others, Gain Cooperation, & Build CommitmentManaging Multiple Priorities

1990 - 2000

Management Institute

University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Project Management:  Planning, Scheduling, and Control
  • How To Work More Effectively With People
1989 - 1989

Masters of Software Design & Development

University of Saint Thomas

Programming Methodologies: Techniques and Data Structures

1981 - 1985


University of Wisconsin-Stout

Industrial Technology, Concentration in Electronics, Mathematics Minor

GPA 3.6/4.0 (Magna Cum Laude)