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Jim Schlusemann

JIm Schlusemann

Jim Schlusemann

Current City: Batavia, IL
Chapter: Fox Valley SCORE

Jim Schlusemann is a transformational business leader who improves profitability and impacts business process and performance across multiple industries. Jim brings immediate value and impact by leveraging his experience to help companies navigate growth and change. As Founder and President of Prosperia International, a business consulting firm, he is focusing on business and process improvement.

   Jim began his career as a machinist, setting up, operating and programming conventional and CNC machines that made parts for construction equipment, engines and trucks at Navistar, a global manufacturing company. He held positions of process, industrial, and systems engineer. After introducing computers to factory floor operations, Jim achieved the executive position of Chief Information Officer for Navistar’s engine business. In that role, he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. He later helped Navistar re-launch manufacturing foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin.

  His career spans the gamut of life on the production floor, leading major company initiatives, improving business practices as well as bringing insight to the strategic issues facing organizations in today's world.

Experience

Prosperia International LLC - 2013 - Present

Independent business advisor specializing in business development, transformation and optimization.

Navistar, Inc., Lisle Illinois - 1973 - 2013

Global Business Development Executive --  2009-2012

Built entire business teams and led initiatives that expanded business operations in the US, Brazil, Mexico, India and China.

Information Technology Executive --  1987-2009

20+ years’ experience in IT, including 16-years as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Navistar’s Engine Group.

Manufacturing operations and Management --  1973-1987

10+ year’s experience in manufacturing operations, industrial and manufacturing engineering.

 

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Education

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<u><strong>North Central College, Naperville, Illinois</strong></u></p>

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&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- MS MIS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- BA Business Management (<em>minor</em> Computer Science)</p>

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College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - AAS Manufacturing Technology</p>

Edward Gromada

Edward Gromada

Current City: Jamestown, RI
Chapter: Rhode Island

2011 to Present Retired

2009 to 2011 BLACKBERRY, INC.  WATERLOO, ON, CANADA
Consultant: Strategic Business Development

2000 to 2009 GLOBALWARE SOLUTIONS, INC.  HAVERHILL, MA
Vice President, Global Business Development (2004 to 2009)
Director, Global Marketing Operations (2002 to 2004)
Director of Global Business Integration (2000 to 2002)

1998 to 2000 IPC COMMUNICATION SERVICES, INC.  RONCQ, FRANCE
Vice President/General Manager, Europe

1995 to 1998 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, INC.  HEATHROW, FL
Director, Operations

1992 to 1995 THE GCS GROUP, INC.  BELMONT, MA
Principal

1977 to 1992 POLAROID CORPORATION  CAMBRIDGE, MA
General Manager

1974 to 1977 ANALOG DEVICES INCORPORATED  NORWOOD, MA
Senior Analyst

1971 to 1974 PWC LLP  BOSTON, MA
Senior Auditor

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Education

Northeastern University  Boston, MA
Certificate in Advanced Studies in International Business, Post MBA Study

Northeastern University  Boston, MA
Masters of Business Administration

University of Massachusetts  North Dartmouth, MA
Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Luc Lefevre

Luc Lefevre

Current City: Riverside, CA

Successful Executive with domestic and international experience in operations, P&L, oversight, multi-product distribution, and sales/marketing involving both established and growth organizations.  Results focused, decisive leader with proven success in key account management, new market identification and strategic positioning of Fortune 500 organizations. Spearheaded operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce costs. Excel in dynamic and demanding environments while remaining results focused and pragmatic. Negotiated strategic contracts with Fortune 100/500 companies such as:

Sony, Panasonic, Tyson Foods, ITT-Canon, Pentair, St Jude’s Hospital, as well as, many additional small to medium sized businessS    

CORE COMPETENCIES

   • Visionary Leadership   • Risk Management     • Budget/Sales Forecasting

   • Key Partnership Development   • Multi-Media Advertising  • High Stakes Negotiations

   • Key Distribution Management   • Tactical Market Planning   • International Experience

 


 

 

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Education

     

     MBA: Business Administration, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business 

            BS:    Business Administration. U.S.C, Marshall School of Business

 

Mel Rachal

Mel Rachal

Current City: Vonore, TN

A Manufacturing Executive with broad domestic and international experience leading multiple-facilities in all aspects of Business Leadership including Employee Safety, Banking & Financial Accountability, Sales & Marketing, Business Strategy Formation & Execution, Engineering, Production Operations & Facility Management, Quality Systems Management, Product-Process Development/ Continuous Improvement & New Program Launch, Technology and Culture Change, Human Resources Hiring, Development & Retention, Customer Communications & Relations, Federal, State, Local Government and Third Party Standards Compliance.

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Education

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Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, Back-to-Basic, 5S, 8D &amp; 5 Why &nbsp;Problem Solving Training, Quality Systems.</p>

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MBA - Marketing &amp; Operations management, Wake Forest Babcock Graduate School of Management - 1981</p>

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BS - Mechanical Engineering, Southern University - 1971&nbsp;</p>

Michael Joseph Karaman

Michael Joseph Karaman

Current City: Plymouth, MN

35 years building software products, primarily for the healthcare IT industry from clinical workflow to analytics.

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Education

BA, Colgate University; Computer Science & Geography

MBA, University of Michigan; Marketing

William Goodspeed

William Goodspeed

Current City: Falmouth, ME

Extensive experience with family owned business as general manager in following industries:

-building products

-timber

-energy

-biotech/food safety

-food (retail, convenience, manufacturing)

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Education

<p> J.D. University of Michigan</p> <p> B.A. (History) Dartmouth College</p>

Walt Koenig

Seasoned expertise in Organization Development, Financial Management and appropriate use of Technology. 48 years of experience in the US and Europe in management, engineering, organization development, teaching, training, and computer systems / network implementation, installation,  customization, applications and use.. MCSE, MCT, MA, MS, BSEE. Also taught secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. Current Level II teaching license, previous department chair & director level positions. Implemented campus wide computer networks and customized software solutions. Experience in the electronics industry, schools, medical hardware, electronic health records, military contract and computer manufacturing. Past steering committee member of the Greater Boston Organization Development Network and co-founder of the Vermont OD Professional Group.

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Phil Bardos

Phil Bardos

Current City: Oxnard, CA

graduate of west point 1950--10 years active duty--served in combat in korea

entrepreneur/businessman for 60 years--management consulting company 25 years--owner hi tech company for

8 years--sold the company and went back to management consulting

specialized  in finance--operations--sales/marketing--acquisitions/mergers--

most of the fields of business--small as well as medium sized companies

extracurricular activities--elected LA Board of Education two terms for total eight years

 

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Education

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graduate of west point--BS degree</p>

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one year USC business</p>

Steven john Galante

Steven john Galante

Current City: Lynnfield, MA

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Matt Frankel

Matt Frankel

Current City: Morristown, NJ

High energy executive with demonstrated success in providing sales, marketing, management and leadership expertise within the leading provider of insurance to the consumer warranty arena.  Worked closely with many of the major consumer electronics industry retail and manufacturing giants in the US, Europe, & Asian markets. Experienced at being an entrepreneur and team player in both small and large companies.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

SALES - Strong sales producer, with a record of consistently exceeding goals while delivering bottom line results.

MARKETING - Proven marketing skills, able to anticipate direction. Well rounded with Service Marketing skills.

LEADERSHIP - Successful record of hiring and training personnel and motivating them to top productivity. Bottom-line oriented.

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Education

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BS degrees in Marketing and Business Management, Scared Heart University 1983</p>

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