Entrepreneurial Pursuits and Civilian Experience
After his honorable discharge was received in 1988, Dr. Commini moved into the field of management where he served in directors and field service engineers roles for various medical repair companies and medical device manufacturers. He often found himself mentoring those junior to himself. His skills with computers were honed supporting various clients throughout the US. It was also in 1988 that he co-founded his first company, TechNET Software TeKnowledgies™, and entered the arena of educational software development and computer consulting. Among TechNET’s clients were The Saenger Organization, Lanier Worldwide, the US Navy Jr.ROTC in Texas, and United Parcel Service. One of his responsibilities at TechNET was the development of the company’s website on this new thing called the Internet and the World Wide Web. His skills in computer graphics and software analysis and debugging were born! While at TechNET he became a Master Trainer, Master Facilitator, and honed his skills at Public Speaking. He also began helping clients design, develop, and implement knowledge management programs.
During his time at TechNET, he co-founded a christian ministry and ministered to youth and young adults around the U.S.
Career change as a result of an on-the-job injury
In April 2005, Dr. Commini received a disabling back injury while on the job at a client hospital and was forced to retire from field service and fashion photography. For two and one-half years, his focus became building up the strength to get out of bed, take care of his toiletry needs, feed himself, and then sit for short periods of time at the table or on the couch. At first, he could only manage minutes at a time. Gradually, with the help of some nine doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists, Dr. C was able to make it through the day upright without the need for continuous consumption of pain meds. As part of his rehabilitation, he began designing websites in earnest and added content management systems to his repertoire. It was here that he first discovered learning management systems and began designing, developing and implementing online educational websites based on the Moodle virtual learning environment.
Dr. Commini returned to the workforce in 2007. No longer able to lift a tool kit or do the strenuous work associated with field service and fashion photography, he fell back into an academic career once again teaching computer related courses. At the request of a pastoral group in Miami, Florida, Dr. C helped found an online divinity school and later an online private academy for grades three through twelve and formed yet another company which had some short term success. It was during this time that he applied for and received an IRS designation of 501c3, non-profit general public charity for the christian ministry.
Instructional design becomes his “thing”
Dr. Commini also began his academic career in education earning a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology and later a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning.
As a result of his academic and management accomplishments, Dr. C was invited to serve as a senior manager for the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) Joint Warfighting Center (JWC) Joint Knowledge Development Distribution Capability (JKDDC). He became the project manager for the largest division within JKDDC – the Knowledge Services (KS) Division – where he earned two certifications in knowledge management, and supported the KS Division Chief and the Federal Contracting Task Order Lead by leading a team of some eight hundred instructional designers, courseware developers, graphic designers, audio/video engineers, gameware developers, trainers, and adult education specialists, and became one of the most asked for field trainers for the division. At one time, Dr. C’s team was located around the world and had some twelve hundred projects in development simultaneously. It was an exciting time!
Change of Scope
In late 2010/early 2011, under his direction, the board changed the name and focus of the christian ministry to enable the non-profit to broaden its scope. Since then, the organization has created Lydia Inc™, an outreach for those in need, and lifeFORCE™ Professional Society/lifeFORCE™ Learning Institute, to provide much needed certification courses for the business world.
In 2012 Dr. Commini was invited to join and apply his skills for the world’s largest oil, gas & energy company. He took a leave of absence from the non-profit and moved to Saudi Arabia. It is here that he guides his corporate clients through the process of creating effective, efficient Competency Maps (C-Maps) for the professional development of the company’s 70,000+ employees. As you can imagine, this has presented numerous speaking opportunities in the Middle East and the United States.
During this time Dr. C published his first textbook. He has also published five children’s/young adult books under his pen name, Nonno Vecchio.
Not one to remain stale, Dr. Commini continued honing his skills and adding to his skillset by becoming a Certified Executive Business Coach and later an Approved Education Provider for the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ICBCH). His specialization area is Executive & Business Coaching.
It is this experience of the past six and a half years that prepared “Dr. See” to write the Coaching for Competence™ coach certification program as part of the Dr. See’s Learning Series™. The first book in the series, Coaching for Competence™, was published in August 2018 and is available for purchase in both print and eBook editions through various online and in-store outlets. Dr. C is currently writing the second book in the series. It is tentatively called, Becoming the Competent Coach.