Who We Are

We set out to build a different firm where we leverage strong relationships to achieve great things in partnership with our clients. Our driven employees make us who we are–a talented team of leaders with deep and diverse professional experience.  The big firm model does not resonate with us.  There is a better way to continually deliver high value service.  We live where we work, so when we help our clients’ communities, we are helping to grow our own.   We are a business consulting firm headquartered in Oregon, serving the west coast  with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon, and Reno, Nevada.

Our goal is to serve as a catalyst in taking your team to new heights by delivering practical and affordable business solutions.  We are The Gunter Group.

Michael B. GunterMike | Founding Partner

Mike is the founding partner of The Gunter Group, and an experienced industry consultant and executive with more than 20 years of business leadership, project management, and process improvement experience in a wide variety of challenging and ambiguous environments.  He has held executive leadership positions in consulting, supply chain services, and public education organizations, and has industry experience in healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.  He is a visionary, forward thinker with extensive multi-national experience and a proven track record of solving problems and exceeding performance objectives. Mike holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

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Ashleigh GunterAshleigh|Partner

Ashleigh is an experienced consultant who partners with her clients to solve their most challenging problems. Her practice focuses in the areas of strategy development, organizational design, performance management, and strategic program implementation. Ashleigh combines her experience in strategy development, an understanding of organizational culture and a practical mindset to meet her clients’ needs. She has worked as a Principal at Coraggio Group and at the North Highland Company in Atlanta, an engagement manager with Deloitte Consulting and at Accenture as well as a Portfolio Manager for Point B. She has deep experience in advising education and healthcare industry executives on topics from strategy implementation in a dramatically changing marketplace to the operational effectiveness required to stay competitive. Ashleigh also practices in the telecommunications, consumer goods and energy industries on a wide range of strategic, organizational, and operational areas. She has an M.B.A. with a focus in Strategic Management and Organizational Change from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

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Stephen Bacon

Stephen Bacon is a management consultant with expertise managing strategy and change projects across a variety of organizations.  He has spent fifteen years leading initiatives at Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and not-for-profits in the education services, technology, financial services, consumer products, and healthcare industries, including extensive international experience.  He is passionate about understanding the overarching strategic goals of an organization and managing the underlying projects and development opportunities necessary to implement those strategies.  Steve is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), holds a green belt in Six Sigma, and is accredited in various psychometric assessments (MBTI, ESCI, NBI).  He holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Boston College and a MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

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Matt BaderMatt

Matt Bader is a management consulting professional with expertise in project management, business analysis, and process improvement. Having served as an Air Force officer, the president of a nonprofit, and a consultant he brings a unique set of skills and experiences to each engagement. Matt has experience in the retail, healthcare, government, and nonprofit sectors where he has consistently tackled challenging business problems. He has been described as a dynamic natural leader as well as a dedicated, focused and goal-oriented practitioner. He holds a BS in Business Management from the US Air Force Academy and holds certifications in lean six sigma, contract management, and program management.

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Bradley BeckBradley

Bradley Beck is a proven and experienced Senior Business Analyst with an extensive background in business/IT development projects and process improvement efforts.  His LEAN leadership approach promotes collaborative work environments, while his experience in mid-sized project management roles offers solid communication skills with a high sense of urgency. Bradley’s solid understanding of software development lifecycle (SDLC) provides great experience to any IT project.  His business experience is vast & he has spent the past 13 years between the Apparel, Footwear, and Healthcare industries. Throughout each role he has successfully applied his skills to a variety of disciplines that include; Finance, Business Intelligence Reporting, Supply Chain Management, IT, Operations, and Sustainability.  He holds a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Oregon and has his MBA from Portland State University.

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Dustin Best

Dustin is a management consultant professional with more than 15 years of experience in program/project management, strategy, and leadership.  He is consistently chosen to lead complex projects to successful completion. Dustin can be trusted to attend to his clients’ most sensitive organizational needs while achieving key performance indicators. His management consulting style provides an energetic, analytical, and pragmatic approach to solving the complex, mission-critical challenges his clients face. Dustin holds a BS in Information Systems from the University of Idaho and an MS of Science in Information Systems from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.

