South EastBob Lewis
Kaye KendrickMatt Tenney
InternationalNeville Beard (Australia)
Brian Schwartz (China)
Dietmar Glodde (Germany & US)
Ronald G. Biagi is an experienced management consultant and executive coach. He assists individuals, teams and entire organizations in achieving desired measurable results.
During his 30 plus years of business leadership, Ron has helped both domestic and international companies successfully manage rapid change and transitions. Known as "the fixer," he has led organizations through successful start-up operations, strategic planning and tactical deployment programs. He is an acknowledged innovator in improving corporate productivity, as well as a recognized expert in business restructuring to maximize profit and increase the quality of service.
Ron's approaches to consulting and coaching are practical. He helps individuals stay focused on organization goals while dealing with the realities of change and the challenges of differing management styles. He provides tools and techniques for opening and maintaining all-important lines of communication. Accountability for results and extraordinary teamwork are key outcomes.
Ron has served as Chairman and CEO of two Southwest based subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 bank and has managed numerous lines of business. He currently serves on two Advisory Boards. Ron is co-founder and co-principal of It's the How, LLC, (ITH). He is a co-author of three business self-help books. "It's the How®" consulting, coaching and training programs result in quantifiable gains for corporate audiences nationwide.
Ron is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington.
Peter Lars Johnson has had over 30 years of experience in management and leadership positions in a wide variety of industries. Peter's business experience spans GAF in their film manufacturing business, and then Dean Witter/E.F. Hutton as a branch head in their brokerage division where he gained extensive experience in brokerage, investment banking and company valuation. He has run several companies including Prometa AB, a Swedish based computer development firm where he was CEO, Heat Pipe Technology, an entrepreneurial company based in Florida where he was Chief Operating Officer, Acappella Spring Water Company where he was Chairman and President and later successfully sold the company and TropicKool Engineering in Largo, FL where he occupied the position of President. Peter has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida majoring in Finance.
Robert W. Lewis is the Operating Partner of The Morris Group, a strategy and execution consulting firm founded in 1991. Mr. Lewis utilizes StrategySORT™ tools and processes to facilitate senior leaders and their teams in evaluating strategic options, developing operating plans, securing resources and executing organizational transitions.
Mr. Lewis employs his extensive experience in change management, leadership development and executive coaching to align and engage the people of the organization in support of the business strategy and valuation objectives. In addition to the proprietary tools of The Morris Group, Mr. Lewis is certified in the use of The Rockefeller Habits™ (Gazelles, Inc.), the Leadership Effectiveness Analysis™ (Management Research Group) and the Perth Leadership Outcome Model™(Perth Leadership Institute).
Prior to joining The Morris Group, Mr. Lewis served as a senior operations executive in two industry-leading career services consulting firms, Drake Beam Morin, Inc. and Lee Hecht Harrison. As the chief executive of the DBM Consulting Group, he led the development and market introduction of a unique proprietary process for large-scale organizational change and co-authored "Living on the Leading Edge of Change: A Leader's Guide to Transition Management."
Mr. Lewis began his career with the former Bell System, eventually participating in the creation of AT&T Information Systems, Inc. where he led a $95 million consulting and sales division. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of North Carolina with a BA in Psychology.
Roger McArt has over 30 years of experience in human resource consulting and operating management roles. He applies analytical and programs design capabilities along with well-developed listening and counseling skills to identify and deal with issues involving organizational leadership and management interactions.
Currently, he assists clients in:
• Accomplishing organization and culture change involved in the restructuring or integration of new groups.
• Coaching executives and resolving conflicts arising from differing management cultures and perspectives.
• Developing organization capabilities and succession plans that support business goals.
• Designing compensation and motivation programs aligned with their strategic objectives
During his career, Roger has worked in a range of industries including automotive, transportation, technology, specialty chemicals, metal fabrication, printing and promotion, equipment rental, financial services and not-for-profit organizations.
Over an eight-year period, Roger worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Buck Consultants designing and implementing executive rewards programs. Often this work involved resolving management issues and achieving consensus between business leaders and owners. Before this, as a Partner in the Compo Consulting Group, he facilitated the integration of support functions in four not-for-profit associations to form a joint shared services organization. Roger has also assisted clients in accomplishing reductions-in-force by conducting a fair and equitable evaluation and selection process.
Earlier in his career, Roger gained valuable operating management experience in product management roles with General Motors, as an operations management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as President of the Hines Flask Company, a foundry equipment manufacturer. Through his career experiences, Roger has developed particular skills in achieving results in situations involving conflicting management styles. He has been effective in successfully addressing difficult interpersonal and management situations and achieving positive, lasting results.
