J. Scott Stribrny
President and Managing Director
Scott Stribrny brings nearly 40-years of experience in software, systems, and management to his clients. An internationally acknowledged authority in project management, information systems/technology, systems engineering, and lean development, Scott is interested in the intersections of business, technology, and organizational risks.
Beginning a corporate career with a start-up firm that went from zero to 100 million dollars in just five years, Scott moved on to a Fortune 50 conglomerate where he worked with industry leading engineers, scientists, and the executive suite. Scott ascended to management and was responsible for the development of groundbreaking products and services where he applied best practices in project management. His accumulated management experience ranges across many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, finance, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.
Scott is widely published on the subjects of risk management and project/program management and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and company events. He is known for his practical knowledge and content, and refreshing and engaging delivery.
Alex Bojanic brings over 25 years of progressive experience as an accomplished technologist and passionate change leader with demonstrated success in motivating and driving software organizations through transformation with focus on agile, lean and implementing DevOps culture and cutting-edge tooling to improve organization’s business capabilities.
Alex worked at global technology-based companies in Canada and the US and held leadership positions working on complex software systems designs and development. During his corporate career, Alex developed a passion for helping software organizations be more successful and for moving engineering leaders and teams from status-quo by creating trust, shared vision, motivating and empowering teams through changes resulting in greater innovation, and improved TTM and software quality while adopting best industry practices and tools.
In the leadership positions Alex has held, he achieved multi-million dollars savings in operational cost by optimizing engineering workflows, automating DevOps processes, software delivery and deployments.
Alex published a number of conference papers and has been actively participating in Agile, Lean and DevOps round tables and industry forums such as CTOforum.org, innovationroundtable.com, discussing industry challenges, sharing best practices for achieving success in the rapidly changing software industry. He has patents published in Canada and the US.
Alex also served as American South-Eastern Europe Chamber of Commerce VP (AmSECC.org) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors helping develop cultural and business connections between regions.
Steven Brumbaugh has over 25 years of experience in teaching, training, mentoring, and supervision in secondary education in Chicago and suburban Cook County, and has coached in academic and athletic settings. He developed a work skills reading evaluation program specifically for the Illinois Work Keys testing system. Previously to that he developed corporate training and management experience in a major retail environment, managing POS installations and training for new stores and conversions.
Steve has extensive Non-Profit experience in committee and search team leadership, teaching, and special program administration. He earned a B.A. from Illinois College in History/Political Science and Music, and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Business of DeVry University.
Ray Cebold brings over 40-years of progressive increasing responsibility in services, software, and systems to his clients. Combining this technology experience with functional roles in sales (HP, AT&T), marketing (HP,NCR), and service operations (NCR), Ray brings a strong business perspective to technology. Ray is interested in how the creative application of technology to business opportunities can drive disruptive, transformational outcomes.
Starting as a programmer at a Fortune 50 corporation, Ray continued to positions of increasing responsibility including business analyst, project manager, program manager, Agile product owner and scrum master. As a director and manager, Ray has led rapidly growing sales, professional services, SaaS operations and managed services teams. His experience covers consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications, and professional services sectors.
Ray has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois. He also holds a VMware certification in Data Center Virtualization.
Dr. Robert N. Charette
Over his 44 year career, Bob Charette has been an active practitioner in the art of strategic, operational and financial risk management. Bob, who is widely considered by his peers as the grandfather of IT systems risk management, has been involved in risk assessments on every kind. He has performed risk assessments on small business IT systems to multi-billion dollar defense, civil government and telecom projects. Bob has been an advisor to the UK government on program risk management, developed the risk assessment process used to evaluate 50 of the largest US Department of Defense programs, was an IT security advisor to the Big Twelve universities, served as an advisor on the National Research Council NASA shuttle Challenger disaster software safety investigation, and was an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services electronic health record initiative. He is the internationally acknowledged pioneer in IT risk entrepreneurship and originator of the lean development of software systems.
After a stint in the U.S. military, later in the U.S. Federal government and then in industry in the U.S. and abroad, Bob started and continues to run two enterprise risk management consulting companies he founded. In addition, Bob is a Fellow and the Director of the Cutter Consortium’s Enterprise Risk Management and Governance practice; is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society; and, is an IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core Award recipient for his contributions to computing. Bob was also the primary author for the U.K. government’s original management of risk standards, as well as was the chairman of the IEEE and ISO software and systems engineering risk management standards.
Bob is an award winning contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum magazine and the editor of its popular Risk Factor blog. He is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE, and has been a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, since 1976. He has also written scores of articles on managing both business and technical risk, and is the author of several classic books on the subject.
Brendan Doorhy worked as an engineer, product manager, program manager, business development manager and the director of a $60M business. He worked in the automotive, engineering consulting and IT industries. He brought innovation to every role he held evidenced by his 30 US patents.
