John is unique in the training development space, having spent the majority of his career within private industry. John has worked for a range of companies, from global firms to family-run enterprises. John’s experience in industry includes:
- Profit and loss accountability
- Product rationalization and customer segmentation
- Supply chain management
- Negotiation of key power contracts
- Creation of business strategy
- Large account management
- Cash management
Within the training and development industry, he has built a reputation for providing client-focused solutions, achieving recognition and awards for his sales performance. He has engaged in providing an outsource solution for an existing training department; creating and implementing a learning strategy for a major pharmaceutical company; as well as developing a highly engaging transformational experiential learning solution for a group of senior managers.
John was most recently the Vice President of Sales of a global training and development organization. He has effectively worked across industries. Key client engagements that John led include Ernst and Young, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Ryerson, American Water, DSM, and HealthStream.
John is a graduate of the University of Maryland. John resides in New Jersey.
Clients call Lynae when they need ideas and experience to implement a strategic initiative or solve an organizational challenge. SHE EXCELS AT ENGAGING PARTICPANTS TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR LEARNING.
Her work with clients has enables them to:
- Build engaging cultures that inspire shared meaning and reinforce values
- Develop and expand individual, team and leadership capabilities
- Facilitate the management of change
- Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness
Lynae’s corporate and consulting experience spans a variety of disciplines including strategic human resource management, training and development, sales management, and project management.
Lynae’s communication and presentation styles are defined by her passionate spirit and energy. She is able to create an environment where teams and individuals engage, brainstorm and discover practical solutions in creative ways, while having fun in the process. She quickly builds trust with audiences through her informal, candid and inquisitive approach. Her areas of expertise and passion include: building culture, leadership development, team building, and employee engagement.
Current and past clients include: Cargill, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Fannie Mae, Ameriprise Financial, Peace Coffee, City of Eden Prairie, American Society of Women Accountants, Korn/Ferry International, and Ameriquest Mortgage Company.
Lynae is a graduate of the Leadership Institute of St. Catherine University and has studied Human Resource Management at St. Mary’s University. Lynae resides in Minnesota.
Leo F. Flanagan, Jr., Ph.D.,
A hallmark of Leo’s work is an ability to meet the unique challenges posed by aligning an enterprise’s people and processes with its brand and customer loyalty strategies.
Prior to working with JM Reid Group Leo was the Chief Learning Officer for The Willis Group, the global insurance broker, where he launched the company’s first integrated, worldwide learning and development strategy, as well as a global sales training system for middle market and premier accounts, which produced 700 new client relationships in its first four months, with a training ROI of 228%.
Previously, Leo was with Merrill Lynch where, as Director, Global Leadership & Organizational Development, he managed orientation and interventions for 5,000 employees following September 11. Leo also led scenario planning and analysis of new business models for the Board in response to dramatic market shifts, designed the firm’s first integrated learning system and planned the first firm-wide leadership development process that links and measures the impact of a leader’s performance through employee loyalty, client loyalty and financial results.
Before joining Merrill Lynch, Leo was Senior Vice President, Practice Leader—Employee & Customer Loyalty for The Forum Corporation, a global diversified financial services firm. At Forum, he introduced a leadership development strategy that included simultaneous coaching of top executives around the world, developed and implemented business-specific leadership models and implemented decision-making models for the Office of the Chairman and Executive Management Committee. These actions saved 525,000 payroll hours annually over traditional training approaches, and achieved financial benefits comparable to $450 million in new business, with an 18% ROE.
Leo is a graduate of Fordham University. He received his M.A. from Hunter College and his Ph.D from the City University of New York. He resides with his family in Stamford, CT.
Over the past 20 years, Tom has consulted with scores of firms in a wide range of industries and has designed, developed and implemented training systems and solutions to help his clients solve their business problems and implement strategies.
Tom has developed a process to help companies focus more effectively on their customers. He has worked extensively with senior executives to provide coaching and help them identify key business issues. He consults with and develops organizational solutions and training systems for his clients in:
- Developing a Market/Customer Focus
- Brand and Marketing Management
- Strategic Planning and Marketing Planning
- Consulting Skills
- Sales and Strategic Selling
- Sales Management/Coaching
- Negotiating to Build Long-Term Relationships
- Team Building
- Cross-Functional Integration
- Research/Needs Assessment and Assessment Instruments
- Conflict Management
- Customer Service
He is the author of Developing Market Responsiveness Throughout Your Company. He has taught Marketing, Finance and English for The State University of New York, Marist College and Brooklyn College.
