Keynote Speaker, Information Technology and Services
Hi, I'm Simon J. Anderson - Futurist | International Keynote Speaker & Consultant | Award-Winning Author
Simon Anderson's Bio:
Simon J. Anderson is an international keynote speaker, emerging technology and trends consultant, award-winning author, and founder and Chief Foresight Officer at Venture Foresight. Additionally, Simon is a respected advisor to several technology startups and a global education non-profit. He co-authored the award-winning book "Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow" with acclaimed global futurist Jack Uldrich, and the new “Updated & Expanded” 2015 edition.
Simon is a graduate of the College of Business at Florida State University, where he double-majored in Finance and Multinational Business Operations. Before founding Venture Foresight and Futur1st.com, Simon had nearly ten years of experience in the telecommunications industry, working in varying roles.
With a strong business background and a passion for global futurism and having traveled to more than 25 countries, Simon is uniquely positioned to speak to your business or organization about developing strategies to help you recognize opportunities before they are challenges.
Simon Anderson's Experience:
Founder & Chief Futurist at Futur1st.comSeptember 2009 - March 2013
Futur1st is dedicated to helping businesses identify and leverage opportunities presented by the rapid advancement of emerging technologies. - Company dedicated to futurism and consulting business in identifying and leveraging emerging technologies. - Solely responsible for all functions within company including brand building, social network marketing, writing original articles, ongoing research and website development and maintenance. - Consult technology startups before, during, and after launch to maximize their market opportunities.- Consult existing companies in strategy, marketing, business intelligence, and emerging technology.
Co-Founder at NoleTrader.comJune 2011 - October 2012
- Student services companies created to allow Florida State University students a safe and easy way to buy, sell, and trade - Ultimately shuttered the site due to legal concerns presented by Florida State University - we felt strongly that we would have won in court but it was not worth the years of litigation and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees it would take to successfully defend ourselves. Key Achievements - Guided company from idea to fully functional pre-beta launch. - Managed a multinational team of developers
Technical Consultant at SprintApril 2009 - July 2011
o Diagnose and repair Sprint and Nextel wireless devices. o Provide qualified solutions to customer needs while increasing sales and reducing churn. o Assist store management and facilities and IT departments with managing store operations. Key Achievements o Recognized as most knowledgeable about new products, services, and Sprint's competitors. o Selected as our store's HTC Evo 4G Advocate, the most anticipated phone in company history. o Developed a fix for a defective Google software update that disabled some Android phones, thus preventing the need to replace them and saving the company money. o Created an Excel spreadsheet to quickly and accurately calculate phone model order details, assisting management decisions. o Consistently top performer in top 10 service department nationally, exceeding every metric. o Created solutions to the store's operational problems that increased efficiency and improved customer satisfaction, including developing a system that reduced wait time for a replacement phone from two to three days to one hour.
Assistant Store Manager at SprintDecember 2006 - April 2009
o Assisted manager with all aspects of running the store. o Hired, coached and managed up to 28 employees. o Partnered with multiple departments and companies to maintain store operations Key Achievements o Achieved 115% to goal in 2008, elevating store to "Top 100 Store" status nationally in composite score of a variety of metrics. o Developed new processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency. o Selected by District Manger to manage another area store for three months. o Mentored numerous sales consultants to achieve promotions.
Store Manager at Nextel PartnersNovember 2005 - December 2006
o Facilitated store openings in Fayetteville, AR and Waco, TX. o Launched retail store in a new market, from site acquisition to grand opening. o Responsible for all inside and outside sales operations. o Represented Nextel Partners at company sponsored Business-After-Hours events. Key Achievements o Consistently scored among the best in sales district in Mystery Shop store evaluations. o Launched numerous sales initiatives, including partnering with a bank, a museum, and six apartment complexes to promote awareness of new location and increase sales. o Regularly ranked among top stores in the company for phone accessory attachment to activations rate, a primary metric. o Achieved multiple consecutive perfect scores on monthly inventory cycle count.
Sales Manager at Alamosa PCSMarch 2004 - August 2005
o Managed highly profitable inside and outside sales operations. o Implemented and managed local marketing, sales, merchandising, and inventory. o Coordinated business operations with all Sprint PCS communication channels. Key Achievements o Consulted during store openings to ensure successful and seamless start-ups. o Earned top score in Wisconsin/Missouri district on 2005 annual Cash/Inventory audit. o Consistently exceeded all sales metrics, including activation and accessory sales.
Senior Lead Sales Representative at Alamosa PCSSeptember 2002 - March 2004
o Promoted Sprint products and services and created demand for service in a new market. o Hired and mentored sales representatives to achieve their highest productivity and professional growth. o Assisted management with all store operations. o Managed store during store manager's extended leave (resulted in promotion to sales manager). Key Achievements o #1 retail sales representative in Wisconsin, #2 nationally, consistently in the sales district's top three. o Generated over $1.8 million in annual service revenue for company. o Created Western Wisconsin's largest Sprint PCS customer base with over 2,000 new activations. o Achieved perfect score on 2004 annual performance review (top 1% nationally). o Received numerous awards for outstanding sales and customer care abilities including six letters of commendation from the chief executive officer.
Near-Futurist at Venture Foresight, LLCMarch 2013
Venture Foresight is dedicated to helping businesses and organizations recognize the trends that are transforming their industries. Through speaking and consulting, we partner with them to identify key challenges and opportunities which ensures they have the foresight to compete and win in the future.
Simon Anderson's Education:
Florida State University - College of Business2008 – 2010Multinational Business Operations, FinanceActivities: International Business Association, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
Tallahassee Community College2006 – 2008General TransferConcentration: Business Administration, Management and Operations
Simon Anderson's Interests & Activities:
Emerging trends and technologies, education technology, healthcare and medical technology, global energy concerns, and world travel.