The following people are members of our consulting team
Keith JennettePresident & Chief Executive
President & Chief Executive
J. Keith Jennette was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of jRj Capital on January 1, 2021. Keith is responsible for jRj Management Consulting and Real Estate Development divisions.
He joined jRj Capital from Safran Seats USA where he was Chief Operations Officer. During 5 years with Safran Keith also served as Vice President of Program Management and Customer Support.
Prior to joining Safran, Keith was Chief Operations Officer at CIS Group of Companies.
Prior to joining CIS Group of Companies, Keith was Director of Commercial Programs at Bell Flight a Textron Company.
Keith started his career at Textron Aerostructres where he progressively increased responsibilities. He has worked in a broad array of industries, including aerospace, insurance inspections services, glass manufacturing and Private Equity.
Keith has extensive experience in executive management, manufacturing operations, managing multiple sites, six sigma, supply chain, program management, international programs and human resources.
Keith received a BA in Management from Trevecca University and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University. Keith is also a certified Textron Six Sigma Black Belt.
Scott Devine is seasoned legal executive with wide knowledge and experience, available for companies in need of filling Board, CLO or General Counsel positions. Scott joined up with jRj Capital after his retirement from Safran Seats USA, where he served as an officer of the company in the capacity of Vice President, Legal and General Counsel; Assistant Secretary. During his nine years with Safran (and its predecessor companies) Scott was responsible for all contractual relationships, commercial disputes, company governance, customer bankruptcies, employment/labor disputes and relations, immigration transactions, real estate transactions, and intellectual property protection. Scott has basically negotiated contracts all over the world.
Prior to joining Safran, Scott was Of Counsel at the Petrucelli Law Group (where he had previously begun his legal career as an Associate Attorney). At Petrucelli, he specialized in company formations/governance and private securities offerings (debt and equity).
In between his positions at the Petrucelli Law Group, Scott served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for Grubb & Ellis Company, an NYSE-listed real estate company with six SEC-reporting real estate investment trusts (REITs). In this capacity, he provided legal services to the company regarding its property management business, public securities transactions/filings, and real estate purchases and sales (including loans/notes, mortgages, guarantees and interest rate swaps (ISDA)).
Prior to his legal career, Scott spent seven years in marketing, where he concentrated in business development and bid preparation.
Scott has earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach; an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University; a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law; and a LL.M. in Corporate and Securities Law from Queen Mary, University of London. He holds licenses to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and New York.
Lisa GiacomelSupply Chain
Lisa Giacomel is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in logistics and supply chain management. Capabilities reside in order management, customer service, warranty and repair, procurement, demand planning, vendor management, inventory management and control, logistics/transportation, continual process improvement and government property management. She has over 30 years of experience that cover a broad area of logistics and supply chain in both domestic and international operations, original equipment manufacturers and customer operators, and for both military and commercial businesses. Lisa is an expert at identifying, developing, and implementing process solutions through creative thinking, IT system focus, and disciplined execution. She is recognized as being dedicated to completion of every project and considered to be energetic and passionate about all aspects of work.
Prior to beginning a consulting career, Ms. Giacomel was the Corporate Director of Supply Chain Projects and Excellence working specialized projects such as standardizing a multi-site government property system and installing a corporate government property tracking system. In addition, she was responsible for selecting and installing a logistics transportation management system.
Previously, as Director of Supply, Ms. Giacomel was hired to transition a supply chain team cross state borders while maintaining continuity of logistics support for the company and customer. She oversaw order entry, inventory management and supported government property oversight.
Currently, as a logistics and supply chain consultant, Lisa works with companies from various industries to assess their logistics and supply chain organizations and enhance existing processes or develop new end to end operations and procedures.
She has spent most of her career directing, improving, and automating supply chain segments ensuring aviation customers were able to keep aircraft flying and achieve profitable, successful mission and business results.
Lisa received her education from University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and the University of Dallas with a master’s degree in Business Management. At time of achievement, she was the youngest person to obtain a Consulting Fellowship in government property by the National Property Management Association and authored numerous articles for their publication, winning an award for her first. She is currently an adjunct professor at University of North Texas teaching logistics in their Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management Department. She enjoys reading, live music, travelling and photography. Lisa makes her home in Fort Worth, TX.
Jeremy GreenEngineering/Program Management
Jeremy Green has almost 25 years of progressive experience in Engineering and Program Management where he has developed several new products, delivered dozens of large programs, and successfully implemented business improvement projects for Raytheon, General Electric, Collins Aerospace, and Safran. While his work experience has been primarily in the aerospace and defense industry, his experience is best categorized as being in the manufacturing industry as all of his experience has been very closely tied with manufacturing sites. Below are some of Jeremy’s core competencies:
New Product Development/Introduction (NPD & NPI) – Creation of a Product and Technology Roadmap process, building highly competent Research and Development (R&D) and new product design teams, creating and implementing metrics to track both cost and technical progress, implementing the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reduce testing and qualification/certification costs, streamlining both product qualification/certification cost and timeline, and meeting project cost, schedule, and quality requirements.
Engineering Department Excellence – extensive use of a capacity management process to ensure both the quality and quantity of resources are available for business needs, implementation of both a technical and leadership training development plan to ensure the resources are prepared for future business, leading a $1.5B division engineering transformation project to standardize engineering processes across four large business units in four different countries, and use of both metrics and a disciplined approach to reduce engineering quality defects.
Program Management – development and implementation of a Phase Gate process to ensure full cross functional participation in programs, implementation of financial controls and an Estimate at Complete (EAC) process to ensure program margins are attained, implementation of a Supply Chain cost optimization process to deliver programs at the budgeted material cost, and creation of a pilot build process for new products to ensure both the assembly sequence and assembly times meet the program budget.