He holds an MBA from NYU, an MFA in Writing and a BA in English, from Brooklyn College.
Steve Sheeren, Senior Consultant
Steve Sheeren works with clients to enable and inspire their sales organization, expand their market presence and enhance customer satisfaction. Leveraging more than 15 years of sales and customer service development experience, Steve provides an engaging and relevant learning solution for clients through his unique blend of energy, insight and conviction.
HIS Experience INCLUDES:
Sales Performance and Coaching
- Clients include: Halliburton, Time Warner Cable, Gates Corporation, IBM, Cisco Systems, Apple. At Apple Retail Stores, Steve facilitated sessions across the country over a five-year period, working with store management and staff to reach record-setting revenue and profitability numbers.
- Clients include: Union Pacific Railroad, Levi Strauss, Emerson, Rogers Wireless, Texas Instruments At Texas Instruments, Steve conducted sessions fostering skill growth necessary to manage cross-cultural communication. Customer satisfaction numbers showed double-digit increase over prior year’s results.
- Clients include: U.S. Postal Service, NetApp, U.S. Border Patrol and Devon Energy. At Devon, Steve led sessions outlining new Project Approval Process for acquisition of capital fund gaining critical commitment from participants to ensure integrity and success of the new process.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a National Account Manager with Union Pacific Railroad, he had direct sales management and growth responsibility for an account that exceeded $100 million dollars in annual revenue. Steve resides in California with his family.
STEVEN HART, SENIOR Consultant
Steven Hart has been serving international companies since 1986 in a classroom leadership, instructional design, and consulting and coaching practice for individuals and organizations. He specializes in developing leadership in the world marketplace.
Hart’s unique style is born of passion and experience. He helps professionals enliven and commit to the quality of their communications with the people they influence, and the communities they serve. Both his curriculum and delivery approach—forming a unique classroom experience—speak from there.
Hart currently teaches leadership and communications for Merck, Disney, Transocean, American Express, Duke Energy, and State Farm; a compete client list is attached. He has taught his own certificate program, Writing for Business, for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations for over four years. Since 2009, this program is also part of ExxonMobil’s professional development curriculum delivered worldwide.
His other programs include The Leader’s Voice, The Fluent Listener, Project Management Meetings, and Managing Organizational Culture. He is co-designer and facilitator of The Shift Group’s program SET, the Sustainable Entrepreneur Program.
As a practitioner of intercultural training and consulting methods, Hart has taught in India, Ukraine, China, South Africa, Chile, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Egypt, K.L., Switzerland, Panama, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, and the U.K. For DuPont Brazil, he served for eighteen months as a faculty consultant to senior management in São Paulo. In August 2005, Hart served on a select team for former Secretary Michael Chertoff in building the performance culture of the Department of Homeland Security.
Hart holds a master’s degree Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.
Born in Denver, and raised throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, and after many years in New York City, Steven Hart makes his home in Chestnut Ridge, New York.
Marilynn A. Draxl, Ph.D., Senior Consultant
Marilynn Draxl is an organizational psychologist who has supported companies with her expertise in the fields of organizational and leadership development. She presently consults to firms in need of proficiency in organizational behavior, performance systems, leadership/ executive development, and strategy management. She also serves as a global leadership and HR consultant, helping companies develop leadership pipelines and improve their talent development processes and programs. Since 2005, Marilynn has conducted needs analyses for AMD, Corning and Wyeth and developed and delivered leadership programs for Philips, AMD, Chemtura, Crayola, Corning, Harris Communications, FINRA, University of Pennsylvania Healthcare Systems, Lockheed Martin, Carefirst, and the US Postal Service.
Prior to returning being a senior consultant, Marilynn worked for the Strategic Management Group, an international consulting and training company. As part of their Solutions Integration Group, she was responsible for working with organizations to improve the implementation of strategic initiatives through the use of simulation in blended learning solutions.
