We are a customer-centric, platform-based consulting firm that believes in making our clients succeed by building capability to charter the continuous improvement journey, adding bottom-line benefits along each stage of evolution.

Our senior leadership team is comprised of professionals with deep industry experience, and complements a wide network of subject matter experts that support different practice areas and specialized client projects on an as-needed basis.

Senior Team

Pat Scrivens

CEO

Pat has more than 25 years of executive, financial and operational management experience gained in various U.S. and internationally based industries including pharmaceutical, hi-tech, and high-volume manufacturing and merchandising companies. He has also had several years of public accounting experience at the CIA and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Prior, Pat was an officer, director and owner of two Internet companies that developed and marketed integrated B2B commerce and publishing solutions to affinity groups and pharmaceutical companies. While in the Internet industry, he also worked with Bergen Brunswig Corporation and Cardinal Health, Inc., CSSC (a division of General Dynamics) and most major pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers.

Prior to working in the Internet industry, Pat was CFO of Fuisz Technologies Ltd., a publicly traded multinational technology and manufacturing pharmaceutical company based in Virginia. While at Fuisz, he was responsible for raising more than $250 million in private and public equity and debt financings. He also structured, through mergers and acquisitions, an internationally based organization that manufactured, licensed and marketed products in the U.S., Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. Other business priorities included financings, strategic acquisitions, budgeting, cash management, tax planning, patenting, licensing, trade marking, transfer pricing, IT, SEC and other regulatory reporting, human resources and investor relations.

Pat is a graduate of the University of Maryland and a non-practicing CPA.

Bob Proctor

President

Bob is a co-founder of Phase 5 Group, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at the Corporate Executive Board (Nasdaq: EXBD), most recently as Global Head of Marketing, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. During his six-year tenure at CEB, Bob was a key player in the growth of the firm from $100 million to over $500 million in revenues. Across his career at CEB, he ran the company’s Revenue Operations, Business Intelligence, and Strategic Initiatives functions, led the turnaround and ultimate spin out of a data and analytics business, and ran three of the company’s core research-related products.

Prior to CEB, Bob was Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Saba Software (Nasdaq: SABA), a silicon-valley based provider of learning management system software. As a member of the executive team, Bob helped grow Saba from $10 million to $100 million in revenues, and managed Saba’s successful IPO.

Prior to Saba, Bob spent over five years with McKinsey and Company, working on strategy, organization, and operational engagements in banking, pharmaceuticals, gaming, professional services, and oil and gas.

Bob holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, where he was a two-time recipient of the John McMullin scholarship. He earned a Master’s Degree under scholarship from Hughes Aircraft Company, and also holds a M. Engineering and B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics, all from Cornell University.

Tom Wieck

Managing Director

Tom is an accomplished business improvement professional with 17 years of demonstrated success in leading large scale process improvement, organizational transformation, project management, and change management strategies for food and beverage, manufacturing, petroleum, pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical, publishing, and construction industries.

Prior to joining Sustainable Performance Group, Tom was the Senior Business Improvement Manager for North and Latin America for DuPont Pioneer. In this role, he managed the deployment of the DuPont Production System at 54 locations as well as led the Lean Six Sigma and Change Management teams that collectively contributed to over $2B in bottom line PTOI.

Recognized for using a strategic broad spectrum continuous improvement approach to diagnose, design, and deliver a customized plan to enable the organization to achieve greater productivity and strategic targets, Tom has demonstrated success in developing leadership capabilities and creating a culture of high employee engagement and sustainable performance.

Tom holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BA from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

Subject Matter Experts

Amit Mehra

Amit leads the M&A and technology due diligence practice at SPG.

Most recently, Amit had a successful exit from an aerospace technology development company that he co-founded in 2004 to focus on propulsion systems and launch vehicles for DARPA and other government agencies.

Prior to that, Amit worked as a Chief Engineer for a defense contractor, and had overall responsibility for development of an advanced turbine engine for UAV applications. He has also worked as a management consultant with a prominent strategy consulting firm in the Washington DC area, gaining experience in the energy and telecom practices of the company, including financial valuation and due diligence for power plants, merger integration support for two $7B utilities, and operational cost restructuring for telecom voice / data carriers.

