Our Consultants

Rick Beer

Rick Beer's career focus has been on corporate and financial management. At various times during his career, he has been responsible for finance and operations, including vendor relations, compliance, human resources, sales, facilities and call center for both sales and customer service.

He is Key Performance Indicator (KPI) driven using KPIs to illustrate and diagnose not only financial and production performance, but also to represent the information that the various operating teams need at their fingertips, information that doesn't fall directly from the accounting system. He is an advocate of frequent employee reviews against goals such as training, projects and day-to-day activities to increase employee - manager engagement and improve overall effectiveness.

As an investor, a Grant Thornton consultant, and as a senior executive with operating companies, he understands the efficiencies that can be gained by marrying finance and operations to provide real time information tailored for the viewer.

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Darrin Caramonta

Darrin Caramonta is a global Information Technology executive with over 30 years of experience in selling, planning, designing, implementing, and supporting IT systems. He spent the vast majority of his career working for Accenture, where he was a partner for 17 years.

He has led both small and large programs, ranging in team sizes from 5 to 500 resources. Darrin has successfully sold and delivered both infrastructure and application programs on a scale from small, local implementations to global, multi-national engagements. Additionally, he has extensive experience with multi-site delivery programs, including onshore and offshore facilities and resources. This experience has been in both a consulting as well as in an internal IT capacity.

Darrin’s clients include over 15 Fortune 500 companies in industries ranging from oil and gas, utilities, retail, telecommunications and IT services companies. He has led and delivered projects and supported systems across the spectrum of corporate functions including marketing, sales, pricing, legal, quality assurance, treasury and human resources. In the human resources area, he led a team of several hundred resources to deliver and support all of the global HR systems for a Fortune 125 company over a multi-year period. This effort also involved a company-wide HR transformation program, within which Darrin led all aspects of the technology component.

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C. Ron Cheeley

Fortune 200 Global Human Capital Officer

Executive Compensation Consultant
Executive Compensation - Succession Planning - Board Experience

Ron is a senior level human resources executive with deep expertise in large, complex corporate cultures and has led all aspects of Global Human Resources including:

Compensation and Benefits, Staffing and Diversity, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Performance Management, Health and Wellness, HRIT and the management of a payroll and benefits based shared services organization. During his career in the consumer products, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, he gained extensive experience with large scale corporate turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions and divestments and consistently assumed leadership roles in aggressive growth strategies.

In his current position as President of The Cheeley Consulting Group, Ron provides high level human capital consulting services to both public and private companies. His practice is focused on working with CEO's, Chief Human Resources Officers and Boards of Directors to establish performance-based compensation plans and performance management systems for executive teams.

Prior to his current consulting work, Ron was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Schering-Plough Corporation. In this position, he served as a member of the Company's Executive Management Team, reported to the CEO and provided advice and counsel to the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on executive compensation and other human resources matters. Several key initiatives included recruiting a new executive management team as part of Schering-Plough'sturnaround initiative, developing a new people strategy designed to attract and develop top-tier talent, designing succession plans based on behavioral leadership and technical competencies, designing a new performance-driven executive compensation program and improving the Company's image in the community through a more robust community and public affairs program. During his career at Schering-Plough, Ron played a key role as part of the senior management team in the acquisition of Organon Biosciences and the ultimate sale of Schering-Plough to Merck.

Before joining Schering Plough, Mr. Cheeley had been Group Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits, for Pharmacia Corporation. Previously, he served as Director, Global Compensation and Benefits, for The Coca-Cola Company. During his career at The Coca-Cola Company, he also served as Director, Human Resources, for Coca-Cola India.

Earlier in his career, Ron was with The Coca-Cola Company progressively holding positions of greater responsibility in the human resource function and ultimately assuming the role of Director Global Compensation, Benefits and HRIT. In this role, he provided ongoing strategic compensation and benefits consulting to corporate headquarters, operating units and joint venture business partners. He developed global performance-sensitive incentive compensation programs linked to EVA and shareowner wealth creation.

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Sharon Grossman

Sharon is a global total rewards leader with over 30 years of expertise in the design of executive, international and domestic compensation and benefits programs. She has extensive experience in planning, designing and implementing total rewards programs that are competitive and aligned to the business strategy.

She has delivered numerous pay-for-performance plans that are cost sustaining while providing value to employees. She has expertise in designing compensation communications programs, including change management strategies and tools. Sharon previously worked at Merck and Schering-Plough in senior level compensation & benefits positions including heading the executive compensation function, developing the lead international compensation & benefits role in Europe and spearheading the integration of compensation & benefits programs, including sales incentives, during 2 major acquisitions.

Sharon was the Co-Chair of the Pharmaceutical Human Resources Association and Past President of the New Jersey Compensation Association. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Community Health Law Project. Sharon has an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Thomas J. McCoy

Thomas J. McCoy is Director of The Employee Engagement Institute and Managing Partner of the consulting firm T.J. McCoy & Associates, LLC. He helps companies establish employee engagement as a line item in the business strategy. Since 1978 he has been a thought leader in the field of engagement and has developed high-involvement / high-performance company cultures in the United States, Europe and South America.

Mr. McCoy has over 25 years of experience developing profitable growth by engaging employees to improve performance and increase process efficiency. He has worked with over 40 companies to enhance their value. His approach is to understand client goals and then design build and deliver the appropriate engagement initiatives to achieve them. He is skilled at developing performance ScoreCards and incentive pay systems that drive performance and deliver a strong ROI. As a certified LEAN practitioner he is experienced in educating employees how to use process mapping to improve workflow, eliminate waste & lost time, reduce inventory and increase quality. He developed a proprietary engagement survey that is used to create a culture of partnership…where each employee thinks and acts like a business partner.

He is the author of four books on the topic of company culture, employee engagement and performance improvement: "Compensation and Motivation" (a textbook at Florida State), "Creating An Open-Book Organization" (nominated for SHRM book-of-the-year), "Employee Engagement", a guide for implementing a proven employee engagement system and "The Employee Engagement Toolbox".

He has been quoted in Newsweek, featured in the Wall Street Journal and nominated for SHRM's Michael J. Losey research award for his forward looking work in the field of Human Resources. He designed and taught a High Performance Workplace seminar at George Washington University and is a frequent conference speaker.

He holds a Lean Six Sigma Certification from Villanova University, a Coaching by Design Certification from the Johnston Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Executive Service Corps of Greater Kansas City.

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Ric Mercuri

With over 15 years of global human capital experience as Vice President Human Resources roles for both NYSE Corporations and rapidly scaling technology start-up's, plus 12 years leading two consulting practices Ric is an acknowledged human capital expert.

He has served clients in Japan, Australia, UK, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand.

His professional passion is assisting clients differentiate their employment brand, adopting agile human capital technology, so they can compete and win in the talent game. He has an outstanding track record advising client's executive teams build robust cultures that engage today's multi-generational work force. Ric leads the West Coast practice and travels extensively in service to all of ATRiAD'S clients.

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Doris Sims Spies

Doris Sims Spies, SPHR provides talent and succession management services that pertain to all phases of the talent management process - defining the strategy and processes, succession planning, onboarding new employees, talent assessment, facilitating talent review meetings, and leadership development services.

Her primary services include training and coaching to prepare HR teams to plan and lead talent review meetings, and creating business leader communication materials for an organization's talent and succession planning strategies.

She works with business executives to create succession plans, using a process that includes working with incumbent leaders to identify success competencies for the position and to identify potential successor candidates. The process includes identifying competency strengths and gaps for potential successors and creating leadership transition and development action plans.

In addition to being a frequent speaker at conferences both in the U.S. and internationally, Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator's Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs, which are all available on Amazon.com. Doris is also the co-author of Building Tomorrow's Talent: A Practitioner's Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning. These books together are top sellers on Amazon on the topics of talent bench strength.

Doris has many certifications including Approved Provider of the HR Certification Institute; Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator (Franklin Covey Leadership Center); Certified Novations 360-Degree Feedback Facilitator (Novations); Certified Talent Development Facilitator (Novations); Certified PDI 360-Degree Survey Facilitator (Personnel Decisions International); Certified Quality Action Teams Facilitator • Certified Social Styles-Building Relationship Versatility Facilitator (Wilson Learning); Certified Countdown - Project Management Facilitator (Paradigm Learning); Qualified Strong Career Interest Inventory Assessment Facilitator; and Qualified Meyers-Briggs Type Inventory Coach.

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Scott Thibeault

Scott Thibeault, CCP, is a talent optimization expert able to significantly increase revenue and profit per employee with creative solutions that drive engagement, retention and results. Scott specializes in change management and organizational transformations. He has a valuable mix of corporate and consulting experiences at companies including: Aetna, Oxford Health, Pitney Bowes, Bayer Biologics, Pfizer, WCI Communities Inc, and Johnson & Johnson to name a few.

Scott understands the economics of talent investment, including: total reward strategies, accelerating and sustaining performance improvement, inspiring maximum productivity, creating unifying cultures; as well as executive coaching and Board consulting. Depending on the time of year, Scott and his wife Sharon can be found in North Carolina or Florida.

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Linda Wegner

Linda is a Director in our Global Implementation & Advisory Services practice, specializing in HR and Payroll Technologies. She has more than thirty-five years' experience in the management and implementation of complex human capital solutions, including large multi-country ERP implementations using major vendor applications.

Linda previously worked at Merck and Schering-Plough before starting her own consulting organization in a senior position. She has extensive global experience with HR/Benefits and payroll systems, as well as performance management, compensation planning, succession planning, learning, benefits recruitment and portal solutions. Linda has managed and led both technical and functional project teams for numerous clients, and has led the vendor selection process including development of RFI/RFP, down selection of vendors, contract and statement of work formulation for multi-country HR and Payroll projects. Linda has a degree from Pace University.

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