Kristi Marsella, Founder and Principal

After 30 years of success in business – the last 25 working for the best-in-class Gallo wine empire – Kristi Marsella has decided to dive deep into the area of her greatest strength and skill: the development of human performance. A top-rated facilitator, trainer and speaker, and an award-winning instructional designer, Kristi brings a unique and engaging set of skills, tools and capabilities to organizations of all sizes.

 

Kristi’s practice ranges from coaching individuals and facilitating group work, to designing and delivering customized training.  Her ability to guide and facilitate teams through complex planning and problem solving processes is second to none, and her energy and good humor engage and draw together even the most challenging groups. 

  • Winner of Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s prestigious Learning in Practice Gold Vanguard Award for learning executives who have either launched a new enterprise learning function or completely overhauled existing workforce development initiatives.

  • Top rated facilitator from the C-suite to the front line

  • Experienced Process Consultant who is fearless about complex group facilitation (Problem solving, strategic planning, team building)

  • Experience with family-owned businesses and non-profits  

  • Certified Coach: Gallup Strengthsfinder®

  • Multiple training certifications including Belbin®, Franklin Covey®, DDI®, CCL®, 5 Dynamics®

  • Flexible to travel domestically and internationally

Suzy Cummins, Senior Consultant

With 30 years of professional experience in operations management and organizational development, Suzy Cummins is a proven strategic operations leader and facilitator. Exceptionally capable of motivating teams at all levels and driving improvement in productivity, goal achievement, and financial success.  Suzy understands the mechanics of designing and implementing effective metrics and reporting, and is skilled at providing insights and recommendations for waste reduction, increased profit margins and improved customer retention.
 
Known for building high performance teams, Suzy demonstrates outstanding communication abilities, critical decision-making skills, and excellent evaluative and analytical abilities that ensure project success.

  • Consistent history of driving productivity improvements in organizations, increasing output, right-sizing staff and effectively reducing operational costs .

  • Experience with driving safety program performance improvements aimed at improvement to all critical metrics such as incident rate. 

  • Proven facilitator of quality, safety, environmental, and food safety initiatives that aimed at ISO 9001, 14001 and 22000 certifications. 

  • Skilled at assessing and implementing effective incentive pay systems based on KPIs for all employees, and supporting these by creating visible, real-time tracking to improve productivity and employee focus on critical metrics.

  • Adviser and facilitator of the creation of multi-year capital plan and economic justification to support sales growth, cost reduction and capital projects.   

  • Creation and sustainable installation of employee involvement and engagement programs.

  • Expert in selection and implementation of EFI Radius Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to facilitate the collection and integration of company-wide information to improve overall business strategy.

HQ

13480 Orange Blossom Road

Oakdale, California  95361  USA

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