She served as a developmental coach for senior leaders and executives in organizations such as Allergan, AMD, American Water, Corning, IRS, Philips, Veritas and the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.
Marilynn experience includes being Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland University College where she was responsible for academic policy and oversaw curriculum and development planning for credit programs. During her tenure, Marilynn worked with the nuclear industry to create one of the first accredited, online nuclear engineering degree programs for distance learners.
Marilynn holds a degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a doctorate from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.
Marilynn travels as an avocation. As an unabashed “country collector” she has lived and worked in 14 countries and traveled extensively in 94 others.
TWANYA HOOD HILL, Senior Consultant
Twanya Hood Hill brings to every engagement, a wealth of expertise in the organizational development, training, leadership development and strategy development arenas. With over 19 years of experience supporting organizations both internally and externally, Twanya has helped organizations realize their desired organizational culture through a variety of solutions and interventions.
Twanya’s true passion is derived from her ability to create lasting and sustainable organizational change that is both employee and customer centric, innovative yet aggressive, promotes shared vision and growth and is fiscally sound. Twanya infuses energy and expertise into the following areas of consulting support:
Having professional experience in several industries, including for profit and non-profit organizations, Twanya’s approach is not tied to a specific industry or functional area. She believes that understanding any organization requires a dedicated learning curve which she is excited to embark on in order to achieve the absolute best possible outcome for the client.
Prior to becoming a senior consultant with the JMReid Group, Twanya was most recently the Director of Organizational Development at Hennepin County Medical Center, where she built an OD & Learning department from the ground up. Twanya has also served in the following organizations: Gap, Inc., as Director of Field Training and Implementation, at Genentech, Inc., leading Leadership and Management Development, Leadership and Team Development at Target Corporation, and the management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Fascinated with adult learning, Twanya also served as Adjunct Faculty at Ottawa University.
Twanya holds an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a degree in Chemical Engineering. Twanya resides in Minnesota with her family.
Sharie Green, M.A., Senior Consultant
For over 20 years, Sharie has enjoyed helping clients develop their staff and enhance their business performance.
As a trainer, facilitator, and instructional designer, Sharie has provided consultative services to senior leaders, managers, and staff in the areas of Strategic Planning, Performance Improvement, Organizational Metrics/Measurement, and Employee Behavioral Skills Training.
Some of her past and present clients include Ernst & Young; Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; Health Net, Inc.; California School of Health Sciences; and NetMax Center for Entrepreneurs. Sharie has deep experience within the health care industry.
If you were to talk to some of Sharie’s participants, you might hear accolades such as, “She helped us change our approach to monitoring our key business goals, and our efficiencies have increased substantially”; “She really made a positive impact on how our team functioned”; “She was a pleasure to work with, and she made data analysis interesting – believe it or not”.
Such reactions are likely to be the result of her personal style and professional approach to helping her clients meet their business needs.
Sharie received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at San Diego State University.
MELISSA SMITH, GRAPHIC Design Specialist
Melissa has been an award winning communications design specialist for 20 years working in
all kinds of media.
A Graduate of Conestoga College in 1991 with Honours in Graphic Design and Advertising
For 9 of the last 15 years she was a Communications Design Specialist at the University of Waterloo.
Creating effective marketing materials for the Recruitment office, Proffessors and all departments within the University. She was integral part in the Design of Recruitment campaigns as well as various successful launches within the University. Producing effective print design, print production and illustration. Managing projects from start to finish in a team setting as well as on her own. She has 7 years of Ad Agency experience working on large campaigns for both Blackberry and Opentext. She now owns a Graphic Design business, Lakehouse Creative. Offering custom graphic web and print design with a special emphasis on balancing both the artistic and the technical sides. She has great experience working with Leadership and Training companies to effectively create design with a purpose.
Her Awards include:
- Educational Design Award of Excellence-Gold
Geography Poster-University of Waterloo
- Educational Design Award of Excellence-Bronze
"You're In" Campaign-University of Waterloo
- KW Ad and Sales Club Award Gold
- House and Home/Carpet One Winning Carpet Design that benefits Breast Cancer Research
Sold all over Canada and U.S.Melissa resides in Cambridge, Ontario with her family.