Roger has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude, from Dartmouth. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is active in his Dartmouth class activities, currently serving as Class President, and having been a Head Class Agent, Class Vice-President and Reunion Chairman.
Roger Merriam, after 25 years with two Fortune 100 companies, (Whirlpool Corporation and United Technologies) switched to helping small, fast growth companies achieve their goals. His work with smaller firms has included being CEO of and establishing the North American division of a Bombay, India company and being Executive Vice President of a dot.com start-up. His last position with Whirlpool was President of Whirlpool Greater China.
Mr. Merriam has an extensive international background, having had four overseas assignments. He started over 20 companies in 18 countries on 6 continents. As the senior executive, with P & L responsibility, he was responsible for new market development, strategic alliances, joint ventures and strategic plans for the emerging markets of the world. He has managed employees reflecting the entire diversity of six continents.
He has been invited to sit on the board of two of his client companies, and currently serves as chairman of the board for one of the companies.
Mr. Merriam's current focus is working with management teams on strategic planning, actionable business plans, measurement systems, operational efficiencies, product planning, sales and marketing growth, international expansion, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.
He does not consult in the areas of Human Resources, IT systems, manufacturing or quality programs. (Though he does have comprehensive opinions in those areas.)
Mr. Merriam has a BA in Economics from the State University of New York, and an MBA from Syracuse University.
Emma W. Morris is the Founding Partner of The Morris Group, a strategy and execution consulting firm founded in 1991. Ms. Morris is a sought after advisor for entrepreneurs and corporate executives in rapid growth or major transition. Since founding the firm in 1991, Ms. Morris has been a frequent speaker, writer and consultant to early stage venture backed technology companies, family owned manufacturers and food processors, F500 companies, utilities and not-for-profits on the subjects of growth and transition.
Ms. Morris' client work includes turnarounds, mergers, divestitures and start-ups. She has developed and employed a full range of tools and processes to validate and execute growth strategies, conduct business valuations, secure funding, take new products to market, develop new distribution channels and manage large-scale transitions. Today these methods are collectively known as StrategySORT™, the firm's proprietary process employed by large and small companies alike to make and implement key strategic decisions. In addition to the proprietary tools of The Morris Group, Ms. Morris is certified in the use of The Rockefeller Habits™ (Gazelles, Inc.) and the Perth Leadership Outcome Model™ (Perth Leadership Institute).
Ms. Morris' expertise comes from her experience working in corporations such as IBM, Ernst & Whinney and MSA/D&B Software, as well as, being the founding CEO of entrepreneurial companies such as VistaScape, a security software developer, and Synchrologic (acquired by Intellisync), a developer of mobile and wireless infrastructure technologies.
Ms. Morris holds a BA cum laude in French from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and an MBA in International Marketing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Tom Pearce, President of iLead Consulting and Training, is highly regarded for his work in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, and teambuilding. His client list includes such companies as Blockbuster, British Petroleum, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Pearce spent the first sixteen years of his professional career working for Mobil Oil and Atlantic Richfield in a variety of Human Resource Management positions. Mr. Pearce has also lived and worked overseas. He spent four years in China for ARCO as the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Other temporary assignments have taken him to Dubai, London and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Tom Pearce holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Tom writes a guest leadership column called "Smart Leadership" for his local paper. He is currently working on a book called Graceful Exits. It discusses winning strategies for leaving organizations so that doors stay opened to you long after you've departed.
Mr. Pearce stays involved in his community by leading programs for adults, youth, and nonprofit leaders through local Chambers of Commerce. In 2003 Mr. Pearce was nominated as a "Volunteer of the Year" candidate for the City of McKinney. Tom serves on the board of directors for several nonprofit agencies and is active in the lives of his children through coaching of their sports teams.
Tom Pearce became certified in the Perth Leadership Outcomes Model in March of 2005.
Dietmar Glodde helps organizations to cope with the daily challenges of leading and co-operating in an international business context. Leadership definitions, styles and behaviors, development of vision, aims and strategies, project and people management are key success factors in today's global industries and need to be aligned under the umbrella of mutual understanding and agreement.
