Our team is composed of leading experts in business strategy, organizational design, communication and negotiations, and development of the next generation.
He has extensive consulting experience with major family-owned and -controlled domestic and international service and industrial companies. He has assisted clients with corporate, shareholder, family governance, leadership, ownership, succession and transition issues, as well as business strategy development and implementation. He has deep expertise in conflict resolution and works closely with families to optimize their personal and work relationships.
Before Co-Founding Generation Transition Advisors, Henry was a founding partner of BanyanGlobal family business advisors. He currently serves as Partner Emeritus and special advisor to Banyan. Henry was President and CEO of Gray Judson Howard, a business strategy consulting firm, for 21 years. He has also taught at Harvard and at MIT. More recently, he has been the Lead Family Facilitator in Harvard Business School’s Families in Business: From Generation to Generation executive education program, which examines pivotal issues facing family businesses.
Henry’s first article, “Organizational Passages: The Seven Predictable Management Crises of Growing Companies—and How Successful Companies Solve Them,” was published in 1984. He also was a contributor to Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s book, The Change Masters. In 2012, Harvard Business Review published his article, “Avoid The Traps That Can Destroy Family Businesses,” co-authored with Generation Transition Advisors Senior Partner George Stalk.
Henry earned a BA cum laude and a Masters in Administration.
The focus of Sam’s work broadly focuses on working with the family owners of family offices and family businesses to develop strategies and decision-making structures that support ownership and leadership transitions. Sam has extensive experience advising client families on owner and corporate governance, development of family and owner policies, and next-generation development. Sam also has experience working with family enterprises to design and implement family new venture programs and in coaching members of the next generation to support their career development and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Sam has been a facilitator for the Harvard Families in Business Program. Sam also regularly teaches family business topics for the Harvard Family Business Club, MIT Sloan Family Business Club, and Babson College Family Business Club. This past year, Sam co-authored a chapter on Sustaining Entrepreneurship in Family Businesses, which will be included in a book published by Babson College Press in the Spring of 2021. He has also co-authored several articles in Harvard Business Review and Tharwat Magazine.
Sam’s first experience in family business came during high school when he worked in the U.S. office of his uncle’s German-based automotive parts manufacturing business in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The challenges and tensions between his cousin and uncle as they struggled to define their roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities as co-leaders in the family business generated Sam’s interest in organizational design and family businesses.
Prior to co-founding GTA, Sam was a Principal at BanyanGlobal family business advisors where he worked with family businesses around the world. Sam remains a Senior Expert Affiliate with BanyanGlobal.
He holds a BA in Government International Relations from Clark University, graduating cum laude. He later earned an MBA with Honors from Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, where he concentrated in Organizational Behavior and Management.
Hilla started her career at McKinsey & Company, working across the US and Middle East Offices. As a member of McKinsey’s Family Business Practice, Hilla advised groups across the GCC on portfolio strategy as well as corporate and family governance matters.
Subsequently, Hilla worked in-house with a leading Middle Eastern family-owned group over a six-year period, working closely with 1st and 2nd generation family members to shape and drive execution of their agenda as owners. During this period she also did a stint leading the people function for the group as the CHRO, with a focus on talent and leadership.
Hilla continues to work with families in the Middle East on governance and talent-related matters as a Senior Advisor with GTA. In her work, Hilla is passionate about working with families: establishing structures and processes for effective debate and decision making, building alignment, and ensuring a strong focus on execution.
Hilla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA and an MPA from Harvard University. She lives in Dubai with her husband, two sons and dog.
Melinda joined Rogers in 2000 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board of the public company and Vice-Chair of the family’s private control trust. In 2011, she founded Rogers Venture Partners and went on to Chair the Board of Texture by Next Issue Media which was acquired by Apple in 2018.
As a partner of GTA, Melinda assists companies as they navigate innovation, inclusion, and culture in the transition of leadership from one generation to the next. She speaks to audiences regularly on developing pathways to intergenerational success while focusing on governance and oversight.
Melinda also serves as a Director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Bombardier, Rogers Bank, Huron University College, and is Chair of The Jays Care Foundation. She holds a BA from The University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and lives with her husband and four children in Toronto, Canada.
Henri-Lee has over a decade of experience using cognitive behavior therapy to help families strengthen communication on difficult topics such as schooling, relationships, boundaries, safety, and finances. Her work with individuals has focused on emotional mastery over anxiety, depression and trauma, communication and self-management strategies to successfully navigate challenging situations, and coaching the younger generation to achieve their career aspirations.
Henri-Lee has brought her research, healthcare, and legal background to the field of business as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and boutique consulting firms. At BCG, Henri-Lee advised leadership at US and international companies on manufacturing outsourcing and pipeline development, spin-off preparation and global communications, legal restructuring, shared service creation, and board and C-suite engagement.
In working with family businesses, Henri-Lee brings an understanding both of the softer issues around family dynamics, as well as the business and legal frameworks within which they operate.
Using a systems approach Sharon works within the organizational layers, challenging individuals to identify barriers and increase leadership capabilities. She facilitates group problem solving and commitment to higher performance, and applies research expertise to help leaders identify and evaluate systemic issues in order to implement change.
As an executive coach, Sharon’s goal is to collaborate as a trusted advisor with the key players in the family enterprise to advance learning and growth. She respects the intelligence of the employee and believes that if open to receiving feedback, an individual has the ability to find direction and answers. Sharon is skilled at helping clients depersonalize difficult feedback and process what they hear (and don’t hear) so they may find the most productive way to plan future development in alignment with company strategy.
