About

Leadership Skills

  • Culturally aware of individual & organizational values, beliefs, assumptions
  • Excellent mentor by habit and nature
  • Biased toward recognizing & developing others’ capacities & leadership
  • Inspires by communicating shared vision, and exemplifying values & hard work
  • Personal character that is ever-improving, curious, and dedicated to core values
  • Insures that corporate character is growing over time, motivating success

Work Experience

Co-founder & CEO /  Jigabot — 2012 – Present

Since its founding in 2012, Jigabot has focused on developing technology for the Education market (and others). Its flagship product, called the Jigabot EX, enables (1) teachers to stream instruction for remote education or hybrid classrooms; and (2) administrators to use for teacher development. The Jigabot EX has been discovered, and highly valued, by Educators due in part to educational constraints associated with COVID-19. Learn more here.

Founder, Writer, Director, Producer / Acuity Productions — 2002 – 2012

Produced seven television documentaries, obtained big screenings (Heritage Foundation Think Tank in Washington DC; two film festivals), received recognitions (featured on the Glenn Beck show, we won a film festival award, and 4 Telly Awards). Stream “James Christensen” Documentary here.

  • Performed extensive research, uncovered hidden stories, met deadlines 
  • Closed deals with broadcasters, Amazon Prime, Netflix 

Co-founder & VP Software Development / Archware, Inc. — 2001 – 2002

Conceptualized a “watch-dog” for ERP systems, produced innovative software prototype

Co-founder & CEO / e-Automate — 1996 – 2001

Developed ERP software which became and remains a market leader today. Learn more here.

  • Recruited, focused creativity, organized teams to optimize talent
  • Performed customer segmentation, identified niches/tradeshows/associations, made prospect calls & gathered data, presented break-even analyses, closed deals

Founder, Business Consultant / Implementation Dynamics — 1991 – 1996

Worked with multiple businesses; identified operational problems; implemented solutions, such as freeing up $400K in cash and  increasing sales by 300% 

  • Modeled M&A decisions, created projections for loans, managed cash
  • Reimagined products, services & prices; implemented business development; pitched and closed multi-year deals; 

Sr. Product Manager / Keytronic — 1991 – 1991

Accepted a job as a product manager for a new Laptop Computer division at Keytronic. Shortly after arriving, I put together a cost analysis that showed Keytronic’s Bill of Materials costs were too high to compete in the laptop computer industry. The entire division was cut, and I was given a generous severance package.

General Manager, Aerotron / EBM — 1986 – 1988

As a sophomore at BYU, I was hired as the General Manager of Aerotron/EBM, which we grew through innovative business development activities.

Education

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah — MBA, 1991

  • Strategy, Leadership & Culture, Organizational Change
  • Dean’s List, Scholarship, Textbook Editor, Curriculum Redesign Committee

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah — BA, International Relations, 1989

  • Diplomacy, history, and ethnographic research and writing
  • High score on written final exam in Don Norton’s infamous English Usage Class

Other Relevant Experiences

Bishop, YSA Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — 2019 – Present

Serve 400+ (cumulative) young single adults as spiritual leader and mentor. Know & love individuals, and help them make some of their biggest life-decisions. 

Missionary, Hong Kong, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — 1980 – 1982

Taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Cantonese language, and led others’ efforts.