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Adams & Company employs proven leaders with engineering backgrounds and graduate degrees. More importantly, we are executives with a phenomenal track record of success. Collectively, we have assisted nearly 100 companies in reaching their financial goals. From private equity backed companies to Fortune 500 corporations, we have helped companies out-maneuver and out-grow their competition. Whether your time horizon is weeks or months, we quickly develop and execute a growth plan that elevates your company’s EBITDA trajectory.

James Adams
Managing Partner
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James has led revenue-generation, cost-reduction, and brand-management initiatives for PE-backed and F500 companies. A sales executive with a technical background and DoD security clearance, he has helped companies secure capital, acquire and spinoff businesses, sell, and go public. James earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.S. of Mechanical Science and Engineering with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thomas Burkard
Product Innovation
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Thomas has led product development, engineering, and innovation initiatives at multi-billion dollar companies, including Fortune Brands, Briggs & Stratton, and Mercury Marine. He has also consulted to F500 corporations in the life science and pharmaceutical industry. Thomas graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Richard Fredricksen
Operational Excellence
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Richard has helped numerous companies, large and small, surpass their operational and financial objectives since 1990. He has consulted with such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Procter & Gamble on product development, program management, and operational excellence. Richard graduated with an M.B.A. from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Dale Dvorak
Executive Coach
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Dale has spent over 20 years with Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and Shiseido America in executive operating roles. Before joining private industry, Dale served as an Artillery Special Weapons and Emergency Action Officer with a NATO unit in Europe. Dale graduated with an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.S. in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

David Martin
Financial Engineering
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David is currently a Partner at Killearn Capital, a yield-oriented asset management firm focused on specialty finance sectors. Prior to Killearn, David held Managing Director roles at Morgan Stanley and Barclays where he focused on M&A transactions in the high-tech sector. David graduated with an M.B.A. from the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in History from Washington and Lee University.

"Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership."

P. Drucker, Educator and Author

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