John Fildes, Ph.D. is an energetic senior executive consultant who is a unique resource for companies, academia, and government agencies. John has extensive experience with what it takes to make an organization thrive, motivate and mentor people, make good decisions, overcome challenges, monitor and manage, and get things done every day to achieve superior results. John successfully tackles challenging situations, sees key issues, and devises approaches that others have missed, through a combination of vast experience and knowledge, creativity, strong project planning and management, excellent communication skills, and true enthusiasm to work as part of a team.
John is a CEO who has led established for-profit companies, startups, and a not-for-profit institute. He was CEO of an $18 million professional engineering firm with over 130 staff members, having taken this company through the $10 million barrier and doubling revenues to over $18 million in three years; President of a not-for-profit institute and founder and leader of its for-profit scientific and engineering consulting subsidiary, having taken these organizations from concept to annual revenues of over $6 million and a staff of over 25, and complying with professional licensing requirements, Government FARS and audits, and insurance industry reporting requirements; Leader of a startup product design firm, having merged two companies to achieve a run rate of $3.5 million within six months; A leader of a contract research laboratory at Northwestern University; A professional in a $4.5 billion industrial company.
John is a doctoral-level scientist with superior business analytical skills and extensive experience who understands the numbers and what is behind them.
John is a top-notch proposal developer, grant writer, and project manager, and an expert on multi-disciplinary collaborations. He originated, wrote the proposals and grants, organized the teams, and managed over $26 million in projects including collaborations involving Government labs, large defense companies, and leading universities with funding from Government agencies, trade associations, and companies.
John is an expert at bridging organizational and geographic barriers, having developed effective processes and tools to adapt Procter & Gamble’s “Connect and Develop” strategy as the collaborative operational model that took a not-for-profit institute and its for-profit subsidiary from a concept to over $6 million in annual revenues, over 25 staff members, and hundreds of projects annually.
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