BIOGRAPHIESDavid Bowman, Founder/CEO. Author, Fortune 200 executive, entrepreneur, educator, actor/lecturer – David Bowman – has helped many thousands find more productive and fulfilling careers. He also has brought many corporations through the pressing issues of change in the ‘80s, ‘90s and in the new millennium.
David is the past president of the international associate and career consulting firms.
In the 90's, the continuing crisis of worker confusion, fear and disloyalty – due to corporate downsizing, plant closures and restructurings – caused him to co-author the fast-selling book, How Do I Find The Right Job? Ask The Experts!, published by John Wiley & Sons. His latest audio release is You're In Charge Of You®, covering the seven critical elements of an effective job-search: Self-Assessment, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Negotiating, Networking, Researching Opportunities and How To Work With Employment Agencies. He is also author of It's Your Career®, an on-line audio/video series about the realities of the “new workplace” and how to “take charge of your career.” Previously, he authored Opening New Doors® and The Job Game…Playing to Win!, each featuring his unique job-search and career management tactics.
He frequently discusses career and workplace issues on national and local radio and television talk shows (ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX News), as well as in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Miami Herald, Reuters, CBS MarketWatch, Chief Executive, Emmy, La Opinion, BoxOffice, etc.).
David is an educator (UCLA), and frequently addresses conventions and other groups on various Human Resource subjects. His public seminars on job-search and career management techniques have refocused lives throughout America.
His management expertise includes domestic and international sales/marketing, finance, (joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures) and operations – having been associated with Fortune 200 companies, as well as smaller entrepreneurial and public service organizations. Currently, he is on the Board Of Directors for the International Association Of Career Consulting Firms.
After his formal education at Dartmouth College and Stanford Graduate School of Business, David enjoyed a corporate management career, which included The Mead Corporation, where he won the first annual “Marketing Man of the Year” award, the USM Corporation and Continental Can Company, where he directed sales and joint venture activities in over fifty countries.
For several years, David enjoyed an avocation of acting on TV series (Dallas; Murder, She Wrote; Hunter; General Hospital; Days of Our Lives; Today's FBI; The Fall Guy, Lou Grant; Capitol; Santa Barbara; ChiPs; as well as several movies made for television) and in commercials (on-camera and voice-over/narration).
His credo is, “You do best what you best like to do, so DO IT!” He has helped so many do just that – and change their lives in the process.
Lucy Wander-Perna, President. Ms. Perna's work experience represents over 20 years as a human resources professional in a variety of positions in Fortune 200 companies.
Prior to consulting, Lucy spent almost twelve years in the entertainment industry that began when she joined Columbia Pictures Entertainment (CPE), a division of the Coca-Cola Company, as Vice President of Human Resources for their West Coast operations.
Shortly after the company's acquisition by Sony, she was promoted to Senior Vice President with responsibility for worldwide human resources for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).
During her tenure she was responsible for the introduction of a wide range of programs designed to promote the well being of employees and to encourage them to achieve their full potential. This included the complete overhaul and restructuring of the benefits package, the update and redesign of the compensation structure and incentive programs, addition of an on-site childcare facility, upgraded training and recruitment programs, and the development and launch of the company's business driven diversity program, the first in the industry.
Additionally, Lucy managed several divisional reorganizations, business acquisitions and divestitures as well as implementing a reengineering assessment and restructuring of the HR function resulting in a more efficient department focused on value-added activities and the outsourcing of selected administrative functions.
Prior to her entertainment industry experience she held a series of positions of increasing responsibility during more than twelve years at Richardson-Vicks, Inc. (RVI), which became a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble. These included Manager of International Compensation & Benefits for the Richardson-Merrill Inc. pharmaceutical division, Director of Human Resources for the start-up of the Natural Care Products Division, and Director of Human Resources for the Vidal Sassoon Division.
John Bridgeman, Ph.D., Senior Vice President. John's expertise includes Organizational Development (Teambuilding, Executive Coaching, Selection & Hiring, Career Assessment & Development, Mentoring and Succession Planning) as well as Outplacement. His clients include Mars, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Alta Dena, Entenmann's and Ernst & Young, among many others.
John was born and educated in England, where he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Oxford University. He first came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oregon in 1968. He has lived in Arcadia, California since 1978, and became a U.S. citizen in 1994.
Prior to TTG, John began a Southern California consulting practice, The Travis Group, in 1987. He merged this company into TTG in 1996.