Being a native German from the Cologne area, Dietmar has held C-level positions in various companies in the global media and entertainment industry, having worked for leading major companies like Bertelsmann AG, Polygram and Universal Music Group. Having lived and worked in different German cities as Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, Dietmar has lived for over four years in Tokyo, Japan, and for several years in Copenhagen (Denmark), Vienna (Austria) and Valencia (Spain). He is a true representative of a multicultural management species, residing now in Orlando, Florida. Besides his German native tongue, he holds a basic business degree in Japanese is fluent in English and Danish and has a basic comprehension of Spanish and French. Dietmar holds a degree in Business Management/ Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Applied Sciences, Munich. Besides
being a certified consultant for the Perth Leadership Outcome Model (PLOM), Dietmar is a certified Coverdale Consultant, a Fielding Graduate University student for Evidence Based Coaching. He has gained extensive knowledge in the fields of leadership development and team building, organizational development, conflict management and executive coaching.
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Ed B. Piccolino is the Managing Director of Piccolino Associates, LLC and functions as a strategic consultant and professional coaching resource to Boards and Senior Executives in the areas of Leadership Development, Team and Organizational Performance, Strategic Talent Management and Talent Sourcing.
Ed has had a distinctive career in executive development and strategic talent management, both as a consultant and a corporate practitioner. His career spans over 30 years of experience; much of it building high performing organizations with particular focus on improving individual leadership skills, team alignment and organizational effectiveness.
His consulting career began with Rohrer, Hibler & Replogle, a leading consulting firm in management development. He was also a partner with the Personnel Corporation of America, and his own firm, Executive Development International. More recently, he served as Executive Vice President of the Americas Region for The Empower Group, which was the HR consulting arm of Manpower Inc., and which was subsequently integrated into another Manpower acquisition, Right Management Consultants. Ed continues to serve Right and Manpower as an adjunct consultant on senior coaching engagements.
Ed has also functioned as a line and "shadow" HR function to executives and leadership teams across a wide range of organizations. In recent years, he successfully helped build the leadership team and support the formation of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, a global joint venture of the Eastman Kodak and Sun Chemical Companies, eventually serving as Chief Personnel Officer. Earlier in his career he served as the head of Human Resources for EMI Music and PepsiCo International, and as head of Organization Planning and Development as well as In-Flight Services for American Airlines.
He directed the first implementation of the Assessment Center for the identification of leaders within the New York City Police Department, which won national recognition for innovative application of behavioral science methodology.
Ed also serves as Vice Chairman and a Board Member of MHW Ltd., a highly successful importer of wines and spirits and provider of related services to that industry headquartered in Manhasset, NY.
Ed holds an MA in Industrial Psychology from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as an officer and faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point teaching and doing research predicting leadership effectiveness.
He was a former Member of the Board of Governors for Higher Education in the State of Connecticut and he is a member of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS), and the Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology (Metro). He is a licensed psychologist in the States of NY and Connecticut
Dwight Seeley, CCP - As the Practice Leader for Talent Management at Sequent, Inc., Dwight is responsible for leading a team of professionals who create solutions in a variety of areas including employee engagement, succession management, performance alignment, total rewards, compensation management, and strategic thinking.
Dwight brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, light manufacturing, insurance and consulting. He has been involved at the executive leadership level with multiple change efforts involving talent management for over 10 years. Dwight's most recent accomplishments prior to joining Sequent include leading the redesign and implementation of the performance alignment and compensation management systems for The Longaberger Company and OhioHealth. Dwight has published articles on topics such as compensation design, creating a performance driven culture, and aligning employees' talents with a company's vision and mission.
Dwight has a Bachelor's Degree from Westminster College and a Master's Degree from Purdue University. He also holds the Compensation Professional Certification from WorldatWork, formerly known as The American Compensation Association.
Richard D. Voreis is Chief Executive Officer of Consulting Collaborative, a management consulting firm specializing in the construction and building products industry.
The Consulting Collaborative distinguishes itself from other consulting firms by offering new and innovative consulting services to domestic and international clients. In addition to providing traditional consulting, their strategic assessments and coaching services are totally new and unique to the industry.
Before joining the Consulting Collaborative, Mr. Voreis was Executive Vice President of United States Aluminum Corporation in Waxahachie, TX, President & CEO of Hebel Building Systems in Atlanta, Georgia and Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Kawneer Company at its corporate office in Norcross, Georgia.
Richard Voreis was essentially born and raised in the construction industry. His father was a residential homebuilder and he worked his way through Indiana University building homes. He graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Business Management. He is active in many industry related and community activities including the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, National Fenestration Rating Council, the Georgia Tech College of Architecture Board, the Georgia Tech Construction Research Center Advisory Group and the National Glass Association Board of Directors.
He has also been active for many years as a league director in youth competitive swimming and also served as a Texas High School Interscholastic Swim Meet Official. Finally, he's a volunteer along with his son at Habitat for Humanity as well as a member of the Preservation Park Cities Historical Society.
