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Brett Simpson has worked as an experiential educator and consultant for over 20 years.  He helped start an executive training program at Bloomsburg University known as LEEP (Leadership and Executive Education Program). Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of Quest, a long-standing leadership development program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Quest uses experiential and outdoor education to develop self-reliance and leadership skills in student leaders, and serve the greater community throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Brett has been the primary program designer and facilitator for a wide range of clients, from student and community groups to non-profit organizations and corporate leaders. With his diverse background, he is able to work effectively with a wide spectrum of people in a variety of contexts, from classrooms and boardrooms to the backcountry.

Brett has traveled, climbed, paddled, bicycled and backpacked extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He has led trips in Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Ecuador, reveling in opportunities to share landscapes, rich culture and diverse outdoor activities with clients.

Brett has an undergraduate degree in Leadership and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on Technology, Curriculum Design and Instruction. He is a certified Wilderness Medicine instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and a professional photographer. Brett believes strongly in the extraordinary power of experiential education to impel individuals into experiences where they gain insight about themselves and develop broadly applicable problem-solving skills.

b.simpson@advance-knowledge.com

  

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Justin Noll is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of leadership experience in the US Navy, Merck and Co., and Cherokee Pharmaceuticals.  In the Navy he was involved in electronic and anti-submarine warfare, and had a tour of duty in the Secretary of the Navy’s White House Liaison Office.  During his 28 years in the pharmaceutical industry, he started as a first line supervisor and worked his way up to Executive Director/Plant Manager of the Cherokee Plant in Riverside, PA.  In the interim, he had a wide variety of roles in Production, Materials Management, Training, Labor Relations, and Global Business Systems.     

His passion for continuous improvement was ignited in the early 1990’s when he was assigned a role as Manager of Change Initiatives for a Merck manufacturing plant in NJ.  In this role he was responsible for developing and implementing employee-based work design systems, including self-managed teams.  In the following years he worked to develop the NJ facility into a High Performance Organization using Employee Involvement, Lean, and Six Sigma concepts and techniques.  During those years he also became a certified instructor for Merck in Principle Centered Leadership, a course based on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Justin continued to build on these skills over the years, as he moved to positions of greater responsibility.  While he was Plant Manager at the Cherokee Plant, he was introduced to the concepts of Toyota Kata, a teachable pattern for working scientifically to pursue improvement goals in complex systems.  Justin soon became a practitioner and instructor in Toyota Kata, based on its’ structured approach to simultaneously making process improvements while coaching employees to develop their improvement capabilities.   

In late 2013 Justin retired from Merck and dedicates his time to consulting for companies with a focus on developing leaders and helping them to implement structured continuous improvement concepts to achieve organizational goals.  

j.d.noll@advance-knowledge.com

Brad Winer began his leadership career as an officer in the US Navy. He has worked in diverse positions from Educator to Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist to Operations Analyst, Project Manager to Financial Planning & Analysis Executive. 

Brad is a teamwork, communications and collaboration evangelist. He strongly believes in breaking down barriers and working across departmental boundaries to help businesses operate more effectively. He has spearheaded team-building, social and philanthropic initiatives throughout his professional career, always with the aim of building understanding and unity in the workplace and enthusiasm for the strategic mission of the company.  

Brad is a true global citizen. In addition to his numerous overseas deployments on a US Navy Destroyer, he has traveled to over 80 countries and has visited all 50 United States. Brad has lived and worked in South Korea, Japan, and Ecuador. He is equally passionate about sharing the life lessons he has learned on the road as those from the workplace.

Brad is a New York State DEC Licensed Outdoor Guide with professional qualifications in Wilderness First Aid and Avalanche Safety. He is passionate about the outdoors and the insights to be gained from wilderness experiences. Brad has led hiking and climbing trips in Nepal, Patagonia, Iceland, Ecuador, Greece, Venezuela and Albania, as well as, the Pacific Northwest, Desert Southwest, and Northeast United States. 

Brad earned an Economics degree at the University of Michigan, after being awarded a Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps full academic scholarship. 

b.winer@advance-knowledge.com