SELECTED CAREER EXPERIENCE
EXECUTIVE, and CO-FOUNDER
Assurant Software Inc.
Designer of StrokSavr system software and
RightWord Diction-Checker application software. Holder of U.S. Patent 5,682,471 - System for preventing loss of work product
in the event of personal computer mishap.
PRINCIPAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Strategic Ideation Inc.
Mentor early-stage companies in software development, technology, publishing, hospitality, non-profit, and other
activities. Sharpen corporate vision; devise strategies; write business plans; prepare projections; advise on financing,
organization structuring, product design, and public relations.
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT PLANNING
MANAGER OF BUSINESS
ADP Claims Solutions Group
San Ramon, CA
Cromer Equipment Company
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Insignia Systems Software Solutions Ltd.
High Wycombe UK
and Sunnyvale CA
Led U.K. emulation software development team and U.S. marketing group. Raised $10 million from European
Venture Capital consortium. Personally closed major account sales. Successful IPO.
Saga Systems Inc. / Willcox Computers Ltd.
Fremont CA and Wrexham UK
IPO effort. Served as MANAGING DIRECTOR of UK engineering and marketing subsidiary.
Scotts Valley CA
Served variously as director of: national dealer sales organization, marketing
communications, public relations, technical publications, facilities, and finance. Coordinated underwriters, public accountants,
and attorneys in successful IPO.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Recorder Printing and Publishing Company
San Francisco CA
Commercial printer and publisher of daily legal and commercial newspapers. Negotiated, arranged
and integrated major acquisition.
The Mother Earth News
The National Rifle Association on America, Inc.
Planned and managed turn-around
of financially stricken organization. Right-sized, reorganized and refocused all operations. Coordinated World Sports Center
joint venture with U.S. Olympic Committee.
EDITORIAL BUSINESS MANAGER
The National Enquirer
TO THE PRESIDENT
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
MANAGER OF FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, BUDGETS AND PLANNING
Ramada Inns Inc.
International hotel, restaurant and hospitality chain. Directed its strategic planning
and its computer systems and operations worldwide.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
PUBLISHER and EDITOR, The Phoenix TODAY Newspaper Group
PUBLISHER and EDITOR, The Seattle TODAY Newspaper
United Media Inc.
Phoenix AZ and Seattle WA
CONSULTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
COMMUNITY PUBLISHING OPERATIONS
PUBLISHER, The San Diego Sentinel Newspaper Group
PUBLISHER and EDITOR, The La Jolla
Harte-Hanks Communications Inc.
San Antonio TX
Designed comprehensive corporate computer systems.
Coordinated successful IPO. Devised strategy for avoiding $5 million in excess profits taxes.
Negotiated acquisitions and
managed San Diego community newspaper publishing and printing subsidiary.
CHIEF OF CORPORATE STAFF
OF MANAGEMENT RECRUITMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION
GENERAL MANAGER, Copley News Service
PRESIDENT, Copley International Corporation
Copley Newspapers Inc.
La Jolla CA
Led industry and IBM group
in pioneering of word processing.
San Diego 200th Anniversary Exposition.
On loan from Copley devised and managed successful turn-around and rescue of moribund, high-profile civic venture.
Civil Affairs/Military Government School.
SYSTEMS SPECIALIST, Army Audit Agency.
United States Army
Gordon GA and Milwaukee WI
Authored Military Field Manuals and audited diverse defense contractor companies.
TO FINANCIAL VICE PRESIDENT
General Motors Corporation
New York NY
Wrote multi-topic proposals sent to
Board of Directors over his signature. Staffed $325 million public offering and Congressional hearings.
Music Circus Inc.
Summer musical theater operating company and franchisees.
PROFESSOR of business management.
Monterey Institute of International Studies.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR of finance, and
University of Phoenix.
The American Press Institute of Columbia University.
Industry Technology Steering Committee.
Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi.
EDUCATION AND RECOGNITIONS
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Harvard Business School
in management, marketing, planning, industrial psychology, manufacturing, business law, finance and controllership. Scholarship.
Cum laude in political science. As extra-curricular activities, managed student
dramatic, broadcasting, and publishing organizations. National Scholarship.
Deep Springs College
Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom.
LIFETIME CREDENTIALS as Administrator and
California Community College System.
TWICE RECIPIENT of Walter F. Carley Memorial Award.
Newspaper Finance Officers.
MARQUIS' "WHO'S WHO" BIOGRAPHEE since 1964.
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in The
Who's Who in Science and Engineering
Who's Who in The Media and Communications
Who's Who in Finance and Industry
Who in The West
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