70% OF NEW, LARGE-SCALE
strategic initiatives fail.

Seventy percent of large-scale strategic initiatives fall short of their goal. *
VERVE bridges the divide between the leadership teams that define the strategy and the operation teams that execute it.

A strategy, even a great one, doesn’t implement itself.

65% of organizations have an agreed-upon strategy.

In a recent survey conducted amongst 140 companies, 38% mentioned alignment with corporate goals as the leading pressure facing strategic planning. While your strategy is crucial to the success of your organization, it is the ability to execute a strategic plan that generates the results that lead to lasting competitive advantages. †

14% of employees understand the organization’s strategy.

Alignment is often misunderstood and is the largest reason for failure when executing a strategic plan. It is difficult for employees to understand how their day to day work impacts the long-term strategy of an organization. Having a plan is not enough. The plan must be developed and communicated throughout an organization to ensure that the proper stakeholders are engaged. †

1Only 30% of all initiatives are successfully implemented

The gap between a well-thought-out strategy and its successful implementation remains one of the most challenging obstacles organizations face today. Whether your organization needs help deploying strategic technology solutions or maximizing the success of a new product launch, VERVE has the expertise to execute a plan that drives profitable growth. *

OUR CAPABILITIES

Implementation of strategic initiatives

Our highly experienced program and project managers have the leadership skills and the subject matter expertise to successfully guide, manage, and support large-scale initiatives. We do not just create a strategic plan – we implement it, and sometimes that requires additional experienced resources which we can provide. The best strategy in the world will fail if it is not implemented successfully.

Implementation of analytic systems

Our consultants can assist organizations in the assessment, design and development of big data, data science competencies, data standardization and reporting. Our implementation engagements have resulted in identifying waste and inefficiency, while successfully implementing strategic initiatives.

Change management

Our consultants have decades of hands-on experience in managing large scale strategic business change projects. We understand the critical nature of employee involvement, stakeholder alignment, communications, transition management and post-implementation support. We work with you to ensure all are in place to achieve your strategic objectives.

ALIGNMENT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS, YET MANY ORGANIZATIONS FAIL TO ALLOCATE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES.

Many companies end up hurting employee engagement because the enormity of change required to bridge the gap from the strategic plan to executing the plan is so big. To align the business goals with the needed implementation, tough choices and difficult trade-offs need to be made. Companies need to recognize employees who adopt new behaviors and decision making approaches while becoming more customer-centric.

About VERVE

VERVE partners with some of the world’s leading businesses and provides innovative solutions with the same expertise of a Big Four firm or larger management consultancy. Being a privately-held consulting firm allows us to offer greater value and flexibility to implement more efficient technology solutions, alter the operational status quo of an organization, and implement business strategies. With VERVE, you keep control of the entire process as we help you achieve your company goals.

MEET A SAMPLING OF OUR TEAM

Sandy Russell
Managing Director

Sandy focuses on strategic client relationship management and solution delivery, enhancing our clients’ success in everything she does. In addition, she oversees VERVE’s overall operations, talent acquisition and inspires the VERVE team, making this certified woman-owned business a great place to work. She has developed and led several highly successful consulting practices in the finance and accounting, internal audit, IT, HR, and supply chain areas for Deloitte & Touche, PeopleSoft, and two leading providers of project-based professional services. Additionally, as a process improvement specialist, project manager, and global systems leader, Sandy directed business process improvement and global system initiatives for Deloitte & Touche and Duracell.

Gordon Graven
Project Management Consultant

Gordon is a results-driven management executive with over 20 years of diversified experience building and leading successful endeavors through both high-growth and industry consolidation cycles. He has led Healthcare service organizations (solution launch, implementation, operations, and support)from start ups to 550+ FTEs, that have consistently overachieved their annual revenue targets, profit targets, and profit % of sales targets, over the last 14 years. Gordon has also led several initiatives within Healthcare organizations including M&A, joint ventures, and the development of strategic and operational plans. Utilizing strong Project Management skills, he has led development and implementation of PMO’s, processes and procedures. While at VERVE, Gordon has helped a Fortune 300 client with their industry transformation and software product launch.

Mary-Anne Blount
Financial Project Manager

Mary-Anne Blount, CPA, MBA joined our team in 2012 and brings a strong focus on financial management, internal controls and client success. In her role as Financial Project Manager, Mary-Anne works with organizations to understand the strategic initiatives and challenges and develops solutions that contribute to their success. Mary-Anne has a background in accounting, finance, audit, internal controls, M&A due diligence and integration, strategic planning and project management.

Prior to VERVE, Mary-Anne had a very successful career within the financial services, manufacturing and consulting industries.

VERVE SAMPLE CONSULTANTS

Hands-on, subject-matter experts with remarkable backgrounds and qualifications.

