I owe whatever talents I posses to my Mother and Father, both very creative individuals who lived with great passion. Mom was an elementary school Teacher who taught “gifted children”. She was a pioneer. She bordered on evangelism in her approach to new and creative methods of learning. She tirelessly worked long hours for many years to deliver experiences that challenged the brightest young minds in any given realm. My Father was an Artist. He attended Cornell in the 50’s and worked on Madison Avenue. He was a very liberal man who did things patiently with such skill. Each journey embodied a certain excellence. He would spend more time making a jig, insuring accuracy, than making the final cut. Anything he touched turned into something beautiful. Whether he was painting, sculpting, making jewelry, baking bread, building a house or helping me with my pinewood derby car the manifestation was always nothing short of a masterpiece. I am an only child and my parents cared for me with the same fervor that they imparted on their own lives. My Wife and Son now give me the strength to carry on. I am a very lucking man.
People often ask me to write or speak about innovation and creativity. I have been published often and seem to have gained some popularity as guest lecturer presenting at MIT, Harvard, Babson College, NYU, Syracuse University, the Design Management Institute, IDSA, APDF, Pira International and as a special guest to the Government of Ireland. I graduated from Syracuse University.
I am the CEO and Co-Founder of ELEVEN, A Culture of Design, we are an international design studio. At the core of our philosophy is our powers of perspective. A human-centered, design approach. Through creativity and imagination we create success. By empathizing with targeted human behavior, needs and wants our visions are based in the context of a connected reality.
We manifest meaningful brands, and we design the products, packaging, visual communications, business strategies and experiences that make the connections. Synthesizing together almost 20 years of life as ELEVEN we are able to help evolve the way organizations develop products, processes, and ultimately strategy.
Our designers, engineers, researchers and viz. comm. talent is intuitive and empathetic. It recognizes brilliance through pattern, function and emotion in order to connect the dots....
ELEVEN has developed strategic visions for numerous Div. of Procter and Gamble including Gillette, Braun and Duracell, Sharp, Microsoft, Bauer, Nike, Motorola, OXO, Maytag, Burton Snowboards, 3COM, Herman Miller, Polycom, STX, Symbol Technologies, Reebok, Under Armour, Easton, Chamberlain, PepsiCo, EuroPro, Craftsmen, Case Logic, McIntosh, Kiva Systems, Radio Flyer, Boston Acoustics, Whirlpool, Lego, Jarden, IRobot, Sauder, Hagen, Petmate, Staples and Coca Cola to name a few. Looking back, working with extraordinary designers, strategists/researchers, viz. comm. specialists and engineers, there have been quite a few patents, design awards and licensed innovative consumer products.
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