About J&M Strategic Consulting
“We don’t do templates”
– Jen Dodge
J&M Strategic Consulting is the team that companies call for customized, long-term strategic IT solutions that achieve well-defined business goals.
Why J&M Strategic Consulting? First, they don’t merely give their clients what they want, but what their clients truly, honestly need. And second, their IT strategies work.
J&M Strategic Consulting has the IT tools, experience and focus that businesses need for:
- IT Assessments
- Streamline Processes
- IT Methodology
- IT Implementation
- Proactive Strategies
They don’t use templates. They don’t offer ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions. What they do is transform a company’s vision into the people, processes and technology to make that vision a reality.
Jen Dodge was already a successful strategic consulting professional and business owner when she started J&M Strategic Consulting. She had the mindset and the skill set to act proactively weeks, often months ahead on everything. Including her family. “When one of your new goals is to get your kids to all their hockey practices, attend most of their games and be able to afford the high cost of ice time, being proactive is everything,” says Jen Dodge about one of her consulting principles.
“Organization and planning,” she continues, “is what keeps you in a proactive mode so you avoid being reactive; constantly putting out fires, not moving forward and not achieving goals,” Jen explains. “With my sons’ hockey, I did everything I do for my clients. I prioritized, developed processes and created a strategy strong enough to last, but flexible enough to allow for continuous improvement.”
Today, Jen’s younger son, Matt Miller, attends Ohio State University and is playing hockey for the Buckeyes. Her older son, JT Miller, plays with the NHL New York Rangers. Their continued successes are a constant reminder to Jen of the wonderful things that can happen with a solid strategy.
“Being able to listen to what the business is requesting while also listening for what they really need separates J&M Strategic Consulting from most other strategic IT consultants,” said Mike Dodge, a 20-year IT pro specializing in people, processes and technology.
That higher level of perception comes from working closely with business partners in Logistics, Finance, Sales, Marketing, and HR for many years; planning and implementing everything from quarterly releases to full-blown SAP implementations. “What my experience has taught me is that there is too often a priorities gap between the business and its IT department,” Mike explains. “So one of my goals with every client is to align priorities so that IT is contributing as fully as possible to achieve business goals.”
“When I see my clients succeed because of their commitment to staying on the IT strategy path we’ve laid out for them, I get excited,” Mike admits. “I’m a realist. So for me, it’s extremely rewarding to work with a group to develop an IT strategy. It’s also gratifying to plan the implementation of the strategy and then see the business benefit from staying on the right path.”
Officially, Natalie Miller is Director of Sales for J&M Strategic Consulting. However, her position encompasses everything from marketing to client relations and scheduling.
“I love wearing a lot of hats,” says Miller, a business graduate who helps keep the J&M Strategic Consulting machine up and running. “I’m the biggest planner of all time,” she admits. “Schedules, people, projects; when everyone is where they need to be, I’m pleased."
“The way I operate is most like my father. He’s a straight shooter and there’s no wasting time. He’s also a very good communicator,” Natalie beamed.
“My dad showed me, by example, what people skills were all about. You have to be understanding, respectful and always open to learning. So you have to really listen,” reveals Natalie. “In my jobs, I ask a lot of questions and I write everything down. I’m very meticulous about that.”
When Cheryl Wilson first encountered J&M Strategic Consulting, she was inspired by their “amazing ability to communicate with people from every single department, no matter where they were in the organization, and bring all of those things together to make something successful.” After 28 years of managing business and accounting, process improvement, system implementation, and leading teams in the construction industry, Cheryl was excited to join J&M as a Strategic Consultant.
Building teams and helping individuals realize their potential is when Cheryl feels most energized. “You can literally feel and see walls coming down.” She believes “being open to and considering all ideas is critical, no matter how crazy they might seem at first.” “When cross functional teams talk about how they impact one another,” says Cheryl, “you really start to dial in on effective and efficient processes that benefit the organization.”
Cheryl’s approach to her work has been enriched by her passion for world travel and immersing herself in different cultures. “I have the ability to put myself into an organization and very quickly assess the ‘culture’ of the group and figure out where things need to go,” she says.
Linda brings several years of sales experience and has worked closely with J&M on recent marketing campaigns. “I’m extremely excited about Linda joining our company. She brings energy, hard work, and excellence to the table every day. She is a role model for all of our employees as she is the epitome of J&M’s Vision & Values,” according to Jen Dodge who has known Linda for 13 years.
Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her family including husband Ken, son Frank, step children Brian and Jen, and grand-daughter Ava. She is a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, avid Steelers fan who also follows the Penguins and New York Rangers. When Linda has time, she also enjoys reading and baking.
Terry believes that information technology should be a compliment to your business, not a hurdle. Terry brings 30 years of experience in the IT field. He has seen many generations of programming and systems that comprise the majority of today’s landscape and has a unique point of view in being able to see the value of each stage of adoption.
“Big IT is for all companies, not just for large corporations. It should be a service that is available and valuable for each business, no matter what the size.” Terry’s skills have grown and changed throughout his career, beginning with programming, systems and network administration, spending the last 15 years in Management for a major CPG company.
Being able to speak both business and IT is an essential skill in today’s market place. Knowing how to leverage systems integration to support business objectives is a market differentiator. Terry sees that having a depth of experience managing people, processes, and technology provides the tools for success.
J&M Values and Vision are what makes this firm stand out from the sea of consultants out there. Our commitment to those core ideals is our foundation. According to Jen Dodge, “Terry exemplifies our company’s core values of teamwork and excellence in his personal and work life.”
Koby has over two years of professional experience in managing social networks, and is pursuing a communications degree at Bowling Green State University. He provides our team with the necessary knowledge and experience to enhance J&M’s reach across all social media platforms. Koby joined the social media team of BGSU Hockey in January 2016, introducing fresh personality and content to the page along with live tweeting Falcon hockey games. Since joining, the page has increased followers by about 18%, and is expected to surpass 7,000 followers this season.
Away from J&M, Koby works gameday operations for both the National Football League and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a Television Timeout Coordinator for the NFL in Pittsburgh, he communicates on the field with league and game officials on the timing and execution of media timeouts. For the Pirates, he works home games as a 50/50 vendor in their gameday operations department.
At J&M, we are committed to our vision and values that set us apart from other consulting firms. Koby will enhance our online presence and allow us to build a strong network via his passion and determination to be great. His ability to balance multiple projects and schedules at once show his commitment to success and we are honored to have him on our team.
Peggy brings over 20 years of Office Management experience to J&M Strategic Consulting. Managing growing and expanding businesses, talent acquisition, budgeting, forecasting and daily execution are just part of her career accomplishments. “Managing the firms accounting practice cannot be overstated as a key enabler for growth,” said Peggy Langholdt.
“Peggy joining the team brings us to another level of maturity.” Said Jen Dodge. “Her attention to detail, while being a world class customer service person is what brought us together.”
Outside of work, Peggy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, having 6 children and 1 puppy make for a very busy life. She is an avid Cubs fan who loves spending time cooking and baking for the people she cares so much about.