1.844.JMSTRATEGIC J&M Strategic Consulting
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A Solid IT strategy

About J&M Strategic Consulting

Placeholder image Jen Dodge: Strategic consulting professional and business owner

Executive Team

Jen Dodge
President & Founder

Jen Dodge

What is your favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"FAITH -  I give 100% credit of where I am today to Jesus. I didn't have the best childhood. I chased sports to stay off the streets. I earned okay grades and had no grandiose plans of building a consulting firm. I have no business being here...a president of a million-dollar company. But, God had a plan for me. All along, I had...

thought God paved the way for my boys' dreams, but his plan is much bigger than just hockey."

More about Jen:

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 pro-actively 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.

Mike Dodge
Vice President

Jen Dodge

What is your favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"PASSION - When you are passionate about your work and the people you work with, that passion becomes contagious. At J&M, we talk about our Vision & Values everyday, and we measure each other based on how well we live up to these Vision & Values. Across the board, I believe that when...

you are truly passionate, that passion spreads, the other Vision & Values are naturally elevated in everything we do."

More about Mike:

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.”

Jen Dodge: Strategic consulting professional and business owner

Strategic Consultant Team

Cheryl Wilson
Senior Strategic Consultant

Cheryl Wilson

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"FAITH - Sharing faith with Jen, Mike, and Natalie was a big reason I felt confident taking the step I did to become a consultant. Just over a year ago, we all...

stepped out on faith and worked through everything as it came up. I believe it is faith that led me to where I am today and what continues to lead J&M towards growth and success. Faith provides me with hope on a continuous basis and gives me someone to rely on in the form of God. I don't need to separate church and work because I am working with people of faith. That foundation builds trust. This is something I haven't seen in other companies because it is risky and may be viewed as politically incorrect. I love that we boldly proclaim faith as one of our Values!"

More about Cheryl:

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. 

Terry Langholdt
Senior Strategic Consultant

Terry Langholdt

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"INSPIRE - make everyone better. Take a moment out of your day to give someone a written or spoken complement or something as simple as a high-five. These little things can help someone...

take that extra step that they need to accomplish a goal. Encouraging the people around you by cheering or openly showing your commitment or support will create a great return on investment."

More about Terry:

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.”

Briceon Mundt
Strategic Consultant

Briceon Mundt

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"BALANCE - 'Work hard, play harder' is the mantra constantly used at J&M. Here, life is more than just a job. This does not mean that J&M is not producing the highest quality of work possible. It ...

means that J&M promotes that work should not consume life, and that is something that has always resonated with me."

More about Briceon:

Briceon brings enthusiasm to his work every day and shares his positive attitude with everyone that crosses his path.  His dedication and passion for being a leader make him the perfect fit for J&M’s Vision & Values.  In fact, it was the Vision & Values that enticed Briceon to become a part of the team:

“When talking with Mike and Jen about J&M, I was completely sold the second I saw the company's vision and values.  Many companies talk a great talk, but hardly follow through on their vision.  Jen and Mike not only built a company around balance, excellence, and being an all-around good person, but they exude what they preach in everything that they do.  That difference is what puts J&M above the rest."  -Briceon Mundt

Briceon’s unrivaled commitment to excellence allows him to stand out among his peers.  Strategic Consultant Tracie Hephner has also worked with Briceon in the past.  When asked about him, she chimed in, “Briceon is an incredible asset to any team.  His dedication to each task regardless of the assignment is detailed, thorough, and efficient.”

As J&M continues to grow, we want to place the right people in the right places to be successful.  We are delighted to welcome Briceon to the team as we believe he is in a position that will benefit himself as well as everyone he encounters.  His personality and professional ability make him an ideal representative of J&M Strategic Consulting.  We are blessed to have him on our team and are excited for the remarkable things to come.

