I am a native of Iowa. My grandfather's father had come to America through Ellis Island from Ireland to escape famine. My father's ancestry dates back to 1683 in Krefeld Palatinate, Normandy near the Rhine River. I grew up in a small Mississippi River town, but spend summers on my relatives' farms in southwest Iowa, better known then as "tornado alley." You could say I'm old school but have been known to envision the future in the application of technology.
After high school, then college at Kansas University, and piloting Navy helicopters during the Vietnam era, I embarked on a newspaper publishing career studying Journalism and Marketing at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I rose through the ranks as a newspaper business executive for the Des Moines Register, Chicago Tribune, Charlotte Observer, and Memphis Commercial Appeal. I also have been an entrepreneur in several capacities and worked with companies that designed and installed large data center and network command center technologies. That led me to train and coaching the use of those technologies -- a franchised technical training facility (actually two) in Atlanta where we hosted as many as 30,000 enterprise learners from all industries from around the world annually. Obviously, on-sight enterprise software preceded the many forms of now widely used on-line training technologies.
With this worldwide exposure to a wide range of executives, IT specialists, HR, and training leaders, I was suddenly aware of task automation, robotics and the role of on-demand talent. Add in Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine learning, and you have technology outpacing available human talent skills leading to a singularity. How would all this affect training skills necessary to keep pace? More importantly, how would this effect the ability of my grandchildren and their grandchildren to have the same opportunities which were available to me? As I began to research these concerns more closely, the more I learned a tectonic shift was underway creating a business killing tsunami that would bring sweeping changes to how work will be accomplished.
Using a pen name, I am the author of "BOOMERVILLE: Getting off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round," a surprising look at how work will be accomplished in the new "Gig Economy" and the impact of 60 million baby boomers yet to leave the permanent workforce. My work-life experience plus months of research and due diligence were combined in this book. These revelations and the revealing story behind them shows how we got here and how we can contribute to getting our economy moving again. "BOOMERVILLE: Getting Off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round" is available online at most book sellers including Michael Hib's Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
I am also the Publisher and Editor of the GigNews.Today and Specialized Editions for freelancers and another for freelance users. I have spoken at trade conferences, local business associations, industry conferences and events on these life learned subjects over the last three decades.