joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss the life-saving project of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. Starting in 2015, the Rotary Club of Knoxville began a journey in Zimbabwe to reconstruct a failed dam in the village of Manyane. The results of their efforts gave the village the necessary water to save their community from potential collapse.
Why is the dam so important?
Watering of livestock and for crops the difference between life and death for the villagers trying to help themselves
2015 El Nino responsible for a catastrophic drought with the lowest rainfall in Southern Africa since records kept since the 1880’s
Rainy season from December to March with average of 24” a year (Knoxvillle 60”plus)
Area South of Bulawayo totally dependant on surface water storage from April to November
Breaching of Kesari Dam a hammer blow to villagers used to receiving no help from Government and suffering periodic severe droughts
Currently retrieval of drinking water from river associated with significant incidence of gastroenteritis from fecal contamination
UNICEF forecasts up to 40% starvation by September with significant child mortality rate (20%)
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
Rotary membership provides the opportunity to: Become connected to your community. Work with others in addressing community needs. Interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI’s international humanitarian service efforts. Establish contacts with an international network of professionals. Develop leadership skills. Involve family in promoting service efforts.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business University of Tennessee 12/2015
Statistics Knoxville, Tennessee
Master of Science University of Tennessee 5/1984
Statistics/Finance Knoxville, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science University of Tennessee 5/1982
Business/Statistic Knoxville, Tennessee
Executive Development Studies Duke University 8/1990
Durham, North Carolina
2015 – Present Lincoln Memorial University Director of Business Analytics
2009–2015 University of Tennessee Faculty in Graduate and Executive
Board of Directors
1991-1993 Tennessee Associates International President of North American Operations
1990-1991 Tennessee Associates International Vice President,
1984-1989 Tennessee Associates International Consultant
1982-1984 Martin Marietta Energy Systems Staff Statistician
Coached senior executives through major change efforts; activities included design, planning, and implementation
Successfully worked with numerous manufacturing and service organizations, including Baxter, Rich Products, JSC, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Cargill in projects involving quality improvement, cost reduction, and customer focus
Led a major change effort with a client that resulted in $17 million in savings over a two-year period
Consulting experience in such industries as automotive, chemicals, health care, and banking
Led numerous workshops, teaching such topics as process innovation, process and organizational redesign, SIX-SIGMA, problem solving, fundamental team concepts, leadership, change management, Lean Manufacturing methods and process management
Led the effort to assist a biotech-manufacturing firm experiencing a 12% failure rate on a revolutionary medical equipment device. Reduced the failure rate within 90 days to 2%. As a result of this turnaround the parent company was able to sell this division for $30,000,000 more than they had been offered prior Data mining and modeling for Mail Order and membership organization