We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution. The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.
What do you do in your role at The Next Step?
As the President of The Next Step Inc. my focus is on developing our culture, systems, and customer experience for the benefit of our customers and internal teams. It has been my mission and purpose to create an environment where people are not just a number and can be fostered to do their best work.
What are the degrees, applicable certifications, credentials, training, awards, and practical experiences that help you excel at your role.
Mechanical Engineering (University of Minnesota), MBA (Carlson School of Business), Board Member for Manufacturers Alliance, Certified Lean Practitioner, Certified Verbal Judo, Certified in Hostile Situation Management, Chairman of Synodical MN Delegate Conference, President/Treasurer for local congregation. Plus, a number of growth oriented top achiever examples for product and revenue.
Where is your favorite vacation spot and what makes it your favorite?
My wife and I enjoy traveling. For me, it’s not about a specific place; it’s about who you meet along the way. The short interactions with a waiter at a café in Italy or working with kids at a school in Chad (Africa) or business dinners with customers in Japan. Each encounter provides an opportunity to learn and share. After traveling to almost 50 countries and 6 contents I am regularly reminded that we have a lot more in common then we realize and often want very similar things.
Ya, we're a bunch of growth oriented, metric driven, type A, continuous improvement drivers, who enjoy knocking out tasks and having some fun in the process. Yet as a team, our discussions revolve around MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and how we are delivering measurable value for our customers. It’s why we have the policy that if we don’t deliver value you don’t pay. It’s why we hire people that are: