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Who Are The "Associates?"

 
We have relationships with a vast network of US-based and global senior consultants who are available to assist our clients in achieving the outcomes you seek.  We don't believe in putting junior consultants in the line of fire that you need to train about your business.

We only work with consultants who are compatible with our values: pragmatic, results-oriented and who have a bias for quickly resolving client issues. 

Because of this network, we offer a broad range of capabilities.  If your needs are beyond our capabilities to provide what you need, rest assured--we'll tell you so.

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Dave Gardner has spent his career improving business execution and collaboration within the enterprise and beyond the enterprise into the sales/dealer channels. He has held management and senior management positions in Product Development, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Product Management. A management consultant since 1991, he has broad expertise and experience leading enterprise-wide change initiatives. His core competencies include:

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Program management for custom and packaged business applications implementation

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Marketing/business development strategies and implementation

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Configurable products and services strategy and implementation

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Leading business application creation and development as well as application integrations from business requirements definition phase through implementation including functional and business validation

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Change management and adoption

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Executive coaching

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Development and implementation of employee orientation and training for new business applications

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Representing business teams to communicate requirements to IT

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Working with stakeholders to create solutions that match their needs

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Design of procedures and processes; business process reengineering

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Ability to build consensus and communicate with employees across the enterprise

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Communication (writing, speaking, presenting)

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Integration of business processes with information technology

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Pragmatism and track record of success; make clients self-sufficient

Here are a few examples of consulting projects undertaken:

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Program manager for a PLM implementation at a Fortune 100 company

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Implemented a new part numbering system and change management process; integrated MRP system new business processes; developed and implemented new product introduction process for a 35-year old capital equipment manufacturer—this improved collaboration, reduced cycle times, cut inventory over 50%

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Defined the end-user requirements and subsequent implementation of a configuration tool at a Fortune 500 custom semiconductor manufacturer—enabled headquarters to validate customer order requirements and reduced cycle time by 80%

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Helped a semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer with a detailed configurator requirements analysis and assessed the business process impacts associated with implementing a mass customization process

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Assisted clients with the development of a multi-year collaboration strategy

In July 2002, Dave was recruited by E-ONE, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire and rescue vehicles, as Vice President of Product Management, to lead an enterprise-wide change initiative to:

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Reduce the cost and lead-time associated with engineering each vehicle to improve company profitability

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Reduce overall SG&A expenses

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Accurately describe the company’s product configuration capabilities to better set customer and dealer expectations

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Provide accurate material and labor costs to eliminate “margin surprises”

He is a graduate of San Jose State University (BA) and Santa Clara University (MBA). Dave is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting (SAC); he is Board Approved by SAC in “Configurable Products and Services Strategy & Implementation.” In 2010, he was inducted in the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame. Out of over 1,300 consultants who have gone through Alan Weiss’s mentoring program, 30 have been inducted in the Hall of Fame. Dave is a Fast Company Expert Blogger in the area of Business Execution and a member of Dell’s Customer Advisory Panel.

 

Gardner & Associates Consulting is an operating division of Lakshmi Ventures, Inc., a Nevada corporation.

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