ABOUT

ExecuInsight LLC was formed in 2004 to meet the needs of today's organizations that are moving fast and need an executive's expertise, experience and skills to assess, plan and execute new strategies, initiatives and programs to achieve current and future success.

 

ExecuInsight LLC provides you with executive expertise that spans your organizational scope with seasoned executives that each have over 24+ years in their various fields. Don’t go it alone, get the advice and insight of those that have been there.

Michele Hanson

Ms. Hanson is the business owner of ExecuInsight, LLC, which is the premier resource for effective strategies for bringing people together, executive level coaching and conflict resolution in all facets of individual, organizational and business performance. For more than thirteen years, ExecuInsight has offered a full range of customized solutions ranging from high powered individual and executive coaching, women’s advocacy tools, networking programs, and mentoring initiatives, to training on gender, workstyle, generational & other differences and assessment/coaching/training to optimize organizational and individual performance potential.

Ms. Hanson built her career leading top-producing sales and marketing teams for companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, The Pillsbury Company, The McLane Company, Inc. and First Data Corporation. In 2001, she founded the Network for Executive Women for the Consumer Products & Retail Food Industry, a dynamic organization that has been passionately embraced by professional women & men nationwide and has expedited connections that have changed careers and lives. She has served as the President of this organization, on the Board of Directors, and as a Champion. Ms. Hanson also developed a successful Facilitated Mentoring Program which received the Minute Maid Company’s President’s Award and she has been instrumental in forming Discover YOU, a program designed to bring executive level leadership learning to teens.

 

Ms. Hanson is certified in the Birkman Method®, Gender Speak and the Franklin Covey program.

Karen Milley
 

Karen Milley is an accomplished Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 33 years of success in the food and beverage, food processing, consumer goods, and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience with M&A and integration, Karen is a valuable asset for companies seeking guidance on acquisition issues, implementation of new platforms, quality control, and innovation. Her broad areas of expertise include R&D, product innovation, product and package implementation, strategic planning, cross-functional team leadership and coaching for compassion in performance at all levels.

Throughout her executive career, Karen has held various leadership positions with the J.M. Smucker Company; RJR Nabisco, Ross Laboratories, and General Mills, Inc. In her most recent role as Vice President, Research and Development at J.M. Smucker, she has been responsible for all aspects of product, process and package development for retail branded categories in a $2B+ sales business unit of a $8B company, delivering $240MM+ in profit annually, as well as open innovation, external contacts, technical training for sales, marketing and customers, and the recipe test kitchen. Karen has served as QC Supervisor, Project Leader, Group Leader, Project Consultant, Manager of Industrial Product Development, and Director of Product Development with iconic brands in the Food Industry, combining a unique blend of science, marketing, and innovation in leadership for the effective launch of new products.

Karen holds a BS in Food Science (cum laude) from Ohio State University and a MBA in Marketing from Indiana University (Dean’s list). She has served on the Advisory Board of United Way, as Secretary, President and past President; Advisory Board at Ohio State - Food Science Department; Advisory Board at Ohio State Food Industry Center – an industry support facility for food startup companies, an Advisory Board Member for the Industrial Research Institute, and an Advisory Council Member for Boy Scouts of America’s STEM program.

Cynthia McCloud
 

Cynthia McCloud joined the Marshall School of Business as the Executive Education Director, Food Industry programs in July 2014. Cynthia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and later completed her MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She is also a 1990 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program.

 

Cynthia built her career in sales and marketing specializing in the food retail and manufacturing industries in both the U.S. and also in several international markets where she managed teams in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Singapore and Australia. Over the years, she has held roles at several startups as well as at MarketTools, Catalina Marketing Europe, Catalina Marketing U.S. and at The Vons Companies in Southern California where she began her career.

 

Cynthia has a successful track record of building highly-effective collaborative teams.  She has deep experience developing future leaders through self-reflection/assessment, motivation, education, and creating strong innovative solutions through technology to compete more aggressively in industries that are changing faster than ever before.  She is a certified trainer and consultant in both Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership and in the Birkman Method.  She is also passionate about teaching Servant Leadership to executives eager for actionable leadership development.

