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Howard Marsh and Lab on recent hike in the Chugach mountains

Howard Marsh has been in the business of helping organizations use computers and technology since the late 1960s. His work has led him to contribute to many space- and terrestrial-based projects for industries ranging from banking to software design and everything in between. He lends his expertise to the community through his efforts on nonprofit corporation boards, and as adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

The beginning

Marsh earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from The College of William and Mary. He then worked on several NASA programs before moving to Washington, D.C. to enter management. While working for Fairchild Space and Defense, Marsh earned an MBA with an emphasis on Technology Management. He subsequently was asked to manage the data center for then-Transportation Secretary Pena in Washington, D.C.

After a successful re-engineering of the Transportation data center, Marsh became Chief Information and Financial Officer for a consulting company based in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time, he began work on his doctorate degree from Kennedy-Western University. While working on his dissertation, the Anchorage telephone company, ATU Telecommunications, moved Marsh and his wife from the East Coast to Alaska. Marsh, as Chief Information Officer, unified the disparate ATU employees into a team, met deadlines, made systems work, and ensured that all systems would be updated on schedule for the year 2000.

And now

Marsh completed his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems in 1998. In May 1999, Marsh started the consulting company, Northern Exposure Consulting, which specializes in helping companies maximize their investments in technology and people. Marsh believes: "Pick the right technology for the job; one size does not fit all."

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