Iowa State Univeristy (Economics)
Iowa State University (Master's)
George Washington University (PhD)
I am a retired PhD economist with a successful career in the public and private sector in economic and business development. My work involved research, education, and consulting in business, agriculture, and trade. I have worked with start up businesses, especially small businesses and cooperatives all of my career. I have always tried to listen deeply and learn from everyone.
I enjoy working with people of all ages, cultures, and circumstances. Outside of my professional career as an economist, I've led children and adults in various fitness activities, including martial arts, spin cycle, racquetball, and exercise.
I will work with you to meet your learning goals. Together, we will sort out the best way for you to reach your goal. Each of us is very different and learn in different ways. We will be a team to help you learn the way that works for you. I want to keep things as simple and fun as possible. You want to learn.
I have written extensively in technical and practical formats to a wide variety of audiences. This has included research papers, educational materials, business and legal documents, and a range of other types of written communication. I was the editor of a professional business journal for 7 years. I have extensive public speaking and presentation experience, both in the U.S. and internationally. That's high level stuff. My real joy is communicating.
I think about economics in an intuitive way...what makes sense. I have three degrees in economics, including a PhD. But, the beauty in economics is the basics. Almost all my work has involved practical economics and business development. Economics helps us understand things in our daily lives. My anchor point is Economics 101.
Each of us learns in different ways and on different schedules. I love the basic, intuitive, and interactive. I want you to succeed.
I am a retired PhD economist with a successful career in the public and private sector in economic and business development. My work involved research, education, and consulting in business, agriculture, and trade. I have worked with start up businesses, especially small businesses and cooperatives all of my career. I have always tried to listen
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John provides an analytic approach to develop and outline assignments in a palatable format. Armed with an extensive background John is the the best Mentor you can have. I endorse John and look forward to his teachings during the Masters Course.
The main goal of my employment for 35 years was to create new cooperative businesses and make existing ones stronger. Types of business development support work that I have personally done include feasibility studies, market research, business plan development, business structure design, and development of bylaws. For cooperative businesses already in operation, I have performed comparative cost studies, performance analysis, merger analysis, expansion feasibility studies, and member satisfaction assessments. I have also supervised other professionals providing similar services, as well as financial and legal analysis and education and training for cooperative enterprises.
I have a BS and PhD degree in Economics, the latter from George Washington University, specializing in international trade and industrial organization. I also have an MS from Iowa State in Agricultural Economics. I have three decades experience in conducting and managing practical economic research. My economic interests have always grown out of microeconomics, including commodity marketing; market structure, conduct and, performance; consumer behavior; market strategy, and organizational development.
I was drawn to economics in high school because it explained things to me. I love the basic concepts of economics. I like an intuitive approach that always anchors to the basics. When addressing a tough economic question, I remember the advice of my major advisor to my PhD dissertation ... "what does Economics 101 say about this?"
My experience in public speaking comes from a 35 year career in working with clients and audiences on topics including cooperative development and education, business and economic development, public policy, and advocacy, and research. I have made a large number of presentations to Boards of Directors, government officials and meetings, and professional seminars, conferences, and symposiums.
In addition to formal presentations, I have made innumerable less formal reports as representative of my public and private employers on panels and discussion groups. I have given formal addresses in at least 15 States, as well as China, South, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. I've given less formal talks in at least 30 States, as well as South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya.
My teaching experience includes an undergraduate level course on cooperatives at Virginia State University and a six hour seminar sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government. I've also taught large groups in martial arts and spin cycling.