PathFinder Group
Risk Management Consultants
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About Us

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

 

About Us

Create a new Paradigm

Our goal is to see your agency succeed. In a dynamic, transparent and resource constrained environment government agencies are being asked to do more with less. This is the new normal.

As someone responsible for the health of your agency, its staff and with an obligation to citizen stakeholders you understand the importance of questioning yesterday’s answers. Tackling these new challenges offers exciting opportunities but also requires proper management of the uncertainties associated with change and citizen concerns.

Reduce Risk

Our clients tackle the modern day challenges of managing local government with less uncertainty, less risk and less pain. As risk managers we help them achieve a more predictable outcome when investing change.

We focus on the four big buckets of strategic planning, process improvement, leadership development and organizational culture.  Within these buckets reside additional related problems that we can help you with.

Discover Success

With a clear path comes a clear mandate. By managing risks and helping resolve complex external and internal challenges, our clients gain the freedom to do what they do best: deliver services reliably and responsibly to the citizens they serve and meet the needs of the staff that makes it possible.

PathFinder Group’s team combines backgrounds in both the public and private sectors, from state legislative and executive branches to helming healthcare and technology firms. The PathFinder Group team are known as problem solvers who know government, know business and are focused on your success.

 

Get in touch

We at PathFinder Group know that finding the right consultant to help your business succeed is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Meet Our Team

 
 
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FOUNDER

John Foster, MBA

John Foster has 30 plus years of distinguished leadership and management experience with multiple companies at various stages of development across several fast paced industries including; finance (investment banking partnerships, valuation services), business consulting (strategic planning), national distribution (computer hardware and consumer electronics), healthcare (co-founded Medicaid HMO), commercial real estate (development of medical facilities, personal investing) and publishing (In Room Magazine, Hyatt Hotels). John has demonstrated expertise in strategic and all operational aspects of business. In his capacity as Chairman for Alliance Computing Technologies, Inc. (ACT), John interacted regularly with shareholders, an outside board of directors, bankers and general counsel in communicating the company’s vision and reporting results. As CEO of ACT he led the formulation of strategic initiatives, oversaw the deployment of tactical plans for each functional area, and was ultimately responsible for the company’s success. His duties also took him to Washington, DC over four years where he was an advocate for the Rent To Own (RTO) industry before both houses of Congress.

 
 

 
 
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Holly Thompson, PHD

Dr. Holly Tompson is a Professor of International Business at Florida Southern College. She has taught undergraduate and MBA courses in the U.S. and abroad for over 25 years, serving on multiple committees and supervising senior theses.

Prior to Florida Southern College, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Institute for Corporate Productivity. Holly has taught at the University of Tampa, Saint Leo University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where she lived with her family for four years.

Dr. Tompson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity University with a B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology. She completed her doctoral work in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of South Carolina, where she received the Educational Foundation Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Dr. Tompson lives in Tampa with her husband and 3 children. In her work with the Institute for Corporate Productivity, she has advised numerous Fortune 200 companies in Leadership, Global Management, and Coaching.

Holly is a certified Executive Coach and has partnered with the Center for Focused Leadership Executive Education program since 2006. She received certification to administer the Hogan Personality Indicator as well as the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Assessment.

Holly works with several non-profits in the Tampa Bay area and teaches in the University of Tampa’s Non-Profit certification program. Her current research includes coaching and peer-to-peer mentoring, work-life balance and adjustment to international job changes.

Dr. Tompson has authored or co-authored numerous refereed journal and proceedings articles for publications such as The Journal of Management, The Journal of International Business Studies, Business and Society, The Journal of Education for Business, The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Human Resource Management.

 
 

 
 
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING, STRATEGIC PLANNING

Jody Thompson, PHD

Jody Tompson is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the Sykes College of Business at University of Tampa and the Director of Business Strategy at Naimoli Institute. He is also the Founder of CitriClean of Florida, an all-natural citrus based dishwasher detergent. He specializes in organizational dysfunctions, organizational decline, entrepreneurship, and family businesses.

Dr. Tompson has taught business courses for 25 years using the case method, statistical surveys, computer simulations, among others. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Jody Tompson provides on-site training in business planning, strategy and innovation. He consults with top management on decision making skills.

 

 
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COMPANY CULTURE. PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

KIMBERLY WEISGARBER

As a High Performing Culture Consultant, Kim brings thirty-plus years of extensive expertise in building and leading effective cross-organizational teams. Her competencies include: coaching and mentoring; project consulting; risk management; client relationship management; business process analysis/design and technology delivery.

Kim enables companies to achieve program success by the consistent delivery of measurable return on investment. Accomplished in managing program Portfolios, she delivered $1B+ in benefits leveraging new technologies to drive revenue growth and generate costs savings. Her corporate management background includes Verizon, MCI, Intermedia Communications and Lykes Bros. Inc.

