The short version
I’m an Indiana native, a fanatical Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots fan, and a fifteen year resident of Minnesota. At work, I’m Founder & Chief Executive of a small strategic advisory firm. Outside of work, I’m a postgraduate student enroute to a second Master’s degree at a UK university, a hopeful PhD student at that same school, a citizen activist, and a gun rights leader.
For more than twenty-five years, I’ve worked at the intersection of innovation, global security & intelligence, crisis management, and business continuity. Prior to launching Bryghtpath LLC in 2014, where I am Principal and Chief Executive, I spent twenty-one years at Target Corporation in various leadership roles in the field and at headquarters in what was then known as corporate security.
I’ve been fortunate to have been elected as a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. I was also recognized for my professional and academic contributions by being named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2019.
You can read more about my professional life over at Linkedin – feel free to connect with me there.
I hold a BSc in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
I’m a graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Program (Cohort 8), a joint effort between the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health. My final project was focused on the collaboration between the public and private sectors in emergency management. My faculty mentor was Dr. Barry Dorn.
For the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year, I was a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Since September 2017, I’ve held an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at Auburn University.
I’m also a MA Student in the International Relations & Contemporary War program in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. I hold an appointment as an Associate Member in the Forum for Private Security Research in the Department of Defence Studies. I’m the elected Academic Representative for my program and as of the 2020/1 Academic Year, as a member of the Academic Board for the College.
I’ll complete my MA work there in late 2021 and intend to continue as a PhD Student in the Department of War Studies.
I’m an activist for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA). I believe strongly in a meaningful, individual right to keep and bear arms.
I serve as co-founder and Chairman for the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus and its connected state political fund, the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee.