Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson is the business facilitator for strategic planning engagements. He has also consulted on world-wide partner management programs for North American and Eastern Asian clients, executing primarily within the consumer and mobile markets.

Bruce was Worldwide Strategic Partner & Alliances Manager at Hewlett-Packard Company's Personal Systems Group. He helped manage the relationship with two of HP's most strategic partners: Microsoft and Qualcomm. His responsiblities included contract negotiations and conflict resolution. Among his other positions at HP, he managed an operations group in a revolutionary SOA Information Technology start-up sponsored by HP Labs.

Prior to joining HP, Bruce held several management roles within Unisys where he worked to integrate business units after the acquisitions of Convergent Technologies and Memorex. Bruce also developed a business performance management system for Pacific Telesis while consulting out of Unisys' Complex Systems Group.

Brian (Bo) Newman

Bo Newman founded the Knowledge Management Forum, one of the first virtual communities of practice dedicated to the definition and furtherance of the field of knowledge management. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has been recognized as one of the top 10 practitioners in the field of Knowledge Management.

As an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience with organizations in both the government and the private sector, he provides services in the areas of:

  • Knowledge management and strategy assessment
  • Business process analysis
  • Knowledge flow modeling and analysis
  • Organizational design
  • Proposal development and assessment
  • A wide range of project management services supporting the implementation of large-scale knowledge and information systems

Bo strives to strengthen the theoretical foundations for the practice of Knowledge Management and maintains a program of independent research into the dynamics of the knowledge life cycle. The objective of his research is to establish improved models for understanding the ways knowledge is developed, stored, transferred, and used within organizations. His most recent efforts deal with improved knowledge flows within the project structure, the application of Theory of Constraint (TOC) modeling to knowledge flows, the role of knowledge flows in supporting Real Option Analysis, and the development of a body of theory on alignment behaviors as they effect organizational knowledge flows.

Joe E. Beck

Joe Beck is a professor at the University of Eastern Kentucky and President of Strategic Focus, and internationally recognized consulting firm. He is nationally recognized as an environmental manager, scientist, and educator and the primary developer of the AtStake strategic planning process. His strengths include:

  • Strategic planning and creative problem solving
  • Extensive experience in organization building and development
  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Building organizational and project teams
  • An expansive network of contacts in the industrial, political, and government sectors

Bob Smith

Bob Smith has over 30 years academic and consulting experience in business strategy, process analysis, and crisis management. He does resilience engineering at The Sagebrush Group, using a systems approach to identify threats, ways to survive these threats, and strategies for rapidly recovering full functionality.

His project experiences includes:

  • Guiding the SWAT antiterrorism planning for the 1984 Olympics.
  • Implementation of the first major conference planning for IEEE.
  • The popular and influential Los Angeles City Planning Logic.
  • Advice to executives on impacts of the President’s Homeland Security Directives.
  • Developing an online Knowledge Management and Process Management course for Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He is currently working with the National Institute for Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (C-FIRE) on ways for improved resilience frameworks to stimulate problem solving about our failing strategic infrastructures, especially at the local and regional level. He participates in various international Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards committees to align consensus through a common operating picture. He has worked on the following BIM initiatives:

  • Emergency response standards for building floor plans so that they can be made available on heads-up displays to anti-terrorism and other disaster responders (i.e. earthquake responders).
  • Disaster planning and risk mitigation, especially for threats in the 3-5 year timeframe involving peak oil and rising sea levels.
  • Advocating bimXML for improved speed and accuracy of queries.