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I used to think running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don’t think that’s quite it; it’s more like jazz. There is more improvisation. Someone once wrote that the sound of surprise is jazz, and if there is any one thing that we must try to get used to in this world, it’s surprise and the unexpected. Truly, we are living in world where the only thing that is constant is change.

Warren Bennis, Professor of business administration
University of Southern California

We have a hands-on philosophy

This may be an old fashioned concept, but we think if you hire someone, that is who should do the work. It has become the practice of the larger “business consultants” to assign the real work to entry-level personnel (most often with no real business experience) and then educate the “partner” on the key issues for presentation to the client.

With OPTIMUS PARTNERS, you get the partners knowledge, experience, and insight throughout the entire engagement; bringing decades of management and consulting expertise to support your specific business needs with standard and customized solutions.

When can we help?

  • When you want to make good things better
  • When your business plan fails to produce your desired results
  • When your leadership team is not achieving their true potential  

And… we can do this faster than you can do it alone and much less expensively than traditional “consulting” companies would charge for similar work.

We bring experience and a general management bias

To assure a systemic solution, we bring both our best thinking and a comprehensive approach to your planning and business needs.

  • Understand– We typically start by helping you interpret the results of our break through, web enabled, organizational assessment tool that identifies and prioritizes the highest leverage opportunities for change.
  • Insight/Direction– This can range from a simple tune-up of your communications to the creation of a flexible future-state business model. You are in control; we will provide the insight to help you frame your decision.
  • Design/Plan– OPTIMUS PARTNERS can recommend the right tools to complement and increase the effectiveness of your current capabilities and provide just the right level of structure in your approach to planning and execution.
  • Implement for Results– There are always risks to implementation. That being said, a rapid prototyping of solutions supporting a staged roll-out approach will accelerate your time-to-market and increase the likelihood of success of your initiatives.       

OPTIMUS PARTNERS has developed and brings an integrated general management framework to address your needs- throughout the solution life-cycle. We have researched the best management concepts, and methodologies available and we have readied them to support your business improvement. 

Our Founding Members

Bill Schemerhorn

Bill is a retired senior officer of The Coca-Cola Company with more than 30 years of marketing and general management experience. His domestic and international executive responsibilities during his career span a myriad of business experiences from brand marketing, marketing research, marketing operations management, is management, strategic planning and operating general management.

During his tenure with Coca-Cola he demonstrated a consistent record of growth through building brands and implementing new business strategies. Bill has extensive experience working with brands and people with particular strengths in creating a clear vision and managing teams to attain business objectives through performance management.

Bill has baccalaureate and business degrees from the University of South Dakota.

Dick Flaig

Dick brings more than 30 years of extensive key account, marketing and executive management expertise to our clients. His executive assignments with The Coca-Cola Company included, Executive Assistant to the Chief Marketing Officer where he focused on the recruitment and development of global marketing talent. As Vice President Marketing he was responsible for worldwide licensing and trademark operations. Additionally, responsible for Coca-Cola’s largest customers as vice president and Director of National Chain Accounts.

Dick also taught at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, where he is a Distinguished Lecturer in the practice of Marketing. He has served on many boards including International Food Manufactures Association and the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

Academic honors include a Doctor of Business Administration, Honoris Causa, from Johnson and Wales University.

Tom Reeder

Tom has worked with clients to solve general management issues for more than 20 years. From his work on direction with C-level managers in the Fortune 500 firms to implementation work with operational managers to small business owners, Tom brings a history of results and extensive consulting experience in a broad range of industries to your business needs.

Tom began his management-consulting career after successfully managing the profit center of a national engineering consulting firm.

Representative consulting clients include New York Life, The Home Depot, Nationwide Financial, Prudential, The Coca-Cola Company, Rockwell, Ford, Pitney-Bowes, SAB-Miller, Old Castle, and Coats & Clark.

As COO of a boutique textile mill, Tom expanded manufacturing capacity, increased productivity through custom technology, and supported double digit year-to-year growth.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University.