Well-grounded in corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic environments, Ken has been a leader, problem-solver, and strategic thinker. He has been a change leader at Penn State through project, program, and portfolio management in the ‘verticals’ of information technology, finance and business, and operations, and is currently responsible for project and portfolio management at Penn State’s Alumni Association. Previously he established functional communities of IT professionals across organizational boundaries and geographic locations across the commonwealth. Prior to his time at Penn State, Ken was a certified network engineer for MCI WorldCom. In his capacity there, he was responsible for troubleshooting a large, complex, global telecom network. His passion for authentic relationships and strong interdependent communities was the breeding ground for the concept of Community Vines.
Ken has first-hand experience in private business and prior success with startups. In 1994, he established a successful retail furniture business, grew the business to three locations along Colorado’s front range, and sold the business in 2001. He is accustomed leading teams through successful change, creating and executing growth strategies, directing sales and marketing campaigns, and providing oversight for operations. He has an uncommon ability to communicate effectively to executive and technical staff alike, bridging an organization’s strategic business direction with its technical resources. His ability to bring creative solutions to complex problems and establish communities of practice corresponds directly to the purpose of Community Vines. Ken has a degree in Business Administration from Susquehanna University.