 

Cynthia has deep experience in loyalty marketing and is passionate about working with her retail and manufacturer associates to continue building awareness in the food industry around health & wellness. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys running, hiking and traveling with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also works closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she helped build the CF ShelbyUSA team and is determined to help the organization find a cure for this deadly childhood disease.

Joy Nicholas

Principal of JN Retail Connections, Joy has been engaged in the food retail industry for more than 35 years.  Her extensive network of grocery retail and consumer packaged goods industry leaders gives her a 360° perspective of retail technology solutions.  She was named a senior level executive Top Woman in Grocery in 2017 from Progressive Grocer magazine as a result of her knowledge, experience, leadership, mentoring and many significant contributions to the supermarket retail industry.

 

Joy was SVP/VP of business development for retail technology providers and VP research & technology for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the leading US supermarket trade association, representing more than 26,000 grocery stores.  She was directly responsible for industry research, retail technology, electronic payments (representing grocers on swipe fee initiatives), industry standards and supporting CIO, CFO, retail payments and board-level committees.

 

As a co-founder, former board member, scholarship committee chair, and active advocate for the Network of Executive Women (NEW), Joy has formed long-term relationships and earned respect among many of its 10,000+ members.

 

Joy’s additional retail experience includes management positions in I/T project management, accounting, cash management, pricing and marketing while at Ralphs Grocery Company (a division of The Kroger Company), Denny’s Restaurants and Taco Bell.

 

She earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BBA from Western Michigan University.  She is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Instructional Associate at Austin Community College.

Sandra Bushby
 

Sandra Bushby is a certified Executive Coach that combines her business knowledge and leadership development knowledge to guide individuals, teams, and organizations in reaching their full potential. Her unique experience in advancing women into executive level positions is supported by her strengths in unleashing the power of globally diverse talent, developing employee resource groups that have a measurable impact on business objectives and aligning women’s initiatives with business strategy.

Bushby’s expertise stems from over 15 years of experience in talent management. Her talent to incorporate core principles and theory-based practices into everyday applications equips executives with the necessary tools to effectively lead globally diverse teams.

Bushby’s focus on work style diversity and women’s workplace initiatives have produced breakthrough results for such clients as KPMG, Pfizer, Frito-Lay, 7- Eleven, MacDermid Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Bushby is a certified Birkman® consultant and Franklin-Covey facilitator. She advises senior level executives on people, organization, and culture development.

Monica E. Ewing

Monica Ewing is a successful attorney, professor, author and judge.  She has been a legal powerhouse with extensive experience in trial practice, academic and judicial areas in the Atlanta, GA region for over 30 years.  She is also an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and ethics advisor for the various organizations she is affiliated with.

 

Prior to her current roles as a judge in multiple municipal courtrooms in Atlanta, Monica had a  private practice focused on multi-media law, with clients spanning various entertainment and athletic professions.  In additional to successfully serving her many clients, she also spent many years as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University teaching legal courses for the College of Law and the School of Music. 

 

As a certified Arbitrator and Mediator, Monica has the unique ability to listen to, and quickly analyze, all aspects of a conflict.  Her experience, legal knowledge and ethical compass effectively resolve most conflicts with amicable solutions.   She has been on a life-long journey to satisfy her incredible thirst to learn and expand her knowledge of various fields of law, ethical behavior and cultural norms.  To this end, Monica is currently a 2019 candidate for an Ethical Leadership Master of Arts degree from Claremont Lincoln University.    

 

In addition to being very active in her multiple judicial roles, Monica is a published author, member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, board member of the South Fulton Bar Association and serves on the advisory board for the True Colors Theater Company in Atlanta.  As an entrepreneur, she developed a line of skin care products, owned and operated foodservice, retail and women’s wellness businesses.

 

Monica, an honors college and Deans List scholar, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and her Juris Doctorate from Emory University of Law. 

Amanda Martinez

Amanda has grown up in the CPG Industry and has had a vast experience base ranging from selling, to training, to broker management and merchandising. She has a talent for connecting with clients and team members and helping them to understand key concepts that will assist them in achieving their goals. Amanda has seen much success in her career with well-known companies like the Clif Bar & Company, Presence Marketing, and BWX USA which carries popular lines like Mineral Fusion, Andalou Naturals and Sukin.

