Robert A. Needham, JD is a business advisor, consultant, coach, innovator, economic and social theorist, author, public speaker, innovator, scientist, thought leader in the collaborative and cooperative movements, and thought leader in financial services, franchising, cooperatives, and public and private governance. Needham is co-founder with his wife Cheryl-Ann Needham of Global Stewards Initiative Needham is founder of CollaborateUSA . Needham created Collaborative Commonwealth and new form of governance. He has written several books and white papers which have introduced innovation and new ideas in more than 90 industries and have been used by business and non-profit leaders internationally. Other recent books include: Why Divide When You Can Multiply? - Sow A Seed Feed A Nation (2012), Wealth 3.0 - Saving America One Small Business At A Time (2008), and Solving the Puzzle of Owning a Franchise - Stop Renting Your Life and Start Owning it Instead! (2006). Needham is president of SPECTRUM Advanced Markets, Inc. which is a business advisor and consultant to for-profit, non-profit, ministry, and cooperative business concepts. As former president of FranchiseInc!, LLC, Needham lead one of the top franchise development, franchise consulting, and franchise broker firms in the nation working with some 300 concepts. Recently, Needham has applied Collaborative Commonwealth principals to public companies, private companies, non-profits, ministries, and cooperatives and has several successful projects underway. As a scientist, Needham has a highly decorated military career that included a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Space Transportation System (NSTS - Space Shuttle) Powered Flight and Assent Design Team (Houston), Unified Space Command, Needham also worked as a consultant to the government as a defense contractor. As a public speaker, Needham has spoken at numerous conferences on missions, strategic planning, franchising, ministry development, cooperatives, and new trends. Needham recently, spoke at the 2014 Future of Money & Technology Summit in San Francisco as a panelist on Community Crypt-Currency. Needham has been a convention keynote speaker and appeared on numerous television and radio stations as well as featured in several newspaper, internet and industry magazine articles."