Changing the Way the World Thinks about Strategy
Unlike the ever-fleeting business panaceas of the moment, Simplified Strategic Planning provides a logical and timeless framework for analyzing our industry, our company's place in it, and the goals we need to meet in order to achieve our strategic objectives. Using this process for three years, we have doubled our sales volume and have also doubled our operating profit percentages.

G. Alex Bernhardt, Sr., Chairman and CEO
Bernhardt Furniture Company

Using Simplified Strategic Planning, VPI tripled sales over 5 years. It has helped us identify opportunities, better understand our markets, and focus our resources to attain the business results we desired…it has contributed in a significant way to VPI achieving our growth and profit objectives.

T. Godfrey Mackenzie

VP, Vinyl Plastics, Inc.

Simplified Strategic Planning provided us a straightforward process that helped our already successful organization set a much clearer direction for the future.

Ed Engle, Jr.

President, Rima Manufacturing Company

Simplified Strategic Planning provides a framework for creating direction in a manner that moves away from guesswork and toward intelligent selection. The end result: a destination of choice, not chance.

Jack Lowe, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer, TD Industries - #2 of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in America

The Simplified Strategic Planning process is a perfect fit for a company our size. It provides a solid theoretical approach that is applied in a very ‘real world’ down-to-earth manner. The program does an excellent job of providing a defined framework for the planning process without turning it into a mechanistic ‘fill out the form’ exercise. The framework helped us make sure that we were identifying and analyzing the key issues; it did not do our thinking for us. Finally, I felt the emphasis on the development of specific objectives and action plans are the keys to ensuring that strategic planning isn’t just an interesting annual exercise that subsequently collects dust on a bookshelf. I know the strategic plan we produced will make a major difference in the performance of our business.

Roger A. Carolin

President and CEO, CFM Technologies, Inc.

Quick and dynamic, Simplified Strategic Planning gets fantastic results.

Keith Hale

President and CEO, Newcor, Inc.

This program forced me to step back and evaluate how effective my company has strategically planned. It provided me the tools which will enable us to formalize our strategic plan and direction of Disney Vacation Club.

Robert M. Walsh

Senior Financial Analyst, Disney Vacation Club, Kissimmee, Florida

We have used planning methods for the past three years with moderate success. The step by step logical process presented in this program will help us take our company to the next level in terms of profit and growth.

Scott Zimmer

Vice President of Accounting/Finance, F.P. Horak Company, Bay City, Michigan

Don’t change a thing! Continue doing what you are doing. Best program I have ever attended. As useful and as effective as any graduate level course I have taken.

Steve Orr

Vice President of Finance, Fairchild Controls, Frederick, Maryland

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Your program ‘hits a homerun’ if you’re interested in learning new methods for building a stronger competitive position for your company.

Timothy Dust

COO/President, F.P. Horak Company, Bay City, Michigan

…A great tool for achieving strategic alignment and ‘keeping the main thing, the main thing!’

Veronne Williams

Senior VP, Innovative Logistics Techniques, Inc.

A straightforward approach to strategic planning which will work — not an overwhelming process. Will help us create realistic plans.

Rick Lockwood

Certified Grocers of California Ltd., Commerce, California

Almost a fail safe process. The most planned and organized program I’ve seen in a number of years.

Tom Wilson

CFO/Vice President, Rex Packaging Inc., Jacksonville, Florida

The information was very focused, tangible and practical…which allows you to go off and apply it immediately. Very well done. I learned a lot and am anxious to get started!

Connie Leachman

Vice President of Customer Relations, Topflight Corporation, York, Pennsylvania

The layout and step-by-step process of strategic planning as presented in the program will make it easy to follow through to completion.

William A. Horwarth

Auxiliary Business Manager, Cincinnati Machine - Auxiliary Services, Cincinnati, Ohio

As the chairman of [the strategic planning] effort your program has given me the tools I will need to clearly move our organization through the development and ultimate implementation of our strategic plan. I’m confident that I am now ready to lead this effort for our company.

Kevin Lapanne

Executive Vice President, Dooley & Mack Constructors Inc., Sarasota, Florida

Certainly one of the best continuing education classes I have attended. Very practical advice.

Tom E. Laughlin

Vice President of Administration, TeleService Resources Inc., Ft. Worth, Texas

The process makes so much sense. It is a superb recipe for business success. I have been to numerous programs, but this has by far been the best. You have a powerful message…

Mark Miskie

Director of Landscape Products, John Deere Company, Clover, South Carolina

Wonderful thoroughness, great pace, exceptional tools–met all of my expectations–well done–

Patrick Morrissey

Vice President of Marketing & Sales, The Lehigh Press Inc., Broadview, Illinois

Enjoyed every aspect of the program, great tool for the future of our business — great job. Over my 30 years of attending programs this was one of the most satisfying for me.

Tom Lennon

Vice President of Manufacturing, General Die Casters, Inc., Peninsula, Ohio

The two days were very invaluable for me. I am involved in 5 companies and the course planning process will prove very valuable for them all.

Bill Hallissey

President, Publishers Information Center, Vineland, New Jersey

I was very impressed with the entire program and at this point I don’t have any specific items that could have improved the experience.

Gary Scott

Director of Accounting, Pepsi Cola of Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

This is one of the most useful professional development programs I’ve ever attended. It stimulated thinking and presented new concepts that are directly relevant to my company.

Mike Speight

COO, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc., Topeka, Kansas

Presents a great, structured how-to framework for strategic planning.

