It takes a special person to be a Transformance Advisor.
We have assembled a great team of individuals who possess the rare combination of knowledge, experience, wisdom, and passion.
Mike is passionate about helping people create sustainable organizations. He brings exceptional experience in both industry and consulting services and has helped organizations such as Levi Strauss, Warner Home Video, Lexmark, and Sweetheart Cup improve their performance. Mike teaches in the MBA program for Louisiana State University Shreveport.
Using a balanced approach to defining strategy, improving processes, and leveraging the appropriate technology, he keeps the focus on ROI and delivers results by leveraging skills in leadership, knowledge transfer, project management, and the application of best practices. As a frequent speaker at conferences and other educational events, he provides informative and energizing presentations by leveraging his passion for excellence.
Keeping a commitment to a balanced life, Mike loves downhill skiing, bicycle rides, and hiking in the mountains. See one or more of his trails of the month, such as Tomorrow River or Little Switzerland.
Mike has helped companies such as ABB, Caterpillar, ConAgra, Perkins-Elmer, Hayes Wheels, and Henry Pratt Valves with technology assessments, project management, educational programs, and management of supply chain improvement initiatives. He is an expert in helping organizations craft educational programs to support their business objectives.
Mike is President Emeritus of the ISCEA International Standards Board and a past president of the Association for Supply Chain Management.
When not helping others through teaching or consulting, Mike likes international travel and visiting our national parks. He is also a raving fan and financial supporter for many micro-breweries.
Mara is passionate about helping small businesses find success in digital spaces. With a wealth of experience in marketing, she is an excellent addition to the Transformance Advisors team. Utilizing her knowledge of how small businesses run, she approaches external conversations with an internal eye.
When not working on our next newsletter, Mara can be found running her own business, Irons Media, and helping local businesses with their marketing needs.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Mara enjoys the great outdoors by hiking, biking, and camping. She is also a lover of wine, mystery novels, and true crime documentaries.
Larry is an experienced supply chain professional who has helped companies improve performance and align their supply chain to the company’s vision and strategy. This includes the ability to see when it is best to outsource or use internal production capabilities.
Larry’s big passion is to give back by mentoring student organizations at Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and other schools. For example, he has helped them compete against other schools in competitions based upon The Fresh Connection business simulation.
Larry’s other passion is bike riding. He logs over 1,200 miles a year on the trails in the Chicago area, in Florida, and other parts of the United States.
David has worked to develop companies through lead generation, operational management, and business planning. He has held corporate positions at ADP and Nexus Greenhouse Systems, and also brings considerable consulting experience for small to mid-size companies with writing business plans and building websites. David’s multi-faceted approach to business development has produced significant revenue expansion along with the expertise to support the growth.
David has been an adjunct professor at Red Rocks Community College for 14 years, where he has taught introduction to business, principles of marketing, and organizational management. His students appreciate his passion for knowledge and providing real-world application to theoretical concepts.
Outside of work, David enjoys long bike rides on the Metro Denver bike trail system, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and visiting Caribbean Islands via cruise ships.
Sparky joined our team as Corporate Mascot and quickly promoted himself to Director of Adventure. He arranges hikes in the mountains where our team goes to ponder the imponderables.
Nemesis is the self-appointed agitator of Sparky.
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