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Trisha Bowman

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As an experienced consultant, Trisha Bowman has extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and has worked on mandates and industry solutions for leading healthcare payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies throughout the US and worldwide. She has a proven dedication to deliver, and has a reputation of building highly effective project teams. Trisha’s management style is focused on collaboration, transparency, and meaningful communication. In addition to Project Management, her skills extend to business analysis, quality assurance/testing methodologies, and process improvement. Trisha holds a BA in Supply Chain Logistic and Business Management from Portland State University and has her PMP certification.

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Jim CalkoJim Calko

For more than 13 years, Jim has been leading diverse teams in the military, high tech manufacturing, digital and health care sectors. His collaborative, servant leader approach has earned him the reputation of being a problem solver who consistently gets things done.  Jim has experience in a number of roles to include program and project management,  process improvement,  supply chain and procurement analysis,  software and new product development,  and  marketing and communications strategy development. Jim’s education further highlights the diversity of his experience as he holds a BA in Political Science from Youngstown State University, a Master of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA from the University of Portland, a ScrumMaster cerification, and a SAFe® Agilist certification.

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CLICK_Gunter_Group_-9579Kimberly Darin

Kimberly is an operations professional with experience ranging from process improvement to customer relationship management. Having worked across the country in aerospace, manufacturing and the energy industry, she brings a wide range of knowledge to the table. Kimberly has a proven track record of tackling complex problems to drive change, and improving productivity and profitability through the application of lean business processes. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Business Policy and Strategic Leadership, both from the University of New Haven.

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Vivian Dhadli-RobinsonVivian

Vivian Dhadli-Robinson is a highly skilled project management consultant with industry experience in healthcare, local government and international import. In her previous roles she exhibited an extreme entrepreneurial spirit and has a strong track record of building and being an integral part of highly effective project teams. Her skills and expertise include project management, business analysis, finance and process improvement. She has had experience in project lifecycle implementations and is well versed in PM methodologies. Vivian has been described as a confident, intellectual and effective self manager with exemplary problem solving and team building abilities. She holds a BS in Business Information Systems from DeVry University in addition to an MBA in Finance and Masters in Project Management from Keller Graduate School. She speaks her native language, Punjabi fluently as well as basic French.

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John DrakeJohn

John Drake is a seasoned project management consultant with diverse experience working in the high-tech sector, construction, power utilities, and training and development industries. John has a proven track record of managing projects throughout their entire life cycle with notable organizations such as Comcast, General Dynamics, Intel, Microsoft and Portland General Electric. With experience working within an agency, client-side and as an independent consultant, he is skilled at managing deliverables from all angles. Comfortable working in any setting, John has a knack for adapting to the needs of the environment, taking charge, and quickly moving projects forward. John holds a BA from the University of Oregon, an MPA from Portland State University, and will add a PMP certification later this year.

 

Veronica GraceGunterGroup_Bend-6512

Veronica Grace combines deep experience in project management with a technical background and a passion for people. Veronica has worked in manufacturing, energy and retail industries including multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups . Veronica’s delivery experience includes organizational strategy and objective development, quality systems management, regulatory assessments and compliance frameworks.  Additionally, Veronica has led a broad portfolio of projects including IT systems implementations, product launch/ redesign, and manufacturing and business process improvements. Veronica attributes much of her success to exceptional communication skills, both oral and written. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and is certified in the PRINCE2 project management methodology.

