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Thomas Meloche was a co-founder of Menlo Innovations LLC, a company made world famous in the bestselling book Joy Inc., How We Built a Workplace People Love.  A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Engineering, Thomas focused early in his career on people and methodology. He as consulted for many of the world's most successful firms, bringing to them the Agile organization management approach he helped create at Menlo.  

 

"We've captured real magic in the PEER-XL™ Program, a positive program for creating the next generation of innovative agile leaders. ”
 
Thomas G. Meloche, PEER-XL™ Co-Founder

Todd Olsen spent the last 14 years of his 30-year career at Ford Motor Company serving as Director of Corporate Development.

 

During that time, he negotiated multi-billion-dollar deals such as the divestitures of Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volvo. He spent the last several years heavily involved in developing Ford’s self-driving car strategy, which included negotiating several high-tech acquisitions, investments, and partnership arrangements.

Prior to his Corporate Development role, Todd had several different finance leadership roles, including CFO of an automotive electronics company in Shanghai, China.

—Todd Olsen, PEER-XL™ Consultant Associate
 

Helene Gidley is a co-founder of A2Agile Inc., and has been working as a professional facilitatory, trainer, mentor, and coach for over fifteen years. A coach of coaches, Helene leads the annual Agile Coach Retreat in Ann Arbor MI.
 

Helene has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad experience in managing, coaching, and training project teams. She remains a favorite speaker at Meetups, Agile & Beyond conferences, and PMI Chapter meetings.

—Helene Gidley, PEER-XL™ Consultant Associate

Mike Russell combines experience serving as a C-level executive, including Chief Operations Officer for a top 60 bank, and as an advisor to CEOs and other top executives from start-ups to Fortune 20 companies and national governments.

 

One client CEO commented “Mike advised me and our senior management team for nearly 6 years. He showed an outstanding ability to quickly identify the issues facing us, provide clear and objective analysis, develop viable solutions, and play a key role in effective implementation.”

—Mike Russell, PEER-XL™ Co-Founder

Matt Lasater is an agile coach, trainer, and mentor with specific interests in business and organizational agility. Matt has been building high performing teams for 20+ years and he sees the opportunity for an agility mindset to help organizations find ways to sense and respond to market changes.  He has customized multiple methodologies for teams, and teams of teams that have been adopted throughout the entire line of business.  

 He has coached new teams, seasoned executives, and everyone in between.  One of his favorite accomplishments is building a college hire pipeline to help recent college hires learn how to work in an agile enterprise.

—Matt Lasater, PEER-XL™ Consultant Associate

Kyle Griffin has 25 years of experience as a teacher, process improvement specialist, and programmer/architect. He has been teaching and implementing a collaborative programming practice known as XP since before the Agile Manifesto was written.

 

In the last 10 years, he has worked as an Agile coach, trainer/mentor, and lead programmer.  Because of his forty thousand hours spent teaching and his experience as a programmer, he understands deeply the importance of taking a hands-on approach in the classroom.  For fun away from work, Kyle writes android education software and treatises on the theoretical foundations of Agile methodologies. 

—Kyle Griffin, PEER-XL™ Consultant Associate

“After many years of being in the training and development arena, I was tired of seeing programs that simply didn’t work – so I invested a year researching as many programs as I could find and noting what did work, what didn’t work…  Then invested another year building and testing a program that included everything that worked and found ways to mitigate or transform what didn’t…  This innovative, positive ROI program is the result.”

Leigh St John, PEER-XL™ Co-founder