About Me

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At the core, I am a learning guy. I am deeply invested in the ways that people learn in the real world — at work, in the passions we pursue, in our curiosity about our world and the way it works. I realized early on that I had the ability to teach people, which is another way to say that I have empathy: I put myself in another’s shoes and imagine what the problem  looks like from the other side of the table (to mix a metaphor).

I bring twenty years of experience in teaching, instructional design, eLearning, training and management to my current work. That hard-won experience informs my decisions and practice every day.

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My wife and I at Victoria falls, Zambia, in 2012.

What interests me most, though, is how to apply my knowledge and experience to the new challenges we face in this ever-changing business environment of continuous learning and technology.

I also love to travel, and my wife and I own — and she adeptly operates — an independent, small-group international travel company, Pat and Mike’s Travel.

It's hard to get Chester, five-and-a-half months old, to stand still for a photo.

It’s hard to get Chester, here at five-and-a-half months old, to stand still for a photo.

While I’m originally from Wisconsin, we live quite happily in Portland, Ore. with our Scottish Deerhound mix, Chester.  In addition to travel, I’m an amateur musician, music lover, sports fan (Packers, Badgers & Trail Blazers), card player, and a thinker on policy, politics and economics.

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