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Richard Marrs the founder and president of Altamont Consulting Group LLC, and works with senior executives and their teams in organizations that are committed to achieving extraordinary results through breakthroughs generated from a foundation of collaborative innovation.

He specializes in collaborative processes for creating and executing:
- Strategy
- Alliances
- Innovation
- Organizational change
- Knowledge management

Richard is one of the three founders of Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Coemergence. The company develops advanced software applications for professionals who find, analyze and act on new business opportunities. While at Coemergence, Richard served as the company’s Vice President Business Development, Vice President Customer Solutions and as a member of the board of directors from 2000 – 2006. He was involved in all aspects of the company’s start up and evolution to a successful company with commercial sales to Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Coemergence, Richard spent over 30 years gaining experience in academia, teaching in public schools, managing small businesses, and within Fortune 100 companies in the worldwide mining industry where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and partnerships, scenario planning, knowledge management, competitive intelligence, strategic planning, materials management and collaborative work practices.

He previously served as Director of Corporate Development at Magma Copper and later at BHP Billiton (BHP Copper) as Vice President of New Business Development. During this time he developed extensive knowledge and experience in international business. Magma and BHP were considered two of the mining industry's most successful acquirers during the 1990s, and Magma was recognized and written about as one of the most innovative and well managed companies during that time. While at BHP, Richard laid the groundwork for a knowledge management function within the company.

After leaving BHP and prior to helping found Coemergence, he served as president of knOwhere Inc., a Silicon Valley-based consultancy specializing in collaborative work processes and creative problem solving.

Richard has authored a number of papers and articles. His speaking engagements present innovative and practical process models. Richard develops and leads applied learning workshops at numerous venues, including knowledge management and competitive intelligence conferences. He has traveled extensively in Asia, South America and Africa.

Richard holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA. From 1986 to 1990, Richard served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix.

Richard lives and works from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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