Dr. Brian Schwartz is a psychologist and a leading expert in the fields of Career and Talent Management with a practice that extends 34 years and includes over 1700 career planning clients, over 500 executive assessments and several thousand additional assessments and coaching assignments in corporate and university settings. He founded The Talent Management Team LLC in October, 2001 and CareerDNA, LLC with partners in May, 2004. His upcoming book, Your CareerDNA: Breaking the Code for Career Success and Reinventing Your Future, is currently being considered by several top publishers. In March, 2010, Dr. Schwartz joined Tsinghua University’s Yangtze Delta Regional Institute as Senior Consultant and Visiting Lecturer, identifying, evaluating and introducing best in breed talent and career management companies/tools/technologies/assessments/consulting services to the China market. He will also assist in the idenfitication, development and incubating of entrepreneurial talent in China.
Since November, 2005, Dr. Schwartz has been immersed in understanding the emerging human capital needs in China and has established a network of contacts in government, university, corporate, finance, real estate development and consulting sectors there. He is currently exploring bringing his digital products and consulting services to help with the talent and career development challenges in that emerging economy and is forming several companies with partners to deliver those services starting spring, 2010.
He has originated a unique approach to career planning based on his observation that one's most enjoyed work is an adult metaphor for one's most enjoyed child's play. His process not only has helped over 1700 clients define a detailed ideal work profile (SkillsDNA) but also helps clients identify the internal barriers to their own success and helps them in overcoming those barriers. He was the creative force in the development of a state-of-the-art manager decision support tool which makes best fit matches between job candidates and job opportunities and corporate cultures and ensures an engaged workforce, TalentDNA (www.careerdna.biz), as well as a flagship online career assessment and planning program for individuals, CareerDNA (www.success-dna.com). Dr. Schwartz is one of the earliest users of type and temperament in both career and talent management consulting.
Dr. Schwartz is also an expert in Organization Development, Talent Management and Executive Coaching. He has assisted corporations seeking to change their organizational culture to a more participative and open environment. He has designed performance management systems, succession-planning programs and processes, train-the-trainer programs as well as programs in executive and management development. He has been especially effective in coaching executives and managers in improving their performance. Clients have included Interscope LLC, Continental Can-USA, American Express, Reichhold Chemicals, Coopers & Lybrand, UST, Philip Morris, The Kaempfer Company and its joint venture with The British Airport Authority, BAA-McArthur/Glen Europe, and its successor, McArthurGlen Europe, PLC, Trumpf USA, Pitney Bowes, DrakeBeamMorin, and The Directorship Search Group. His work in career transition and pre-retirement has been used by IBM, Texaco, Richardson-Vicks, Perkin-Elmer and both the New Jersey and Connecticut Education Associations.
Dr. Schwartz' early career was as a staff psychologist and Lecturer at Queens College of the City University of New York for eight years. He then founded the Career Planning Center at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in 1976 and headed that until establishing his organization development and career management practice in Greenwich, CT in 1981 and which he has continued as Principal of The Talent Management Team, LLC.
Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Career Development Association, as well as the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Association for Psychological Type, International Association of Career Professionals, Society for Human Resources Management, and the American Society for Training and Development. He is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Queens College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University.
Dr Peter Levin is a Partner at RHR International, LLP, a leading consulting firm that has provided leadership advisory services for 70 years. He specializes in assessing and developing executives and their teams, senior talent management, M&A management/leadership due diligence, leading change and innovation. He has integrated the Perth Leadership Outcome Model into his work for the past six years, helping clients develop the most effective leadership behavior that aligns with strategic direction and the production of sustained financial growth.
He has over 25 years of experience working with senior executives: assessing and coaching them, their teams and organizations on strategic leadership excellence. He has worked as a trusted advisor to hundreds of executives including Board Members, CEOs, Top Tier and High Potential Leaders. He has global experience working with executives in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Australia and South East Asia. The organizations with which he has worked have ranged from start-ups, mid-sized, to Fortune 500 and Global firms.
Peter’s varied consulting experience includes work in the following industries: Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive, Biotechnology, Computer Hardware and Software, Consulting Services, Construction Services, Convenience Foods, Development, Digital Media, Energy, Entertainment, Financial Services, Government, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Manufacturing, Mining, Nuclear Power, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Telecommunications and Venture Capital. He also has experience working with Family owned and Non-profit organizations.
He has held several academic appointments including positions at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, California State University and the University of California, Irvine.
Peter first joined RHR International, as a Staff Consultant in 1999 and was then appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Los Angeles office in 2003. He was made Partner in 2009.