VERVE is committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations by providing objective results-oriented analysis, solutions, and implementation strategies. We accomplish this by working with people who are experts in their roles and love what they do. VERVE consultants (our employees) work under our client’s direction so our client stays in full control. Our consultants have experience performing the projects that typically would be done by larger consultancies, without the associated management layers, overhead, and expense.

  • MBA, CPA - ACCOUNTING, M&A AND CONTROL
  • PMO, GLOBAL PROGRAM LEADER, PROJECT MANAGER
  • MBA, CONTROLLER, CFO, PROJECT MANAGER
  • MBA, PROGRAM / PROJECT MANAGER
  • FINANCE, SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • FINANCE & ACCOUNTING, PROJECT MANAGER
  • PROJECT MANAGER, MARKETING, EVENT PLANNING
  • DIRECTOR OF HR, GLOBAL HR - COMPENSATION / BENEFITS, M&A
  • MBA - FP&A, ANALYTICS AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
  • DATA ANALYST
  • RESEARCH CONSULTANT
  • OPERATIONS, FINANCE AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT
NY Metropolitan Area

Accomplished CPA with broad-based experience in financial, operational, and project management roles for global companies in multiple industries. Proven value in evaluating, implementing, and streamlining organizational transactions and business processes. Reputation for managing complex projects, leading cross-functional teams, and being a valued team member.

Key Competencies:

  • Finance & accounting
  • Internal controls
  • Budgeting & forecasting
  • Project management
  • Accounting systems implementation
  • M&A
  • Supply chain
  • Excellent research, reconciliation & audit skills
NY Metropolitan Area

Delivers value by engaging highly skilled, global teams to cross-functionally realign complex business processes to business goals. Particularly effective in leading programs through changing business environments. Leverages a strong Lean Six Sigma background to provide leadership in changing the way organizations function. Extensive experience advising/reporting to Senior Leadership teams (SLT) and Boards of Directors (BoD) around strategy, priority and program status.

Key Competencies:

  • Enterprise-Agile Program Manager with PMO setup
  • Leadership
  • Execution
  • Program & project management
  • Executive communication
  • Facilitation
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Modern Agile
NY Metropolitan Area

Known for developing collaborative cross-enterprise relationships, being a ‘go to’ person for getting things done and facilitating “go/no go” decisions on market entries, product launches, strategic alliances, system implementations and pricing strategies. Exceptional skills have fostered involvement in many strategic projects with diverse roles from Division CFO, FP&A, project manager/director, system owner, champion and financial advisor. Past employers include Big 4 public accounting, and F300 firms.

This consultant has an innate ability to see the big picture while quickly foreseeing the downstream effects of decisions, business process changes, user community challenges, etc.

Key Competencies:

  • Controller & CFO background
  • Process Redesign / Internal Controls
  • International Assignments / Global Initiatives
  • Global Financial Reporting
  • Financial planning & analysis
  • Project management
  • Collaboration
  • Downstream foresight
  • Six Sigma

NY Metropolitan AreaDemonstrated leadership in project management, process improvement, business analysis, change management, client services, business development, management consulting, corporate strategy and partnership development.

With a background in project management from several firms/industries, skilled with different tools and methodologies, he creates custom plans & solutions after collaborating with executive, management, teams, and business owners.

Key Competencies:

  • Program & project management
  • Business analysis
  • Enterprise software
  • Utilizes waterfall or Agile scrum methodology
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Balanced Scorecard & Prosci Change Management
  • Process Improvement
  • Strong collaborative & investigative skills
NY Metropolitan Area

Extensive financial, logistics and program management experience coupled with MBA, Six Sigma Black Belt and Supply Chain Management certifications and presence provides a well-rounded resource for a variety of projects. Experience leading and supporting “transformational” projects.

Key Competencies:

  • Supply chain / Logistics management
  • Taxation – Corp / Individual / Non Profit
  • Program & project management
  • Valuation analysis
  • P&L management, accounting & audit
  • Customer relations
  • Finance / Operations / IT / Systems
  • Six Sigma methodologies
  • Balanced scorecards / metrics
  • Communications & training
NY Metropolitan Area

Corporate professional with comprehensive finance/accounting operational experience having held leadership roles in Financial Planning & Analysis, accounting, controllership, treasury and pricing. Led various new implementation and process improvement projects.

Key Competencies:

  • Project management
  • Business process improvements
  • Cross functional team leadership
  • M&A
  • Risk mitigation
  • Portfolio management
  • Planning & analysis
  • Process design
NY Metropolitan Area

Versatile, resourceful professional with demonstrated project management, marketing, event planning, process improvement and training experience. Adept at managing multiple projects and fluid priorities. Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, comfortable with social media. Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Key Competencies:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Process improvements
  • Marketing
  • Data analysis
  • Strong organizational, communication & editing skills
NY Metropolitan Area
Extensive global experience, including business manager of HR, implementing a global HRIS, M&A, consolidations & divestiture due diligence and integration activities, pension, benefits, compensation and payroll. Unique blended professional background, having strong experience in HR, Compensation, Benefits and HRIS in both domestic and international roles for financial services firms. Possesses an executive strategic mind coupled with a hands-on, no nonsense, implementer approach. Easy communication style, focuses on the business objective of the project.

