I am a Certified Scrum Trainer and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance. I enjoy working with the broader Scrum community and helping others learn and use Scrum. I introduced Scrum and agile to a very large company in 2004 and have spent the last several years training and coaching IT employees in the use of Scrum. I have also invested considerable time influencing the company culture and work environment to change to become more agile. I train Scrum as a consulting trainer to several organizations, too. I spend as much time as possible with my family (in the photo, my wife Maryann, and my daughters Lindsey - 10, Kristen - 8, and Amanda - 5) and occasionally spoil a good walk with golf, walk our dog, Penny, ride my recumbent bicycle or Elliptigo, travel for work and fun, and instruct scuba diving as a PADI instructor. - See more at:


Midwest Diving Specialists

2002 June - Present

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Bloomington, Illinois Area , UNITED STATES

Train and certify scuba divers in basic and advanced skills.

Braintrust Consulting Group

2013 July - Present

Scrum Trainer and Agile Practices Coach and Consultant

All over the United States , UNITED STATES

Train and coach Scrum and agile-based development throughout the United States. Also do some training on my own time. Speak at conferences and am involved in Scrum and agile communities and in the Scrum Alliance. Have been a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) since May 2008. Have mentored and trained many current CSTs.

CPCU Society

1995 September - 2010 October

Volunteer NFP Leader


State Farm Insurance Companies

2001 October - 2003 June

ScrumMaster, Scrum Trainer, Coach, and Mentor

Bloomington, Illinois Area , UNITED STATES

Retired June 1, 2013 after 21 years. Since 2001, I served, led, helped, coached, and mentored people building and implementing software and other technical products. In 2004, I introduced, applied and promoted the use of Scrum at State Farm. As a Certified Scrum Trainer at State Farm from May 2008 to August 2011, I trained over 800 people in the use of Scrum through the Certified ScrumMaster course and trained hundreds more outside of State Farm. For nearly 9 years, I applied Scrum on many IT projects and other types of work at State Farm and helped other use it through coaching and mentoring.

Scrum Alliance

2008 May - 2010 October

Member and Chair of Board of Directors

Indianapolis, Indiana Area , UNITED STATES

Served on the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance, including a one year term as Chair from September 2009 until October 2010.


Instilling an Agile Culture in Elephants

July 2015

Scrum Coach


  • Requirements Analysis
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Business Process
  • Change Management
  • Coaching
  • Product Development
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Process Improvement
  • Insurance
  • Leadership
  • Team Leadership
  • Program Management
  • Risk Management
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Software Project Management
  • Scrum
  • SDLC
  • Training
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Project Management
  • Analysis
  • Business Analysis


  • The University of Montana - School of Business Administration


    B.S., Finance


  • Certified Scrum Trainer
  • Certified Scrum Professional
  • Certified ScrumMaster
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • Registered Education Provider