Jeremy holds a BS and MS in Engineering as well as an MBA.
Edwin BeallSupply Chain/Operations
Edwin Beall joined jRJ Capital as an affiliate partner on January 1, 2021. Edwin will focus on providing jRj Management Consulting’s clients with supply chain and manufacturing transformation strategy development and implementation.
Edwin is a veteran operating executive with extensive success in transforming and optimizing underperforming supply chain and manufacturing operations. He partners with management teams and stakeholders to identify and implement business transformation strategies that drive bottom-line profitability. With over 15 years of interim leadership and consulting experience, he has developed a well-deserved reputation for quickly assessing problem situations, applying solutions, and executing strategies that optimize operating performance. Select interim leadership and business transformation assignments include:
- Safran Seats US, Interim Sr. Director, Supply Chain
- Avcorp Industries, Interim Supply Chain Director
- Turbo Trac, Interim VP, Operations and Supply Chain
- Avcorp Industries, Interim VP, Supply Chain
- Superior Air Parts, Interim Chief Operating Officer
- Chesapeake Energy, Supply Chain Transformation Consultant
- Zodiac Aerospace, Supply Chain Strategy Advisor
- Dresser Industries, Supply Chain Strategy Advisor – Dresser Industries
Edwin’s expertise spans manufacturing operations management, end-to-end supply chain optimization, global sourcing, supplier development, distribution channels and enterprise systems (ERP). His expertise spans private and public companies operating domestically and globally in industries that include, aerospace/defense, automotive, energy, mining and industrial automation products.
Edwin received a BBA in Industrial Management from Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas. He is also received CPIM certified from the Association for Supply Chain Management (formerly APICS).
Tom BartlettFinance/Investment Banking
Mr. Bartlett has spent over thirty years serving middle market companies as a private equity investor, investment banker, strategic advisor and executive officer. Mr. Bartlett’s extensive experience includes assisting companies with designing and implementing organic and acquisition growth strategies, providing or arranging capital for companies to fund acquisitions or otherwise finance their growth initiatives; advising owners and boards of directors on valuation, market conditions and strategic options associated with selling or recapitalizing their businesses; assisting companies and their management teams with the acquisition and integration of other enterprises; and taking leadership roles on deal teams and management teams to effectively and decisively effect change on behalf of business owners and other stakeholders. Having served as a transaction financier, advisor and corporate executive, Mr. Bartlett has 360 degree experience with planning for and executing transformational strategies.
Prior to the formation of Adjunct Partners, Mr. Bartlett served as a Managing Director and partner in Compass Equity Partners and concurrently served as Chief Financial Officer and then President & CFO of an affiliated company, CIS Group of Companies, LLC, which provided underwriting inspections, claims adjusting and other services to the property and casualty insurance industry. Prior to joining Compass Equity Partners, Mr. Bartlett served as President of ConnectPoint Resolutions Systems, a Dallas-based provider of technology solutions to the property and casualty insurance industry. Mr. Bartlett joined ConnectPoint upon the company’s formation in 2008 to oversee the startup and launch of the business. Prior to ConnectPoint, Mr. Bartlett provided investment banking services to middle market clients as a Managing Director of GulfStar Group and as Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Banc One Capital Markets. Previously, Mr. Bartlett was a Director of TransAtlantic Capital Partners where he managed the development of transportation projects in emerging markets in alliance with European transportation partners; a Director of KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was principally responsible for M&A, private placements and cross-border advisory services for middle market and large corporate clients; and a senior investment officer with a private equity group and a merchant bank prior to KPMG.
Mr. Bartlett received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance and Management) degree from Baylor University in 1983
Before starting Acuity Systems, Inc. in 1995, Niesen spent 14 years in upper sales management and marketing positions with Polaroid and Fuji Film. There he built sales teams and began to understand the importance of having the right people, processes, and culture.
Today, he blends his own experiences with nationally proven training and evaluation tools from The Sandler Sales Institute, Objective Management Group, and Extended DISC, to teach a unique brand of sales training and personal development.
1999 Dallas Man of the Year and 2013 David H. Sandler Award winner.
Award-winning speaker, trainer, and coach
Rocky WilliamsIT/FinanceMore information
Rocky Williams joined jRJ Capital on January 1, 2021. Rocky is responsible for jRj Management Consulting on Accounting, Finance, and Systems integration and optimization.
He joined jRj Capital after a 25 year consulting career in working with Accounting, Finance and Information technology groups in a variety of industries. Background includes:
Senior Manager(Partner) at Grant Thornton LLC with responsibility for managing a group of 50 consultants concentrating on systems implementations and evaluations.
Partner at Marketsphere consulting and participated in the sale of the firm to Grant Thornton in 2013 after assisting in building the firm over 10 years. Built a team of 50+ consultants focused on implementations in a variety of client firms.
Partner at Thinkfast Consulting until we sold the firm in 2004. 10 years building an implementation team.
Senior Manager at Hyperion Software Solutions – built the west coast consulting group from 1991 to 1994.
Assistant controller in charge of international accounting for Warner Chappell music. Task included evaluating and implementing a consolidations and foreign currency tracking platform for 26 countries.
Rocky has extensive experience in systems evaluations and implementation over a wide array of platforms including the new evolution of applications to the cloud. Applications include ERP, HR, Supply chain and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM).
Rocky has a BS in Accounting from Wichita State University and held 10 years of accounting positions before entering the consulting industry.