Les Cowie immigrated to the United States from South Africa, where he taught technological skills to people with limited or poor access to education. For twenty-seven years, he’s worked with venture capital groups and corporations to acquire, develop, and sell businesses in manufacturing, commercial, and service enterprises.
Cowie has also created an innovative approach to presenting training for process improvement and talent development. His instructional tools use web-based videos and digital job-related simulators. He initially developed the 7 Steps described in New Job? Fast Start! for techincal occupations and apprenticeships where he dramtically reduced the time it takes to get new employees productive. The improved throughput resulted in lower costs and higher margins for the companies implementing his video- and digital-simulator-based, web-delivered technical training.
Cowie was a loving husband before losing his wife, Fran, to cancer in March 2017. He is the proud father of three grown children: Rob (producer of the original movie, The Blair Witch Project), Colette, and Ian. Cowie currently resides in Carolina Beach, NC.