Jeff Wellens - MBA, Six Sigma - Black Belt
Jeff is a proven senior executive with a unique blend of finance and operations experience stretching across both corporate and high-growth entrepreneurial organizations. Over the last 30 years he has consistently achieved top and bottom-line financial objectives and delivered operational excellence within highly collaborative work environments.
A proven strategist yet a "hands-on" leader, Jeff is skilled at creating and executing blueprints for rapid business growth and delivering shareholder value. He is frequently called upon by executive management of both Fortune 1000 and privately held companies to develop and implement business strategies and execute tactics that advance organizations to the next level of financial and operational excellence.
Wellens started his career with NCR where he established a solid foundation in finance and operations ending his 10 year career leading a global software manufacturing & fulfillment business unit. He enjoyed the next 10 years at WorkflowOne (DBA: Taylor Communications). While at WFO, he led no less than 6 business transformation projects and was a senior leader of the highest growth and most profitable business unit of the company.
Over the last 12 years Jeff has held executive positions, as COO, CFO & SVP within healthcare, technology and marketing services companies that have received national acclaim for achieving exponential growth, and innovative industry leading solutions (i.e. 136th on Inc. magazine's 2011 list of Fastest Growing Companies, 2014 Gardner Group Coolest Vendors, 2019 GlobalShop! - Outstanding Merchandising Achievement Awards)
Jeff earned his BA in Finance and MBA at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Jeff has been committed to supporting youth educational programs and has served on multiple non-profit boards supporting youth education and development since 2007.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys time with his wife and 2 adult children, travel, DIY projects, running and playing hockey.
AL Stahl - CPA, CGMA, MBA
Al is a results-oriented CFO with a record of success at strategically managing money, people, technology and other resources to achieve company goals and create value.
Over the past 35 years he has held executive financial positions and consulted with companies in manufacturing, distribution, real estate development and service industries. In 2019, Al was a finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier's C-Suite Awards where he was recognized for his strategy and role in the successful exit of a large company with many international and national franchised restaurants.
Along with his wife, Al owns and operates several franchised barbershop and hair salons in the community.
Earlier in his career, Al worked for and consulted with several national and regional commercial real estate and construction companies in growth and down business cycles requiring public and private capital raises and loan forbearance strategies, respectively.
Early in his career, he gained 20 years of diverse experience in financial and strategic business planning at a public company with international distribution and manufacturing operations.
Al earned his BS degree in Accounting from Saint Vincent College and an MBA degree in Finance from Kent State University. He has held a Certified Public Accountant license to practice in multiple states since 1978. And he is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA's industry section and the American Institute of CPA's tax section. His is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Al has served on some boards of companies where he worked and consulted, and he was also on local advisory boards of a YMCA and a continuing education program for a chapter of CPAs. He was an Instructor of Accounting at Kent State University's weekend college program while starting his career in industry.
Melanie Booher - MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, High Performing Culture - Coach
Practice Manager Lead - Talent Management
With 20+ years of HR experience, Melanie Booher plays a key role in creating engaged cultures and improving morale, in order to impact organizational retention, productivity and profit. She has worked for powerhouses like Cintas, Charming Shoppes, Provident Bank (now PNC) and Macy's and finds great pride in taking these best practices to the small/mid market.
Melanie has a proven track record of helping organizations become a "Best Place to Work" by utilizing the THRIVE model to assess gaps, realize pain points, create a plan and implement initiatives to drive change. She helps organizations truly live their values, not just post them on the conference room walls.
Melanie is a people connector, change agent, and entrepreneurial business coach. Her passion lies in generating meaningful change as she utilizes innate knowledge of culture-shaping strategy to create alignment, obtain results and achieve a competitive advantage regarding People Operations / HR.
Melanie holds a BS of Science from Miami University and a Master in HR from the University of Cincinnati. She is also certified with High Performing Cultures as Culture Coach.
Melanie's practice focus on:
. Building and sustaining a strong organizational culture
· Addressing costly turnover issues
· Improving communication and morale w/handbooks & associate surveys
· Coaching new HR leaders (or a department of 1) who needs HR expertise
· Fractional HR Services projects (including recruitment)
Because, when people matter, companies THRIVE!
