Dr. Trailer is a Partner in Castle-Side Partners and a Professor of Management System Dynamics in the Department of Management, College of Business, at the California State University, Chico. Dr. Trailer has served on the faculty since 2001 teaching strategic management. He has had an active consulting practice for 20 years, involving a range of industries including Banking, Farming, Transportation Systems, Plastic Injection Molding, Steel Works, Brewery and Winery. Consulting projects focus on strategic planning and managing complex systems. He has served on the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms for the last 5 years, and currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee. Dr. Trailer is co-author of the following books: ‘Economics of Strategy’ Instructor’s Manual. Wiley & Sons. 2006, Essentials of Project Control, Publisher: PMI (Project Management Institute), 1999. Project Leadership: From Theory to Practice, PMI, 1998. Leadership Skills for Project Managers, PMI, 1998.
Dr. Trailer received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Naval Science and Business Administration from Oregon State University, attended the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officers’ School in Coronado (serving active duty USN in 1985-88), an M.B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Houston, at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management received a certificate in applying the system dynamics method for managing complexity, and at Stanford University completed the Advanced Project Management Program, receiving the certification S.C.P.M. (Stanford Certified Project Manager).