Kentucky Digital Government Summit 2012 Overview
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Tim Gard is an internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution. A highly sought-after speaker, Tim's travels have ranged from Bangkok to Boston, from Singapore to Sioux City, and Texas to Tasmania. He has won numerous awards, including his recent induction into the Speakers Hall of Fame - a prestigious honor that has been awarded to less than two hundred people worldwide. Tim's life experiences are both extensive and varied. He was raised in an Air Force family and "rebelled" by serving as a Navy man. Following his wartime service, Tim was employed in various capacities in County, State and Federal government. He became an expert fraud investigator and this work led him to extensively study human behavior, the art of persuasion, and various methods for resolving difficult situations. He quickly learned that humor is an indispensable tool in human relations. He now devotes himself to teaching these skills to others so that their interactions and life experiences can be expanded, maximized, and, most important of all, fun!
Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.