I am including my biography to provide readers with a sense of why I care about good governance in Milton and my experience and expertise with governance.
I grew up in south Georgia in a rural area outside Dudley, GA (population: around 500). I graduated from West Laurens Senior High School. My experience growing up in a rural area gave me a deep appreciation for true community, where people care about and help each other. And where a person’s word is their bond. I understand that true community is about what is in people’s hearts.
I graduated from Mercer University in Macon, GA with a double major (in History and Psychology), while working up to 30 hours per week (as a university-employed tutor and as a law clerk for Sell & Melton) to pay for college.
After Mercer, I pursued post-graduate education at the University of Georgia to prepare myself for entry into the US Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Officer program. Upon being accepted to the Navy, I spent 2 years in training, including a year of graduate-level education in all aspects of operating and maintaining a nuclear power plant.
Upon graduating from the Navy’s nuclear training program, I was assigned to the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658)–a ballistic missile submarine deploying from Kings Bay, GA. I completed five strategic deterrent patrols (each 70 to 80 days in duration) on the Vallejo, spending over a year in total underwater. I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for my service on the Vallejo. While on the Vallejo, I qualified for the chief engineer position on nuclear submarines.
I concluded my 8 years with the Navy in Pensacola, Florida where I oversaw nuclear programs for the Navy’s Reserve Officer Training Program. I was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for my service in this role. And it was in Pensacola where I met Kelly, my wife, who was a Navy Public Relations officer and who served nearly 12 years in the Navy. (We have 2 wonderful daughters who are both middle school teachers.)
It was my Navy experience that defined me more than anything I have done in my life. It was a wonderful experience for a young person in his mid- to late twenties. I learned the value of discipline, unquestionable integrity, process rigor, resilience, and strict accountability. I witnessed acts of real courage.
Upon leaving the Navy, I worked for a year for Halliburton as a Nuclear Restart Engineer, leading large, multi-functional teams in performing operational readiness reviews of nuclear plants for the Department of Energy.
Upon leaving Halliburton, I was awarded a full scholarship from Georgetown University, where I earned my MBA and was a Research Scholar, working with two professors and the business school’s Assistant Dean on various research projects.
After graduation in 1993, I joined AT Kearney, a management consulting firm. Kelly and I moved to Milton where we raised two wonderful daughters, who are now both middle school teachers. After 2.5 years with Kearney, I joined Accenture where I was eventually promoted to partner. My primary practice area was Business Strategy. In this role, I worked with senior executives and boards of directors to help define and operationalize their organizations’ strategies.
In 2003, I exited Accenture to become an independent consultant, continuing my focus on Business Strategy. My clients include ABB, John Deere, Flowers Foods, and Walmart. Most recently, I worked with the senior leadership of Auburn University and Highlands College to define their 20-year strategies. I am especially proud of this work in higher education. Following are links to these schools strategic plans (with my role described on the last page).
My Business Strategy consulting often requires me to focus on issues of organizational governance. And in doing this work, I have worked with dozens of boards of directors. I have also served on 2 organizational boards, including the Association for Supply Chain Management–the largest supply chain trade organization in the world.
I have authored 40 articles and white papers on a variety of business topics that have appeared in professional journals.
Through my work with the senior leadership and boards (of directors) of 100+ organizations, I have gained a deep understanding of, and appreciation/passion for, good governance. I understand what good governance is . . . and is not. And it is this knowledge, experience, and passion that has infused my advocacy on behalf of citizens.
Following is a link to my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbecker/