A certified project manager (PMP) with more than 30 years of business experience and 20 years of practice in helping companies achieve their goals through the skills of people, improved methods and helping others growing their capabilities. He has led or participated in teams that have delivered more than $1B in project scope in a wide variety of industries and job functions. He received his M.B.A. from DePaul University (go Blue Demons) and is now the owner of Praxilient (Praxis – the application of relevant knowledge; Transilience – The movement from one point to another), who provides Wisconsin (Go Pack!) and the U.S. with services that improve strategic performance and help achieve project results.
His company delivers customer results by first taking the time up front to understand the challenges that the organization faces and deliver solutions that produce results that fit their culture and state of readiness. Praxilient is constantly seeking ways to streamline methods and remove the hurdles to performance by engaging executives, business leaders and practitioners in a way that is appropriate to their role and aids in developing their capabilities. Their unique approaches to work life has helped non-profits, large corporations, small companies, and individuals perform better. His company provides the largest certified base of project managers in Northern Wisconsin and their staff have provided training to more than 10,000 people in the areas of project management, leadership and team performance.
When not developing a model on a dry erase board or idea mapping tool, Mark enjoys travel anywhere, cooking on the weekends and time with his family. Mark is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Gideon’s International and Calvary Bible Church. He is currently the Regional Mentor for the PMI chapters in North Central North America. In this role he serves PMI chapters and their leadership in vibrant upper Midwest of North America and Canada. He is a husband of 23 years (Julia, I hope I have the number right), father of 3 (Britta, Anders, and Jorgen, yes Swedish names, long story) and the servant to two cats (those who have cats know what I am talking about).
Tony Wickham has spent 30 years serving in consumer and business-to-business companies driving extraordinary and sustainable results. His focus is in helping organizations assess performance gaps, and develop and implement practical and actionable solutions. Skills in Organizational, Team, and Human Performance enable him to work with customers to identify the real needs to be solved and to implement plans that deliver long-term business benefit.
His approach to solutions incorporates effective change principles that bring people through the change process to the point of owning the solution. He is experienced in large scale Change Management and has enabled business process redesign alignment with organization and job level changes. He has utilized the Conference Model process for large group engagements to complete manufacturing site redesigns incorporating business process, organization, team and job level transformation changes.
Tony’s extensive experience and capabilities covers strategy development, organization effectiveness, team effectiveness, change management, business process design, performance-based learning solutions, and leadership development and coaching. He has held individual contributor and leadership positions in engineering, manufacturing and Human Resources. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
Specializing in process engineering and improvement, Richard Runion brings a unique perspective to maximizing business performance. An expert in Process management, Six Sigma, Lean and Rapid Improvement Efforts, Richard has helped organizations identify and utilize the best solutions to the right problems using data and analytics for over 25 years.
Richard has developed the Praxilient Business Process Management model to help organizations focus on data-driven project/initiative selection to ensure effective delivery. This method also provides validation of success and enables long-term controls to ensure success is sustained.