BIO SUMMARYBorn Aug 25, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Founder of shrinkingYOUR thinking LLC, assoc. electronic engineer, business IT software architect,inventor, amateur historian, and publisher of simple best practices visual modeling concepts.James has aBachelors degree in Business Management,graduated Cum Laude,fromRutgers University NJ, an Associate Degree inElectronic Computer Science,with Honors from theRCA Technical Institute. He was an Electronic Technical Advisor for AppliedInformation Industries from 1972to1973-very first satellite communications system developedfor the commercial Maritime Industry. Later he worked in Europe for (CGS Consyst, Italy andDatatel, France) 1975 two early European distributors of CODEX Corp. high speed modemsfirst9600bps modems very advanced network technology used in both military and commercial applications.From late 1976 - 1982, workedforNLT Computer Corp in Philadelphia area - whose purpose was to provide the best turnkey IT solutions to Electrical Wholesaler Industry. Started as computer systems business applications Analyst, then later Senior Account Manager w/ $3 million revenue responsibility.
In Feb 1983 started working for Anheuser-Busch Company, as a Senior Project Mgr and designer. For 23 years he worked as Project Manager, systems designer, and Senior Systems Architect - on new project to build Anheuser-Busch’s most advanced fully integrated(WCS) Wholesaler Computer Systems.This fully integratedBEER (distribution-to-retail) business software systemwent live in 1985 and rolled out to many big and medium sized A-B beer distriburtors by early 1990s. To my knowledge, this system was largest fully integratedbusiness application system deployed in the SUPPLY CHAINindustry written entirely in Unix/c andc-isamdatabase engine. This comprehensive business system ran on software and DBMS that was as close to the Unix kernel as one could get; it was extremely efficient; flexible, adaptable, and capable of providing total fault tolerance using real-time updates to remote secondary processor. During WCS software system's 30 year life span, it remained exremely efficient, flexible, adaptable to change, and well liked by all it's beer wholesaler customer..
James has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in both Europe and Japan. His core competencies are in research, systems thinking, planning, designing, and project management implementation. Following the birth of his son in 1988, began earnest search for the bestways to teach his SON various sports using mostly a common sense approach. James has an extremely broad based background in business IT problem solving, and possess a talentforcriticalthinking. During his career, he developed and utilized a very simple and repeatable processes for distilling vast amounts of information and system requirements intovisual data and process roadmapmodels. His methodolgy used simple chaulk board diagraming symbols
for outlining and indentifying all key processes, key components, while telling a story using real business case examples. The takeaway roadmap models allowed designers, developers, management, and especially the CUSTOMERS to all share a common understanding of core business process and IT system requirements. This rather simple but elegant story telling process was later published under the trademark name called Visual Modeling Technique (VMT™).
After retiring from Anheuser-Busch 2003, he began pursuing a long standing notion that he was very close to solving the riddle of a simple golf swing.. In 2004, he founded a new companycalledShrinking Your Thinking LLC; and thus began his search for golfs HolyGrailof optimum swingthoughts; with intention to publish and marketed under the brand name SYT GOLF. My very latest theories (Aug 2018) are summarized in this short video clip Hitting IT DeadStraight.
Prior to leaving A-B, he experienced and enjoyed remarkable success in both his corporate endeavors and individual sporting endeavors with tennis his favorite, followed by skiing and golf. Having read many golf books and monthly golf magazine tips, He knew that most of the commonly taught golf instruction contained way to much "baggage" and could be eliminated, The quest was on to discover the essence of what mind-to-body components are present in all good golf swings. Indeed, there are a reduced set of mental triggers (KEYwords) a pre-shot feeling and visual awareness that our mindmight dwell upon and nothing more. The current 2016-2017 version is truely most eloquent and embraces the simple notionthat both sides of body (hands, arms, torso, hips, legs) all work together using one or two coreuniversal golf swing keys. For various reasons, the final version of this research effort has yet to be published.
During this much longer than expected journey, also published final versions of:SYT SKIING, Last5000Years,SYT HistoryMaps, produced numerous other fact-basedhistorical roadmaps; enhanced older and created new "business process" diagrams using the same coreVisual Modeling Techniques. VMT™ is a simple repeatable method forTELLLING A STORYand summarizes information in a chronological, process oriented, and rational visual form. The following is a review of SYT web site statistics by IP address for six month period (Sep 2011- Mar 2012).SYT web site had a globally diverse and growing audience. Click here to see MSspreadsheet stats:VISITORS -by Country/City.