Her leadership experience spans multiple industries including Telecom, Technology, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Education and Agriculture.  Her management consulting firm, White Consulting Group, focuses on results-oriented program strategies through the assessment of project risk and viability.

Kim earned a B.S. Information Technology, (Summa Cum Laude) Specializing in Project Management, from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is professionally certified in Project Management and High Performing Culture consulting. As an Expert in Residency (EIR) at the University of Tampa's Lowth Center for Entrepreneurship, she mentors entrepreneurs participating in community business incubator and student start-up accelerator programs.


 
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COMPANY CULTURE, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

TONY RYAN GAIN

Recently Tony retired as Vice President Business Development for Florida for Lee Hecht Harrison Inc. His Corporate career began with Drake Beam Morin Inc. (1992-2011) and assignments/responsibilities included: Career Coach, Career Center Manager, General Manager Florida and Senior Account Executive. When the Adecco Group purchased DBM he became the Vice President for Business Development for Florida for Lee Hecht Harrison Inc. (2011-2014). His areas of expertise include: Career Transition Management and Sales, Leadership/ Followership Development, Culture Focus, and Change Management.

Tony’s first career was with the United States Marine Corps starting as a Private and achieving the rank of full Colonel. He has three combat tours, served with the State Department and on Recruiting duty, was ranked the number one Officer Recruiter in the Corps. He has led everything from a 4-man fire team to a 1400-man Battalion Landing Team, and was at one time the youngest infantry Colonel in the Marine Corps. In Desert Storm he was awarded the Legion of Merit and Defense Superior Service medals as the Chief of Current Operations, under General Norm Schwarzkopf.

As a consummate professional and gifted speaker known for promoting growth through change, Tony maintains top mental, physical, and spiritual condition, and enjoys sharing his energy, ethics and attitude.

Tony’s education, training and recognition includes: One-year graduate residency work at the National Defense University, Washington D.C., a BA in Sociology, and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.


 
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LEAN SIX SIGMA, STRATEGIC PLANNING

MICHAEL KELLY, MBA

Michael Kelly has served as an organizational development consultant to employees at all levels of the organizations he’s counseled. His clients represent a variety of industries including transportation, construction, financial services, food services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, sales, and utilities. In the area of rail transportation, Michael has worked primarily in the area of Process Management with Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, CSX, and BNSF. As a faculty member for the ING Business School in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he also served ING as an advisor on Lean Six Sigma implementation to the senior regional management of the Asia-Pacific Insurance Division, which covers the entire Pacific Rim from China to India, including Australia.

Among Michael’s other clients are TIAA-CREF, Premier Health Care, NextEra Energy, and Educational Testing Service (ETS). In addition to authoring Everyone’s Problem Solving Handbook [LINK] (Productivity Press, 1991), Michael has developed over 100 custom training programs covering such Leadership Development and Lean Six Sigma topics as Greenbelt training, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement & Measurement, Problem Solving, Team Building, Project and Change Management, Interviewing, Coaching, and Performance Management. Michael received a BBA from the University of North Florida in 1974, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in 1981.


 
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OWNER'S REPRESENTATION

JOHNATHAN MOORE, AIA

Jonathan Moore has 20 years experience as an owner’s representative, architect, entrepreneur and business development professional. He recently sold ownership in an award-winning architecture practice to pursue real estate development consulting with an emphasis on risk management.

Jonathan is an Owner’s Rep, assisting owners through the process of expanding, renovating or building new construction. He provides architecture, construction, financing, scheduling and logistics services with over $1 billion of construction experience amongst the team. A special focus includes leveraging the value of idle balance sheet assets, non-profit and institutional advisory services with associated risk assessment. Managing risk within a capital project allows an organization to minimize time, resources and funds. An Owner’s Representative assists an owner in an expansion / development process, bringing relative design, construction and development experience into the ownership team. Owner’s Reps assist with the selection of architects, developing schedules, leading meetings, providing third-party reviews as well as being the “owner’s tuned eyes” during the entire process.

Jonathan has been a part of the Tampa community for 25 years, attending Chamberlain High School and graduating from the University of Florida. He received his Masters of Architecture at SCI-Arc / Los Angeles, where he worked under famed architect Eric Owen Moss. He is active with many community organizations including the Rotary Club of Tampa, and is the father of two young children.