Amit is a CFA charter holder, and has a PhD and MS in Aero / Astro from MIT, a minor in Operations Research from the Sloan School of Management, and a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech. He has also received various awards including the Merrill Lynch Global Innovation Grants Competition, recognition as one of the top 12 technology innovators of Indian descent in the US (Outlook magazine, 2002), a best paper award at the International Fluid Dynamics conference, and the Caltech Carnation Merit Fellowship.

Dick Pettigrew

Dick is a former Director of Asset Management Services for Rohm and Haas Company – a six billion dollar manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Dick retired in 2003 after 30 years with the company. Since then, Dick has consulted with a number of companies focused on Asset Care, Maintenance and Reliability. His work at WMC Resources produced business reliability improvements that were responsible for a higher-than-expected valuation of WMC during its acquisition by BHP in June 2005.

Dick is a B.Sc. Chem. Eng. graduate of Leeds University England, and worked for DuPont and Morgan Crucible prior to joining Rohm and Haas in 1973. His career at Rohm and Haas included Process Engineering Management, Project Engineering Management, and Maintenance Management. As Director – Asset Management Services, he managed a group of internal consultants, providing manufacturing services to four businesses and more than 100 facilities world-wide in the areas of reliability improvement, process consistency, work force practices and technology deployment.

Maureen Sobolewski

Maureen is a manufacturing executive with extensive experience and proficiency in manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, purchasing and project management. She has worked in various industries including consumer packaged goods, health and beauty, food and beverage, and automotive, and has had successful tenures with companies like JELD-WEN, Dyno Nobel, Heinz, AkzoNobel, CVS, Gelita, Vi-Jon, Gates, Carefree of Colorado, MillerCoors, Coors, and General Motors.

Maureen has held leadership positions with global, collaborative, matrixed and virtual teams to establish and achieve scorecard performance measures, and has excellent change management (Prosci/ADKAR®) and complex problem solving skills. She is also a lean manufacturing speaker, mentor, trainer and author.

Maureen holds a MS in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in industrial administration from Kettering University. She also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Larry Lubinus

Larry has over 30 years of experience in leadership, management development, coaching, mentoring, and process efficiency. Larry’s unique background enables him to lead teams into the future and to walk with business leaders as an Executive Coach and consultant.

Along with his leadership experience, Larry has had the opportunity to serve as lead on a number of process improvement initiates within DuPont Pioneer, including the implementation of Six Sigma, Lean, and the DuPont Production System (similar to the Toyota production system) as well as managing one of the largest soybean conditioning facilities in the world. These experiences have allowed him to understand the work that is required in cultural change as well as the mentoring and coaching that it takes to make a difference not only for the company but the individuals involved.

Tom Takacs

Tom is a 37 year veteran in manufacturing operations with the DuPont Company. He graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and went to work for DuPont in 1977 after two years of co-op engineering experience with them during his Purdue education. His experience ranges from process operations engineering support, major capital projects, and several operations management roles. He has spent 25 years in a variety of unit operations and plant manager assignments in the engineering plastics business, and has been involved in activities throughout the supply chain, including product sales and marketing management.

Dennis McCormick

Dennis is an Asset Management professional with 35 years industry, consulting, and business management experience. He has implemented world-class asset management processes for reliability, maintenance, and operations in the automotive, mining, metallurgical, petrochemical, power generation, utilities, waste incineration, food, aeronautical, athletic shoe, and computer manufacturing industries.

Dennis’ extensive customer base includes Nova Chemical, Ford, Caterpillar, BHP Billiton, Western Mining, US Air Force, Dell, Nike, Monsanto, ATOFINA, American Ref-Fuel, Delphi, Cargill, and Rohm and Haas.

Mike Robin

Mike has over 30 years of industry, consulting and business management experience with strategic competencies in leading complex change, operational consistency, and lean reliability.

Mike has managed plants, operations, and maintenance and engineering teams during almost 20 years with Rohm and Haas, and had accountability for $1.5 billion in assets.

Mike holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston.

Bill Angstadt

Bill has over 35 years of worldwide industry leadership and consulting experience. His diverse expertise in project management, development and implementation of lean manufacturing and operational strategies, asset utilization, training, engineering, process control and project management has resulted in multimillion-dollar improvements. Bill’s distinction as a hands-on leader capable of building cohesiveness in culturally diverse teams, coupled with his detail oriented technical skills, have cemented his reputation for delivering business results.

Bill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.