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About me

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I am a Product Coach with over 20 years of experience as both a Product Manager and Product Management Leader. In that time, I’ve experienced all shapes and sizes of companies, a wide variety of industries, and a myriad of product management roles and teams.  


I have worked in product management in some of the world's leading technology companies including Sony, Qualcomm, and T-Mobile.  I also have experience in a wide variety of industries, including Mobile, EdTech, Location Services, SaaS, Digital Media, Consumer Electronics, Platform Services, Developer Tools, and more.  


And I've helped many Product Managers and Product Management Leaders just like you.  

Personally, I live in the Pacific Northwest (just outside of Seattle) with my wife of over 20 years, our two daughters, and our Aussiedoodle.  I am an Adjunct Professor at the Albers Business School at Seattle University and I love the Seattle Sounders, hiking (always with our dog), traveling, and board games.  

2016 - 2023

2013 - 2016

2011 - 2013

2007 - 2011

2004 - 2007

2001 - 2004

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HERE Technologies

Director, Product Management

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Vice President, Product Management

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Director, Product Management

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Director, Product Management

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Universal Electronics

Director, Product Management

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Sony Corporation of America

Senior Product Manager

Licenses and Certifications

What does Break a Pencil mean?

"Break a Pencil" was my dad's way of wishing someone good luck on any written or intellectual activity; it was his variation on the "break a leg" idiom used in theater.  He most often used it to wish me good luck on exams.  Years later, I say the same "break a pencil" to my kids before any test in school.  


My Dad was my first boss and the person who most influenced who I am today.  Break a Pencil Consulting is my way of honoring his memory while also supporting and rooting for the Product Managers who I have the opportunity of coaching.

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