Summary

Project and Innovation Management Practitioner Experience:

* Project Management: - Featured in October 2009 issue of PM Network magazine, the official monthly periodical of the Project Management Institute, within the article titled, “Innovate or Die.”  (Pgs. 58-63)  - Fourteen years of proven successful information technology, business strategy and innovation project, program and portfolio management experience - Effective and motivational leadership of project and functional teams with membership of up to 35 individuals - Project management experience includes innovation portfolio, business strategy, technical infrastructure, telecommunications and web/systems development projects lasting up to four years in duration with budgets in excess of $20,000,000 in earned value  - Skilled experience in project planning and scheduling, earned value management, resource assessment and planning, work authorization systems, scope and change control, scope integration management, work package budget tracking and cost accounting, use case analysis, requirements definition, and requirements verification/validation - Experience using Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Server and Hewlett-Packard Project Portfolio Management Systems - Experience using Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Rational Unified Process (RUP), and Rapid Prototyping (RaPro) project management concepts - Strong organizational and analytical problem solving skills

* Innovation Management and Product/Service Development Leadership: - Author of “The Innovation Manager’s Desk Reference” published by Lulu and available on Amazon.com (ISBN: 978-0-557-05250-9) - Nine years of successful innovation management, organizational creativity, new product/service development and executive leadership experience - 2000 Graduate of the Disney Institute Program On Managing For Innovation and Creativity - Facilitative leader of creative problem solving workshops and seminars - Speaker, author and facilitative leader regarding project management best practices and creativity/innovation “next practices” to audiences of business professionals: - Executive Director of Think For A Change, LLC, a private firm offering consultation services on idea development systems, leveraging employee creativity, innovation management programs, and other corporate innovation initiatives  * http://www.thinkforachange.com  * http://blog.thinkforachange.com - National conference speaking experience:  * 2009 Business Innovation Conference – Wheaton, IL  * 2009 Product Development & Management Association Annual International Conference – Anaheim, CA  * 2008 Product Development & Management Association Annual International Conference – Orlando, FL  * 2008 ProjectWorld/World Congress for Business Analysts Regional Conference – San Diego, CA  * 2006 ProjectWorld/World Congress for Business Analysts National Conference – Orlando, FL - Strong communication, presentation and partnering skills across all levels of an organization - Functional leadership experience includes directing successful disaster recovery and business continuity program, innovation management program and numerous operational excellence programs - Process improvement leadership utilizing Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, DMAIC, TQM and TRIZ methodologies - Facilitative leader of Main Street De Pere and De Pere Area Business Association merger negotiations

Work History

Work History
Apr 2005 - Present

Sr. Manager-PMO & IT Innovation Champion

Thrivent Financial
May 2000 - Present

Executive Director

Think For A Change, LLC.
Feb 2003 - Apr 2005

Technical Project Manager

Infinity Technology
Jun 1997 - Feb 2003

Director of Legal Technology

Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.

Education

Education
1986 - 1990

Bachelor of Science

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Certifications

Certifications
Jun 2004 - Present

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute