Mr. Swenson has a BA in Political Science Legal Studies from the University of WI – Eau Claire and spent five years in financial service marketing before going to business school. After obtaining his MBA in 2010 from Saint Mary’s University of MN he had had many progressive consulting stints at leading companies including: U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Prime Therapeutics, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs MN chapter, van Wagenen Financial Services, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and Optum/UHG. In 2011 he successfully predicted Google’s move to combine their Google + Hangouts feature with their standalone Google Voice product (happened in 2014). In 2013 he correctly forecasted the growth of digital currency. In 2014 he was one of the bloggers who was correct without inside information on how the Target data breach went down.
He was also a marketing and training specialist for 5.5. years at Best Buy on weekends for Intel, where he holds two certifications. Additionally, he is on the Cyber Security Summit Advisory Board and the Federal Reserve Secure Payment Task Force.
Over 14 years Mr. Swenson has worked or consulted at 10 organizations in 7 industries on progressively complex and difficult problems in business technology including proj. mgmt., business analysis, data archival and governance, audit, web application launch and decommission, strategy, information security, data loss prevention, communication, and even board governance. From governments, banks, insurance companies, minority-owned small businesses, marketing companies, technology companies, and healthcare companies, he has a wealth of abstract experience backed up by the knowledge from his 4 degrees and validated by his 40,000 followers (from LinkedIn, Twitter, and his blog). Impressively, the results are double-digit risk reductions, corrected strategic decisions, vetted process improvements, executive accolades, and $25+ million on average or more in savings per project, and in some instances, up to $175 million!
In 2016, while consulting at Optum, Mr. Swenson decided to go back to graduate school to pursue a second masters degree in Security Technologies at the University of MN’s renowned Technological Leadership Institute. His capstone was on “pre-cursor detection of data exfiltration” and included input from many of the regions CIOs, CISOs, CEOs, and state government leaders. He also has a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) certification in emergency readiness.
As the desire for his consulting has increased, he has continued to write and speak on how to achieve such great results. Often, he has been called upon to explain his process and style to organizations and people. While most accept it and get on board fast, some aren’t ready, mostly because they are stuck in the past due to confirmation bias. With a heart to serve many organizations and people, we have a hybrid blend of this process and experience to form a new consulting firm, one that puts abstract thinking first to reduce risk, improve security, and enhance business technology. He is currently obtaining his Network +, Security +, and then CISSP certification.
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