2004 - 2012 shrinkingYOUR thinkingLLC- Saint Louis, MO SYT TRADEMARK
Founder,president and inventor SYT Golf Method, SYT Skiingmethod, publisher of Visual Modeling Techniques.VMT™ is a procees that allows both end-users and developers to share a common understanding of core requirements andsystem specifications using simple visual models, diagrams and arepeatable processes. It offers a standard yet simple approach for capturing and describing historical flows, business process flows, product flows, and data flows in a unified manner.MankindHistory and GlobalRoadmaps (L5000Y)provide accurateat-a-glancehistorical perspectives of mankind's journeyover the last 5000 years. Allsignificantcultures, civilizations,empires,places,religions,inventions, and milestones are shown in order they appeared and thrived on planet earth. USA history roadmaps offer unique fact basedperspectivesofUSAdebt,presidents,policies,andmilestones over past 75 years. SYT GOLFconcepts have been a work-in-progress for many years. It began with the notion that conventional golf teaching methods are way too complicated. There had to be a simpler approach to learning and keeping a sound golf swing. This unique "mind-to-body" golf swing technique was not optimized for prime time until recently (Aug 31, 2012), and now in the process of creating SYT golf swing mini booklet, and self-teaching VIDEO. The plan was to have this golf self-learning product ready for market by late Dec 2011. The final piece of golf swing puzzle was solved 4 months ago, when I discovered how best to keep our hands and "center of gravity" connected throughout the swing. The core principle is universal and applies to many other sports such as baseball and tennis. I never dreamed it would take me over 20 years to perfect this elusive swing thought process (mantra) to the point where it should work for all folks regardless of their age and already formed bad habits. Along this the way has occupied himself with perfecting core snow skiing awareness thought patterns, produced many fact based historical roadmaps (L5000Y), USA History-last 75 years, enhanced business process Roadmaps. Recent updates and additions to both SYT GOLF and SKIINGvideos do provide a good sneak preview of what SYT GOLF teaching method might look and feel like. Now all that remains to complete my dream, is to publsh my final and best insights on what the mind should see and feel (to dwell upon) for the 1 and 1/2 seconds a golf swing takes.. 2003 - 2004 IC LogisticsandDaugherty Systems - Saint Louis, MO After retiring from A-B, part-time IT Systems Consultatnt both Technical and Marketing. 1983 - 2003Anheuser-Busch Companies - Saint Louis, MO Senior Project Manager, Systems IT Architect, and later Senior Supply Chain System Consultant. Beginning in 1983, Anheuser-Bush approved a multi-million dollar project... to custom develop a state-of-the-art IT system for their family of Beer Wholesalers. The system known as (WCS) WholesalerComputer System, initially developed for Anheuser-Busch’s wholly ownedbeerdistributors, evolved into a fully intergrated enterprise system, and latermarketed to hundreds of independent A-B beer wholesalers including many of largest distributors in North America. James played a pivotal role in the selection of Unix OS, Informix Cisam, and the detailed design of many critical business applications including Equipment Assets Management system, numerous Marketing systems and all core Financial Systems:Financial Journal, Inventory Journal, A/R Journal,Cash Mgmt,A/P, andGeneral/Ledger. Together they formed a seemless fully integrated software solution coupled with an interactive zero-based Expense Budgeting System. WCSremained one the best Beer Distribution enterprise-wide software systems ever built; and continued to run many of Anheuser-Buschlargestbeer wholesalers until 2015, when it was officially retired. From 2001 thru 2003, James Jaegerwas assigned to Anheuser-Busch Supply Chain StrategicPlanning Groupwhere he developed high level and detail level diagrams of A-B’s core business processes describing how all the pieces fit together. Has always used a multi-disciplined approach to design IT systems and optimize business processes. He later used these business systems design experiences to author and publish numerous business process models and historical roadmaps using Visual Modeling Techniques™.Has always exceeded standards for core competencies in business focus, results orientation, analysis, planning, and systems thinking. 1982 - 1983 Interactive Inc - La Jolla, CA Technical & Marketing Consultant. Worked with new open computing systems (PICKOperating System)
1976 -1981 NLT Computer Services Corporation- Blue Bell, PA. Product Manager, Account Manger, Senior Systems Analyst, Customer Training, and Support Analyst for turnkey software systems developed specifically the Electrical and Plumbing Wholesaler industry. Participated directly in deployment of DG mini-computers used as front end processor to our company's Borroughs mainframe and capable of supporting 100's of CRTS and high speed printers; replacing expensive mainframe end-user data entry devices. Utilized prior knowledge of basic computer electronics and hardware, along with current knowledge of NLTCS business application software to troubleshoot hardware vs. software problems during all phases of this new product rollout.
1975 - 1976CGS Consyst & Datatell - Milan, Italy and Paris, France Language Communications & Marketing Consultant, Codex Trade Shows –Highest speed modem technology
1972-1973Applied Information Industries(AII Systems) - Moorestown, NJ Electronics Technician and Technical Communication Advisor during actual sea deployment trial phases. Participated actively in development, implementation, and deployment phases of the first satellite (ship-to-shore) real-time communications system for the commercial maritime industry using NASA satellites.
1973 - 1975Rutgers University – New Brunswick & Camden, NJ Bachelor Degree Business Management - graduated Cum Laude (fast track 20 credit hours/per semester)
1971 - 1972RCA Technical Institute Cherry Hills, NJ Associates Degree: Electronic Computer Systems with Honors