Counselors to America's Small Business
A Manufacturing Executive with broad domestic and international experience leading multiple-facilities in all aspects of Business Leadership including Employee Safety, Banking & Financial Accountability, Sales & Marketing, Business Strategy Formation & Execution, Engineering, Production Operations & Facility Management, Quality Systems Management, Product-Process Development/ Continuous Improvement & New Program Launch, Technology and Culture Change, Human Resources Hiring, Development & Retention, Customer Communications & Relations, Federal, State, Local Government and Third Party Standards Compliance.
Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, Back-to-Basic, 5S, 8D &amp; 5 Why &nbsp;Problem Solving Training, Quality Systems.</p>
MBA - Marketing &amp; Operations management, Wake Forest Babcock Graduate School of Management - 1981</p>
BS - Mechanical Engineering, Southern University - 1971&nbsp;</p>
-- Retired Air Force civilian with experience in government contracting as a buyer, Contracting Officer and procurement analyst (policy, government protests, small business protests, government purchase card, career development). -- Last eight years spent as Deputy Director for Air Force Office of Small Business Programs (Pentagon). Met with hundreds of small businesses on many issues regarding how to obtain Air Force contracts, how to be more competitive in the federal marketplace and who to talk to to "open the door" to Air Force procurement opportunities. Established and negotiated small business goals with the Small Business Administration and worked closely with Major Command acquisition officials to make goals. Dollars spent on small business in the AF increased by 100% during my tenure from $5 billion to $10 billion.
; B.S. Education (Social Studies Comprehensive), Miami University, 1975
M.A. Public Administration, University of Dayton, 1982
; Air Force Air Command and Staff College, (seminar) 1987;
Education With Industry (Radian Corporation, Austin Texas), 1996
My experience includes the following:
10 years with the City of Dallas the last years as City Budget Director. My involvement with the City of Dallas also included being elected for 3 terms to the Dallas City Council and service on numerous boards and commissions
Financial Planning and Division Management for a home building company
Vice President of Finance for a high technology manufacturing company
President of a regional, non-profit economic development organization
Founder, manager, owner, and office broker of 2 real estate companies.
Provider of real estate training courses using telephone and internet contacts
My education included: Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Yale University, 1964 Master of Science in Electrical Engineering,University of California Los Angeles, 1966 Ph D in Electrical Engineering (Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970</p>
For 35 years I have practiced law. My practice coveres the whole range of labor and employee relations law, from traditional National Labor Relations Board work to gender, racial, religious, age and disability discrimination and harassment litigation. I also spend a significant amount of my time handling claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. I have tried numerous employment related cases in the state courts of Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, California and Arizona. I also tried to verdict both class and individual employment discrimination cases in the federal courts of Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, California, Kansas, New York and Nevada, among others. I won the vast majority of cases that I tried. Some of my significant victories included a wage and hour class in which the plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $200 million dollars, defeating a class action in a gender discrimination lawsuit where the plaintiffs sought over $65 million and an individual gender discrimination claim in which the plaintiff sought $12 million in damages.
I have also worked with various clients in designing and implementing, employee handbooks, pay programs, performance evaluation programs, job classifications, affirmative action plans, diversity initiatives, and minority and female outreach programs that are consistent with federal guidelines. I have also worked with various clients to insure compliance with state and federal guidelines concerning whether employees should be paid as hourly or salaried.
I have also spent considerable time drafting and litigating employment agreements which include non compete agreements that seek to protect trade secrets or unfair competition by former employees.
I have also presented numerous seminars and training modules on wage and hour issues, anti-harassment, diversity and inclusion to both clients and industry groups. In addition to an active practice, for five years I was an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Graduatge School of Business where I taught employment law to MBA candidates.
Cornell Law School J.D. 1977</p>
University of Wisconsin B.A. 1974</p>
I worked for Dell from 1998 through 2012. Performed in various management and individual contributor roles in Product Marketing, internal IT, Technology Consulting, Dell Managed Services, and Windows Application Management.
From 1979 through 1998 I held engineering and consulting positions with NCR Corporation. Key roles were Consulting Partner in the IT Strategy & Architecture Consulting and engineering positions that included development and implementation of applications across many industries.
University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois, Computer Science</p>
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Associate Degree</p>
Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF)</p>
BPI Yellow Belt</p>
Margaret Keys, Executive Communications</p>
University of Virginia, Darden School Executive Program</p>
John Zachman, Enterprise Architecture</p>
Dell Image Tools</p>
Dell / EMC SAN and NAS Storage</p>
Relational Database Design</p>
Teradata Relational Parallel Database Basics, Application Utilities and Physical Implementation</p>
Over 700 hours of additional technical classes</p>
Doctor of Philosophy - Religion (current)&lt;/p&gt;
Doctor of Christian Studies, ULC Seminary&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Healthcare Administration&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Business Administration&lt;/p&gt;
Master of Education (C)&lt;/p&gt;
Bachelor of Science - Human Services Psychology/Sociology)&lt;/p&gt;
Cook & Associates Consulting, 1995 to present:
Business Growth Specialist 2005 to 2012:
$2.8mm, leveraging $27mm with 135 jobs,
Development Association (MEDA).
Vice President for Resource Development
The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc., Jackson, MI 1996 to 2004:
and $1.5 million Revolving Loan Fund Programs,
& $450,000 in HUD grants for industrial infrastructure.
Branch County Economic Growth Alliance, Inc., Coldwater, MI 1990 to 1995:
$5,000,000 new investment,
investment and 2,000 new jobs,
Economic Development Coordinator
Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, Portage, MI 1987 to 1990:
Responsible for industrial assistance throughout two rural counties resulting in over 2700 jobs and $56 million in investment.
Responsible for annual development of community created local improvement project inventory in 3 rural and 2 urban counties.
Program Manager - Economic Development
West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon, MI 1986 to 1987:
* Assisted communities in one rural and two urban counties to develop physical and human resource infrastructure needed to meet local objectives.
Assoc. Dean of Instruction - Business and Technical Studies
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI 1983 to 1985:
* Responsible for 58 FTE faculty and staff; 34 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs; developing and managing a $1.8 million budget; evaluating faculty and staff; establishing articulation agreements with area high schools and colleges; and re-activating academic program advisory committees.
Regional Community Development Agent
Cooperative Extension Service
Pennsylvania State University, Reading, PA 1980 to 1983:
* Worked with local government officials and groups to determine needs; provided legislative process information for citizen use; created, packaged and delivered community education programs including:
- legislation impact on local government
- land development ordinances (subdivisions)
- land use planning and zoning
Illinois State Geological Survey
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL 1978 to 1980:
* Conceived, developed and co-authored "Land Use Impacts of Subsidence Over Illinois Coal Mines".
Assistant Planning Director
Kankakee County Planning Commission
Kankakee, IL 1974 to 1978:
* Supervised staff and technicians; directed community needs assessments; created community development plans with local officials and citizens; directed and completed successful Community Development Block Grant applications; and successfully re-initiated federal HUD contract activities.
Governor's Office of Management and Budget
State of Michigan, Lansing, MI 1973 to 1974:
* Co-authored report on staffing Michigan's multi-county planning districts.
United States Air Force
L. G. Hanscom Field
Bedford, MA 1969 to 1974:
* Co-developed computerized management program to monitor Department of Defense research and development contracts.
<p> Graduate: Economic Development Institute (EDI), University of Oklahoma, 1996</p> <p> M.U.P., Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois, 1980</p> <p> B.S., Urban Studies, Michigan State University, 1969</p>