First Strategic Management Professional Pioneers Selected

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Stephen Haines is the CEO and Founder of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management, leading the world in strategic management powered by Strategic Thinking Systems since 1990 with offices in more than 25 countries. Haines holds an engineering degree from the US Naval Academy, a master’s degree in organizational development and has written more than 16 books. For a complete bio please visit To contact Haines for an interview, please e-mail leah (dot) masterson (at) yahoo (dot) com.

The Association for Strategic Planning ( has designated five Haines Centre for Strategic Management Global Partners as Pioneer Strategic Management Professionals- Steve Haines, Gail Aller-Stead, Valerie McLeod, Terry Schmidt and Barbara Collins.

This prestigious Certification has been given to only a few Pioneers- a select group of the senior most strategic planners in North America, who developed the Association of Strategic Planning’s universal Strategic Planning Certification Program and exam. Each Haines Centre Global Partner has served as a Senior Executive and offers more than 15 years experience in the Strategic Planning field.

This is the first strategic planning certification of its kind in the world.

Each Pioneer is a master in the Strategic Planning field. Please see below for accompanying bios. To arrange for interviews with any of the members, please contact leah (at) hainescentre (dot) com.

Strategic Management Professional Pioneer #001
CEO, entrepreneur and strategist Stephen Haines is Pioneer #001, a prestige # as he led this endeavor to fruition for the Association. It is his legacy to the field. He is a prolific author and internationally recognized leader in Strategic Management. He has earned an Ed.D. (A.B.D.) in Management, an M.S.A. in Organization Behavior with a minor in financial management, and has more than 30 years of executive experience in leadership and change efforts in the United States and internationally. Haines is also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with the legendary leadership class of 1968. (

Gail Aller-Stead is a Global Partner and Change Management Practice Leader and runs the Haines Centre’s Toronto, Canada office. She holds an M.Sc in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. (

Valerie MacLeod is a Global Partner and Planning Practice Leader and runs the Centre’s Calgary, Alberta office. She has an M.B.A. in HR from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo. (

Strategic Management Professional Pioneer #004, Terry Schmidt is a Global Partner and heads the Centre’s Seattle office. In addition to an M.B.A. from Harvard, Terry brings more than 25 years of global experience as a Business Strategist and Management Consultant working with hundreds of organizations in 28 countries. (

Barbara A. Collins is a Global Partner and manages the Centre’s Baltimore-DC office. She has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Education and 30 years experience as an internal and external consultant, manager and CEO. (


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