Scott Loomis

Director of Finance, Impact Innovations Group, Columbia, Maryland

The entire outline of the plan has clearly defined a method of strategic planning that has clear and concise strategies and goals. Very good. Well worth time spent. Would recommend to others.

Frank A. Yench

Vice President, Buckstaff Company, Dallas, Texas

Good information. I believe that any company that realistically follows the material will be successful.

Robert Taylor

General Manager, Allcable, Oxnard, California

Step by step process was straight forward as advertised.

Tom Roberts

President, Midwest Visual Equipment, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Quality of material was practical, applicable and truly simplified enough that I feel we can go back and immediately implement it.

Kathy G. Reehling

President, Crew Technical Services, Indianapolis, Indiana

Attention to detail; interaction of facilitators with the group and overall presentation was excellent.

Hal Weinstein

CEO/President, Hansgrohe, Cumming, Georgia

The approach presented in Simplified Strategic Planning is very pragmatic, and should enable an organization such as ours to address the critical components of strategic planning, while avoiding wasted effort in the plan ‘filler’ that often accompanies such efforts.

Frank G. Edwards

CFO, Carl M. Freeman Associates, Inc.

Excellent roadmap to strategic planning. Well organized, well presented…involved everyone in attendance.

Bill Best

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, General Products Corporation, Jackson, Michigan

It helped me to develop a road map to reach our objectives in an orderly fashion.

Dennis Blake

Director of Finance & Administration, Custom Business Solutions Inc., Farmington Hills, Michigan

This program gave me all the tools to quickly develop a workable strategic plan that will help my company take the next step in our growth.

Michael Reinhard

Consolidated Biscuit Company, McComb, Ohio

…this will be an invaluable tool as I move forward.

Terrence Corgan

Regional Sales Manager, Medfax Corporation, Fort Mill, South Carolina

Good overall framework. Easy to follow, step-by-step procedure.

Jim Dennis

Operations Manager, Community Graphics Inc., Pittsford, New York

Great hob of presenting…great process with step-by-step instruction; whole thing is logical. I really enjoyed the program. Will help with our business.

Richard Craig

President, A.B. Carter Inc., Gastonia, North Carloina

Clearly organized methodology for overall planning. Presented extremely well!

Ray Ashe

Project Manager, Rosser International, Atlanta, Georgia

Finally…a speaker who could clearly and concisely lay out the structure for a workable strategic planning process, geared to the real world of small to medium-sized business.

David J. Burch

National Screw Machine Product Association, Brecksville, Ohio

Good program. Presented well with good documentation. This will help us specifically identify and focus our efforts and future directions(s).

Michael Kunk

Comptroller, Burns - Morris and Stewart LP, Nacogdoches, Texas

As the title states, it is a simplified way to implement a strategic plan. Worksheets and planning schedule are very helpful in accomplishing this task.

William M. Hoban

Purchasing Manager, Green Bay Drop Forge - Div. of Cleveland Hardware, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Authoritative presentation and clear road map for execution.

John Cuthbert

President, Special Devices Inc., Newhall, California

Extremely well organized program. Very informative and practical. The materials are the best I’ve seen!

Lynne Trent

President/COO, Alliance Care of Texas, San Antonio, Texas

Excellent presentation of how to strategize your business issues. Sound, logical approach.

Peter Miehl

Daubert Industries Inc., Burr Ridge, Illinois

Easy to follow. Practical to use.

Jim Racco

President, Kovatch Castings, Inc., Uniontown, Ohio

I found the entire program to be excellent.

Steve Tozier

Vice President of Business Development, Fairchild Controls, Frederick, Maryland

I found the simplicity and ease of understanding very beneficial.

Douglas Walter

General Manager, Sentinel Printing Company Inc., St. Cloud, Minnesota

The course/content was very well organized; good materials; good content. Good course. Very useful and informative.

Bills Collins

General Manager, Ultrafryer Systems, San Antonio, Texas

It gives us a road map to put much of our research and vision into action.

Peter Provenzano

Pro Technical Products, Rockford, Illinois

I appreciate the practical applications and simplified approach to strategic planning.

Mark Scherer

Sales Coordinator, Scherer Brothers Lumber Company, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Usually, strategic plan development only stresses the plan. This program also describes the very important implementation process.

Steve Runnels

Executive Vice President, NeoTherapeutics Inc., Irvine, California

You gave a much-needed blueprint for putting together a strategy for our company’s future.

Michael Myro

Reading Alloys, Inc., Robisonia, Pennsylvania

The program is well organized, well presented and illustrated effectively in the manual. I think that the manual is usable for real life implementation.

Keith W. Peters

VP Operations, Omni Remanufacturing Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Great learning experience.

Kenneth W. Jacobson, Jr.

Controller, Haden Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan

The connection of information gathering, analysis and the formulation of a strategic plan was very useful.

Don Kasper

Partner, Geschke, Kasper & Associates, Inc., Independence, Ohio

Many different strategic planning concepts rolled into one comprehensive, step-by-step process.

Mark Tomaszewski

Manager of Accounting & Information Services, Inmetco, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

A few months ago, we had never done a strategic plan. Now, we have a comprehensive plan in place. Simplified Strategic Planning is astounding.

Edward O. McCabe

President and CEO, Mystic Color Lab

What we accomplished during our seven days of work was unprecedented in our company’s history…we have defined a consensus among the top management as to what kind of a company we will be for the next five years. Establishing this shared vision and the means to achieve it would not have been possible without strategic planning. This process is extremely well organized and compelling while allowing the special human attributes of our organization to flourish.

Harris C. Footer

President and CEO, Easy Day Manufacturing Company