PER­SON­ALLY SPEAK­ING

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - BUSINESS -

• Po­si­tion: Weather De­ci­sion Tech­nolo­gies Inc., pres­i­dent and CEO

• Age: 59

• Grew up in: St. Paul, Min­nesota

• Ed­u­ca­tion: Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa, Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and mas­ter’s and bach­e­lor’s de­grees in me­te­o­rol­ogy; and Har­vard Univer­sity, John F. Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment se­nior ex­ec­u­tive fel­lows pro­gram grad­u­ate

• Patents: Five, with three pend­ing

• Neigh­bor­hood: Cob­ble­stone Creek in Nor­man

• Fam­ily: Tammi, li­censed clin­i­cal so­cial worker and wife of 20 years (they met in a vol­ley­ball league); daugh­ters Kati, 18, and Tay­lor, 17. Both as­pire to be doc­tors, af­ter over­com­ing grave, re­spec­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal and gas­tro­log­i­cal health bat­tles a few years ago.

• Pets: Three cats

• Pro­fes­sional/civic in­volve­ment: OU, School of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spe­cial mem­ber ad­junct fac­ulty, Col­lege of At­mo­spheric and Geo­graphic Sci­ences board of ad­vis­ers and K20 Cen­ter ad­vo­cacy board; Event Safety Al­liance Weather Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil; Amer­i­can Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal So­ci­ety, fi­nance com­mit­tee, board of best prac­tices emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices com­mit­tee and writ­ing team for in­for­ma­tion state­ment on weather safety for out­door venues; Na­tional Academy of Sci­ences Com­mit­tee on Ad­vanc­ing So­cial and Be­hav­ioral Sci­ence Re­search and Ap­pli­ca­tion within the Weather En­ter­prise; and Co­op­er­a­tive In­sti­tute for Me­soscale Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Stud­ies, coun­cil mem­ber and fel­low. He’s a strong sup­porter of 1 Mil­lion Cups, a pro­gram of the Kauff­man Foun­da­tion that fos­ters en­trepreneur­ship.

• Pas­times: Golf, weight lift­ing, long-dis­tance cy­cling and storm chas­ing

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