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S. Michelle Cox, PhD: Deliver Better Products and Services to Customers Through Process Improvement


Pat English, of Credit Human, in San Antonio, Texas asked me to speak at the Credit Professionals International conference. Pat has seen examples of the work that Aventine Hill Partners (AHP) offers through our Process Improvement Practice in which I have led engagements as Senior Consultant. Our team of experienced professionals offers training, coaching, and project management or execution. ...


Tim Geppert: Small Businesses Can Compete for Bonded Construction Projects


Having spent a career in and around the construction business, a strategy many small business owners consider is whether to bid on bonded projects. Government construction contracts typically require surety bonds so there is a large market opportunity. The good news here in the San Antonio area is that Bexar County and the U.S. Department of Transportation offer a free Bonding Education Program (BEP) to provide small and disadvantaged businesses the tools and resources required to compete for projects requiring a surety bond. The USDOT course covers many topics over the eight weeks, one night per week. ...


Beth Hair: The State of Executive Search in San Antonio


The San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) reached out to a number of San Antonio-based staffing and executive search firms, including Aventine Hill, to better understand the state of the industry and its evolution. Their article is available at this link for paid subscribers. ...


Casey Hall: Business Turnaround Lessons Learned from Greg Brenneman


Recently, I attended the Tri-Cities NACD breakfast with Greg Brenneman of CCMP Capital as a one man panel and Bill Chiles of Pelican Energy Partners as the moderator. Greg shared his lessons learned from a career of leading turnarounds as a consultant, executive, board member, and private equity investor. It was about as well-rounded of a perspective as one person could give. An excellent session! ...


John Trampe: The business value of internal controls in banking


In recent news, there have been stories about large banks committing fraudulent activities. Credit cards were issued without the customer’s consent. Accounts were set up that customers would learn about only after they were charged fees. Fake email accounts were set up to sign up customers for online banking. ...


Casey Hall: Leveraging IT for the Middle Market (Video)


Texas Business Radio (TBR) is a great resource for entrepreneurs around the state to learn from other business leaders. I was invited to be a guest on the show to talk about IT. The segment aired the weekend of October 8th in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. In the below video, TBR host Matt Register and I discuss: ...


Casey Hall: SIM Houston Gartner Update - Welcoming Our Digital Overlords?


I attended the SIM Houston monthly meeting on September 20th. The speaker, Mark Bartram of Gartner, provided an update on strategic trends with the subtitle: “The Future is a Digital Thing.” ...


Casey Hall: Houston IT Symposium highlights Houston economy and importance of people


The fourth annual EFM Houston IT Symposium provided some great information to help all business leaders, not just IT leaders. As in prior years, the Houston SIM chapter participated in planning the event and an exciting agenda was assembled. ...


Jens Mielke: Balance Sheets + $2 Trillion = New Lease Standard


In February, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-02 – Leases (Topic 842). This Update replaces 40 years of lease accounting rules with principles-based guidance. While ASU 2016-02 started its life over 10 years ago as a converged project between the FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board, there is a key difference between the two…more on that later. But they do share one main feature: almost all leases will now be accounted for on the balance sheet. By some estimates, this will mean an additional $2 trillion on U.S. balance sheets. ...


Casey Hall: GAMMA Shares Lessons Learned for Selling a Business


Owners of successful small to mid-size businesses will be faced at some point with deciding whether to sell their company. Many will not have experience at navigating the process. The Greater Austin Mid-Market Alliance (GAMMA) focused its May quarterly meeting on providing practical advice to business owners on what is involved in successfully selling their company. Aventine Hill was honored again to sponsor the event. Beth Hair, John Romero, and I attended.  ...


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