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Carol LairdGunterGroup_Bend-6526

Carol is a driven project manager specializing in business process optimization and organizational strategy. Her experience with both domestic and international companies has focused on collaborative projects to streamline and optimize Regulatory, Quality and Business Systems. Carol is highly skilled at using cross-application techniques to move between industries, including the Service Laboratory, Agriculture, Medical Device and Retail sectors.  Carol has worked on several special assignments that have led her through all levels of operations and business management, resulting in a holistic comprehensive perspective of stakeholder needs. As a certified PMP and scientist, Carol has excellent problem solving skills and is very resourceful and effective when faced with complex challenges. Carol graduated from the University of the Pacific with a dual degree; she holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Science/Sports Medicine.

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Bert Kennedy

gunter_bioBert Kennedy is an accomplished Senior Business Systems analyst and Reporting Analyst.  His career has been devoted to helping better leverage business systems and processes in areas including human resources, payroll, finance and health insurance operations.  He has worked on a wide variety of implementations, ranging from a new ERP system to onboarding a new travel vendor to a new chart of accounts to migrating HR reporting to a new platform.  He is as comfortable developing complex reporting and analysis in SQL or Tableau, as gathering requirements, facilitating meetings, managing small to midsize projects, and writing end-user documentation.  Bert was certified as a LEAN Greenbelt and has received training in Six Sigma. Bert holds a B.A. from the University of Montana.

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Jason Kreulen

Jason Kreulen is a proven and effective senior program manager with an extensive track record of successfully building, implementing, and leading strategic, scalable programs, while managing high-performing, cross-functional, and globally-distributed teams in a variety of industries. His areas of expertise include operations, process and change management, systems integration, market expansion, and service delivery, and he brings a strong reputation for talent management, consensus building and stakeholder relationship building. Jason has been often designated by executive management for recovery of critical special assignments due to his dynamic leadership and collaboration skills in driving teams through challenging environments to exceed performance objectives. He holds a BSE in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from Capital University, and an MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Rho Mao

Rho keeps the wheels turning and running smoothly at the TGG office.  In addition to being a key point of contact for our vendors, employees and recruits, she plans and coordinates all company events, including team building, development workshops, and internal operations. Rho is also a key player in TGG’s recruiting efforts, from screening and reviewing candidates to coordinating and assisting in new hire onboarding.  She works directly with our Business Manager and Partners, taking on ad hoc projects and providing additional support in many areas of daily operations.

Sean McClintock

gunter_bioSean has almost two decades of experience managing and implementing business solutions for a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 100s. In a broad range of roles, he has consistently delivered results that exceed expectations. Sean has worked in the mobile, media, and healthcare insurance industries. His ability to think and act strategically, while bridging the gap between business and technology teams, allows him to drive projects forward and stay focused on the true needs of the business. Sean holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.

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Tom McKivorTom

Tom McKivor has had a long career as a change agent at large in fast growth companies. His consulting experience includes work for North America’s fourth largest hamburger chain and Cerberus Capital Management where he performed due diligence across a wide array of industries. Tom was CIO of a national video retailer, head of strategy and application development for a large national bank and developed strategic architecture for a global logistics concern. He was also responsible for the development and execution of a five-year global strategic IT plan to support all business activities of a large Seattle-based coffee retailer, resulting in annual sales increases of 25%. He holds a BA from the University of Washington.

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Sara NugentSara

Sara Nugent began her career as a highly regarded Audit & Assurance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  She has broad business knowledge across many industries including retail, manufacturing, technology, start-ups, healthcare, energy and nonprofit.  As an experienced business management professional, her skills include business and financial analysis, process design and project management.  She has been a valued partner in software system design and implementations.  She has been described as a self motivated effective and organized team member.  She holds a BS in Business, Accounting and Management Options, and a Master of Professional Accountancy from Montana State University.

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Kara O’Connor

Kara is a highly strategic and performance- driven consulting expert with a background in digital analytics, marketing, and communication tactics. She has worked across several verticals at Fortune 500 companies spanning technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, sportswear, and banking. Kara has a strong background in building, implementing, and leading analytics and technical development teams through all phases of a project. She specializes in fostering a collaborative and open environment in geographically distributed and cross- functional teams. Kara holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Central Washington University.