Practice Manager - Marketing
Christy is a Marketing and Communications professional with over 26 years of leadership experience developing and honing an intuitive nature that allows her to:
· quickly understand and align to client expectations;
· anticipate client needs;
· cultivate and nurture collaborative team relationships; and
· deliver results in a fast-paced environment.
Christy refined her Marketing and Communication skills and talents while supporting marquee CPG and Retail powerhouses; P&G, Kroger and WilliamsLeeTag. She is a strong communicator and marketing leader who is adept at identifying potential roadblocks and developing preemptive solutions. As an emphatic leader, she is often sought out to empower colleagues as well as business partners.
Christy is able to help provide clarity in chaos using her sense of humor, empathy, professionalism and active listening skills,
She earned a BA in Mass Communications from Spring Hill College,
Practice Manager - Business Continuity
Over Barry ’s 35 years of business and technology-related experiences, he has been recognized as an international Subject Matter Expert (SME) & Leader developing, deploying and managing Crisis Management and Business Continuity strategies and business processes. His expertise has been acquired through practical experiences and theoretical development in a variety of engagements from diverse organizations across the globe. The prominent sectors Barry has supported include Finance, Government and Manufacturing.
Through his years in the field, he’s supported more than 150 client recoveries and led field teams in the hundreds to respond to massive interruptions. He played an integral role in recovering industry critical businesses after 9/11 and hurricanes Katrina and Rita (’05).
Barry has been involved in many facets of Crisis Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning including Impact Analysis, Recovery Requirements Analysis, Recovery Plan Development, Technology Recovery, Business Unit Continuity Testing, and Managed Services.
After decades of holding leadership roles across large and industry leading corporations, which included Rogers Wireless, SunGard, Comdisco, Agility and Bank of Montreal, Barry was well equipped to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and venture out to create his own consultancy. Consistent with his earlier corporate career, he has been sought after by a wide variety of businesses that recognize the leadership and proven risk mitigation strategies he develops and deploys.
Barry’s formal education included receiving degrees from York University and Radio College of Canada.
Barry has committed himself to serving his Community through the Lions Club and has been elected several times to leadership roles. Barry enjoys time with his wife, Sharon, three children and 1 grandchild. Given his Canadian roots, he remains active in hockey and ringette and is an avid golfer.
Richard H. Gagnon
Associate Manager - Business Continuity
For almost five decades Richard has held leadership roles in the IT and Business Continuity sectors. Having started his career in accounting, he quickly moved into the expanding IT world where he grew through programming and systems development to senior management positions and eventually consulting roles to senior client management in the use and deployment of IT technology. As Disaster Recovery Planning was a focus of IT (ITDRP) sustainability it soon became his focus and facilitated a transition to Business Continuity (BCP) and Crisis Management Planning (CMP) where he has specialized for over 20 years.
During his career in the IT sector he was instrumental in the development of Systems Development Methodologies. Later while employed with Agility Recovery Solutions he participated in the development of their BCP methodology. As a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) he participated in the review committee for the development of the National Fire Protection Standard (NFPA 1600). When that was adopted by the Canadian Standards Association, he was a member of the committee formed to Canadianize the standard to become the CSA Z1600. He was also part of the BCI review committee formed to develop the ISO 22301 Standard for BC.
Since co-founding BARIC Continuity Services in 2007 he has worked extensively in BC Program Development at the corporate level. Using proprietary methodologies, he develops Incident Management, Crisis Management, Business Impact Analysis, Business and IT Recovery Plan, Tabletop Testing Scenario Development and Delivery, Training and Maintenance Plans.
He has worked extensively in a wide variety of industry, government and institutional sectors.
Richard’s received an Accounting and Administration degree from Concordia University in Montreal. He pursued McGill University (Montreal)’ MBA program. He holds current certifications as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute based in London, England, and a CCP from the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals.
Throughout his career, Richard has been an active member of the community as an elected School Commissioner for over 22 years. In parallel he has served on the Canadian Board of the BCI where he has acted as Vice president and Secretary for seven years. He has also been active and served on the boards of the Professional and Community Theaters, the Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Development Corporation. Richard enjoys leisure time with his wife, Emma, and trying to keep up with three children and 4 grandchildren. He has accepted defeat at the hands of golf and spends his spare time in the garden and in art appreciation.