US native with international experience. A broad-based writer and perfectionist editor, I'm skilled in working with writers who are not native-English speakers. My range includes articles, full-length books and series in travel, romance, technical, business, children and young adult, motivational, user guides, and training materials. I'm editor-of-choice for several children's, business, and travel authors.
I have a BS and an MBA, lived in Hong Kong for six years and Switzerland for one year, built and led cross-cultural teams world-wide. Strong leadership, communication, and organizational development skills. Change agent and manager. Highly proficient trainer and facilitator.
I have worked with some of my repeat employers from creative ideation through content development and verification, multiple draft flow iterations, final text editing, and publication layout proofing. All with great reviews. (Some of this work has been on guru.com. See my "oconbach" profile there.)
I do most of my writing and editing work in the evenings and will nearly always be able to respond to communications within 24 hours using elance communications or email.
I am confident in my ability to deliver what I promise. I will always meet or beat my project agreement timeline. If you are not happy with my results, I will continue working until you are fully satisfied. I include a day or two extra time in my bids to allow for feedback and refinement if necessary.
I look forward to working with you!
Six Sigma Black Belt
Lean Enterprise Manager
Certified Quality Manager
Six Sigma Management Black Belt
University of Rochester Simon Business School
Masters in Business Administration
1977 - 1985
Michigan Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
1972 - 1976
2004 - Present
Training development and delivery.
Writing and editing. (See additional experience on guru.com "oconbach" profile.)
Business analysis and problem-solving.
Marketing Director, Quality Director
1976 - 2004
Numerous cross-functional technical, business, and leadership assignments in US, Asia, Europe. Positions included extensive writing and editing of in-house technical and marketing communications as well as project management roles. Six Sigma and Lean certified.
- Customer Satisfaction and Quality Director, Health Imaging (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Quality Director, Greater Asia Region (Hong Kong)
- Strategic Marketing Manager, Greater China Region (Hong Kong)