Bill Currence – CEO & Managing Partner
Bill Currence, Army Veteran, is Chief Executive Officer and the Highest Ranking Managing Partner at Cornerstone Consulting with more than 23 years of executive, manufacturing, financial, & engineering experience across a multitude of industries. Bill is recognized for his unique, results-oriented leadership style to consistently deliver outstanding returns for clients while simultaneously stabilizing and ultimately improving operations Bill has served in a variety of C-Suite leadership consulting roles for more than 10 years, leading project teams in achieving hundreds of millions of dollars in improved EBITDA and cash flow. Bill created Cornerstone, Veteran-Owned Company, by employing leaders that have served in our nation’s defense to who bring considerable value to a variety of clients.
Bill is the original founder of Cornerstone, where he has successfully led a variety of projects across five continents in more than twenty countries spanning numerous cultures and cost structures. Leveraging a variety of skills including Cornerstone’s unique FIT Manufacturing approach, Bill has tackled projects including M&A, turn-around, launch, operations, logistics, quality, engineering, supplier development and many more. Additionally, Bill has directly led projects in Defense, Aerospace, Automotive, Retail, Healthcare and Food Services, generating returns ranging from 300% to 1000% and yields significant NPV cash returns.
Prior to starting Cornerstone, Bill was the former EVP of International & Business Development and then ultimately Chief Operating Officer for the Productivity Team, a Manufacturing, Industrial, and Quality Engineering consulting firm, where he led all company-wide operations comprised of Four Vice Presidents, Finance, Human Resources, and Recruitment. As the key leader, Bill is credited with maximizing operations, business growth and EBITDA results to become one of the best recognized engineering services and technical consulting firms during his tenure.
Bill had held other key leadership roles in a variety of organizations, including Director of Operations for KRISS Arms, where he led the Operations and Performance teams to new levels of performance attainment. While at Visteon, a leading global electronics automotive supplier spun off from Ford, Bill was the Global Associate Director of all manufacturing, engineering, operational excellence and launch programs for the Climate Product Group. Additionally, Bill held several key operational roles as Plant Manager for Carlisle Companies and Lear Corporation earlier in his career.
Bill is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy, former Army Football player, and starting tight end. Bill served as an Army Officer for 10-years between active duty and the reserves, leading two company commands, the second during the September 11th, 2001 attacks and their resulting deployments. As a result of his experience, Bill personally understands the meaning of excellent leadership, how to build it, and how to convert it into maximum value for his clients.
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Scott Wawrzyniak – President & Managing Partner
Scott Wawrzyniak is the President & Managing Partner at Cornerstone Consulting with over 25 years of experience as an innovative leader focused on driving efficiencies. Reporting directly to Bill, Scott is an industry expert known for operational excellence through strategic development and execution that continually maximizes shareholder value.Scott has successfully led several operations on a global scale by creating and implementing sustainable best practices that produce improved operations, quality and customer service impacting the bottom line.
Scott was the former Vice President of Global Operations and Quality of Key Plastics, a leading global manufacturer of automotive interior, exterior and under the hood plastic components. As Vice President, Scott led over 4,500 employees across 16 plants globally to drive operational, quality, safety and financial improvements to emerge the company from prior bankruptcy status to double digit EBITDA results. More specifically, Scott enhanced overall quality by driving down PPM below target globally while simultaneously improving safety to an overall incident rate never before achieved and now used as a benchmark for “best in class” within the plastics industry.
Prior to Key Plastics, Scott was the former Global Leader of Operational Excellence of Visteon Corporation, a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative electronic products for vehicle manufacturers, While at Visteon, Scott established the company’s first ever Global Operational Excellence team to create and execute key metrics that optimize through put and value add. Scott also designed and implemented programs to generate operational efficiencies improving profit, strengthen balance sheet results and optimize cash flow by utilizing his prior operational and financial expertise.
In addition to his key executive roles in operations, Scott has led engineering, program management and finance teams with Ford Motor Company. Scott was key team member developing Ford’s Way Forward Plan focused on long-term sustainable growth and cash flow stabilization. Scott also held several Director level positions in Supplier Development and Operations at Lear Corporation, where he was able to drive sustainable performance from their supply base to enhance cost reductions over target. During his time at Lear Corporation, Scott was recognized as an industry leader receiving quality awards from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan respectively.
Scott has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Science Administration from Central Michigan University.Scott is an innovative leader with broad-based expertise in multi-site operations, finance, program management, engineering, and process improvements to maximize shareholder value. His passion for talent development and engagement is shown at every one of his engagements for sustainable and scalable results.
