Steve received an MSA in OD from George Washington University where he learned Systems Thinking which became his guide to life and work. Steve got his Ed D (ABD) from Temple University in Educational Psychology. In 1975, Steve left the Navy and served in executive positions at Marriott, Exxon Enterprises, Sunoco, MCI, Freddie Mac, and ICA, a San Diego bank.
He founded the Haines Centre for Strategic Management. His unique writings in Systems Thinking and Strategic Management led to forming Systems Thinking Press with 700 products and 20 books by Steve sold in over 70 countries.
As VP of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Strategic Planning, he led their effort to develop the standards for the Strategic Planning field. The Certification Program is now the standard in the field. He was inducted into ASP’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
Steve was one of the world’s leading Systems Thinking experts and practitioners of the 21st Century. From his extensive research and 24+ years experience in Systems Thinking, the Centre has copyrighted state-of-the-art frameworks and processes for “The ABC’s of Strategic Management” (Planning, Leadership, and Change), “The Rollercoaster of Change” and an “Organizational Systems Model” to guide organizational design and strategic change. He was also the architect of The Systems Thinking Approach to Leadership Development and its six natural core competencies found nowhere else.
He was a member of the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Jayne; his daughter, Monica (Pierre) Romero; grandson, Sebastian Romero; and sister, Linda.