I am the Founder and CEO of Peak Portfolio, a management consulting firm focusing on strategic technology vendor selection and negotiation. Our clients include top brands like Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Microsoft, Papa Murphy's, and Nautilus.
My first career was as a hockey player from age 5 to 22. Hockey taught me a lot more about life in the real world than school and these lessons will be found scattered throughout my blog articles and emails. Hockey also gave me a chance to travel around the world and even live in other countries. I was able to achieve the Jr. A level with the Merritt Centennials and the Sioux City Musketeers. Here are some highlights of a hit and an unusual overtime goal.
At age 22, I hung up the skates for good and started a new career in the information technology field where I have spent the past 24 years. I started at the bottom in tech support for Gateway and worked my way up to a project manager role as the company grew from $800 million to $8.8 billion in 6 years.
My next move was to Starbucks, where I spent 7 years transitioning from project management to leadership in the retail technology organization. My most significant accomplishments were leading the effort to launch the Starbucks Card ($18B loaded on cards in the past 13 years), leading the effort to deploy broadband networking to 3000 stores in 10 months (the largest private DSL network at the time), and saving over $10M annually by negotiating several strategic IT vendor relationships.
In 2005, I made the jump to consulting full-time. This move to consulting is the best decision I have made in my career and I have enjoyed every aspect of being in business for myself.
Outside of my hockey and business careers, I have written a book (Technology Acquisition), am an avid reader of autobiographies, and recently became an Ironman (full story). I haven't made a list yet but have read close to a hundred autobiographies. My interest in books led me to serve on a non-profit board from 2003-2006 as the vice-chairman of Page Ahead, a children’s literacy non-profit that has placed 2 million new books into the hands of 550,000 at-risk children in Washington State.