Key Competencies:

  • Acquisitions / Integrations / Divestitures
  • Strategic planning
  • Employee communication
  • Talent acquisition (staffing)
  • Executive compensation
  • Benchmarking / Best practices / Metrics building
  • Benefits design & administration organization
  • Web-based HRIS tools
  • Succession planning
  •  
    Executive & employee development
NY Metropolitan Area

Global finance professional skilled at influencing critical initiatives by defining complex issues, generating consensus and securing buy-in from key stakeholders. Analyzes financial results and operational trends to provide actionable insights to management; consolidates large amounts of data into succinct executive reporting and updates, while driving process improvements and best practices across regions/entities.

Experience in leading various financial planning and analysis projects and adept at quickly assessing business requirements.

Key Competencies:

  • Financial analysis
  • Budgets / Forecasts
  • Advanced modeling
  • Corporate finance & consolidations
  • KPI’s / Metrics / Dashboards
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Business acumen
  • Relationship management
  • Thought leadership
NY Metropolitan Area

Creative and analytical problem solver known for providing actionable insights for improved decision making, improving process efficiency and data integrity.  Extensive data handling, modeling, reporting and visualization experience. Articulate communicator with excellent writing, documentation and interpersonal skills.

Key Competencies:

  • Analytical/data centered background
  • Reporting, research & analysis
  • Technical writing
  • Process mapping
  • IT & production support
  • Six Sigma & Agile
  • Data visualization
  • Database modeling & maintenance
  • Data wrangling & scrubbing
  • Procedure documentation
Software:

Tableau, SQL, DAX, MS Office (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Toad for Oracle, TM1/Cognos, SharePoint, Skype, Webex, HMIS, Ariba, DBC/DB3G relational databases, Power BI, Business Objects, SAS Enterprise Guide

NY Metropolitan Area

Dynamic data researcher with experience in detecting patterns and data reporting. Performs survey and evaluation analysis, productivity analysis, customer loyalty analysis, and operational analysis. Provides strategic solutions to business problems by designing, executing, and interpreting complex research projects and presenting actionable insights. Industries served include financial, operational, medical, educational, market research, and customer support settings.

Key Competencies:

  • Quantitative analysis
  • Quantitative research
  • Customer experience assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Survey design
  • Operational analyses
  • Metric reporting
  • Process tracking
  • SPSS
  • FileMaker Pro
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio)
NY Metropolitan Area

Blended financial, operations and technology background. Ability to engage in a variety of change initiatives including new product launch, business/operations process improvements, global SAP implementations, launch of internal management dashboard/KPI systems to anticipate and respond to market challenges. Adept at successfully identifying and capitalizing upon opportunities to drive revenue, reduce cost, increase customer satisfaction, and ignite profit growth in highly competitive and high-growth markets and industry consolidations. Big 4 communication style and methodology approach, with a hands-on pragmatic approach.

Key Competencies:

  • Transformation & change management
  • Program & project management
  • Financial planning & analysis
  • Commercial excellence
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational alignment
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Team building & leadership
  • Global business affairs
  • Complex negotiations
  • Systems implementations

We help companies explore and assess strategic options, then implement them flawlessly.

We believe that there is a better approach to implementing strategic plans. The decades of experience our consultants have from driving strategic transformations and long-term partnerships have helped them develop innovative frameworks that will help create a long-lasting competitive advantage. We excel in program and project management, change management, and the implementation of the large-scale system and big data projects.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VERVE

We implement new strategies and rethink traditional business models.

Planning vs. Implementation

Strategy implementation projects require different skills and knowledge compared to strategic planning projects. Analysis and research skills may play a heavy role during the planning stage, whereas project management skills are needed to implement an approved strategy. The only successful strategy is one that can be implemented and having the right people in place is key to that implementation. VERVE has the resources and the skill sets to do both effectively.

Read our case studies to learn how VERVE has helped clients execute their business strategies

Vision without action is a daydream.

Mission Statement

VERVE is committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations by providing objective results-oriented analysis, solutions, and implementation strategies. We accomplish this by working with people who are experts in their roles and love what they do.

Our Approach

Our approach addresses issues that lie at the intersection of strategy and operations, including business transformation and change initiatives. Our consultants have a reputation for strategic thinking, attention to detail, creativity, and the ability to work collaboratively with many different organizations and their leadership.

Collaboration

At the core of our business is collaboration—amongst our employees at all levels and with our clients. Working together, our people continually challenge themselves and each other to develop and implement innovative new approaches, execute new strategies, and rethink traditional business models.

Our Headquarters

One Stamford Plaza
263 Tresser Boulevard
9th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901

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