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Michael Dearing

I think it’s weird when people write their own bios in the third person. So I am trying this instead. I founded Harrison Metal in 2006 (unofficially) and in 2008 (for real in the legal sense). I started the business because I love helping people productize new technology, take those products to market, and then make those products into businesses.

While building Harrison Metal, I was fortunate to work at Stanford University. 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. With some out-of-this-world colleagues, I got to design and teach some of the most popular courses in entrepreneurship and management in the University — including Launchpad, Management in Complex Organizations, Creative Product Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Creating Infectious Action. When I finished my work at Stanford, I decided to continue teaching at Harrison Metal. Today Harrison Metal is a center for teaching and investing in exceptional people.

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, a cat, and four chickens. 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 whole thing. 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. You should read it. If you like it, tell me. If you hate it, keep that to yourself.

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 a manager of innovative programs, at Stanford’s d.school as a course assistant and lecturer, and at an online legal bar review company as a 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.

Denise Cox

Before joining Harrison Metal, I lived in New York City. From 2006 until 2015 I worked on Wall Street, first assisting the co-Chairman of Fortress Investment Group, and then assisting the co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Prior to 2006, my NYC work-life highlights included: dog walking, waiting tables, freelance photography, public relations, nonprofit fundraising and founding my own photography business.

I earned a BS in Photo Illustration from Kent State University. As a Cleveland native, I am a long suffering Indians fan, forgave LeBron James when he moved back, and cried when the Cavs won the championship. I enjoy any chance to see the Avett Brothers live, bhakti yoga, hiking (14ers preferred), trying new things, and traveling. My favorite book is Immortality by Milan Kundera and if stranded on a deserted island with only one album to listen to: Avett Brothers Live, Vol.3.

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