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Michael Dearing

I founded Harrison Metal in 2006. I started the business because I love helping people productize new technology, take those products to market, and then make those products into businesses.

From 2006 through 2014, I was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering, teaching classes in Mechanical Engineering, Management Science & Engineering, and the d.school. I was lucky to have some out-of-this-world colleagues. Together we got to design and teach some of the most popular courses in entrepreneurship and management in the University.

Prior to Stanford and Harrison Metal, I spent six-and-a-half years at eBay, where I had tours of duty in category management, corporate strategy, U.S. marketing, and finally as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay.com. Before eBay, I worked at Industrial Shoe Warehouse (COO then CEO), The Walt Disney Company (corporate strategy), Filene’s Basement (operations at the Downtown Boston store), and Bain & Company (Associate Consultant). I earned an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

I live in the woods with four dogs. I don’t follow an organized religion but if I did it would be the Creative Destruction sect of Capitalism. I am INTJ if you believe in that stuff. I think David Sedaris is the funniest person in the world in terms of lifetime achievement. But A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is the funniest single piece of writing I’ve read.

Andrew Humphries

This is my second stint at Harrison Metal, each time concentrating on teaching and learning within the business. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had professionally.

Before I began working in education, I worked in performance. I went through training programs at two improv theaters in Chicago: The iO  Theater and The Second City. I improvised and did sketch comedy on stages around the city. Fun fact: I twice played Clarence the Angel in abbreviated stage productions of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life.

In 2008, I took a job as a middle school teacher and I haven’t left education since. I worked for Chicago Public Schools as Manager of Innovative Programs, at Stanford’s d.school as a Course Assistant and, later, Lecturer, and at Themis Bar Review as the Director of Online Learning. I still work regularly with the Executive Education program at the d.school.

I earned a BS in Biology from Duke University and an MA in Education from Stanford University. I live in Chicago with my wife and daughter. Two of my favorite books are Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and Levels of the Game by John McPhee.

Tia Miller

I’ve known Michael forever and we’ve worked together in many different contexts (big companies, startups, study groups and retreats). I am thrilled to join the teaching team at HM.

When I am not teaching at Harrison Metal, I consult with high-growth e-commerce companies on go-to-market, merchandising, and strategy. Before I began consulting, I spent many years at eBay, as DMM of the Lifestyle categories and in roles within Product, Seller Programs, and International. I came to eBay by way of Starbucks (Director of Tea), GAP (Men’s Merchandising), and the Walt Disney Company (Strategy for Theme Parks). I earned my bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Industrial Engineering and went back to Stanford for my MBA.

My favorite book of all time is A Confederacy of Dunces.  Since Michael already took that one, I’ll say that my favorite books these days are Shantaram and The Lizard Cage.  In my free time, I like to backpack, mountain bike and ski.  I live in Portola Valley, California, with my husband, our three sons, many chickens, and one dog.

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