JamesJames Kennedy, President and Founder: MBA

James brings over 10 years of consulting, marketing and technology experience. He began this work after graduating from the Bentley College Graduate School of Management. James has worked with a diverse group of industries from financial services to printing, from hospitality to photography, and from manufacturing to real estate. This work includes market research, website design and development, e-commerce, marketing campaigns, sales improvement, systems analyses, brand creation, promotions, direct mail advertising and public relations.

He directs his creative talents to generate strong brand awareness and increased customer loyalty. This is always done with an eye toward improving time to market and reducing costs. His systems consulting highlights the advantages technology can bring to an organization when executives and managers work collaboratively with information technology.

VickyVicky DePiore, SPHR, GPHR

Ms. DePiore is a seasoned HR professional with over 25 years of experience in numerous industries including steel manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, plastics, underground mining machinery, ceramics, financial and non for profit.

She has a BS in Industrial Relations from Clarion University of PA, and a Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University. In addition to her formal education, she has achieved both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) designation, and is a certified DDI (Development Dimensions International) trainer.

Vicky is the VP of Diversity & Inclusion for the Cleveland SHRM, and volunteers for programs including the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and The Littlest Heroes. She is the Director of Human Resources for Warrensville Developmental Center and is on the board of directors for Spectrum of Supportive Services, is on the HR advisory board for Bryant & Stratton College and lends her HR expertise to many community activities and support programs.

Stephen Kotler, Principal- Stephen Kotler is an experienced consultant who provides strategic, operational and financial advisory services to small and medium sized businesses undergoing a transition or requiring a transformation that is fundamental in nature. Mr. Kotler has worked with companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, wholesale/retail, biotech and information technology. Mr. Kotler also brings valuable expertise in information technology solutions for businesses wanting to increase their operational efficiency, profitability, and return on investment. His skills include business process analysis, application consulting, and systems integration and engineering.

Prior to joining MMT, Mr. Kotler was principal and CFO of The Watermill Group, a private equity firm with a focus on value oriented investing in small to medium sized manufacturing and value-added distribution companies. Prior to the Watermill Group, Mr. Kotler was Principal of the Strategic Financial Services Group at Mage, LLC, a consulting firm which strengthens clients’ ability to perform and build long-term value by developing leadership, improving processes, and enhancing management and business excellence.

Mr. Kotler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Treasurer of Pocahontas Greenbelt Corporation. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree and Graduate Degree in Public Accounting from McGill University.

Bill Tuxbury, Senior Consultant and Interim Executive: MBA - Bill brings over 30 years of business experience, an executive with extensive hands-on P&L leadership experience and expertise in general management, sales/marketing, manufacturing and operations. Bill, a Harvard MBA and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, has developed and revitalized companies, successfully improving top and bottom line results and organizational effectiveness. Bill is an experienced senior level executive who has managed transitions, crisis and change within small to mid-sized companies. His hands-on implementation experience and broad strategic vision focused helps him improve profitability and efficiencies for MMT clients.

Court Booth, Senior Consultant - Court is a community educator and action learning specialist with over 25 years of experience designing and delivering training programs and interventions for industry groups and educational institutions. Court has worked with clients in a wide range of business endeavors over the course of his career, often as a representative of organizations such as Outward Bound, Project Adventure, and other leading edge providers of organizational development services. He also has a background in sales and marketing. Court focuses on team development and adventure-based learning in his current role with MMT.

Jeffery Davis, Strategic Partner - Davis works with clients on a personal basis and utilizes his diverse background and unusual flexibility to identify corporate goals and develop a strategy to enhance growth or ensure a smooth transition. Davis' approach keeps him actively involved with every client and always available to address their needs or concerns. Over the past two decades, Davis has worked with hundreds of owners and leaders of emerging and transitioning firms to define their vision and goals and achieve overall success. His expertise includes advising executives of growing organizations on all aspects of leadership, from initial strategy and organizational design and change to marketing and business plan implementation. Before founding Mage, Davis established his reputation as an entrepreneurial strategist, organizational change agent and marketing and sales expert working for well-known international organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Avis and Quaker Oats. Davis is a member of the Family Firm Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, President Emeritus of the New England Jewish National Fund and today serves as the Jewish National Fund's Zone President for the New England Region. Davis did his undergraduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, where he majored in psychology and commerce. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Ottawa, majoring in marketing with a minor in human resource development.

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