Biographies of Personnel
Chris Black has more than twenty years of electrical system design and product development experience. He has “concept to production” experience in the following industries: Aerospace, Agriculture, Construction and Mining, Control Systems, Forestry, On-highway light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle, Power Generation and Semiconductor. Chris has over 25,000 hours of Pro/e experience specializing in Pro/cabling and Pro/diagram. He has a US patent for Vehicle control integration. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.
Kim Robertson started his first company at the age of 18 and has an extensive background spanning forty years in all aspects of business and aerospace. He is the author of over 100 discipline specific training packages, 3 fiction books and articles for CMTrends and various other trade publications from industrial arts to Configuration Management. His interests in education and training development started in his teens. He is a NDIA certified Configuration Manager with degrees from Westminster College in Mathematics and Physical Sciences and a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management with a subspecialty of Government Contracts. His work experience includes wildlife art, photography, electrical circuit design, manufacturing, learning systems design, systems engineering, configuration management, contracts administration, policy and review, intellectual property, corporate audit, corporate finance, supply chain management, marketing and public speaking. He and lives in Colorado with his wife Dee and their dogs Rufus and Grizzly. Kim enjoys history, music, foreign travel and the outdoors. Contact Kim through LinkedIn or Kim.Robertson@valuetransform.com
Rick Edwards began his career as a true “cradle-to-grave” engineer within the marine industry where he developed a practical, first-hand understanding of the complete life-cycle of any design – from early requirement and conceptual development, to management of quality of products already in the field. With this foundation, Rick added project and program management to his repertoire through his extensive work within the heavy duty truck industry bringing complex products to market ranging from Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation systems to Connected Vehicle and Telematic systems. Overall, Rick has more than two decades of practical project execution experience, five of which have been spent initiating, promoting and building PMOs and Project Management guidelines. He has also spent more than a decade as a coach to teams utilizing Operational Development to improve processes and performance. Through his work with establishing PMOs, Rick has also been a leader in establishing learning communities and study groups for others within his organization looking to earn their PMP certificate. Rick holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, a BSME from Trine University and is PMP certified.
Shawn P. Quigley
Shawn P. Quigley is the Area Improvement Coordinator and Program Exposure Manager at Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department Kings Bay Georgia, which is a remote branch of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). Mr. Quigley retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after 30 years of naval service. He has experience managing projects for both the Navy and NNSY ranging from the refueling of a nuclear aircraft carrier (USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CVN-71), a fast attack submarine (USS SAN FRANCISCO, SSN-711), and the decommissioning of a fast attack submarine (USS HAMMERHEAD, SSN-663) and a destroyer tender (USS PUGET SOUND, AD-38). He has also trained and qualified hundreds of Naval Nuclear Operators over his career. He has been trained in and is currently teaching organizational learning, root cause analysis, and organizational development.
Jon M Quigley
Jon M. Quigley PMP CTFL is a principal and founding member of Value Transformation, a product development training (from idea to product retirement) and cost improvement organization established in 2009. Jon has an Engineering Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and two Master Degrees from City University of Seattle. Jon has more than twenty-five years of product development and manufacturing experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management.
Jon has won awards such as the Volvo-3P Technical Award in 2005 going on to win the 2006 Volvo Technology Award. Jon has secured seven US patents and a number of international patents. These patents range from human-machine interfaces to telemetry systems and drivers aides. Jon is on the Western Carolina University Masters of Project Management Advisory Board as well as Forsyth Technical Community College Advisory Board. He has also been a guest lecturer on Project Management at WakeForestUniversity’s Charlotte NC campus. Jon also teaches Project Management classes at the City University of Seattle via distance learning. Jon also is an expert at ITMPI (IT Metrics and Productivity Institute) giving webinars on project management and product development topics. He is also part of the Pm2Go experts (The Standish Group) and has given webinars at The Project Management Institute and spoken before PMI Chapters across North Carolina and parts of Virginia.
Jon has membership in ASQ, SAE, AIAG and PMI (holding Project Management Professional Certification) and has spoken at numerous PMI events. Jon also has the CTFL certification from ISTQB.
Jon is the co-author or contributed to the books:
- “Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems” ISBN – 978-1-4200-7205-1
- “Scrum Project Management” ISBN 978-1-4398-2515-0
- “Testing of Complex and Embedded Systems” ISBN 978-1-4398-2140-4
- “Total Quality Management for Project Managers” ISBN – 978-1439885055
- “Reducing Process Costs with Lean, Six Sigma, and Value Engineering Techniques”, ISBN – ISBN 978-1-4398-8725-7
- “Configuration Management: Theory, Practice, and Application” ISBN 978-148222935 May 1, 2015
- Contributor “Encyclopedia of Software Engineering” ISBN – 1-4200-5977-7 eISBN – 1-4200-5978-5
- Co-author of Society of Automotive Engineering book “Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide” eISBN PDF 978-0-7680-8315-6; eISBN prc 978-0-7680-8316-3 eISBN epub 978-0-7680-8317-0 expected production August 2016
- Contributor to the e-book: “The Project Manager Who Smiled” by Peter Taylor. Catalog record for the book is available from the British Library ISBN 978–0–9576689–0–4 production June 2013
- Contributor to the e-book “Opening the Door: 10 Predictions on the Future of Project Management in the Professional Services Industry” with MavenLink and ProjectManagers.net
In addition to these books, Jon co-authored with Kim H. Pries two Professional Development Series focus books for Software Test Professionals (Redwood Collaborative Media):
- “Saving Software with Six Sigma”, ISBN 978-0-9831220-0-5
- “Aggressive Testing for Real Pros” ISBN 78-0-9831220-1-2
He has co-authored scores of magazine articles on a variety of technical topics that appear in more than twenty magazines.
He has also given numerous presentations at product development conferences on a variety of aspects of product development including testing and project management. He has also been interviewed by numerous business and project magazines as well as podcasts on a host of project and product development topics. Jon enjoys the beauty of nature, hiking in the woods and plays the bass. Jon lives in Lexington North Carolina with his wife Nancy, and son Jackson. Email Jon at email@example.com.