Meet Our Team
Ohio State University
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Certified Turnaround Professional
Ohio Real Estate Licensee
The only Certified Turnaround Professional CTP in Greater Cincinnati
With an extensive background in banking, corporate management and corporate renewal, Sumner (Sonny) Saeks has a highly successful track record as a Turnaround Professional, providing consulting services to companies with annual revenues ranging from $5 million to more than $1 billion. As an Interim Manager, he has run corporations ranging in size from $65 million to $250 million, and has the proven ability to tackle event the toughest of situations. His expertise and broad hands-on experience gives him the edge when it comes to helping businesses of all sizes thrive and grow.
Whether it’s helping emerging businesses realize their full potential or developing and implementing a strategy for regrowth during a times of crisis, Sonny understands that each situation is unique and has the sound judgement, sensitivity and rare ability to create a sense of calm, especially in crisis situations when management’s emotions can be high. He is also known for his engaging and informative presentations and workshops on of topics related to Corporate Renewal and Crisis Management.
Sonny holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has the distinction of being the only Turnaround Professional in Greater Cincinnati, and is just one of two in the region to hold the prestigious Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) designation, a highly valued and objective measure of a turnaround professional’s experience, knowledge, and integrity required to conduct corporate renewal work.
As a CTP, Sonny is recognized as possessing a proven track record and years of experience in working with companies that are in financial crisis. To attain the certification candidates must have held positions such as CEO, Chief Restructuring Officer, Turnaround Team Leader, Receiver or Interim Manager. Additionally, each CTP professional must have acquired several years of turnaround experience demonstrating substantial knowledge of the legal, financial, and management aspects of a turnaround.
Areas of Expertise
Pamela Richards Saeks
The Ohio State University
Areas of Expertise
Pamela Richards Saeks
Pamela Richards Saeks, Vice President of Creative Services, has 30 years of experience in Marketing, Public Relations and Branding. She is known for developing show-stopping collateral material, identity systems, invitations, advertisements, promotional campaigns and other items that get businesses noticed. It has been said that she can find a way to turn even the most mundane product or service into a must-have through her engaging copywriting and eye for cutting-edge design. She knows what it takes for a business to stand out in the “sea of sameness” and has provided proven expertise, direction and support to help clients take a new approach to old, outdated ways of doing things with great success!
Pam has launched dozens of non-profit and other startup initiatives, using creative marketing techniques to raise awareness, build brand loyalty and increase engagement. She understands that to realize true success, businesses must 1.) ask their customers what they want, 2.) listen to what they have to say, and 3.) do everything possible to give them what they ask for. While these steps may seem simple, the best results come from having a skilled professional who can lead you through them and help you recognize the opportunities along the way.
As Vice President of Creative Services, Pam saw the need for New Growth Advisors to begin offering Strategic Design and Innovation services to give clients the edge in this ever-changing world of trends and technology. Her skills in marketing, branding, art directing, copy writing, event planning and customer engagement, combined with NGA’s talented team of design and digital marketing specialists are sure to help any business climb to new heights.
Pam attended Ohio State University and graduated from Rowan University with a specialization in Public Relations. She was the Marketing and Public Relations Director of the Please Touch Museum for Children in Philadelphia and The Chicago Children’s Museum.
Director of Strategic Design and Innovation
Areas of Expertise
Trevor Evans, Director of Strategic Design and Innovation, has more than 15 years of experience in the marketing and design industry with an emphasis on strategic visual communications and branding, website development and management, cutting edge graphic design, social media and more.
He has mastered the art of being able to identify not just what’s trending now, but in anticipating what the next big thing is about to be! Throughout his career Trevor has created numerous brand identity systems, such as logos, ligatures and thousands of pieces of print collateral, including invitations, mailers and promotional materials. He has managed media contacts, created email campaigns, designed advertisements for print and the web, and set up and managed the social media accounts, greatly increasing the reach, audiences and interactions for every one of his clients, leading to more business and a stronger bottom line.
Considered to be as tech savvy as he his creative, Trevor understands the importance of being able to develop eye-catching, out of the box marketing that gives our clients the edge over the competition… no matter what the product or service… no matter how big or small the company!
IT Contractor and Coordinator
Stan Durst, Information Technology Contractor and Coordinator, has been an invaluable member of the NGA team for 13 years. His vast skills and intricate knowledge of information technology bring a critical advantage to NGA’s clients, including providing expert trouble shooting around all user issues, employee training as needed, maintaining server security, advising on current systems and improvements, integrating all technology, coordinating and installing technology purchases and upgrades and monitoring security threats to insure clients’ data is never breached.
Some examples of Stan’s work with NGA’s clients include:
Third Party Tax lien collector:
- Secured server by disabling remote access used by former employees/CEO.
- Maintained the integrity of the server throughout the case and created a secure backup to insure data was accessible.
- Worked with third party company to ensure that industry specific application worked appropriately.
- Worked with onsite users to trouble shoot.
- Hacked into password protected computers to comply with court order.
- Tracked the information chain of command for Trustee.
- Worked with third party maker of medical records and billing software to comply with court ordered queries even though the software was extremely outdated and inadequate.
- Created backup servers needed to comply with court ordered medical records protocol.
- Kept antiquated medical records and billing software up and running for the duration of the receivership.
- Restored all servers and equipment after a significant power surge disabled all systems.
Justin Rue, Information Technology Support, has experience in many aspects of IT, ranging from phone systems to networking and security and has worked with a wide variety of businesses such as law, automotive, manufacturing, financial institutions, non-profit and more. He is an expert trouble shooter and has gained “real life experience” through his travels. Justin holds a Certificate in Engineering from Scarlett Oaks in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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