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Ralph PeroRalph

Ralph Pero has served as an effective business/senior process improvement consultant in his prior roles at the  Institute for Performance Excellence and Kaiser Permanente. He also spent almost a decade of his professional career working at The Mayo Clinic as a senior research assistant. His broad work experience and background allows him to work in a variety of roles and organizations as his acquired skills are easily transferable. Ralph is lean six sigma and PMP certified. His notable skills include, but are not limited to, business analysis, process design/mapping and project management. He has a true drive for excellence in leading and supporting projects that are fully aligned with an organization’s strategic goals. He holds a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona as well as an MBA from The University of Phoenix.

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Sharon Reese

Sharon Reese

Sharon is an experienced human resources professional with over 18 years as an HR leader, consultant, and employment law attorney.  Sharon has managed teams of HR professionals, led strategy design, and implemented transformative HR initiatives.  Sharon partners with executives and emerging leaders on identifying highest HR priorities, developing leaders, and improving team function with focused attention on each client’s objectives and desired organizational culture.  Sharon has a BA with Honors from Scripps College and a JD from University of Michigan Law.  She is certified in Prosci Change Management and the Korn Ferry/Lominger suite of talent solutions.

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Noah Rich

Noah is an experienced project and business management professional with a broad spectrum of industry and functional experience. He has served in roles for organizations that range in size from startups, to small corporations, to some of the world’s largest companies. Through Noah’s career he has built effective cross- functional teams to successfully drive initiatives across a wide range of industries that include government, aviation, technology, insurance, finance and accounting, retail, construction, and manufacturing. This breadth of experience gives him a unique perspective on organizational and business complexity and an ability to affect change through collaboration and effective problem solving. Noah earned a B.S. in Meteorology from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He also holds PMP and CSPO certifications.

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Tony SchweissTony

Tony is a management professional with experience in process improvement, project management, and team leadership. He leverages his background as a leader and officer in the U.S. Navy to deliver consistent refined results in every engagement.Tony has a vast knowledge base that spans across government, private, and non-profit sectors with a principled and team based approach to problem solving. His track record of success in defining and overcoming challenges in demanding environments has led to consistent portrayals of him as an outstanding manager and a leader among his peers. His skill set is under-girded by his formal education in the Humanities, holding a Bachelors Honors Degree in both Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

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Katharine SmithK.Smith

Katharine is a highly collaborative management consultant with experience in a variety of sectors and industries: non-profit, television/media, healthcare, energy, pharma/IT and retail. Her areas of expertise include organizational development and change management, with particular dedication to stakeholder mobilization, corporate communications, employee training, workshop facilitation and HR processes. She enjoys partnering with clients to develop and implement tailored approaches that enable individuals and teams, ease transitions and enhance the employee experience.  Katharine has an MA in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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Lindsey Swinehart Lindsey

Lindsey Swinehart is a high impact business leader with more than 15 years of experience in identifying and driving end-to-end solutions for diverse business needs through technology. She has held roles as a project manager, senior business analyst and senior systems development manager at organizations such as Nike, Schnitzer Steel and ACS-Xerox. She has been described as a consulting professional who knows how to deliver on high priority tasks and mobilize the precise business and technical resources in order to successfully get the job done. Her impeccable managerial style combined with her software and systems experience has made her an asset to all the organization’s she has worked with. Lindsey is adept in project/change management and transformation, strategic planning, and quality assurance testing, to name a few. She holds a BS in Communications and Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Oregon.

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Beth WoodsBeth W

Beth is an effective change agent and project manager skilled at working at all levels of an organization. She is able to quickly identify key priorities and thrives on identifying a clear road map in ambiguous, challenging environments. Beth’s strong organizational and communication skills garner commitment, teamwork and achieve results. She has been described as a project manager that gets the work done and an adviser that offers an expanded viewpoint to help manage organizational change and transformation. She has worked in Financial Services, Education, and Nonprofits. Beth holds an M.A. in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M University and a  B.A. in Speech Communication and German from Willamette University.

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