Bruce was adopted at 6 weeks old on the anniversary of his new parents' wedding - childhood sweethearts who were married for 61 years. A gifted and talented athlete and student, his 'other' life experiences hedged the edge of reality as we know it. His urge to merge with the unknown is remarkable, to say the least, yet his skeptical science-minded nature has kept him humble.
'Zen' was adopted after a unique set of circumstances occurred taping One World, a television show he hosted beginning in 1990. He used a subtitle of Zendor (door to what is) as part of the show opening. The crew started calling him 'Zen' after about a half-dozen shows. It stuck and after some time, even his family have adopted the moniker.
Life and the quest for connection created opportunities for deep self-reflection and professional development; acquiring ministerial certification, an MBA in project management, MA in Organizational Management, Secondary/Post-Secondary teaching as well as hypnotherapy and transformational life coaching certifications. He has coached entrepreneurs and small business owners in business plan development, social media marketing and professional development; personal development facilitator on the fly, and by appointment.
His professional career has spanned numerous industries including aerospace, education, health/wellness, special events and even community television shows. He was the Phoenix IONS Community organizer in 2009 and 2010 President-Elect and Conference Chair for the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). 'The Shift-Challenge to Change: removing liabilities, limitations and excuses in the workplace' was the theme for ASTD's conference.
A professional facilitator doing business as Team Partnering, Zen performs pre-construction workshops for building, road and bridge. Project owners have included Department of Defense, Arizona Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security and National Park Services.
Zen currently lives in Arizona and is co-host of a small business talk show called 2 Small Biz Guys. He continues to be active professionally, supporting co-working and incubator space and advisory board development. His penchant for bridging science and spirituality continues to offer interesting insight. Reach out and book him for a weekend.
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