My articles and blog posts are, I hope, more interesting than reading about me. But just in case you’re curious, here is the story in a nutshell.

Over the years I’ve become a troubleshooter with a knack for solving problems where most other people can’t see a solution. I didn’t set out to do this, but I’ve always been inquisitive about the way things work and that perpetual curiosity led me here.

After a summer job in pipeline engineering and a few months on a wireline services truck in the oilfield, I got to work for the Space Shuttle and Spacelab for several years before moving into private industry. I have traveled and worked across the United States, western Europe, Canada, Mexico and Panama. I now live in Great Britain.

My work typically results in substantial improvements in the client’s bottom line. For many years I delivered IT and business consultancy and services, often for large multinationals, with emphasis on complex mission critical realtime and near-realtime systems that cannot tolerate downtime. Although I still do some IT-related projects (‘keeping my hand in’), during recent years I moved more into strategic business consultancy. At the moment I am heavily involved in projects to improve entire markets, and in mergers & acquisitions (especially advisory services) up to the mid-market level.

But I’m not typical, so odd pieces of work come to me too. I’ve worked closely with a UK private business incubator that takes new intellectual property from several British universities to market, and especially with its sister company that specializes in taking companies to sustainable high growth through strategic breakthrough deals. One company asked me for help because a licensee isn’t paying all they should for the invention they use. I found a low cost, low risk, low hassle solution for their problem.

Other business interests include real estate and property management. Past business interests include a restaurant. Too narrow a perspective would limit my understanding of the way the world works and that would hinder my ability to come up with creative solutions.

In publishing, I am especially pleased about editing and publishing my grandfather’s memoire Seasoned with Sea Salt: The Life of Captain Barnie P. Bobbitt. A number of readers (especially in the UK) said they kept staying up late to read the book because they could not put it down—a tribute to Grandpa’s storytelling more than my editing. I have also published books and articles, mainly for small businesses. You can find most of the articles on this website. For business, I focus on pragmatic real-world tips and business information that I find lacking in most bookstores. Some articles are health related, drawing upon volunteer sysop service years ago in a forum for people with chronic illnesses.

Speaking engagements are a special pleasure. As an example, my talks about working on the Space Shuttle are well liked and still relevant even though the Shuttle no longer flies. Attendees have been known to linger a couple of hours to ask questions. One of my most popular talks is about how to run your business like a rocket scientist without being one. I can also speak about making sure you solve the right problems instead of wasting effort solving the wrong ones.

As speaking engagements go, my favorite was a mid-winter Saturday with a group of Girl Guides. They decided that instead of just hearing a talk, they want to spend the day earning a badge. They brought in a mini-planetarium and arranged all sorts of space-related activities. We even did a couple of space-related experiments during my talks, and even the youngest girls were great experimenters.

So… browse, ask questions, and make yourself at home here. Welcome!

Pleasure to Work With

I have known Bonnie since 2011 through networking events. Bonnie’s experience and technical knowledge is incredible and her personable approach makes her a pleasure to work with. I would thoroughly recommend Bonnie to anyone as they would be getting a great person to work with.

Matthew A.

Out-of-the-Box Thinker

I have had the opportunity to work with Bonnie for the past three years. She has helped with implementing growth ideas, ways to promote and market Greyhaven Realty and mentor me in the growth and success of Greyhaven Realty.

If you are looking for a detailed, out of the box thinker, Bonnie is the person you want! She is a very detailed, organized, person who always does what she promises to do.

Her book “Get Paid” is a very good resource for anyone who works in customer service. She is so willing to teach others from her own experience.

If you have an opportunity to work with Bonnie, you will be very fortunate to have her on your team.

Joni E.

Strong Performer

Bonnie throughout the time of doing business and working together has always demonstrated a detailed approach to her deliverables, attitude and ways of working. An extremely strong individual both technical and business who would be a benefit to any organisation or service provider.

Colin B.