Sharon’s client work spans a broad range of companies such as Habitat for Humanity, Legg Mason, Maine Women’s Fund, Comcast, Stored Values Solution, MetLife, BroadReach Healthcare, Highlights, Guideposts and in the UK: Brent Government, East Sussex Education Counsel, and St. Barnabas House.
Sharon earned her masters and doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and her B.A. from Kenyon College. She is a certified Executive Coach through the Tavistock Consultancy at the renowned Tavistock Centre in London where she also trained in Process Consultation.
Sharon is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs as well as in Retirement Coaching through Retirement Options. She is involved with the Institute for Family-Owned Business in Maine, and presented at their Family Business Exit Strategy Conference on the topic of “The Emotional Side of Letting Go of the Family Business.” Sharon was the recipient of the Business and Families Foundation scholarship in support of Women in Family Business and holds a certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in Boston.
George’s practice is focused on creating unassailable competitive advantage in family enterprises. For many years, Mr. Stalk was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised family and non-family enterprises on developing business strategies. He has consulted with a variety of leading manufacturing, technology, and consumer products companies throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Stalk is considered one of the world’s top strategy consultants.
Several of Mr. Stalk’s books and articles are required reading in many business schools. Mr. Stalk co-authored the best-selling books on time-based competition Competing Against Time and Kaisha: The Japanese Corporation. Articles by Mr. Stalk have been published by several business publications, including Harvard Business Review, where one of his articles won the ‘McKinsey Award’ for being the best of the year. Mr. Stalk also speaks regularly before business and industry associations on time-based competition and other strategy topics. Business Week identified George Stalk as one among a new generation of leading management gurus. He was also listed as one of the top 10 consultants by Consulting Magazine.
A somewhat controversial book, Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? was published in October of 2004. Using extensive and deep examples, Mr. Stalk argues that companies are obligated to compete, to win, and to create losers. His recent Harvard Business Review article on this topic has been rated by readers as one of the magazine’s five best articles on strategy in the last ten years. Mr. Stalk’s latest book: Memos to the CEO: Strategies in Our Future was published in the first quarter of 2008 by Harvard Business School Publishing.
Mr. Stalk holds a BS in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan, an MS in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2008, Mr. Stalk was inducted as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society.
In his private sector practice, Mr. Tull advises and trains leaders and teams responsible for mission critical business transformations. With 25 years of professional experience designing and delivering highly tailored workshops, Mr. Tull has worked across a diverse range of international business sectors, including energy, technology, finance, pharmaceuticals, professional sports and food production/distribution. Mr. Tull partners with, advises and coaches top-level executives and their teams to help implement strategies for communication, effective consensus building, high-impact mergers and sustainable dispute resolution.
In his public sector practice, he has provided leadership level support on national conflicts in Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Venezuela. In addition, Mr. Tull has advised and developed trainings for a wide range of public sector groups, such as OXFAM, Mercy Corps International, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, El Salvador’s Ministry of Education, and many of Canada’s First Nations Communities. Mr. Tull has developed lasting relationships with many branches of the United Nations, working extensively with the WHO, WFP, FAO, IFAD, UNDP, UN-OCHA and UNICEF in their offices throughout the world.
Recent projects include: Assisting a negotiation team in their $200 million acquisition of energy assets from a large and diverse group of stakeholders; The successful mediation of a decades-long $135 million dispute between a South American country and two European companies; Celebrating 20 years of the founding of a bilateral dialogue group known as The Boston Group in Venezuela.
Mr. Tull is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Other recent academic teaching experience includes Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, Kenyon College, University of Texas at Austin and Skolkovo MBA in Moscow.
Preceding his time at CMPartners, Mr. Tull worked closely with Professor Roger Fisher, author of the seminal work Getting to YES, at the Conflict Management Group for nearly a decade. Prior to that, Mr. Tull spent five years living in Central and South America as an International Partner with Habitat for Humanity working in indigenous villages. His interest in negotiation theory was made very personal in Nicaragua when he was held hostage by Recompa guerrillas and negotiated his own release and that of his colleagues.
Mr. Tull received his Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Kenyon College. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Harvard Kennedy School’s New England Alumni Association.
Andreas is also a successful entrepreneur. While completing his MBA at George Washington University, he and a classmate entered an entrepreneurship competition as part of their second-year capstone. They took second place in the competition and were awarded a grant to seed their start-up. Resulting from this competition, Andreas co-founded Buchi Kombucha. Over 10 years, he and his team grew the business to become the leading provider of private label functional and fermented beverages in North America.
Andreas is passionate about coaching and developing next generation in business owning families. His focus is on entrepreneurial training to provide the next generation with knowledge and tools to develop their own professional passions inside and outside the family enterprise.
Andreas holds a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College, graduating suma cum laude. He later earned an MBA with Honors from George Washington University.
As President of the Babson Family Business Club, Maunil hosted "Secret Society Lunches" which were closed-door meetings with 6 members and 1 faculty to discuss 1 person's family business issue in detail.
Maunil is currently based in Mumbai where he is a part of his 3rd Generation family business. He was introduced to the business very early in his school days by his grandfather who took him to work and gave him small tasks. He is currently working in a partner company to his family business rotating in different departments to prepare for a leadership role in his family business.
He has represented India in Squash tournaments and won Gold medal at Inter University Tournament. He is a member of Squash committee at his club, helping young upcoming players. He strongly feels that given the right guidance and resources; a person can excel beyond expectation. He is currently helping 5 teams of college students to compete in an Entrepreneurship competition.