Critical-Decisions.Com, Inc.

“changing the world …one decision at a time”


About Us

 

Meet the Founders of Critical-Decisions.Com

  • L. Ray Bishop, Esq.
  • Richard C. Nott 
  • Dr. Richard L. McDaniel


HISTORY: Tracing the Early Collaboration of Bishop, Nott & McDaniel


By 1998 Rick Nott and Ray Bishop recognized that the Internet was one more powerful indication that the conduct of commercial activity was in the process of being forever changed. Certainly, they were impressed by the profundity of changes that the new communication technology was likely to elicit. But they had observed, up-close, for two-plus decades a continuing rollout of technology-based innovations, cultural upheavals, revolutions in financial markets, and other shifts in the macroeconomic topography.


They viewed with alarm the practice of losing touch with the customer, cavalierly fracturing the commitment to employees and the unseemly practice of treating shareholders like they’re the enemy. But they were also confirmed by the new genre of cooperative business relationships that were unfolding everywhere.


They watched competitors acting like allies. They saw the fortress walls around companies becoming more permeable and less resistant to visitation and even residency by other companies. They witnessed thousands of people with different skill sets and interests working long hours because of a passion for doing something well. It was fun to observe a new hero in the American line-up – the bright, independent, tough-minded, obsessed entrepreneur.

 

Because of the depth and variety of their business experience, Messrs. Bishop and Nott were never fooled by what you should expect from new tools and technologies. They were accustomed to "looking through" tools and technologies to the resulting enhancement of value creation functionality. They were on solid ground with the proposition that you don’t run out and buy new technology for technology’s sake.

 
They set about to identify the generic survival criteria, the necessary and sufficient conditions which must obtain for a commercial enterprise to remain competitive in the 21st century.

 

In a parallel universe in Dallas, Texas, Richard McDaniel was creating the protocols for how commercial enterprises would be funded in the future. While Nott and Bishop examined the radical new tools and technologies and searched for their implications for reengineering business practices, McDaniel was studying the power relationships between the major economic stakeholder groups – corporate leaders (officers and directors), employees, shareholders (institution investors like pension funds), customers, vendors and regulators. McDaniel saw the turbulence in the shifting power relationships and contemplated alternative strategies to fashion order out of the emerging chaos by delivering to each stakeholder group the quality and quantity of outcomes each coveted.


The question McDaniel posed for himself and his research team was: What kind of control mechanism can connect the boardroom, the institutional investor, the employee, upstream and downstream vendors and customers, and regulators? And what kind of control mechanism – which connects these diverse stakeholder groups – can leverage the authority required to reengineer the way capital flows from institutional investors to corporations in the form of debt and equity funding?
 

The short answer to both of McDaniel’s questions was the Decision Accounting Operating System (DAOS) - a decision science-based value creation architecture that holds officers and directors accountable to superior fiduciary performance and optimizes the preferred outcomes for shareholders, employees, regulators, customers, vendors and the fiduciaries. These outcomes are rendered by vigorous prosecution of the generic mission of the corporation – which is the methodical achievement of competitive advantage in the firm’s marketplace(s).

 

When Nott, Bishop and McDaniel began to share their respective visions of the future, several layers of compatibility were discovered. For example, they saw the future firm’s technology makeover as congenial with fiduciary decision making and corporate governance makeover. They saw that they could lift the generic value creation architecture out of the Decision Accounting Operating System and use it as a template for reengineering firms with new technologies and partnering relationships and infrastructures and competitive strategies.

 

The union of the three was formalized with the collaborative development of the Unified Business Operating System (UBOS). UBOS is a 21st century, digital age operating system and catechism for the elicitation of a high performance corporate culture. Several of the impact elements of UBOS have been disaggregated and reconnected in creative ways to constitute distinctively different value creation/risk attenuation-protocol based portfolios. By rebundling these elements – Nott, Bishop & McDaniel have repackaged them as stand-alone product offerings and implemented them as unique operating systems within various types of business.


For example, the UBOS elements have been reconfigured to instantiate the operating system for Fiduciary Guaranty Corporation of America (FIG; www.figsmartgov.com – contact [email protected].com for guest login and password) and Smart Capital Private Securities Exchange (www.scpse.com – contact [email protected]
for guest login and password).

 

It is fair to suggest that the collective work of Nott, Bishop & McDaniel takes aim at how fiduciaries and senior managers make the most complex decisions in service of their stakeholders’ interests. Critical-Decisions.Com, Inc. confers this interest in complex decision making on the wider arena of American culture and, specifically – on to the most challenging issues facing the American people.


Below are synopses of the Founders professional backgrounds.

 

RICHARD LOWELL MCDANIEL is Chief Executive Officer of Fiduciary Guaranty Corporation of America (FIG), Founder and Director of Strategic Intelligence Corporation of America, R3X.Net, Inc., Communications Venture Services, Inc. (CVSI), and the Smart Capital Private Securities Exchange.  He has developed a focused consulting practice over the last twenty years specific to the issues of fiduciary performance and corporate governance.  He works with Boards of Directors that are committed to elevating the quality of their corporate governance practices and intent on delivering superior shareholder value.  Dr. McDaniel is the primary creator of the discipline of Decision Accounting™ and the Ad Hoc Decision Audit™ Technology upon which it is based.


