Outthinker growth strategy consultants and certified strategists are carefully selected. Each has built a track record of transformative client impact, exhibits strategic thinking and facilitation talent, and demonstrates the embodiment of Outthinker’s values. Each undergoes a rigorous training program to ensure command of the Outthinker Process and tools.

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Will Bachman is a former McKinsey consultant with over fourteen years of experiencing helping companies design new growth strategies. He founded The Bachman Group, LLC, a strategy and operations management consulting firm and Consulting Village, community among top-tier independent consultants. He has provided services to businesses that range in size from $5 million to $50 billion in revenue. He has experience leading strategy efforts for executive teams across a range of area including business process redesign, lean manufacturing, lean service operations, performance management, project management, growth strategy, Activity Value Analysis, market research, industry landscape analysis and sectors including Healthcare, Media, Financial Services, Business Services, For-Profit Education, Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation. He served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded three Navy Achievement Medals. He is fluent in English and Spanish with conversational command of Portuguese.

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Amir Amir is a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company (from 2000 until 2005) where he specialized in advising companies on product development and innovation and served as the project manager of McKinsey’s effort to develop a reference guide on innovation in the consumer packaged goods industry. Since 2006, Amir has served clients as a management consultant, a management instructor, and worked as an interim CEO helping companies innovate and drive growth.

Amir has served as the CEO of the storied American personal care company Caswell-Massey from 2007 until 2011. In addition, he served as the CEO of high-end fashion house Luca Luca from 2008 until 2013.

He has authored or co-authored two books, three book chapters, 16 articles for the Encyclopædia Britannica, and six academic papers. His first book was published before he graduated from high school.

Amir holds a Bachelor’s (1993), Master’s (1995), and an Engineer (1998) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. While he was a graduate student, MIT awarded him a prestigious teaching fellowship.

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Nitin Batra has over a decade of experience helping companies deliver growth from innovations, both as a McKinsey consultant and in corporate innovation departments of leading global corporations. Prior to Outthinker, he has worked as the Global Head of Brand Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, held senior marketing strategy roles at Pfizer, and led strategy projects as a consultant at McKinsey. He is the founder of HatchCube, a company that uses technology to create innovations, and is a respected expert in the area of strategic innovation. Nitin has an MBA from INSEAD, Bachelors in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a Management Certification from Tuck Business School, and has coached with WhatIf Innovation Company.

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Shannon Byrne Suskol has scaled and sold multiple technology businesses and has been working for more than 14 years with CEOs, boards, executive teams, and individuals who want to grow, both personally and professionally. Shannon is a serial tech entrepreneur who implemented the Rockefeller Habits to scale up her various firms, which she built and successfully exited. She has since written her own book, The Metronome Effect, on the topic and keynotes audiences.

Prior to this, she was president of DST Subserveo and co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Subserveo, Inc. Her technical expertise is coupled with extensive sales, marketing and operations experience. She is also the former co-founder, president and CEO of Paradata Systems, Inc., and led the sale of Paradata to Payment Processing, Inc., based in California.

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Leslie DaCruz has over 25 years of experience driving new business initiatives, marketing innovations, and growth strategy as an internal innovator at Disney and PepsiCo.

As a senior executive with The Walt Disney Company, Leslie was hired at the inception of a new Disney division where he was instrumental in creating a 20-fold increase in revenues over a 10-year period to more than $1.5 Billion at retail. He has also held senior general management positions at PepsiCo, Mars & Company, Hasbro, Laureate Education and Philip Morris.

Leslie has lived more than 19 years in Latin America and Europe and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in French. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.

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Maria Drew Maria Drew has more than two decades of experience helping leaders drive innovation and growth as a senior executive at Disney and Right Management. Maria is best known for her passion, candor and collaborative approach with clients to impact positive and lasting change in organizations.

