Keynote Speaker | Culture Design Strategist



I help creative firms transform their workplace culture

through co-creative design.

"Steve’s talk inspired the shop in a way no other guest speaker has. His content was smart, he was funny, and he brought fresh thinking to design principles that inspire the solving the universal human need for connection.” 

-Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.

Several years back, I had a profound conversation with a dear from of mine. He asked me, “What do you desire most of others?” I responded, “To see transformation in the lives of others.”

In return, he asked me, “Have you found this for yourself?” This second question hit me like a tidal wave. It took me a while to understand the magnitude of his inquiry.

I then realized that what I desire most for others is that which I desire most for myself. That is transformation - within myself, other leaders, organizations, and even society itself. Transformation is what fuels my passion and gives wings to my work. This realization reset me with a new perspective.

At the very core, I am a storyteller who love strategy because strategies makes visions of a new future come to life. For that reason, I help creative firms transform their workplace culture through co-creative design. But, let me take you back to where it all started for me…in my childhood.

I grew up in Holland, MI. When my ninth grade teacher gave us the assignment to write about a possible career, I wrote about the profession of an architect. It stuck with me. When my family moved to Southern California,  I finished high school and applied to architecture schools.

I studied Architecture at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, I went on to work at WLC Architects for nearly six years where I started as a designer and became a project manager.

Soon, my restlessness kicked in for the first time. I was eager to go beyond the four walls of architecture and learn about urban design and master planning. I accepted a role as a forward planner with K. Hovnanian Homes, a national residential real estate developer. Over the next eight years, I led the forward planning department and then served as a profit & loss executive overseeing project teams with responsibilities ranging from land acquisition to customer service. (Continue reading below…)

When the real estate market found itself in deep decline, I underwent a career transformation by becoming a licensed financial advisor with Waddell & Reed and then Merrill Edge. I learned the value of acting as a trusted advisor to clients who were looking for blueprints to make their financial dreams a reality. This experience helped to inform much of my approach to consulting today.

In 2013, I was recruited by a regional real estate development firm, Storm Western Development, to help lead several new projects in Southern California. In 2014, I joined the leadership team of Visioneering Studios, a national family of architecture, real estate development, and construction firms where I served as the VP of Strategic Design overseeing strategy, story, and sales.

Currently, I serve as a keynote speaker, facilitator, and independent design strategist working with organizations like Duarte, Inc., Ideation Consultancy, and the City of Long Beach’s Office of Civic Innovation helping to identify their greatest challenges and developing the most impactful solutions.

Additionally, I have served over twenty years as an associate pastor where I helped develop and communicate organizational vision and strategy through leadership and teaching. Most recently, I have served as a Teaching Pastor at Revive Church.

I look forward to getting to know you.

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