I always liked the idea of business; and the bigger, the better. Being involved with hundreds and thousands of parts moving all around the world ending up right at your door is something that really made a lot of sense to me. I also enjoyed understanding the customer. I finished my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) then went on to finish my MBA at Pepperdine.
I started out my career at American Hospital Supply for 6 years in various supply Chain roles and then spent the bulk of my career with large Life Science and Tech companies. I love: Strategic Operations, Outsourcing, Lean, Six Sigma, ERP Implementation, Global Supply Chain Management, New Product Introduction, Global Distribution, Design of Operations Strategy, EMS Management, FDA Controlled MFG Experience, Global Service and Reverse Logistics. These things are what I enjoy and excel at.
Later in my career I served as the Vice President of Operations for some of the largest companies in the world: Toshiba, Qualcomm, Kyocera and Blackberry during the great rise of technology. This fast paced life gave me what I was always looking for - life in big business! But, time takes its toll and I realized at some point that I would end up burned out. I turned to consulting to provide a better work/life balance for myself and my wife.
Recently I have turned my focus more to start ups, specifically those that make products that improve people's lives. I joined Exist Tribe after meeting Robert Sweetman at the University of California Jacob’s School of Engineering. I was a mentor for the Global Entrepreneur program. When I saw the technology he was working on and the applicability to peoples’ lives, I knew he had a winner.
Knowing the rigor of corporate America, I understand the value of sleep all too well. For that reason, I joined forces to deliver a suite of products to help people get the sleep they need. The products span an area that includes those with relatively minor sleep issues to individuals that have severe and chronic sleep deprivation. In all cases, the studies are showing a clear relationship between proper sleep and performance and general mental health. I am so proud to be in a position to bring these products to a much needed market.
In closing, one of the things I have learned over the years is that no company is complete without a “social impact bottom line.” Our bottom line at Exist Tribe is to give back to people suffering from sleep and there are no more deserving than our veterans. I encourage you to join our tribe at www.existtribe.com and find out how to help a veteran.