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Founder and CEO of Chesapeake Consulting (CCI) since 1988. One of the pioneers in the evolution of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) worked directly with Dr. Eli Goldratt and others on the development of the TOC Thinking Processes. As an early associate of the Goldratt Institute, he taught the Jonah Course and was a “Jonah’s Jonah.” He has authored numerous articles on TOC, leadership and continuous improvement and in 2008 conducted the most successful webinar in Industry Week’s history. He has authored 6 books on leadership and improvement; Tough Fabric, the story and description of an apparel supply chain that Dr. Goldratt and John led, Lets Don’t Pave the Cow Paths, a collection of humorous leadership stories, Enterprise Fitness, which describes the connection and interaction between people and the processes that affect them, What I Learned about Leadership from my Dog, which highlights the analogy between leadership required training a dog and leadership required to lead people, Cows Don't Stay Milked, a book on leadership and faith, and Who is God and What am I Doing Here an overall view of faith and humans.
In his consulting career he has worked in a variety of industries including the petro-chemical (both batch and continuous process), pharmaceutical, medical device, steel, tier one automotive, mining, printing, packaging, aerospace and service. Projects include strategic planning, synchronous flow, project management, and leadership development.
Experience Prior to Founding Chesapeake Consulting
John served industry as a process chemical engineer, production engineer and project engineer while working with DuPont and Stauffer Chemicals. He transitioned to production management in the paint industry and served as Plant Manager, Director of Manufacturing and Vice President of Operations for paint companies ranging in size from small ($10 million in sales), mid-sized ($100 million in sales) and Sherwin-Williams where he ran the largest paint complex in the world. This hands on direct line responsibility has set the tone for Chesapeake Consulting hiring people with similar direct line experience. It gives our clients a consultant who can better empathize with their situation and bottom line focus.
Chesapeake Consulting gives away 10% of net profit before tax and bonus to charity. The company is an ongoing supporter of the Salvation Army, and many other causes. John serves on several boards at the University of Alabama and the Blackburn Institute.
Education and Other Courses
- Undergraduate work at the US Naval Academy and the University of Alabama receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering.
- Post graduate business work at the University of South Alabama
- Certified as CPIM by the American Production and Inventory Control Association and a Jonah’s Jonah by the Goldratt Institute. .
- A variety of Quality, MRP and Leadership Development Courses.
Honors and Recognition
- Recognized by the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year.
- Distinguished Fellow, the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the University of Alabama.
- Distinguished Fellow, the College of Engineering, University of Alabama
- Past National Chair of Capstone Engineering Society.
- Man of the Year, Severna Park United Methodist Church
- Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award, College of Engineering
Interest and Hobbies
John enjoys hiking, biking and tying to train dogs. He is a volunteer with Dogs Finding Dogs, a search and rescue organization that locates lost pets. He is an active member of The Church of the Highlands and is involved in prison ministry. He has been married to his wife Linda since 1972.
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Leigh spent over ten years in the management levels of the restaurant and meeting planning industry. Through this experience she managed a wide variety of people at all different ages. This taught her about people and how they tend to react in different situations, both good and bad.
She has extensive knowledge of training techniques and is a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst and a Certified Coach Practitioner. Leigh works with clients in leadership training and development through a series of assessments. Through these assessments our participants learn to use their natural strengths in order to become a better leader, leverage their thinking in decision making and ultimately help the company and the individual succeed. Leigh also works with college students to help them with career planning and team development.
Leigh is currently very active in the Workforce Development in the state of Alabama. Leigh and Chesapeake Consulting are working with local manufacturers to ensure they are getting the right people in their facilities so they can be successful and continue to grow.
Leigh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama and served as President of the National Capital Chapter of the alumni association. She is most recently a certified John Maxwell leader, sits on the Advisory Committee for Sigma Kappa at the University of Alabama, and is Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Alliance through the Chamber of Commerce. In 2013 Leigh completed the Leadership Tuscaloosa program along with 39 other local professionals.
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Prior to Chesapeake, Carl worked for Texas Instruments on the High Speed Anti-radiation Missile (HARM) in the quality and reliability area, focusing on quality and process improvements in fabrication and assembly. Carl worked for Digital Equipment where he served as quality supervisor and quality manager for the printed wiring board manufacturing facility. While there, he supported the startup of a new product in a new facility. He led the effort to gain and maintain ISO 9000 compliance. Carl also served eight years in the U.S. Army, both in Europe and the United States.
