Marsha Block, President of MBA-My Business Advisors, is a results-oriented Business Executive with a versatile background across various industries and business models and is broadly recognized for her strategic thinking, business execution skills and consensus building and engagement abilities. With more than 25 years of experience, Marsha has a strong, diverse background in operations and has been entrusted with critical business functions and P&L accountability in a variety of leadership roles.
Marsha now brings this wealth of experience and know-how to a new arena of her business. She will be forming a new TEC group in Southeastern Wisconsin. TEC (The Executive Committee) has a mission to increase the effectiveness and enhance the lives of CEOs, Presidents and business owners.
Dennis Ellmaurer is a management consultant working primarily as a TEC chairman, leading three CEO mastermind groups in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to his work with TEC – The Executive Committee, Dennis does executive coaching and is president of Globe National Corporation, an advisory and consulting firm assisting owners of small businesses with Exit Strategies and Succession Planning.
Dennis has over 25 years of management experience. He started his career in business-to-business marketing and sales with a division of the $1.5 billion Reliance Electric Company. He moved to Valuation Research Corporation – an appraisal firm specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, becoming Vice President of Business Development. In 1982, Dennis became president of a small manufacturing firm with a proprietary product line and strong distribution channel. The company evolved into a marketing and new product development concern. The firm grew aggressively, eventually selling the assets of the business to a division of Fisher Price, which is now part of Mattel Inc.
Dennis majored in Marketing and Finance, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is a past Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. Dennis serves on the board of directors of Milwaukee Forge Company.
Dennis is a member of the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association and enjoys driving a -69 Corvette on sunny weekends. His direct telephone number is 414-271-5780. He may also be contacted through TEC – The Executive Committee at 800-236-9832.
Phil Hauck has been affiliated with TEC since 1990 and currently is chair of TEC 3, 13 and 32, as well as of an independent Senior Marketers & Sales Executive group in Northeast Wisconsin.
A 1964 graduate of DePauw University with an MBA from Columbia University in 1966, his work background is in journalism and retail operations. He was a Wall Street Journal reporter, and owned his own business technique newsletter publishing business. He was employed for 15 years in retailing in distribution, store and company operations responsibilities.
He is co-author of Recapturing The Growth Track: Correcting Leaders’ Disempowering Behaviors (Praeger Books, 2004), board president of the Healthy Lifestyles Cooperative of Brown County, and is or was a director, member and officer of a range of civic organizations, including a hospital, community think tank, various Chamber trusts, and economic development efforts. He was state president of the Independent Business Assn. of Wisconsin, and 1992 Media Person of the Year for Wisconsin for the SBA.
He is married with two grown children, in his spare time plays golf, tennis and softball, and loves to travel internationally.
Prior to NICKAL, Herro was the CEO and co-owner of Geo-Synthetics, Inc., (GSI), a distributor and installer of environmental products. After acquiring GSI in 1994, Herro lead the national expansion to grow revenues from 10 million to 76 million in 12 years. GSI became a national distributor and leading installer of environmental construction products with operations in Arizona, North and South Carolina, and Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2007, GSI sold its southeastern company, GSI General Materials, to a division of Home Depot. During his time at GSI, Herro had extensive experience with the development of strategic planning, market development, incentive based compensation plans and corporate acquisitions.
Prior to joining GSI, Herro served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Milwaukee Insurance Company. Milwaukee Insurance was a publicly traded company with annual premiums of $700 million and operations in the Midwest. There Herro was responsible for Human Resources, Quality, Corporate Communications, Education and Training, Plant Operations and Facilities.
Herro is a member of The Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce (MMAC) and a Director of the Council of Small Business Executives. He has served as a CEO Round Table Leader since 1996, working with several business owners in the Milwaukee area.
Herro is a past President and director of the Greater Milwaukee Personnel Association and past President of the New Berlin Public Schools Board of Education. Herro received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Communications from UW-Milwaukee in 1975. Mike added TEC group Chairman to his business portfolio in March of 2009.
TEC 59 – Milwaukee and surrounding area
As a serial entrepreneur, business and community leader since 1983, John Howman has led a variety of businesses – from technology to consumer products companies. John’s insight into people and unusual ability to analyze market opportunities, combined with his highly developed creativity allow him to create passionate, hard working teams that find success in highly competitive business environments. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and five years plus in consumer products, John helps businesses improve through the implementation of new business tools, training and rethinking their business models.