Ms. Martinez is a Millennial with a passion for customer service, helping others in need and serving her local community. She has traveled to Brazil and Kenya to educate and assist the poor in living healthy lifestyles. She values the mind-body connection and is an advocate for best practices in building strong and viable relationships, staying active and eating foods that nourish your body. Ms. Martinez volunteers within her community with the local food bank, blood donations, and animal rescue groups. She also serves as a Board Member for Eye Opening Films which is a non-profit group that provides informational films to all for free regarding key social issues affecting people’s lives in our world today.

Amanda is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Community Health. She and her husband, Mario, enjoy their beautiful pets in their home in the Dallas area.  In addition to being an avid athlete, Ms. Martinez enjoys creating unique works of art through her macramé talents.

Ingrid Emmons

Ingrid Emmons is a seasoned HR Professional with over 20 years of experience managing both global and domestic portfolios. Additionally, she has experience across several industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecom and Hospitality. Ingrid’s deep specialist knowledge in the areas of Benefits, Compensation, Human Resources Technology and Human Resource Shared Service Centers brings a broad range of HR expertise to bear. Having managed teams of up to 50 employees across seven countries and 23 locations, Ingrid’s specialty areas includes developing Employee Engagement programs delivered through Human Resource platforms. 

 

The organizations Ingrid has worked with range from 15,000 to close to 40,000 employees, and she can scale the solution up or down based on the needs of the client. Ingrid’s superior strategic vision has allowed her to execute several initiatives with excellence, including cutting edge performance management frameworks, the redesign of Human Resource policies and programs in compliance with labor laws across 7 countries and the launch of employee programs through Social Media platforms.

Michelle Ruocco

Michelle Ruocco is an accomplished Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 25 years of success across the retail, consumer packaged goods, and marketing industries. Leveraging extensive experience driving growth and brand differentiation by understanding consumer insights and capitalizing on market trends to accelerate innovation and revenue, she is a valuable asset for companies working on starting a new area of business, turnaround management, or on marketing and growth strategies. Her broad areas of expertise include turnarounds, talent development, branding, product development, merchandising, private label, P&L, forecasting, and international business.

Throughout her executive career, Ms. Ruocco has held leadership positions at retail companies including Aaron Brothers Inc., Michaels Stores Inc., and Daymon Worldwide. 2018 finds her launching a new venture as President of True North Solutions LLC, a consultancy where she provides services specializing in brand development, organizational design, product development and sourcing solutions. This follows three years as VP/GM of Aaron Brothers, a specialty division of Michaels Companies where she held CEO-level responsibility for a 100-store retail chain generating $115M in sales, led turnaround efforts to improve engagement scores to 86%, and optimized operating profits to deliver an $800K increase while improving inventory to eliminate $6M in unproductive product. This capped ten years in VP roles with Michaels Companies, where she built the brand architecture for the $5B retailer from scratch, drove record growth in seasonal areas, and led product development goals resulting in unprecedented private brand growth with $2B in globally sourced product representing 55% of total sales. She earlier spent 15 years with Daymon Worldwide, rising from Category Analyst to VP of Operations as she led several successful business units in both start-up and turnaround assignments.

Michelle holds a BA in Literature & Rhetoric from Binghamton University and an MBA in Marketing & International Business from Long Island University – CW Post. She is a Board Member & Treasurer for non-profit organization Mission Moms.

Tim Beattie

Tim Beattie is a people-focused leader from the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) Industry with 38 years of diverse experience spanning New Plant construction, Plant Operations, Global Operations Planning, Innovation Process management, Product Development, Project management, M&A Integration and Quality Assurance. He has managed global teams and been a facilitator of “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” training while working for industry-leading companies, including J. M. Smucker, Proctor and Gamble, and Ralston Foods.

 

Tim managed the construction and start-up of a $100 million manufacturing plant that was set up to be 100% employee managed – eliminating multiple layers of management.  The plant started up under budget and ahead of schedule, quickly becoming the lowest-cost and most efficient plant in the Ralston network.

He also Spearheaded the turnaround of an Iams Pet Food plant that was struggling to survive by implementing key organizational changes and training the entire plant in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  This training helped to clarify the plant’s vision and mission within the plant network and had a significant positive impact on the employees’ approach to work and their personal lives.  The plant went from the highest cost / most unreliable plant of the network to a top performing plant in 2 years.