Immediately prior to his work with RHR he served as a senior executive with P&L, business development and management responsibilities in another top leadership consulting and organizational research firm. He also had 14 years previous experience as an independent consultant.
He was awarded his BA with high honors from the University of Southern California and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He has an MBA in General Management, and a Ph.D. in the behavioral sciences.
Peter lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. His recreational interests include golf, reading, traveling, and flying as a private pilot.
Neville Beard has been providing consultancy services to clients in South Africa since 1997 in the security, manufacturing, training, motivation, property management, engineering, transport, environmental and secondary and tertiary education industries. Services provided include the design and implementation of internal control, payroll and management information systems, the obtaining of loan capital, and advice on financial, tax, disclosure, and investment strategies and plans. As a qualified accountant Neville served as the accounting officer for many corporations, fulfilling financial accounting, cost accounting, tax, compliance, strategy and internal control and audit roles.
From an educational and training perspective Neville has designed, marketed, implemented and facilitated academic, communication and leadership courses for both primary and secondary schools and organizations such as Amplats, Anglo American, Sasol, De Beers, Dimension Data, the Auditor General of South Africa, SAPPI, Denel, Investec, St. Stithians College, the City Year group, Bird Life South Africa, and the Lapalala Wilderness School.
Neville has lectured undergraduates in courses such as Financial Accounting, Cost & Management Accounting, Payroll, Tax, Auditing, and Management theory for Boston Business College students using course material provided by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The University of South Africa (UNISA), the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), and the Financial Management Institute (FMI).
Neville obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a post graduate Bachelor of Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was a registered accountant for 14 years with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. Neville became a lieutenant in the infantry during two years of national service in South Africa, taught for two years at a high school in Johannesburg, and served as financial manager of a group of security companies for seven years before starting his own consultancy business in 1997.
Kaye Kendrick CPA, founder of Kaye Kendrick & Associates has spent almost thirty years auditing and helping organizations with performance. She has become recognized as one of the nation’s foremost performance management consultants, being involved in the popular performance-based budgeting initiatives in the early 1990’s. Her work builds sustainable performance management systems that provide for strategic analysis, program evaluation and process oversight, with a technology emphasis. She has also provided reviews and testimony for the Government Accounting Standards Board and the Government Finance Officers Association in their authoritative guidance to public entities on performance management, and service efforts and accomplishment reporting.
Approximately fifteen years of her career has been as an entrepreneur, establishing an accounting franchise, LedgerPlus, where she had the honor of being recognized as Franchise of the Year. She also established two consulting firms during this time. Her life interests include fostering healthy families and holistic health in the community. She is a native of Tallahassee, Florida.
Matt Tenney– Matt is the author of "Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Board Room" (Wiley), and an international keynote speaker and trainer. He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them.
Matt is a serial social entrepreneur who has co-founded and led two non-profit organizations and is currently developing his next project, the Serve to Be Great program, which will provide teens servant leadership, life skills, and social entrepreneurship training through classroom instruction and frequent community service.
Matt is also an expert in mindfulness training, an evidence-based practice for developing emotional intelligence and mental agility used by many leading companies such as Google, Apple, General Mills, and Intel.
John Sipala - John has been providing investment banking and consulting services to mid-market companies since 1996. He is the founder of Saddle Creek, LLC, a Corporate Advisor firm that provides a variety of services to mid-market businesses. His senior management operating experience, consulting and transaction expertise spans over 35 years.
As part of his consulting practice, Mr. Sipala has functioned in senior management positions with day-to-day responsibilities including:
- Chief Operating Officer of Delta Corporate Services (www.deltacorp.com) an information technology solutions provider in both the commercial and federal government space from June 2010 through October 2013.
- Chief Executive Officer of TCS a leading perimeter detection and security company operating in the New York City area June 2005 through March 2008.
Mr. Sipala also served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors & Co-founder of MSRC Co., an independent distributor of computer and electronic components and automation and industrial controls.
Prior to establishing his corporate advisory firm, Mr. Sipala held key management positions in industries that include private investment, manufacturing, service, distribution, and retail. Some specific positions include:
- Managing Partner – Saddle River Capital, a private investment firm, where he was responsible for all aspects of the investment and acquisition of mid-market companies.
- Senior VP Finance & CFO of a $700 million NYSE retailer, where his responsibilities included all day-to-day activities of the company during its Chapter 11 liquidation process.
Mr. Sipala’s operating background also includes extensive experience in financial restructuring, cost containment, operational reorganizations and strategy development. Mr. Sipala also holds an Advanced Certification from Perth Leadership Institute, the world’s leader in behavioral finance consulting.
He holds an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he focused his studies on acquisitions and turnaround situations.