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Over 25 years professional and management experience in training, education, and human resources development.  Relevant skills/expertise include assessment, technical and soft skills training, career development, public speaking, group facilitation, small business entrepreneurship, project management, staff development, systems design and implementation, and sales and marketing.  Have managed nonprofit annual budgets over $600,000, supervised diverse support and professional staff, and overseen numerous contracts with masters- and doctoral-level service providers.  Varied experience in working with executive, managerial, academic, professional, students, vocational rehabilitation and special and diverse populations. Computer expertise includes MS Office applications, training/educational software, assessment software, job bank software and specialized database applications.

Employment History  

  • Owner, The Work Suite, Fairfield, Iowa.  Midwest Sales and Training Director, Vocational Research Institute, SkillTRAN/VERTEK, and other national publishers of vocational assessment and training software.  Independently represent suppliers of vocational assessment, skills training and job matching systems.  Supervised up to six masters- and doctoral-level representatives covering Midwest for sales/marketing, systems implementation and consulting services.  Consult with customers and publishers on new product development and validation/refinement of existing assessment and training systems.  Primary markets include schools, job training agencies, vocational rehabilitation and other human service agencies.  (1992 to present) 
  • Vice President – Product Development, Reeves Steel and Plastics, Inc.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Responsible for coordinating product development activities for family business. My father developed 47 patents, mostly plastics applications in the transportation and housing industry. Coordinated with suppliers such as GE Plastics and Dow Chemical to develop new product applications. Wrote applications for Small Business Innovation Research grants. Conducted new product research under the supervision of the University of Wisconsin, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Submitted research to US Department of Energy - Oakridge Laboratory. Coordinated prototype development and technology transfer with product manufacturers.  (1990 to 1992) 
  • Senior Human Resources Consultant, Corporate Education Resources, Inc., Fairfield, Iowa.  Consulted with over 50 of the Fortune 500 and other large institutions to develop and implement automated human resources planning, assessment, training and succession planning systems.  Facilitated client decision-making and provided training and consulting to conduct job analysis, determine skills sets and implement human resource planning and development processes.  (1987 to 1990)  
  • Statewide Coordinator, Conferences and Continuing Education, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.  Collaborated with wide variety of businesses and institutions to design, develop, and coordinate in-service and professional licensure training programs.  Recruited and marketed top trainers and workshop leaders for statewide seminars and learning retreats.  (1985 to 1986) 
  • Director, Alaska Life/Work Planning Center, Fairbanks, Alaska.  Responsible for start-up and growth of career development and job readiness service-provider business.  Developed contracts with area schools, Alaska Vocational Rehabilitation, the U.S. Army Education Office, and Tribal Agencies.  Worked with over 3,000 individuals and delivered over 200 workshops.  Wrote book; Stalking the Great Alaskan Job, magazine and journal articles, research studies, newspaper columns and produced video series.  (1980 to 1985)   
  • Director of Training and Career Development, CETA/Adult Learning Programs of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.  Designed, developed and managed training and assistance services for 500 CETA Public Service Employment participants in a service delivery region the size of Texas.  Supervised six staff and contracted numerous trainers and consultants.  Initially hired as assessment specialist and instructor/counselor in adult education.  (1977 to 1980) 

Education

M.A., Human Resource Development, Norwich University, Montpelier, VT.  Thesis entitled:  Motivation, Career Development and Competence.  1984 Psychology major, Journalism minor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.  1973 -1974, 1980-1983 

Recent continuing education includes attending dozens of conferences annually (as an exhibitor, presenter, or professional member).  Statewide annual conferences in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas include: Workforce and Economic Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth and Adult Corrections, School to Work Transition, Career and Technical Education, and related groups.  Have also attended numerous programs through Fairfield Entrepreneur’s Association, ranging from lunchtime seminars to day-long annual summits and youth summits, to in-depth training programs meeting regularly over a period of months.

Memberships 
Past President, Current Marketing and Promotions Chair, Fairfield Kiwanis Club.  2006 to present. 
Member, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. 
Past Chapter President and State Board Member, American Society for Training and Development. 
Past Member, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. 
Past member, Society of Human Resources Management. 
Past Member, National Career Development Project.

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