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Chris Ostrander – Strategic Partner
Chris Ostrander, Army Veteran, is the Strategic Partner for Cornerstone Consulting with over 23 years of experience as a thought-provoking and ground-breaking leader for driving strategy and long-range growth to clients across multiple industries. Chris also is a sought-after advisor to senior leaders in the automotive aftermarket focused on growth through mergers and acquisitions in the private equity, hedge fund, and other similar investment arenas. Chris’ ability to energize organizations to position as more proactive growth-focused operations while adding strategic commercial and customer capabilities is a key distinguishing factor, while our clients seek Chris out to move their businesses to the next level. In addition to his Strategic Partnership with Cornerstone, Chris is currently CEO and Advisory Board Chairman for the Family Office of Gardner & Sons in Findlay, Ohio. These companies include Superior Trim, The Gathering, The Gathering Wine, and the family’s real estate businesses.
Before his current role, Chris was the President and CEO of AP Exhaust Technologies leading the second largest aftermarket exhaust supplier in the aftermarket industry. During his tenure, Chris led the acquisition and integration of Eastern Manufacturing, Inc., increasing sales by over 30%. Chris revamped the entire sales organization to become a more optimal performing team while adding strategic account management capabilities which resulted in new pipeline business valued at over $160m. Additionally, Chris personally restructured the Marketing Organization for greater emphasis on new product development. The end result was the reduction of the development product life cycle from 67 days to less than 7 within six months after the reorganization.
Prior to AP Exhaust, Chris was President of the Americas Tire Operations for Cooper Tire, an American company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of replacement automobile and truck tires, motorcycle tires, and racing tires. Chris led the America’s business unit encompassing sales of over $2.5B and more than 6,000 employees across North and Latin America. Chris improved operating margins from an average of <5% to >9% of sales within the first two years driven through new product development and launches, improved sales mix, implementing prices strategies, scrap reductions, automation investments, and material cost reductions.
Chris spent a large part of his career at Eaton Corporation, where he was Vice President and General Manager of multiple businesses including the Torque Control Products Division, Mirror Control Division, Fuel Emissions Division, and Commercial Vehicle and Aftermarket Group. Chris also held significant leadership roles for the BOC Group, PLC, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of industrial gases. Joining BOC in 1998 as a regional engineer, Chris advanced to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for its Distributor Network before departing to Eaton.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the US Army Engineer Officer’s Basic Course, the US Army Engineer Officer’s Advance Course, US Army Airborne School, and the US Army Armor School. He also serves on several boards, including The University of Findlay, Tour de Force, Inc, the United Way of Hancock County, and is a member of the Mayor’s Council of Trusted Advisors for the City of Findlay.
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Amanda Backus – Executive Vice President
Amanda Backus is the Executive Vice President at Cornerstone Consulting with over20years of experience in Human Resources, Risk Management and Consulting, including performance management, leadership development, total rewards, sales incentives, compensation, benefits, and HR operations and systems across a multitude of industries. Amanda is a recognized leader known for fresh and innovative methods to tackling any challenge with proven results. Amanda has served as both an internal and external consultant during her career, leading project teams in achieving bottom-line results with year-over-year sustainability.
Amanda is the former CHRO for AP Emissions, manufactures a complete line of automotive, light truck, and heavy-duty exhaust, and emissions products company. As the CHRO, Amanda led all aspects of Human Resources, Recruiting and Risk Management across 4 facilities to professionalize the business, specifically developing and implementing enhanced environmental health and safety initiatives, including new training programs and mock audits with results of decreasing lost time. Amanda is also credited with redesigning the benefit plans with enhanced offerings while reducing spend by over $300k annually.
Prior to AP Emissions, Amanda was the Global Leader of HR Operations at ProQuest, global information-content and technology company. While at ProQuest, Amanda led the Performance Management process, including the development of the HR Strategy and framework for recruiting, retaining, and motivating top talent. Amanda was also HR lead for M&A evaluations, including the successful outcome of significant minority equity interest in the company by Goldman Sachs.
Amanda held other key leadership roles in human resources at Cooper Tire, Scott’s Miracle Gro, Formica Corp, and Nationwide. At Cooper Tire, Amanda was the HR Leader to successfully transition the recruiting function from a fully outsourced vendor to a fully insourced SAP function, with resulted savings of over $500k. Additionally, Amanda spent time as a insurance and risk management broker / consultant early in her career at Wills, now known as Willis Towers Watson.
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Akron, with degrees both in Accounting and Finance. Amanda also serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald house and Family House of NW Ohio. Amanda’s passion for results done the “right way” through leadership and motivation to translate into tangible results for her clients.
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