Previous to his work in corporate governance, Dr. McDaniel developed and adapted various behavioral technologies, including behavioral decision theory and decision analysis, for use in business practice. His past positions include: Managing Partner of Value Creation Metrics, Inc., a consulting firm which specialized in the reengineering of strategic value creation processes instrumental to the achievement of competitive advantage; President and Chief Operating Officer of Mortgage Banc of Dallas; Regional General Sales Manager for Pulte Home Corporation in Dallas/Ft. Worth, where he supervised the sales and mortgage lending functions and subsequently developed the first Fannie Mae approved no‑down payment mortgage in the industry, in the early 80s, by reanalyzing FHA and VA foreclosure data according to different risk assessment criteria. Earlier in his career, Dr. McDaniel was one of five inside advisors to, and representatives of, H.L. Hunt of Dallas (Hunt Oil Company) at a time when Mr. Hunt and J. Paul Getty were regarded as the two wealthiest men in the world. It was during his association with Mr. Hunt that he developed a profound interest in boardroom decision making.


A native of Beaumont, Texas – Dr. McDaniel was graduated from Harvard College in 1969 and was nominated by Harvard for a Rhodes Scholarship along with fellow Texan and classmate Tommy Lee Jones.  He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Texas (Arlington), where he specialized in human judgment and complex decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.  His doctoral dissertation examined the previously unknown impact of information configuration on risk preferences for financial outcomes equivalent in expected value, but differing in variance, skewness, kurtosis and other central moments of the distribution.

 

Dr. McDaniel is a present or past member of the Society of Bayesian Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Decision Accounting Standards Board and is a member of the board of Press on Foundation. 


He is a past member of the board of the ACLU of Texas, Dallas Chapter.  Dr. McDaniel previously served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Jazz Orchestra.  He is also a member of the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Dallas, which organizes and conducts interviews with local high school students applying for admission to Harvard.


In the Fall of 1999, Dr. McDaniel assumed a leadership role in the founding of Texas Business Leaders for a Gore Presidency, a non-profit Texas corporation which presented to the Texas business community the policies and practices embraced by Vice President Gore that would have impacted American business in profound and congenial ways – had Mr. Gore been elected. Dr. McDaniel and Vice President Gore were classmates at Harvard from 1965 – 1969.
  

L. RAY BISHOP, J.D., is a Founder, Officer and Director of Strategic Intelligence Corporation of America, Communication Venture Services, Inc. (CVSI), R3X.Net, Inc. and a Founder of R3X Global Capital Group, LTD, Fiduciary Guaranty Corporation of America, and the Smart Capital Private Securities Exchange.


Mr. Bishop has 55 years of professional and managerial experience in civil and criminal law, business development, military sciences, public service and philanthropy. 

 

From 1995 to 2013, Mr. Bishop has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Internet Ideas Unlimited, Inc. (IIUI), the think tank behind Communication Venture Services, Inc. Additionally, he was Managing Partner of the law firm of L. Ray Bishop and Associates and prior law firms since 1966 to 1995 and has held numerous executive and committee positions with the American Bar Association (ABA), Michigan State Bar Association, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and Washtenaw County Bar Association. These positions included membership in the Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly as well as chairing the Washtenaw County Bar Association, the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and the Second Congressional District Character and Fitness Committee. Mr. Bishop was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 1964 through 1966 and an officer in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1960.

 

He has a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah and attended Duke University graduate school. Mr. Bishop has been an officer in and on the Boards of numerous companies including; Central Title Service, Inc. (Secretary and Board Member); Credit Services of Michigan (Board Member); RVT Corporation, Inc. (Board Member); Technology Center (Partner); Washington Street Associates (Partner), Wolverine Holding (Secretary and Board Member).

 

He has also been an active leader in philanthropic and public service organizations such as the Ann Arbor Cancer Society, Ann Arbor Police Officers Association, Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the State of Michigan Mental Health Advisory Board. He is the author of several law related books and other publications, has lectured extensively throughout the United States, and has been listed in numerous biographical collections.

 

RICHARD C. NOTT is a Founder, Officer and Director of Strategic Intelligence Corporation of America, Communication Venture Services, Inc. (CVSI), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R3X.Net, Inc. and a Founder of R3X Global Capital Group, LTD, Fiduciary Guaranty Corporation of America, and the Smart Capital Private Securities Exchange.


Mr. Nott has distinguished himself as a forward thinker in understanding the value creation and risk attenuation implications of digital age technologies on the internal value chain configuration of operating companies. He has been effective in conferring these transformative insights on the formulation of generic and particular competitive strategies and their prosecution into competitive advantage for companies in a wide range of venues.


Mr. Nott’s body of work derives from 35+ years of senior level professional and managerial experience that spans manufacturing, commercial development, business-to-business sales, information technology, real estate investment and consultancies at the board and corner office level.

 

From 1972 to 1976 Mr. Nott was Midwest Technical Director for the Sports Division of Kawasaki Motors, based in Grand Rapids, MI.  From 1976 to 1991, Mr. Nott held the position of Managing Partner in N&N Holding Company, a Livonia, MI, based real estate development and investment firm.  From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Nott was Chairman/ CEO of Internet Ideas Unlimited, Inc. (IIUI) of Ann Arbor, MI, the think tank behind Communication Venture Services, Inc., IIUI provided full service network and information services to commercial companies such as Motorola and similar regionally based industries.


Mr. Nott holds a BA degree from Thomas Jefferson College and has done extensive graduate work in Business Administration.