Prior to forming HRStrategistGroup, Maria held numerous executive roles in some of the world’s most successful corporations known for their human capital initiatives and organizational development. Such roles include senior vice president for Right Management Consultants, chief talent officer for Atento (a division of Telefonica) and vice president of human resources for The Walt Disney Company (Latin America). Maria’s clients span across industries and include Discovery Channel, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Citibank, Bristol Myers Squib and Burger King.

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Michael Froehls, PhD , has over 15 years of expertise helping financial services companies generate new growth opportunities as a McKinsey consultant and a lead strategist and multiple leading financial institutions. He was responsible for Strategic Planning at MetLife International and has led global growth and business improvement initiatives for Citigroup and Allianz Group. He is a former Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.

He is the author of a contrarian, award-winning career book “The Gift of Job Loss”; regularly blogs on the economy and business opportunities for the University of Texas; and is a successful distressed property investor. Michael also lectures at MBA/EMBA programs and serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Austin Classical Guitar Society, and on the Advisory Board of BigWig, Inc., a startup in the mobile apps gaming space. He has lived, studied, and worked across Europe, the US, Canada, and South America. He speaks four languages fluently (English, German, French, and Spanish).

Michael holds a PhD in Finance, summa cum laude, gained at the University of Trier in Germany, and earned an MBA, with distinction, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin..

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Brad Giles is a serial entrepreneur having started and grown five businesses in several different industries as well as being a strategic adviser to mid-market companies within his firm Evolution Partners. He is a certified Gazelles coach and regularly facilitates strategy workshops for management teams across Australia.

Because of his experience developing businesses from start‐ups to medium-sized operations, Brad deeply and practically understands the perspective of leaders and delivers actionable results. Brad is past chapter president of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and is an organizer of TEDxPerth, one of the largest TEDx events in the southern hemisphere. Brad was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and a two-time BRW magazine Fast 100 two-time winner. He also completed the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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David Greene advises industry, independent sector, and philanthropy c-suite executives on organization performance, talent management, corporate governance, social responsibility and diversity strategy.

He is a distinguished organizational development and performance improvement expert with more than 20 years of experience consulting organizations from different sectors, industries, and fields including Fortune firms, NGOs, universities and professional and trade associations.

As an award-winning strategic planner, distinguished facilitator and trainer, and executive and team coach, David is certified by several different governing bodies, including International Association of Facilitators, International Coach Federation, The Leadership Circle, Center for Applications of Psychological Type, and Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, among others, to lead large-scale engagements using these and practitioner tools.

David also regularly presents as a speaker and guest lecturer at professional association conferences and universities on strategy and leadership. He is an invited contributor to various publications such as Journal of EDM Finance, Diversity & the Bar, and Linked 2 Leadership, and he is a contributing author to Public Relations as a Branding Tool by Aspatore Books. He is a proud Stony Brook University alumnus..

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Jill Hellman is a strategy and innovation expert with more than 20 years of experience crafting, leading and deploying strategic initiatives.

Jill spent the first decade of her career inside Fortune 500s, ultimately serving as director of strategy of a $19B company. She then built a CEO/C-level innovation network for the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute at Cornell University. She also served as manager director, China for a private equity firm.

Jill has facilitated globally (Nordic region, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America) on strategy/innovation for organizations like Microsoft, Nordic Innovation Centre, and Estee Lauder. She has been referenced in media like McKinsey Quarterly, Fast Company, CIO Magazine, Interior Design Media, Innovation Excellence, and Nielsen Business Media.

Jill received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Iris Kalbfleisch is based in Vancouver and helps to help build innovative thinking capabilities that will transform their businesses to what they envision them to be.

Iris is passionate about making a measurable impact as she is driven to help clients realize their potential and deliver enduring results.

Prior to forming Devonshire Innovation Partners Inc., Iris held key roles as a catalyst helping organizations realize their innovative potential. At Pfizer Canada Inc. in a senior sales role, she partnered with key thought leaders and strategic stakeholders in various health authorities to create innovative solutions for patient care. In her role as vice-president managing the web development business unit at Jurock Publishing Ltd, she helped start-ups and corporate clients leverage web technology during the dotcom infancy in order to strategically enhance their business processes and marketing plans. Iris holds a degree in business from Western University and is a founding member and director of a startup tech company.

