Transition Management Consulting, Inc.

Client Testimonials

TMC works with courageous individuals and organizations who are ready to do what it necessary to address their organizational issues while attending to the present, respecting the past, and preparing for the future.

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  • Dear Bob,

    I cannot fully tell you how pleased we are with the services TMC provided to MTS during a very trying and critical period.

    Ed Brenner was the perfect interim ED. He fit in very well and quickly learned our culture and systems and also contributed his experience in professional society management to us.

    Jackie was a pleasure to work with. I have been through many executive search processes in my career and have never experienced such an organized, disciplined and methodical approach to candidate recruitment and selection. The results speak for themselves.

    Bruce C. Gilman
    PE
    President
    Marine Technology Society
  • Don was absolutely essential to the successful hiring of CFP Board's permanent CEO. He immediately stepped into a fragile situation and was able to stabilize the staff, secure the continuation of key operations, and reassure the key stakeholders that we were conducting business as usual at CFP Board in spite of the hasty resignation of our previous CEO.

    He conducted a very thorough organizational assessment that was invaluable to the Board of Directors and he was invited to serve on the CEO Search Committee. This allowed us to focus our hiring efforts on the skills the job required AND it allowed our new CEO to hit the ground running -- no ugly surprises spoiling the honeymoon phase on a new job.

    Don helped us hire a terrific new CEO, improved employee policies, and relocated the association to Washington, DC. He could not have done anything differently -- he hit a homerun. 10 out of 10.

    Karen P. Schaeffer
    CFP
    Chair
    Certified Financial Planners Board
  • Jackie, THANKS for your large part in finding our new executive director. You will always be part of CLARB. THANKS! Jim & the Board

    Jim Figurski
    President
    Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
  • As a principal of Transition Management Consulting, Jackie led the executive search that matched me with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards as the culmination of a broader assignment. Throughout the process I was extremely impressed by her professionalism, competence, and obvious and genuine caring for both client and candidate. Jackie and TMC have continued to provide support and encouragement which has proved invaluable in my first CEO role, and I heartily recommend TMC to organizations that are contemplating, executing, or sustaining an executive transition.

    Joel D. Albizo
    CAE
    Executive Director
    Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
  • This past year I had the opportunity to work with Jackie Eder-Van Hook of TMC in the search for a new Executive Director for CLARB. She led our search committee through a precise and structured process that culminated with the presentation of a number of highly qualified candidates for our selection within our established timeframe and budget. She demonstrated skill and acumen in dealing with a wide variety of diverse committee member personalities while keeping the group focused on the task we had been assigned. Jackie’s acute ability to understand the culture of our organization and recruit potential candidates that fit our criteria was extremely helpful in getting the right person.

    Beside all of the standard activities of a search consultant, Jackie attended our spring meeting and industry trade show in order to better understand our culture; she created a survey of our members to solicit input about the organization’s needs; strategized with us on how to transition the membership to a new leadership style; made a presentation to our membership; made herself available to answer our member’s questions; strategized with us on the candidate negotiations; and strategized with us on how to best communicate the news about the selection of our new executive with our members, stakeholders, and staff.

    Bob & Jackie are top shelf.

    Cleve Turner III
    President-Elect and Chair, CLARB Search Committee
    Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
  • Fred Spahr provided excellent skills in how to manage a professional society and to transition the merging societies and related personnel at a time of great instability. He had excellent contacts for needed outsourcing of tasks.

    An area of major impact was Fred's ability to quickly evaluate the need for reorganization within the infrastructure of ASN. This has been a most successful model that has provided better management and support of the key activities of ASN that has been experienced previously. Freed was a master in employee relations and services to mould the existing staff. His interaction with all volunteer members of the Board was outstanding, and we at once trusted and respected him as the Society's Executive Officer.

    It is fair to say that the services provided by Fred Spahr exceeded the expectations of all members of the Executive Board and likely most of the staff. He provided much needed guidance, wisdom and interpersonal skills that really set the newly merged Society on a path to stability. Your immediate availability and quick assessment of what ASN needed and who might fit the bill were much appreciated.

    We were impressed with the efficiency with which you provided profiles of potential candidates for interim EO, and arranged for the interview with Fred Spahr. That Fred was immediately available to begin working with ASN was a definite bonus. We feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Fred, and he will always be considered a special friend of ASN.

    If we were to give advice to other boards of directors in which the executive is not functioning well, do not hesitate to terminate the employee and hire and interim executive officer while a search is conducted for a replacement. A bad situation will only get worse and make the recovery by the society and staff a more torturous path. Even if the interim EO does not have a background in the professional area of the society, it is the management skills and experience working with any professional society that should be the key criteria for selection of an interim leader.
    Fred Spahr provided excellent skills in how to manage a professional society and to transition the merging societies and related personnel at a time of great instability. He had excellent contacts for needed outsourcing of tasks.


    An area of major impact was Fred's ability to quickly evaluate the need for reorganization within the infrastructure of ASN. This has been a most successful model that has provided better management and support of the key activities of ASN that has been experienced previously. Freed was a master in employee relations and services to mould the existing staff. His interaction with all volunteer members of the Board was outstanding, and we at once trusted and respected him as the Society's Executive Officer.

    It is fair to say that the services provided by Fred Spahr exceeded the expectations of all members of the Executive Board and likely most of the staff. He provided much needed guidance, wisdom and interpersonal skills that really set the newly merged Society on a path to stability. Your immediate availability and quick assessment of what ASN needed and who might fit the bill were much appreciated.

    We were impressed with the efficiency with which you provided profiles of potential candidates for interim EO, and arranged for the interview with Fred Spahr. That Fred was immediately available to begin working with ASN was a definite bonus. We feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Fred, and he will always be considered a special friend of ASN.

    If we were to give advice to other boards of directors in which the executive is not functioning well, do not hesitate to terminate the employee and hire and interim executive officer while a search is conducted for a replacement. A bad situation will only get worse and make the recovery by the society and staff a more torturous path. Even if the interim EO does not have a background in the professional area of the society, it is the management skills and experience working with any professional society that should be the key criteria for selection of an interim leader.

    Stephanie A. Atkinson, PhD, Joanne Lupton, PhD, & Naomi Fukagawa MD, PhD

    Stephanie A. Atkinson
    PhD
    American Society for Nutrition