As a leader within a $1B OEM, Brendan led teams that developed products and solutions that contribute more than $100M of annual revenue. He led the Intelligent Management Systems business unit. This $60M business comprised 100 engineers, product managers, program managers and business development managers in 3 continents. He developed a software center of excellence in the US and a hardware center of excellence within EMEA. Also, within this role, Brendan contributed to the business case, due diligence and integration of the company's first ever acquisitions.
As a strategic growth program leader, Brendan developed a new growth business targeting a new customer segment of IT system integrators. This was accomplished using an eight-step market driven growth methodology. This process included value proposition hypothesis, target segment interviews/discovery, business case development and execution. This resulted in a new business initiative that generated a high margin $20M growth revenue in year three.
Dr. Susan A. Garfield
Suzie Garfield has decades of experience in the worlds of business, technology, education, and performance. As a computer programmer, teacher, trainer, storyteller, coach, and mentor, Suzie faces any question or challenge with an exploratory, agile, "yes-and" approach.
Suzie holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mathematics and in Literature, a Ph.D. in Humanities/Comparative Literature, an MBA, and certification as a PMP. As a developer of business application systems and a project leader and manager, she has seen again and again how intention, expression, and interpretation converge to support and to subvert business and technological relationships, outcomes, and results.
Suzie shares her insights into how verbal and quantitative processes impact real-world outcomes and how a deep understanding of the products and services we envision enables us to build and deliver them.
Dr. Gezinus J. Hidding
Dr. Hidding has over 30 years of experience in Information Systems. For 10 years, he worked for Accenture (then called Andersen Consulting), first working in Europe and the U.S. in Artificial Intelligence, later as a Senior Methodologist. For 20 years, he has been a faculty member in Information Systems at the Quinlan School of Business of Loyola University Chicago. He has done research, and has taught at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and Executive) in various aspects of Information Systems, e.g., Strategic use of I.T., systems analysis and design, requirements analysis and communication, and project management. He has authored more than 30 publications and presented at numerous conferences. He advised organizations in the U.S. and Europe, from startups to large organizations in the U.S. Furthermore, he started two companies: You Rent It, Inc. and Hidding Investment Management, LLC.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dr. Hidding has a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Econometrics (with a specialization in Information Systems) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He also has a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Information Systems from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Society of Information Management, and the International Institute of Business Analysis.
Jim Stanton is the founder of Perception Management, Inc., and the creator of the Perception Analysis Methodology (PAM), a non-invasive process for the discovery and validation of the ‘ground truth’ in organizations.
Jim has 51 years of experience in improving technology utilization, team building, and managing change. As COO of a $1.1B company, he reengineered global operations saving $45M annually driving internal growth revenues to $3.2B over 8 years.
Jim founded 3 successful consulting firms and is an advisor to several CIOs, CEOs and start-up companies. His early career was as a physicist/mathematician developing guidance equations for the first moon landing that led to a strong focus on 'cause and effect' management approaches that work.
He is certified in ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), CoBit (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology), Change Management (ODR), and Process Reengineering (CSC Index).
Mr. Stokes has over 25 years of experience in the development of IT systems and the management of product portfolios. His background covers both technical and business roles, from having been a key member of R&D teams at a top technology firm to having P&L responsibility for a $55 million software product line. This experience gives him unique insight into the processes and perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders on large complex projects. His range and depth of skills and expertise has enabled him to successfully deliver mission critical projects.
Mr. Stokes has a Bachelors degree in International Marketing from Southern Illinois University and completed the Computer Careers Program at DePaul University.
Beverly Weable brings over two decades of experience to the Group Atlantic team. As a former recipient of Group Atlantic training and coaching, Beverly has first-hand experience realizing the value that these programs provide.
Beverly has never been happy with the status quo -- early exposure to Continuous Quality Improvement may well be to blame. Beverly was a key contributor to a corporate Requirements Management Center of Excellence, acquiring the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) designation in 2007. Keeping up the certification has leveraged her teaching skills by leading online study sessions for the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK). Together with her practical experience, Beverly’s Scrum Product Owner Certification (CSPO) serves her well bringing multiple teams into the Agile Scrum practice to reliably deliver high-value business results.
Beverly received recognition for her dedication to the customer, the corporation, and the community. Work recognition includes the VISION AWARD Achievement for outstanding contributions to the company in 2009; the 'CCC Way' recognition for exemplifying company values from the sales organization receiving the team award in 2014 and individual award in 2015. Beverly’s peers showed appreciation with Way to Go awards, SPOT awards, and Above and Beyond awards. The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago recognized Beverly in 2015 as their 'Making a Difference Outstanding Volunteer'.
Beverly's focus on the Group Atlantic team is in Agile Facilitation and Coaching with her strong background in requirements management providing particular value to those seeking to function as effective Product Owners.