Fantastic to Work With

I’ve had several opportunities to work with Bonnie on different projects. She is fantastic to work with. She is very detail oriented, hard working, and manages her work to consistently complete deliverables on time. I’ve recommended Bonnie for other positions at MCI (now Verizon). Bonnie, thanks for all the projects you have helped with. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again.

Rob M.

Excellence and Contribution

I’ve had the privilege to work with Bonnie on several occasions and have found that her integrity, professionalism, superior customer focus and attention to detail represent the standard of excellence I measure others against. At all times, she keeps the interest of her customer first.

Her collaborative style insures the entire project team, business as well as technical participants, understand the plan in the context of the business objectives so that they are able to contribute fully from their areas of expertise. Bonnie’s thoroughness in planning, expert judgment and attention to detail result in very consistent project performance and her attention to detail coupled with keeping her customer’s interests first, result in well targeted solutions that consistently exceed expectations.

However, Bonnie brings significantly more value as she goes beyond the project and contributes at the business level. For her, it’s not ‘deliver a project’, but it’s ‘how to help the customer make more money’. She approaches her work from the business context which ultimately insures that the maximum value to the business is achieved. I recommend Bonnie in the highest terms. You will find her to be a professional of excellence and a valuable business contributor.

Bill W.
Director of Technology, Security and Personnel

Excellent Job in Volunteer Opportunity

Bonnie and I have been members of the Independent Computer Consultants Association. Bonnie took on the task [in late September 2009] of organizing a group to create the book “Born to Stand Out – tips to becoming an excellent computer consultant”. She made sure that the deadlines were met, edits were handled, and the book was ready for the November 2009 conference. With the ICCA closing the end of 2009, she has now agreed to take the ownership of the book so that we can continue promoting this information to consultants. She has done an excellent job in this volunteer opportunity.

Nancy R.

Game Changer

In life you occasionally meet game changers. I have NEVER met someone as experienced and adaptive in the consultancy world. Bonnie is truly world class. Intellectually she breathes the air of the highest corporate boardroom execs on this planet. Her thought process is second to none. If you need seismic change look no further, as she will deliver and integrate at all levels in a clear and concise manner.

Med E.
Managing Director

Focuses on the Challenges

Bonnie is a professional consultant who focuses on the challenges faced to provide detailed and technically advanced solutions. I would use her again without hesitation.

Paul G.
Deputy Engineering Manager / Process Improvement (Electrical)

Knowledge and Dedication

Bonnie is one of the brightest individuals I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 11 years. Her technical skills and dedication to doing the job right the first time are unmatched.

Bonnie has written custom code for us to use that has been very beneficial to our organization. She has always been willing to share any knowledge and to explain why she had to make certain changes in order for the code she wrote to work properly.

Bonnie also approaches her job and others in a professional manner. She is the type of person that you can always count on to do a good job and not have to worry about following up with afterwards. If there is an issue she doesn’t understand, she will research the problem and find a workable solution for it.

I would highly recommend her for any position she applies for because of the knowledge and dedication she brings to an organization.

Tripp W.
IT Specialist

The Go-To Person

Bonnie has great customer skills working in a very diverse environment. Many groups at Du Pont worked together on projects and she was consistently the go to person for straight answers and driving any issue to closure.

Charlie W.
Lead Engineer

Can Challenge Positively to Move Project Forward

I worked with Bonnie to implement a near real time model of a continuous casting process along with a database architecture to support the development of a quality tracking system for the steel slabs produced. This was a novel development that required a complex finite difference model to be fed with live plant data from a number of different systems and then its results, along with summaries of the live data, to be stored in a database.

Despite having no steel industry knowledge Bonnie very quickly understood the process and the objectives of the project. She quickly determined that the proposed methodology was flawed and developed an alternative system architecture which she built and proved.

It was a pleasure to work with Bonnie. She is highly intelligent and innovative. She has the wonderful ability to challenge in a positive manner to move a project forward.

Richard L.
Development Manager - Steelmaking