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Gerald “Solutionman” Haman is CEO and Founder of Thinkubator Spaces & Experiences and Founder of Thinkubator Innovation. He was an adjunct professor of innovation at Northwestern University and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Haman is the Founding Organizer of more than 60 Innovation Groups on LinkedIn.com and Facebook.com that comprise a worldwide community of over 800,000 members.

He is recognized by clients as “Solutionman” because of his ability to quickly help people develop breakthrough solutions. Solutionman gained international acclaim for establishing a world brainstorming record by facilitating 8,000 people in a Thinkathon® at the Singapore Stadium to generate 454,000 ideas in less than 60 minutes. Since launching SolutionPeople over 20 years ago, Haman has helped clients generate more than three million ideas valued at over two billion dollars.

Formerly, Haman was an award-winning manager Procter & Gamble and Arthur Andersen’s Professional Education Center. Haman is the acclaimed inventor of the KnowBrainer™ innovation tool that has proven to increase creativity by over 530%. He also created the world’s first innovative thinking Apps & eTools for the iPhones, iPads and iPods, and the FlashBrainer™ and Innovation Activator™ software programs. Haman has been profiled in over 50 major news publications including FAST Company, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek Japan, The Australian, Singapore Straits Times, the International Herald, US News & World Report, Investors Business Daily.

SolutionPeople has helped over 100,000 people from 200 of the FORTUNE 500 companies in more than 60 countries. Over 50% of BusinessWeek’s Top 50 of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” have used SolutionPeople’s innovation products and services. SolutionPeople has been recognized by the Chicago Innovation Awards and the American Society for Training & Development awarded SolutionPeople a “Learning Excellence Citation” for their innovation training results. An entire chapter was published about SolutionPeople’s successful business practices in the book, Creating Customer Evangelists by Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba, which also profiled IBM and Southwest Airlines.

Haman earned a Masters Degree in Communications and Training from the University of Minnesota. He is a contributing author of the New Product Development Handbook and has published articles on innovation for the Journal of Innovative Management, Productivity Digest, Training Today and The Meeting Professional. Haman was recently certified as an Experience Economy Expert by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of groundbreaking books including The Experience Economy and Authenticity. Haman incorporates many Experience Economy principles into his innovation workshops, facilitations and keynote speeches. He has also created highly-acclaimed certification programs that designate graduates as Certified Innovation Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Questionators and Masters.

He has given innovative presentations to over 100,000 people from around the globe and has been recognized for his creativity by the United States Congress and the American Academy of Achievements.

Prior to joining the corporate world, Haman was a concert producer for a variety of Grammy-award-winning musicians including Air Supply, Cheap Trick, Harry Chapin, Little River Band, Alice Cooper, The Babys, Cliff Richard, Michael Johnson, Nick Gilder, Poco, Juice Newton and Head East. Haman’s responsibilities included talent scouting, contract negotiations, marketing, and onsite supervision of the stage crews and production teams.

Haman originally grew up on a cattle ranch and farm in rural North Dakota and he now lives in downtown Chicago. Solutionman’s hobbies include magic, painting and organizing his growing collection of diverse music and art.

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“If you want people to think outside of the box, you should not train them in a box.”
– Gerald “Solutionman” Haman