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James D. Weichel (Jim) is a Facilitator who he applies his skills in socio-technical organizational design with his clients in the various knowledge utilization businesses. An important area in which Mr. Weichel applies his skills is in organizational assessment to help his clients identify start-up companies based on new technologies.

Mr. Weichelís most recent line-management role was that of Chief Information Officer and Strategic Planning Vice President at OíConnor & Associates, LLC, a futures and securities broker dealer in Chicago. There, he laid the groundwork for improving the delivery and tracking of technology projects and expanding the market success of a software business unit. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technical Officer of Global View Software, Inc. (GVSI), a software and information delivery company serving the energy industry. There he led all technology strategy, product development, technical consulting, company IT infrastructure, and the customer help desk.

Prior to GVSI, Mr. Weichel was a founder and President of Visual Insights, Inc. from its "skunkworks" inception in Lucent Technologies in 1994 until December of 1997. In 1998 and 1999, he served as its Chief Operating Officer responsible for finance, contracts, operations, IT, system test, and technical support.

In 1995, Mr. Weichel created an information technology consulting business in Lucent Technologies that delivered IT consulting services to internal and external clients. Prior to that, he provided system, network, and application software and data communication services to Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T) R&D in North America, Europe, & Asia.

In 1990 to 1993, he received wide corporate recognition, including the R&D Presidentís Quality Award, for his leadership role in the successful re-engineering of all the AT&T R&D computing services with customers in Europe and the US. Under his leadership the organization improved its services while reducing cost by a factor of 2 and staff by 40%. From 1985 to 1990, he was the IT Director of an $80 million department supplying system and network services to 6000 customers within AT&T.

Early in his career Mr. Weichel founded a business in commodity fund management and trading, led software development teams, and provided technical marketing support for AT&T's initial expansion into the international switching market.

Mr. Weichel graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He has completed Executive Management programs at Penn State, Harvard, and Northwestern Universities.

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