Joseph Nabity
Strategic Consultant

Joseph Nabity

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"TRANSPARENCY - I have been a part of organizations that are less transparent in their decisions, and it leaves individuals guessing their intentions and benefits. I have...

found that the best way to be successful is by being honest and transparent. In meetings, it is better to share as much information as you can so all parties involved can make informed decisions and effectively participate in discussions. Transparency has inspired many people I have interacted with to trust and collaborate with me, whereas keeping individuals in the dark has led to a cessation of communication and a lack of willingness to collaborate."

More about Joseph:

Joseph graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2014 and immediately gained experience in IT. He followed up an internship with stints in systems analysis, business analysis, and data analysis and modeling. He was as a key part of IT system support for HR and benefits. His commitment to exceeding expectations and doing his part to make an entire team better make him a desirable professional and an inspirational individual.

According to Mike Dodge, “It took less than three minutes to realize that Joseph is J&M material. Along with his professional accomplishments, he embodies our vision and values. That combination makes Joseph an incredible member of our team.”

The relationships Joseph has formed have driven his professional path to J&M and will continue to open roads towards success along his journey. For the past three years, he has worked with Briceon Mundt, who has seen his shining stardom first hand. “Joe exudes commitment and excellence with every assignment he receives. It doesn’t matter if he is handed the most daunting or menial of tasks, he will give his full attention and effort, and complete the job on time with the highest quality. The most remarkable thing about Joe is his undeniable ability to walk into a room, and inspire the least cooperative of teams to realize that they either succeed together, or fail apart.”

Outside of work, Joe enjoys portraying his musical background as a pianist and vocalist. He is intrigued by the theatre and can be seen attending the local play or musical.

Kathleen Conklin
Strategic Consultant

Kathleen Conklin

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"PASSION - I have a lot of passion in everything I do. Passion is the driving force that allows me to naturally incorporate the other Vision & Values into everything that I do."

More about Kathleen:

Kat carries over 10 years of experience in IT along with an outstanding track record of exceeding customer expectations. With stints in construction, recruiting, and vendor supplying, she knows exactly how to create and maintain strategies in order to achieve goals of the business.

She has worked with developing and deploying software in the past and has formed teams to keep these projects on track. Kat’s match with J&M’s Vision & Values is staggering, as shown by her ability to lead a team and migrate information from one source to another through the work of multiple people.

Kat has worked with Jen Dodge in the past on countless projects, and it didn’t take long for Jen to see her value. “My first real interaction with Kat was actually conflict. We were on a project together that needed some issue resolution. Kat and I talked after a very heated call, and we ended up fighting over who was just going to take the blame so we could move forward! Mind you, neither one of us had pushed the buttons on the keyboard to cause the issue…but we both were going to take one for the team knowing that is what was best for the project. It was then I knew that everyone else around Kat is what was most important to her.”

Outside of the office, Kat likes to spend time at social gatherings with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling and trying new foods in the kitchen. On a nice summer day, you may find her getting some swings in on the golf course.

Carolyn Lewis
Strategic Consultant

Carolyn Lewis

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"LEADERSHIP - I believe when you have a great leader, it then inspires you to be a good leader and to provide unsurpassed quality work. I had a former Leader who always said..."

"Work hard, succeed together, and play harder" which also plays into the J&M Vision & Values!  Having the right Leadership allows you to grow as a person both professionally and personally.

More about Carolyn:

Carolyn is a detail-oriented individual who is naturally organized and is focused on the betterment of the team. Her positive attitude coupled with her tremendous listening skills enable her to resolve all conflicts with the best outcome for her and those around her. Carolyn is a true team player that we believe is a perfect fit with J&M.

She explains what stands about J&M: "It feels that some places I have worked, everyone has just been treated like a number with no personality or individuality," said Carolyn. "J&M is different in that it displays a family-type atmosphere where we all rely on each other to be great as a team. We hold each other accountable according to the Vision & Values and there is a sense of openness that allows each of us to comfortably display these traits."

Mike Dodge spoke on the addition of Carolyn: "When you meet someone that fits the J&M Vision & Values, you know instantly, and I knew instantly that Carolyn would be a good fit for our team."

