Marv Serhan, a well-spoken and intelligent retired Navy Flight Officer, exudes an intrinsic understanding of how one's morally upstanding character combined with effective communication and leadership skills can create better citizens and therefore a stronger society. His extensive leadership experience in the educational, military, and corporate world uniquely qualifies him to educate business professionals on how to positively influence their respective organizations. By assisting them in developing and implementing policies that support ethically aware business practices in a highly competitive Globalized economy, Marv ensures a solid foundation of productivity and achievement is in place.
As a former Navy Flight Officer, then Captain Serhan spent his aviation career leading, managing, and working with many wonderfully talented and dedicated Sailors and Marines in a series of challenging assignments including aviation fighter squadron command at sea. Over the course of a 27+year career, he flew from the decks of nine conventional and nuclear powered aircraft carriers, logged over 4,000 flight hours and 1,020 carrier arrested landings. His military service culminated as Commanding Officer of a specialized shore command where he directed a staff of 550 in administering all naval aviation-related training on the west coast encompassing 78 courses of instruction. His dedication to his men and willingness to work alongside them as part of a team formed a mutual respect that increased mutual trust, respect, honesty, and and overall sense of shared risk in mission accomplishment.
Since leaving active duty in 1997, Marv has worked in the energy/utility, communications, telematics and security industries with Salt River Project/New West Energy, Motorola, Inc., Satellite Security Systems Corporation, IBM, and Hewlett Packard. With IBM, he served as a Business Development Executive supporting their Intelligent Utility Network (Smart Grid) "Tiger" team. With Hewlett Packard, Marv served as an Enterprise Account Manager focused on HP's Global 1000 Utility accounts. He specializes in presenting the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) to all stakeholders in the energy and utility industries to assist them in developing a Smart Grid rollout strategy tailored to their specific needs. He earned certifications in energy management and sustainability through the Association of Energy Engineers. He is a past president and executive board member of the AEE's Columbia River Chapter, and is a past Regional Vice President for AEE's Region Five where he oversaw ten Chapters in CA, AZ, UT, NV, WA, OR & HI.
Marv is an Adjunct Professor who has taught at the University of San Diego. His courses included Strategic Communications and Management and Project Leadership for Global Business; courses within the School of Business Administration’s Masters of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL) program. In addition, in his adjunct professor role at Washington State University, Marv taught International Management within their School of Business Administration. As a professional speaker, Marv speaks on a myriad of topics related to ethics and leadership including those linked to his essay, “The DNA of Ethical Leadership and the Good Society,” the cover story for the John Ben Sheppard Journal of Practical Leadership sponsored by the University of Texas.
Marv holds a Master of Science degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and two other post-graduate degrees in disciplines associated with National Security & Strategic Studies (Naval War College) and General Management (Salve Regina University). He has an undergraduate teaching degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
AFFILIATIONS & CREDENTIALS
- World Affairs Council (Portland, OR)
- Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
- Certified Energy Manager (CEM) (AEE)
- Certified Sustainability Development Professional (CSDP) (AEE)
- Toastmasters International (TMI)
- Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
- National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
- Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
- National Communications Association (NCA)
- U.S. Naval Institute
- Naval War College Foundation
- Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
- Navy Memorial Foundation