• About Me

     

    Award-winning product and experience design leader, strategist, thinker and problem-solver, with a strong background in solution synthesis and development, and a passion for user focused elegance and simplicity.

    • Deep involvement in all aspects of the development process
    • Multicultural perspective toward solving problems and achieving results
    • Unusually strong technical and engineering competencies across nearly all development areas
    • Lived and worked internationally most of my life
    • Deep, trusted relationships with multi-tier suppliers in Asia

     

  • Current

    Fractional CTO/CDO

    Start-up Mentor, Advisor

    Capital Factory ------------------------------------------------------------------ Austin

    Advises, mentors, and shepherds strategic product and experience definition and development for multiple local and out-of-state start-ups in the technology and consumer sectors.

    Prior to that, worked at Dell for over a decade, leading the ID/user experience definition, development and implementation for Dell OptiPlex and Precision branded business PC’s, as well as many other consumer and enterprise systems and peripherals.

  • Experience

    Industrial Design Senior Principal

    2004-2016 - Dell ---------------------------------------------------------------- Austin

    Senior Design Principle responsible for the Industrial and Experience design of all of Dells highly profitable OptiPlex and Precision branded desktop computers and workstations, from pre-concept through production, accounting for over $10 billion in annual revenue.
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    Design Manager

    2003-2004 - Hewlett-Packard --------------------------------------------- Houston

    Hired to help manage and expand HP’s server and storage design team based in Houston, Texas, after the merger with Compaq. Developed the vision for a new enterprise design language, leading the full team's involvement in collaborate brainstorming and definition of tenants and attributes.

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    Senior Industrial Designer

    1999-2003 - Sunbeam Oster ----------------------------------------- Boca Raton, Fl

    One of only 2 designers at Sunbeam, responsible for multiple brands such as Sunbeam, Oster, Mr. Coffee, Coleman Grills, Health-o-meter, etc. Worked closely with marketing and engineering to develop new product concepts and features, resolving widely varying inputs into coherently designed product lines.

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    Director

    1993-1999 - Morton Vaughan Product Design ----------------------- Hong Kong

    Morton Vaughan provided a much needed service for US companies needing reliable design as well as manufacturing oversight in the Far East, and for Asian companies in need of American market and design expertise. At a time when ID was just beginning to be understood and appreciated in Asia, Morton Vaughan was the first fully expatriate-staffed design firm in Hong Kong.

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    Senior Design Lead

    1990-1993 S. Megga Telecommunications ---------------------------- Hong Kong

    Provided in-house Industrial Design competency for this Hong Kong based telecommunications OEM Manufacturer, designing consumer and SMB wireless telephones, fax machines, answering machines, and other products for ATT, BellSouth, Brondi, and other western telecom customers.

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  • What I do

    A partial list

    Strategy

    Insight

    Research

    Problem solving

    Synthesis

    Development

    Implementation

    Shipping

  • Education

    University of Cincinnati

    1985-1990

    BS Industrial Design

     

     

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    1982-1985

    Electrical Engineering

    Singapore American School

    1979-1981

    College prep