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Rich Manders is a serial entrepreneur, lifelong learner and student of business. He knows how difficult and lonely it is to scale a business and is dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs realize their vision through coaching and development.

Prior to Third Eye Coaching, Rich founded and/or acquired several businesses, including founding iAutomation in 1998. iAutomation is an industry leader with ~150 employees and a history of 60+ successive quarters of profits. It was successfully sold to Riverside Private Equity in 2007, and Rich currently serves as a director on the board. Rich studied electrical engineering at University of Bridgeport and is a certified coach in the Gazelles 4 decisions process – Strategy, Execution, People and Cash.

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Cathy McCullough has worked with CEOs and their E-Teams for more than 25 years to define, clarify, and focus on their strategic intent by helping them identify key Winning Moves that catapult their companies toward higher levels of success. She has worked with clients across sectors and sizes including Brooks Bell, Topographic, Inc., Contegix, Metropolitan Library System, St. Luke’s Hospital and Medical Network, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Centek, Genie Well Service, Tantus Technologies, World Neighbors’ Global Headquarters, RC Pet Products, Tenzing, Kybba, and more.

She has lead conferences and workshops with Entrepreneur’s Organization, the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Int’l Conferences, the Association for Talent Development’s Int’l Conferences (formerly ASTD), the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, the Texas A&M University Regional Conference on Business, Executive Women’s Forum, the Bricktown Capital Conference, and more. She has also been an invited contributor to various publications such as A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (Wiley Press), and T+D Journal.

Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree with specialization in leadership and organizational culture from Oklahoma State University, where she received the Graduate Research Excellence Award. She holds numerous certifications including Master Certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strategic Planning, Kotter’s Leading Change Model, Leadership 360, Organization Culture Assessments, Covey’s Building a Culture of Accountability, and more.

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Jeff Moore works with CEOs and executive teams to provide business development coaching and to produce businesses that continue to grow without requiring personal attention from the founders.

Jeff is a business strategist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, puzzle thinker, and TEDx speaker. His background is in financial software, so he often helps his clients get clear on the financial aspects of their decisions or helps them improve their business processes. Jeff is certified by Gazelles International (Rockefeller Habits/Four Decisions for Business Growth), and Book Yourself Solid (Sales and Marketing).

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Joshua Persky is a results-oriented, critical thinker with a deep passion for effective communication. He accurately identifies problems and opportunities; engages in new strategy development and analysis, and thrives in a highly demanding environment through excellent priority management. With over twenty years’ experience as an executive and consultant, he has worked for commercial and investment banks, such as Fortis Capital and Houlihan Lokey, as well as for valuation and accounting firms, such as Hilco Global and WeiserMazars.

As a business valuations consultant, he has valued hundreds of private companies of all sizes and industries and is an expert in valuing loans to private companies. His clients have been among the largest hedge and pension funds, as well as family owned businesses. Persky earned a BS in Management Science from MIT/Sloan School of Management and is a graduate of the Citibank School of Banking.

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Robert L. Weinberg, Ph.D. has spent over 20 years as a sought after executive coach and consultant, applying his thinking and training to understanding the best practices of leaders and organizations and sharing these with hundreds of executives and teams across a broad range of industries, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

His clients have included tech entrepreneurs to CEOs of large organizations in diverse industries including Biotech, Pharma, Finance and consumer products. He works with leaders and teams to produce results that go beyond the predictable, through developing innovative ideas and strategies, and learning the leadership tools to implement them effectively.

He is a valued presenter on leadership development at organizations such as The Bay Area OD Network (BAODN), The CIO RoundTable, and for The Brown University Alumni Mentoring Program. Robert has a B.A. in Biology from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from UC Berkeley.

 

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