Since joining Chesapeake in 1995, Carl Gerhiser has worked in a wide variety of firms manufacturing furniture, automotive components, pharmaceutical products, golf clubs, and engineering services. He has led development and improvement efforts in manufacturing processes, business processes and information technology systems. In the manufacturing arena, he has assessed numerous situations and applied the appropriate improvement methodology – lean, quality improvement or TOC – to the situation to provide the maximum leverage to the improvement effort. Carl has provided leadership in multiproject environments by helping to formulate project plans for up to 18 projects, then managing the projects. His last engagement resulted in a 90% on time performance.
Carl holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the United States Military at West Point and a Masters in Business with a focus in Finance from the University of North Texas. Carl is married and has three children and four grandchildren. Occupying the remaining space in his home is a golden retriever whose expertise is retrieving tennis balls. Carl enjoys riding bicycles, plays competitive tennis and even survives playing mixed doubles with his wife.
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Liz has over 25 years of experience in management positions. She joined Chesapeake as the Controller in 1994. Prior to joining Chesapeake, she held the position as Assistant Office Manager for a Law Firm and prior to that worked for an Accounting Firm both located in Washington, D.C.
She handles all aspects of the finances and human resources for the company. She resides in Annapolis with her family. She enjoys traveling, running, working out at the gym and being around water whether it is sailing on the Chesapeake Bay or relaxing at the beach.
Principal[email protected] View Bio
Jeff has been with Chesapeake since 2012 and works with our government service group. He provides support for the FAA in dealing with requirements analysis and systems engineering in the Next Generation Air Transportation System. He has over 20 years work and research experience in a variety of areas including acoustics, sonar, radar, missile defense and systems engineering.
He earned his BS in Mathematics and an MS and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics all from Virginia Tech.
Prior to working at Chesapeake Jeff held engineering positions with several companies including Raytheon, Dynamics Technology and Northrop Grumman.
Jeff has had seven articles published in technical journals and he has received numerous academic and technical awards and recognition.
In his spare time Jeff is an avid Virginia Tech sports fan, hiker and kayaker.
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Before coming to Chesapeake in 2002, Craig was vice president of operations for a successful education software startup. Prior to that, during 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, he held various positions including that of Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology for the National Security Agency.
Currently Craig applies his operational and technical skills in systems security, requirements and risk analysis, policy development, and project management to support the Federal Aviation Administration Voice Systems Program Office. He is the primary information systems security support lead for the National Airspace (NAS) Voice System and Voice Recorder programs, components of the future common architecture Air Traffic Control system.
Craig has a Bachelor of Science in Communications Management from the University of the State of New York and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence/Information Management from the National Intelligence University. He is married with two children, a daughter and a son. When he’s not working, Craig enjoys bicycling, hiking, boating, kayaking, target shooting, and reading suspense novels.
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Dan was born in Tuscaloosa where he remained until 1996, and then job advancements took Dan to Atlanta for 10 years and northern Virginia for 7 years before returning “home” to Tuscaloosa in 2013.
Dan earned a BS in Marketing Management from the University of Alabama, then 30 years later earned an MBA (International Business) from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (DC Suburbs) in May of 2011
Dan has 40 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience. Prior to joining Chesapeake Dan was the Southeast Regional Director for BelFlex Staffing Network, responsible for all sales and operations in a 3 state area. Dan continues to serve as an Adjunct Instructor (International Business, Marketing, Ethics and Leadership) for The University of Alabama main campus, Tuscaloosa, AL. In Dan’s spare time he enjoys spending time with family, reading, being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and is very active serving in the church and the community
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Chuck has 30+ years of Operations experience. In 1988, while working as a software engineer at a Digital Equipment Corporation printed wiring board manufacturing facility, Chuck was introduced to Eli Goldratt's The Goal. Armed with The Theory of Constraints, Chuck was inspired to begin his journey to change the world and jumped at the opportunity to transfer from the IT department to the Manufacturing department as a Production Supervisor so he could have greater opportunity to impact policy. After several years of working at the supervisor and manager level, Chuck joined Chesapeake for his first tour of duty. Since, Chuck has enjoyed many opportunities working for the past 15 years at the VP and C-level Operations Positions including the largest domestic jewelry manufacturer Pace Enterprises where he managed 600 employees in plants located in Los Angeles, CA and Guadalajara, Mexico; Smashbox Cosmetics where he was apart of the leadership team that managed 5X growth over 5 years, and more recent stints at Stila Styles, Astral Brands and Tarte Cosmetics. Chuck has had much success and some failures over the past 30 years and looks forward to sharing what he has learned when applying TOC concepts to enterprise fitness, leadership, supply chain management and project management.