Dr. Brown has spoken to audiences from New Zealand to Finland. He earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association in 2008. Participants say his use of stories and humor bring critical truths to light, in an entertaining way that leaves them motivated to take action. He provides brilliant bluntness on real world, common sense practices for project management and leadership. An IBM executive stated after Dr. Brown’s keynote speech “If we all took the time to step back and remember what Dr. Brown taught us, we would be unstoppable in the marketplace.” Adobe, Honeywell, JM Smucker, John Deere and Royal Caribbean have all hired Dr. Brown and are representative of the diversity of business types that value his services.
Dr. Brown is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. Now in its second edition, it continues to be the best-selling book on program management since its publication. Filled with practical, real world advice, it has also been used by universities in their program management courses. Several Universities have used The Handbook of Program Management as a text and it was selected by George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs as a required text for its NASA Program Management course.
Dr. Brown ran his own company for over fifteen years. He now serves as a Lecturer in the University of Central Florida College of Business. He had a career at NASA that included “hands on” experience as a team member, project manager and serving in executive level organizational leadership roles. He has a patent for a project scheduling methodology and has received numerous awards including “Engineer of the Year” from the Cape Canaveral Technical Societies and is a recipient of the “NASA Public Service Medal” for exceptional contributions to NASA’s mission. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, a MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
James is the son of a career Marine and was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He grew up under strong discipline. He believes in the values of hard work, preparation, and persistence. James is married and the proud father of two sons. He resides in Palm Coast Florida with his wife Vanessa. An avid surf fisherman, his favorite activity is catch and release fishing for Roosterfish on the beaches of Mexico.
A fun thought provoking experience will be had by all, with everyone leaving motivated to improve themselves and the organization, as well as being armed with tools to make it happen.