Faculty Team

Managing Partner: Doug Lepisto

Professional photo of LepistoDr. Douglas Lepisto is an assistant professor of management at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. His expertise centers on how leaders create high-performance organizations through people and strategy. He regularly gives talks based on his research to academics and executives and has been invited to speak at companies such as Google.

Prior to getting his Ph.D., Lepisto was a management consultant in the Chicago office of the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). His example engagements included a pricing strategy for a $11 billion food and apparel service provider, marketing strategy with a $2 billion beauty product retailer, and strategy around a new product launch with a $13 billion industrial equipment manufacturer. Engagements commonly identified 5 percent margin improvements.

Prior to Monitor, Lepisto worked in strategic planning with the advertising firm Young and Rubicam. Here he developed strategic brand and market planning at one of Ford Motor Company’s principal advertising agencies with a budget of $300 million.

He now lives in Kalamazoo with his wife and two kids.

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MANAGING PARTNER: DERRICK MCIVER

Professional photo of McIverDr. Derrick McIver is an associate professor of management at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

McIver’s expertise centers on business strategy, particularly as it relates to acquisitions, growth and leadership. His research has appeared in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Organization and Business Horizons. He is also a regular speaker at industry and academic conferences.

McIver is co-director of the management major’s flagship experiential courses on leadership and strategy. He also runs an innovative MBA course that trains students how to become small business owners by sourcing and acquiring an enduringly profitable business.

Prior to academia, McIver’s work experience spans working at a Fortune 500 company to working at and consulting with a number of small businesses at various stages of maturity.   

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