I am an emeritus professor of sociology at The Evergreen State College in the state of Washington where I have taught since 1975. Prior to Evergreen I taught at the University of California, Riverside. My last assignment at Evergreen was to the urban learning center in Tacoma where I taught planning, statistics and public policy. I made a brief return to provide special support to the college’s MPA program segment devoted to Tribal Governance in 2008.
I received my B.A. in sociology from the University of Redlands, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington. At Evergreen I served as Acting Director of the Institute for Public Policy, Director of the Graduate School in Public Administration, and Special Assistant to President Daniel J. Evans.
I specialize in providing strategic planning services to all kinds of organizations, but have focused on commercial real estate firms, networks and associations for the past 15 years. I have worked with the top firms in major market across the North American continent and with the leading networks NAI Global, CORFAC International, TCN Worldwide, GVA Worldwide, Coldwell Banker Commercial, ONCOR International. I also have worked with associations, among them the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®, FIABCI, the CCIM Institute, the Appraisal Institute, the REALTORS Land Institute, the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, as well as commercial boards and state realtor associations. I facilitated a major revision in the Washington State real estate license law for the state Real Estate Commission.
Some of my other notable clients are or have been: Golden Corral Restaurants, the Inspector’s General Office of the New York MTA, the Piton and Rose foundations in Colorado, General Parts, Inc. (Carquest), Pope Resources, Plum Creek Timber, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, the Washington State Labor Council, several city and county councils, school districts, community colleges and universities and, most recently, national auditor’s offices throughout the western Pacific and Micronesia (Guam, Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the state of Yap). I have worked with over 20 agencies, board and commissions for the state of Washington and have even helped the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever’s Association develop a strategic plan.
I am married to Kathleen, a banker, with three grown kids, four grandchildren and a golden retriever. I live in University Place, 30 miles south of Seattle, over-looking Puget Sound.
Recent, Current and Coming Events
I've given thousands of lectures and presentations, but I rarely get the opportunity to give a speech. Thanks to my friend in Harrisburg, Robin Zellers, I was invited to provide the keynote address to an annual business forecast sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal a year ago.
Not getting ther chance to do this thing very often, I gave these folks both barrels of my opinions. It was great fun, many seemed to enjoy it and I suspect most thought me to be a left coast loony... which is pretty accurate. I had great fun.