Managing Director and Senior Consultant
Bonnie D. Huval is a former Space Shuttle & Spacelab engineer and longtime business, M&A (to the mid-market level) and IT consultant. She relocated from the USA to the UK in late 2006 and became a dual citizen in early 2013.
Problem-solving for business in general has included such solutions as:
- Unsticking a stalled revenue initiative for a national company by converting its primary competitor into its primary ally.
- Finding a low risk, low cost, low hassle way for an inventor to pursue compensation that a user of his intellectual property was not paying.
- Leading development of a unique economic model for development of new ‘places’ (housing, commercial space, public buildings, etc.).
Her work for commercialisation of technical innovations requires both strategic and tactical thinking on behalf of the innovations as well as understanding of relevant existing strategy, existing systems, and business processes at client companies and appreciation of the markets they serve. She works with people ranging from the shop floor or small business to the executive suite or boardroom of global multinationals, and routinely translates between the technical and non-technical.
She was a leader on the board of directors that pulled a prominent national USA non-profit back from dire financial straits. Her reports to regional leadership explaining finances and the board’s fiscal actions were especially well regarded and were widely copied by other board members for their regional leaders. She coached her region’s push for influence during national political campaigns, spoke at local and state events throughout the region, was a guest on radio and television talk shows, and routinely met Houston television news crews for taping on a few minutes’ notice.
Bonnie is well known in the USA IT community for having people at work in WorldCom when the telecom giant’s financial problems were not yet widely recognized. While other vendors waited several months for their payments, her firm was paid on time. She is ‘a consultant to consultants’ about how to get customers to pay on time and about being a consultant rather than a contractor. To date, her books for small businesses are published in the USA. Click here to see her author page at Amazon.
As a public speaker, she tends to draw higher than normal attendance to meetings or events. A few of her interview clips that aired on BBC Radio Shropshire can be heard by clicking here.
Bonnie owns and operates consulting firms in the UK (Havenshire Limited) and USA (Seneschal Incorporated). With partners, she is also a founder-director in other firms ranging from mid-range M&A advisory services to exotic strategy and modeling for large organisations. She has a history of bringing projects through to success even when declared impossible.
For IT, she has worked in most roles and every phase of the software development life cycle. During earlier years as a programmer, she worked in two of the world’s most elite software development groups. Her personal roles in IT projects are now most often in leadership, project management, business analysis or software system architecture.
In the USA, she is part owner of Greyhaven Realty Management Co., which has grown 20% or more per year in the face of economic downturn since its start in 2006, with accelerating growth in 2008 and since 2011. She performs some back office duties such as website management and certain behind the scenes financial activities. In the past she owned commercial rental property, including one of the first buildings zoned for light manufacturing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to get fibre optic broadband (with gigabit speed capability).
She is a former owner of Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Sum restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Education and Training
Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University, which consistently ranks among the top USA universities. Her bachelor’s degree there required some coursework that other universities would only allow for graduate students.
She has taken many training courses and has taught courses. Her best training achievement was getting high evaluation scores from a technical class where all the students were from South Korea and only one spoke English. A good mime would have been a terrible thing to waste.