John spent much of his career with Mars, Inc., joining the company in 1972. Within ten years, he rose to become Vice President of Human Resources for Mars' Kal Kan Foods division in Vernon, California. While there, he personally closed a nonunion manufacturing facility, as well as downsized a unionized factory and restructured the salaried workforce. These changes were implemented without litigation or negative publicity. John represented Kal Kan on several Mars, Inc. corporate initiatives affecting other company operations in the U.S. and overseas. He traveled extensively internationally, while working closely with sister units in Europe.
During his time with Mars, John experienced several functions: Laboratory Technician, Process Chemist, Purchasing and Production Director and Vice President of Research and Development. He also worked in the UK and spent 3 years in Toronto with the Mars Canadian operation.
John began his career with Imperial Chemical Industries.
Peter C. Lewis, Senior Vice President. Peter is a highly respected professional in the field of organizational development consultation. His expertise ranges from strategic planning to organizational design to management training. Peter is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A. Psychology) and the University of Chicago (M.A. Adult Education). Prior to establishing his own consulting business, Peter was Director of Human Resources Development for Tosco Corp. and before that, Organization Development Manager for Exxon Research and Engineering Company.
Peter has designed and implemented successful programs for Apple Computer, Exxon, McDonnell Douglas, Dataproducts, LA Department of Water and Power, and others.
William Groenekamp, Director of Executive Search, received his B.A. in Economics from Principia College and his M.B.A. with emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Southern California. His career includes corporate leadership roles in Human Resources, plus consulting and executive search. His corporate experience includes work with Rockwell (North American Aviation), The Rand Corporation, a publishing firm and an electronics manufacturing company.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Groenekamp has conducted executive searches for key candidates in diverse industries. As generalists, his firm has placed experienced professionals in managerial, technical and administrative positions. Searches have covered a broad range of industries, which include but are not limited to: manufacturing, aerospace, hi-tech, entertainment, and health care.
He has served on the Board of Directors of The Employers Group (formerly M&M)., on the Advisory Board of Second Careers, on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Safety Council, and on the Advisory Board for Human Resources at Chapman University. In addition, he served two years as President of PIHRA. They awarded him their highest honor, “Excellence in Human Resources.” Mr. Groenekamp also served on SHRM's Area Six Board of Directors (Human Resources organizations in the western states) and on the California Board of Directors (Human Resources organization for the State). He presently serves as Vice President of THE PIHRA Foundation. He has also published in national HR publications and lectured on Human Resources topics.
Helane Wilbourne, Senior Vice President, has over twenty years experience in the field of Human Resources and Human Capital Management. Her specialties include outplacement/career-transition, business strategy development, strategic alignment, job evaluation, associate relations, policies and procedures, core competency development, training curriculum development, teambuilding and facilitation. She has worked in a variety of business sectors, including retail operations management, non-profit and manufacturing.
Helane has developed a broad range of Human Resource tools including: change management programs, corporate policy manuals and handbooks, training programs in corporate legal awareness, workplace harassment prevention, hiring, recruitment and retention. In communications, Helane creates senior management presentations, newsletters and special employee communication materials.
She also teaches Organization Behavior at the university level. Helane earned her BA from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has a Senior Professional Human Resource certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).
Mona Strehler, Vice President, has over 25 years experience in career counseling and transition, workshop facilitation, employee relations, leadership development, change management, organizational development, behavioral interviewing and corporate employment/recruitment. She has served in Human Resource management for several national companies (Mattel, Avon, Proctor & Gamble, among others), in various industries.
Mona has a Bachelor's degree in Quantitative Psychology (Magna cum Laude) from UCLA. She is fully certified in HR Management and Industrial Relations.
Sarah Romo, Consultant, has been a consultant with The Transition Group since 1996. During that time she has conducted workshops for groups that reflect the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas. In these workshops, she has utilized her skill and expertise in multicultural issues and specifically in the area of diversity.
She has been effective in illustrating the business necessity of valuing and managing diversity, as well as helping participants determine and understand their perception of people different from themselves, and how these perceptions impact the workplace. A strong component of this has been helping people to acknowledge and understand the impact of values, attitudes and workplace behaviors.
Sarah's multicultural awareness and sensitivity combined with her excellent training and facilitation skills have resulted in effective training programs and a high degree of customer satisfaction.
Sarah facilitates in both English and Spanish.
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