Tim lead the development and production start-up of the Folgers K-cup line of coffee in partnership with Green Mountain Coffee. Conception to start-up of this product line was 12 weeks and created a new product line with over $300 million in sales its first full year. 

He has also Implemented a new product innovation and launch process across the entire Smucker company (4 business units) that allowed leadership to evaluate, manage, and prioritize projects and resources much more effectively and efficiently.  This required the implementation of software that captured and presented, in a consistent/comparable way , all relevant data for decision making.  It also required training over 270 people to use the software and stage gate process.  Approval of the project to going live was 20 weeks.

Tim’s extensive experience at both the plant and corporate levels allow him to bring a broad perspective to any challenge or situation.  His success and positive results have always been a result of how he worked with his teams to be successful together.  Tim’s passion is to help people be successful in all aspects of their lives.

Tim has a BBA from Western Michigan University in Operations Management/Finance and an MBA from Ohio University with an emphasis on Operations Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Effectiveness.

Kimberly J. Brower

Kim Brower has been instrumental in gaining consensus for and launching online learning initiatives at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. She initially designed and developed the first online component for the Knight Digital Media Center News Entrepreneur Boot Camp, presented in partnership with USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and the Marshall School of Business. In addition, she led the design and development of Marshall’s first online master’s degree program, the Master of Business Taxation program. Kim also designed and directed the development of the first online training program for student ambassadors at the Milan World Expo, working in conjunction with USC faculty, USA Pavilion staff, and the U.S. State Department.

 

As the Associate Director of Instructional Design, Kim was charged with hiring and managing an instructional design team for all USC Marshall graduate degree programs. Under her leadership, the Instructional Design team launched the #1 ranked Online MBA program as well as numerous MBA elective courses, including the multi-disciplinary online Business Fundamentals series. Under her leadership, the Instructional Design team won the international Online Learning Consortium’s Best in Track Award for Institutional Strategies & Innovations, based on an integrated instructional design strategy for creating multi-disciplinary courses at the graduate level.

 

Prior to joining USC, Kim founded and ran her own communication company. Her clients included Montefiore Medical Center, Simon Scholars Program, and USC. She worked with clients to communicate important initiatives, develop strategic business plans, and launch new programs. She has taught online, hybrid and campus-based courses at the university level and has designed, developed and delivered online faculty training workshops, videos, and other training initiatives.

 

Kim is an award-winning author, former syndicated columnist and subject matter expert in clean technologies, sustainability and the triple bottom line. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology, a Master of Professional Writing, and a B.S. in Business from USC as well as a post-graduate Certificate in eLearning Instructional Design from UC Irvine and an APPQMR certificate from Quality Matters. Kim is a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Association for Talent Development, the Authors Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Joan Toth

Joan Toth is a purpose-and-performance-driven leader with extensive experience in diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) work and leadership roles in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Joan approaches D&I as a business imperative and value driver. She has led research and data -driven solutions to drive change and improvement in all facets of diversity, including gender, race/ethnicity, generational/millennial, LGBTQ, and diversity of thought. She spearheaded the “It’s Time” movement for gender equality in the retail and consumer goods and services industry.

 

She is currently leading DEI assessments and strategic planning with a focus on companies that are new to the DEI journey. She is able to create DEI strategies that are scalable, actionable and achievable. Joan also is a noted speaker and trainer on topics like Inclusive Leadership, Unconscious Bias, Coaching Senior Leaders for DEI Success, and many others.

 

Joan is an active advisory board member for Gender Fair, the first metrics- based certification program that measures companies on their fairness practices in leadership roles, employee benefits, advertising images, and philanthropy.

 

Joan is often tapped as a coach, mentor, and advisor to individuals and companies alike. She has provided strategic guidance in revenue development, governance, programming, membership and other facets of nonprofit leadership.

 

She was the founding president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), the premier women’s leadership community in the retail and consumer goods and services, from 2002 – 2016. NEW’s mission is “To advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace through the power of our community.” Under Joan’s leadership, NEW grew from a start up to more than 10,000 members, 100+ corporate partners, and 21 regional groups across the US and Canada.

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