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Our Team

Ken Riches

Managing Director

Solutions leadership through project management, lean manufacturing, and new product development.

I firmly believe that project management/leadership should be a core competency in every business, helping achieve strategic initiatives and positively impacting the bottom line. Leadership and Accountability are crucial to the success of any organization, and I enjoy helping organizations succeed by enriching the lives of their employees and customers.

Robert Najim – CPA, CPIM

Riad Ardahji

Successful and broad experience in Global Supply Chain Management, Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, SIOP, Operations and Finance.

Holistic and deep experience delivering value to customers through improvements in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Operations and Distribution, CPIM, CPA.

Manufacturing and Services Industry experience in: High-Tech, Chemicals, Telecom, Electronics, Capital Equipment, Mining, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Consulting, Water Treatment and Metals in high and low volume production and delivery environments. 

Riad Ardahji

Ex Managing Director
Riad Ardahji

Strategic and hands-on leader. Accomplished change agent with 20+ years track record of leading Lean Transformation, driving Quality & Operational Excellence, linking VOC to operating metrics and performance, and maximizing ROI on Supply Chain and Operations Risk Management.

A servant leader with team building characteristics to lead people, processes, and organizations to profitability.

Colleagues refer to me as caring, honest, passionate and the one that, “Gets-the-job-done.”

Kerry McPherson


A persuasive trainer, coach, mentor, and leader with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of business and manufacturing operations. An accomplished project manager with an in-depth understanding of developing and implementing organizational strategies that cultivate and motivate high performing teams. Former companies included: Komatsu, ZF Steering Systems, TRW AUTOMOTIVE,

An experienced IE with a background in quality and operational excellence systems, brownfield site lean transformations and visual management modernizations, digital OEE design and deployment, capital management and integration, Hoshin Kanri, and value stream optimizations leading to double digit bottom-line results.

Denise Gadd


Corporate Process Improvement Specialist with an extreme focus on the VOC. Focused on facilitating change and productivity for every organization by utilizing Lean and Six Sigma Methodologies.

A partner-leader with team-building characteristics that leads people, processes, and organizations to profitability; a proven team-builder.

My adult education skills enable successful delivery of comprehensive learning solidified by hands-on use of the training.

James Gonsalves


Accomplished professional with 20+ years of experience in Engineering and Management. That includes a patent, work in design, manufacturing, quality, continuous improvement, project management and new product development.

Obtains results through effective communication, trusted interpersonal relationships, innovative problem solving skills and strategic negotiation.