John created Allied Consulting Group to connect small to mid-sized companies to exactly the resources they need with a special emphasis on businesses in transition or in need of interim leadership.
Allied Consulting Group, LLC, Grafton, WI
The mission of ACG is to connect businesses with the necessary resources for success and to assist businesses during difficult times and transitions.
Raffel Comfort Sciences, LLC, Cedarburg, WI
Raffel is a $6MM organization that develops and sells components to the OEM furniture industry and consumer products in a variety of retail categories.
President, CEO, Managing Member
Purchased business as a distressed entity with one partner
Secured new China sourcing agreements
Developed new product line and categories for retail channel
Re-branded entire product line
Outsourced all non-core business functions
Built retail sales organization and manufacturers rep team
Established new market for China manufactured Shiatsu Massage Chairs
Implemented Virtual Office systems for accounting, CRM and other internal
systems to allow for location independent employees and reps
Patent applications for several products in consumer and OEM categories
Allied Computer Group, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Founded Allied Computer Group in 1983 as a one person computer sales company. Allied grew to become one of the largest computer sales and service organizations in the Midwest with over 350 employees and $50MM in revenue at its peak. Allied was a pioneer in providing professional IT services on a billable basis. Personally worked with many business executives developing effective IT strategies during the Y2K era.
Founder & Chairman
Grew business from startup to $55MM in 15 years
Acquired franchise rights from Inacom, Inc. of Omaha, NE
Separated high-volume, low-margin distribution from higher margin professional services practice
Developed the largest computer education business in Wisconsin
Acquired, integrated and grew branch office in Appleton, WI
Created unique hiring and recruiting system for IT professionals
The Computer Show with Ram and Rom
“The Computer Show with Ram & Rom” was a nationally syndicated, call-in radio program aimed at home and business computer users that originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Broadcasts were two hours on Saturday morning, The computer show became the top rated weekend program at WISN AM-1130. It was also the first Internet broadcast computer call-in program carried by Mark Cuban’s Broadcast.com network.
BS-Psychology, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, May 1980
Professional & Community Associations
John Chairs two TEC groups, TEC 20 & 6
The Executive Committee (TEC XX) member and speaker, 1992-2007
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) Board Member, 1998 to present
Young Presidents Organization, 1997 to 2004, Board member 2001-2004
World Presidents Organization, 2007 to present, 2009-2010 Education Chair
Inacom Dealer Executive Council, member and Board President, 1990-1996
Compaq Dealer Executive Council Board member, 1987-1992
Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, Board member 1998-2003
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Board member 1996-2000
Junior Achievement of Milwaukee, Board member 1995-1999
Sam has more than 25 years of leadership experience in manufacturing and engineering operations. He has served as a president and CEO for three companies and as Executive VP for a fourth. He brings a team-oriented approach to revitalizing companies by creating a shared strategic vision built around each individual’s contribution.
Known for his knack for building high-performing management teams, identifying new profit opportunities, and balancing long-term solvency with near-term cash flow and profitability, Sam’s business successes include:
- For a $25 million manufacturer of auto fueling equipment, expanded revenue and profits through new product introductions and continued innovation, and grew international sales in South America and Asia. He also reduced material costs by 20 percent through product redesign and supply chain management in less than three years while maintaining and in some cases improving quality.
- Restructured and renewed a $17 million manufacturer by reorganizing sales, marketing, and finance and installing control systems to ensure product quality and build competitive advantage. He returned this highly leveraged private equity owned company to financial health by reducing inventory and accounts receivable by over $1 million. Sales increased from $17 million to $25 million in two-and-a-half years.
- As division president for a large durable consumer product manufacturing company, increased sales by 40 percent as a result of building a separate sales representative organization that focused on products marketed to retailers. He established his own engineering department located at the plant rather than at company headquarters that significantly shortened the product development cycle and improved communications between engineering and manufacturing. Working closely with his management team, Sam also laid out a strategic plan that would see sales triple in five years.
Sam holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School with a focus in manufacturing. He also holds a Master of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University, which he received with Highest Distinction.