During her free time, Carolyn enjoys traveling and finds the beach to be one of her favorite destinations. She is a Pittsburgh sports fan and prefers to take advantage of good weather days by playing a round of golf at a local course.

Jen Dodge: Strategic consulting professional and business owner

Business Development Team

Natalie Miller
Director of Recruiting

Natalie Miller

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"TEAMWORK - I remember when J&M meetings were just a call with Jen, Mike, and I. As the years have passed, J&M has changed a lot and in a very positive way. We have added a ton of employees and...

in better words, teammates. This group of people we have are on all different types of projects in all different settings, but they all find time weekly to come together as a team to support, motivate, and inspire one another."

More about Natalie:

Natalie Miller is our Director of Recruiting. Although she has enjoyed many roles at J&M, it took a mere two weeks in the recruiting space before she knew she’d found the perfect fit. “My favorite part of recruiting? The different relationships I get to cultivate,” says Natalie. Managing different roles and working with unique candidates is what Natalie loves most about her job.

“Natalie takes great pride in being the best at what she does,” says Jen. “She works very hard at vetting out potential candidates for our clients in order to make sure they will meet not only their needs, but also be a good fit for their culture.”

“The way I operate I learned from my father. He’s a straight shooter and there’s no wasting time,” Natalie beams. “My dad showed me, by example, what people skills are all about. You have to be understanding, respectful and always open to learning,” she says. “And you have to really listen.”

Linda Vance
Sales Associate

Linda Vance

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"FAITH -  Everyone at J&M is committed to our faith discussions and it brings us closer together as a team. I appreciate how everyone is always available to discuss faith and other topics at a personal level."

More about Linda:

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.

Koby Uhrig
Social Media Consultant

Koby Uhrig

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"TEAMWORK - I have been on a countless number of teams in my life. Some have been dysfunctional and some were like family. None fit that family label quite like J&M. These people are the easiest...

I've worked with and together, we embody every piece of the Vision & Values. Each of us stay committed to the Vision & Values and it creates a positive work environment for everyone we encounter."

More about Koby:

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.

Scott Schramm
Wellness Coordinator

Scott Schramm

Favorite J&M Vision and Value?

"COMMITMENT - Commitment hits close to home for me. Every good thing I have going for me can be attributed to staying committed and seeing it through....

From my current job situation to my weight loss and weightlifting success, I owe it all to keeping myself committed. To me, commitment encompasses all of the other Vision & Values.

More about Scott:

Scott is the Wellness Coordinator at J&M Strategic Consulting.  In his role, Scott organizes at-home and remote workout programs and helps create relevant web content to support J&M’s Vision and Values.  Scott began his career as a personal trainer in February 2016 when he joined a local gym in nearby Monroeville, PA.  He quickly amassed several clients and greatly sharpened his training skills. In October 2016, Scott branched out with his own company, SchrammerTime Fitness.  He acquired Jen and Mike Dodge as training clients in January 2017, and joined J&M in May 2017, as they were impressed by his work ethic and passion that led to extraordinary results.

Vice President Mike Dodge says of Scott, “it didn’t take long to realize Scott would be a good fit with our culture and that he had something to offer our team.”  Scott understands the balance between work and life.  He provides our team with the motivation to accomplish all goals.  His philosophy of teaching independence resonates throughout J&M and allows our team to be themselves on their way to excellence.

“Scott is more than a trainer,” declared Jen Dodge. “He’s a partner in crime, fighting battles that most humans must fight.  He helps you find motivation to take care of yourself while working a lot of hours and turn towards a lower carb choice vs. what you’d rather have, i.e. PIZZA!  He doesn’t just show up, train us, then leave.  He makes the time to touch base during the day to keep us accountable when he’s not in the room.”

Outside of J&M, Scott enjoys weightlifting, watching movies, and cooking.  He frequently tries new recipes that pair well with his workout plans.