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John A. Decker, Jr., PhD

Strategic Impact Unlimited was founded in March 1982 to provide management focus for business and nonprofit organizations. We specialize in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, business & operational plans, new business development, board development, mission impact and mission-related revenue generation for clients in Hawaii and on the mainland. Previous full-time consulting as Director of Physics of Cambridge, MA, consulting firm Comstock & Wescott, from 1967 through 1971.

Professional Experience
Founder and Chairman of Kuau Technology, Ltd., dba RainSong Graphite Guitars, from July 1982 to the present. KTL originally developed the COMPUSIGHT® automatic marine sextant, but since 1991 has been exclusively involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing the RainSong® guitar. Additional experience includes:
• Managing Director, AVCO Research Lab/Maui, Puunene, HI;
• Manager, Corporate Planning, Spire Corporation, Bedford, MA;
• Engineering Manager, Varian Vacuum Division, Lexington, MA;
• Founder, President and CEO, Spectral Imaging, Inc., Concord, MA; and
• Research Physicist for the Sperry Rand Research Lab, Sudbury, MA, and
the Aerospace Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (as 1st LT, USAF).

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, Ph.D. [Plasma Physics], 1966;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.Sc./Aero Engineer Prof. Degree, 1958;
MIT Business School, “Entrepreneurship” graduate program, 1971;
Boston College Business School, “Managing Business Startups”, 1972-73;
National Arts Stabilization, “Strategic Leadership/Changing Environment”, 1999/2000.
Institute for Nonprofit Consulting, graduate 2000, training in 2000, 2001 & 2003.

Non-Profit Management Experience
Founding President, Maui Chamber Music Festival and past-President of the Maui Symphony Orchestra & Festival into which MCMF merged; past-Secretary, Hawaii Association of Musical Societies; Board & past Chair, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center; Senior Warden, Good Shepherd Church; Diocesan Standing Committee, past Diocesan Council & past Assistant Treasurer, Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii; past Secretary, Episcopal Camp & Conference Center at Mokule’ia; past Board, Maui Arts & Cultural Center; past Board, Hawaii Centers for Independent Living; past founding President, Fund for Urban Action, Boston.

Professional Societies, Publications & Patents
Hawaii Venture Capital Association, American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, Materials Research Society, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering , Guild of American Luthiers, Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, and the Catgut Acoustical Society. Published extensively in plasma physics, infrared physics, information theory, marine navigation and musical instrument acoustics. Holds US & foreign patents for optical devices, spectrometric and navigation instruments and composite-materials guitars.

Married 1957 to Linda McCullough; daughter Sarah, born 1967, married Ashvin Coomar 1994; two grandchildren, Alanson Coomar, born 1997 and Alena Coomar, born 1999.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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