Sam Chairs TEC 62 in the Madison area
Jim has an extensive background in senior management including: Chief Financial Officer of Coolidge Glass Company, Inc., Chief Financial Officer for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc., and Corporate Asst. Controller for Wispak Foods. Jim has worked with a variety of industries including: manufacturing, health care, not for profit, distribution and food processing. He has been involved in more than 40 M&A projects. In addition, Jim is a TEC Chairman for 2 groups in Wisconsin, TEC 16 & 29. TEC is an international organization of CEO’s.
Jim is a Certified Public Accountant with public accounting experience for both local and regional accounting firms. He has a BS in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He is a member of: the American Institute of CPA’s and the Wisconsin Institute of CPA’s. Mr. Lindell is a Faculty Member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) and a Resource Specialist for TEC.
Jim has authored: “Business is Like Fishing”; “Survival Kit for Small Business Executives”; “The Controller’s Annual Update”; and was a contributing author on “The Fast Close – Revolutionizing Accounting”. Jim is a member of the Folk Music group, “Two Fun Guys and an Accountant”, a hockey coach and still plays Rugby.
TEC 16 & TEC 29
Following a 25-year career in the Securities and Asset Management industries Jim has been involved in several start-up companies and consulted small to medium-size companies within the Renewable Energy, Manufacturing and Services sectors.
His more than 35-years of hands-on experience and understanding of deal-flow, process and finance puts him in a position to guide his clients through the development of growth, transition, consolidation and exit strategy planning.
Jim added TEC to his portfolio of business services and introduced TEC to the La Crosse region, a new market for TEC and brought his group of executive members together to launch TEC 21 in February of 2012.
“As a TEC Chair, the opportunity to associate with and lead Life-Long Learners and serious strategic thinkers is almost more than a business veteran could ask for.” – Jim Naleid
George is the founder and principal of Sigma Management Systems, LLC, which started in 2000. This is an executive leadership coaching and change management consulting practice, where George specializes in leadership development, organizational transformation, and business strategy.
Over George’s 35 year career, he has owned and operated five different businesses and knows first-hand what it takes to lead people, manage all operations, be entrepreneurial, take calculated risks, and be successful in business. This critically formative background has been instrumental in George’s continuing success as a TEC Chair, which began in 2010.
George currently leads TEC 7 and TEC 43, and this is what some of his members have stated:
“Being a member of George’s TEC group, I have experienced firsthand his ability to effectively manage a highly diverse group of type A personalities to focus the discussion on the most important issues…”
– Steve Glaser, President of Glaser Business Law Group
“George has served as our leader, and has done a great job for me in facilitating the preparation of both a business and strategic plan for my business, and holding me accountable to get them done. He has also done a great job for our group in lining up pertinent speakers, and keeping fellow members on task when tackling an issue for another group member.”
– Terry Schultz, President of EFCO Finishing Corp.
“As a TEC chair George does a great job setting a tone and direction for our meeting, he then allows the group to flow and process issues in our own way. Everyone seems to be willing to ask difficult questions and give meaningful feedback like we have been together for years.”
– Tom Daugherty, President of Zero Trace, LLC
George earned his MBA in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Lubar School of Business). And, in addition to George’s professional business interests, he is currently underway with research toward a book publication on transformational leadership. He is married and has three (grown) children. For recreation, he is an avid motorcycle rider (a Harley, of course) and enjoys travel. George is also very actively involved in martial arts and is currently internationally ranked as a first degree black belt.
He has worked in a range of positions at technology companies including President and Chief Operating Officer.
He has extensive experience in Business Operations at both Fortune 100 as well as small and mid-sized privately held companies. He understands the issues, problems and opportunities business executives deal with every day.
Clients include CEOs, business owners, and senior executives. He helps clients move from simply managing one problem after another to leading and inspiring their teams to create consistently successful business results.
Specialties: Frank has significant expertise in Sales Management and developing Go-To-Market strategies
Frank is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. In addition to TEC, he is a Chairman for Executive Agenda (EA), a full-service executive development program for senior executives other than CEOs and presidents. He is a registered member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC).
Frank and his wife Milena reside in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area. They have two children, Dave an attorney and Mitra a classically schooled artist.