 
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RISK MANAGEMENT, WORKER'S COMPENSATION

JOHN G. OROS

John Oros is currently heading up risk management and providing practical solutions to corporate risk management functions. Mr. Oros formerly held several senior level positions in risk management and treasury, including Chief Risk Management and Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, at several large multinational manufacturing firms, where he was responsible for their global treasury and risk management functions. He was involved in the initial formation and development of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), including serving several terms on its Board of Directors, Chair of several AFP committees including, Certification and Editorial Advisory Board and was instrumental in the development of the AFP’s Certified Cash Manager credential, including the development of the body of knowledge and test development. He was also responsible for the final review of the AFP’s Certified Treasury Professional credential’s body of knowledge. Mr. Oros was Senior Editor for the AFP publication – Treasurer’s Handbook of Financial Management. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council and is currently a member of the Board of Fellows at the University of Tampa, serving on its Development and Facilities Committees; he also serves on the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Standards Consensus Group and is a member of the AFP, Financial Executives International (FEI) and Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). He was named to the AFP’s Top 300 for financial professionals, completed the Wharton School of Business’s Financial Policies and Practices Certificate Program, is a Certified Cash Manager and Certified Treasury Professional and holds a BS cum laude, and MBA from Seton Hall University.


 
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GENERAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

SIE KAMIDE

Sie Kamide has twenty-nine years of experience as a banker where he began as an Asset Based Lender and retired as a Community Bank Regional President. Sie understands business from the ground up and from the inside out. In addition to his years as an effective business banker, Sie ran businesses as an entrepreneur and as a consultant. As a consultant providing CFO services he helped turn a $100MM national environmental service company around and worked with banks to provide strategic planning with a special focus on problem asset acquisition and resolution.

As a risk manager and executive charged with credit policy Sie has a particularly unique understanding of managing risk and in building the balance sheet to mirror bank requirements for extending credit. Sie formerly was the co-owner of a glass fabrication company where he was responsible for increasing sales 50% in a two-year period. He received his education from St. Lawrence University where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor concentration in accounting Minor Concentration in Accounting. He has completed 21 Graduate Hours in the MBA program at The State University of New York at Buffalo.


 
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BUSINESS CONTINGENCY, BUSINESS CONTINUITY, DISASTER RECOVERY

JAMES RANDOLPH

James Randolph is an Information Technology Professional with twenty-eight years of experience in developing and implementing Business and Information Technology strategies to achieve stated goals. He has strong analytical and communication skills with experience at implementing cost-effective business solutions across multiple industries.

James served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1974 until 1981 then with the US Naval Reserves until 1988. After completing his military service obligation, he joined IBM as a technical marketing specialist. He has used these skills to develop and support business technology solutions in Florida since July 1994. Specifically, his expertise includes Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) methodologies including; Business Continuity Planning / Business Contingency Planning (BCP), Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Disaster Recovery Planning & Business Resumption Planning (DRP / BRP), E-Discovery Plans and has a strong background in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) / Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) models focusing on Rural Healthcare Providers (CHC, RHC, CAH, and FQHC look-alikes) and Hospices via Health Information Management (HIM) consulting services.

James has been the lead consultant in multiple strategic planning, business assessment, and audit sessions. He also maintains a State of Florida certified MBE and City of Tampa certified SBE designation and serves as a; Advisory Board Member of Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida, Member of Florida Hospice Palliative Care Association, Member of Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, Chairman of Tampa Business Professional Roundtable (BPR), and President of Tampa Bay iSeries DEBUG User Group. James received his A.S., Electricity / Electronics and A.A., Business Administration from San Diego City College, San Diego, CA. He is also an accomplished Toastmaster having earned both the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and Advanced Leader-Silver Certificate Awards.


 
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PUBLIC RELATIONS, DATA ANALYTICS

CHRIS INGRAM

Chris Ingram is the former chief of staff to United States Rep. Max Burns (R-GA) and Washington, D.C. press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Chris is well versed in the language of Capitol Hill.

Chris also served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA). Chris is frequently requested to provide commentary and political analysis on television and radio news programs. He has appeared on a variety of programs including The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Politics, The Big Show, Newsstand, Dayside, and Hannity and Colmes as well as other programs on CNN, BBC World News, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, among others.

Chris is also called to provide colorful quotes and commentary for the print media. He has been featured or quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, Campaigns & Elections, PR Weekly, and Roll Call among others. Chris is an accomplished writer and editor, whose talents have been deployed as a contributing columnist to the Washington Times, National Review Online, United Press International, and the non-partisan political website FreedomChannel.com. He has also ghost-written op-eds and speeches for numerous members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and Fortune 500 company executives.

Chris’ strategic communication clients include but are not limited to; American Express, the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and Mirage Resorts, and countless political candidates including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He has extensive experience promoting brands and legislative issues for clients including the Employment Policies Institute, the American Beverage Institute, and Seagrams spirits. Chris’ work on behalf of these clients has included “hits” in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many smaller newspapers, trade magazines, and journals. His company’s work on behalf of Seagrams included promoting athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics. His service in a number of political leadership roles includes Republican State Committeeman, and as a Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention. In 1994, at the age of 23,

Chris was elected the youngest county party chairman in Georgia GOP history. Chris contributes a weekly column on politics for the Tampa Tribune and is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all-news television station in Florida’s largest media market.