President and Owner:
Russell G. Derickson, Ph.D., P.E.
is President of the Innovation Affinity Group, LLC. His broad background includes science, engineering, technology, business,
education, and music. By nature, he embraces science and the arts with equal fervor. His experience and training make
him a strong systems thinker and endow him with keen observational skills, which bring powerful benefit to his clients.
Russ is an innovator, entrepreneur, speaker, and seasoned leader. Over his extensive career of more than 20 years,
he has worked in and consulted to a variety of organizations, bringing freshness and drive to their strategic initiatives,
with the net result of improved products and services. He has worked with a wide range of clients and thrives in environments
with multiple stakeholders, where it is critical to reconcile ideas and needs that are often at cross-purposes. His career
has been distinguished by vision, and his original contributions to various enterprises in innovative products, services,
and R&D have been recognized both nationally and internationally, and some have earned awards for excellence.
In addition to being a consultant, and General Manager of the Innovation Affinity Group, LLC, Russ formerly was Senior Scientist
at Architectural Energy Corporation; Associate at CPP Wind Engineers; Senior Business Analyst and Senior IS Customer Manager
at Rhythms Netconnections, Inc.; Associate Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Research Associate
and Post Doctoral Research Scientist at Colorado State University; Senior Scientist and Chief Engineer at Architectural Energy
Corporation; Research Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Senior Engineer at Applied Science and
Engineering; and Principal at Resource Consultants. His overall experience includes product development (hardware and software),
fundamental and applied R&D, strategic planning, business analysis, quality assurance, marketing, focus group management,
organizational development, training and education, business and technical project management, coaching, and performance as
a professional musician (primarily in improvisational jazz groups). He can be characterized as a generalist-specialist, and
his versatility and accomplishments provide him a unique perspective from which to help others with their innovative pursuits.
As a stated goal, Russ and his team provide clients with solutions born of broad, critical thinking, and the purposeful
blend of quantified analysis with creativity and innovation. However, the road to success, while structured and disciplined,
is not to be burdened with overly complex methods. Russ has made a career of distilling complex ideas and concepts to an elegant
simplicity, and has orchestrated their practical application with effective implementations. Most importantly, he believes
that the journey should always be fun!