Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven PrincipalNathan Ives MBA, PMP, SRO
Principal

Nathan Ives is a highly successful executive with over twenty years of Energy Industry and consulting experience. As an experienced management consultant, he serves as a trusted advisor to executives and senior managers at dozens of Fortune 500, government, and large regional utilities; helping them define organizational needs and develop and manage the complex, mission critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and lower costs. In this role, he leads teams of experienced utility professionals in the design and implementation of integrated fleet asset management processes including strategic asset and resource planning, online and outage work management, engineering change and configuration management, document and records management, and corrective action programs. Nathan’s insights have been quoted by news journalists, published in several well respected periodicals, presented at national conferences, and broadcast internationally via webcast.

Consulting Topics
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Performance Improvement and Monitoring
  • Operations Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Talent Management
  • Professional Development
Experience

Strategy and Planning

  • Not-for-profit Membership Organization Strategic Planning Lead – managed development and execution of the long-range and annual business plans, $87 million annual budget, and project management programs. Lead executives, managers, and staff in the value-based identification of activities and allocation of personnel and financial resources.

Performance Improvement and Monitoring

  • Domestic and International Nuclear Plant Operations Assessments Lead – led teams of highly experienced utility personnel in the performance evaluation of over two dozen domestic and international nuclear plants in the areas of normal and emergency plant operations, risk management, managerial decision-making, and organizational alignment. Partnered with utility executives and senior plant managers to devise and implement performance improvement plans.
  • Power Generation Utility Operational Metrics and Reports Development Lead – advised a team of client utility managers and professionals in the development of a metrics and reports implementation strategy to meet their operational needs and regulatory. Strategy development included identification of needed metrics and reports as well as development of a technology roadmap for their implementation. The metrics and reports strategy supported all nuclear generation business unit functional areas including: online and outage work management, maintenance, design and systems engineering, operations, chemistry, radiation protection, corrective action program, finance, supply chain, human resources, and training.

Operations Management

  • Commercial Nuclear Plant Control Room Supervisor, Shift Technical Advisor, and Work Control Center Supervisor – directed the online and outage operation and maintenance of a $4.0 billion nuclear generating station (one of 5 crews); assessing risk and directing station resources to ensure safe plant operations and work execution while maintaining compliance with regulatory guidelines and standards during normal and emergency conditions.
  • U.S. Navy Assistant Chief Nuclear Engineer and Quality Assurance Officer – led the online and outage operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of a nuclear submarine including all quality assurance controls. Conceived and implemented standardized online and outage maintenance modules and enhanced scheduling allowing for the early material deficiency identification and achieving superior results.
  • Power Generation Asset Management Program Development Lead – served as the Generation Business Unit Team Consulting Lead advising client personnel in the improvement and redesign blueprinting of online and outage work and project management, equipment tagging and permitting, maintenance, quality assurance, document and records management, corrective action program, and environmental health and safety processes for a Fortune 200 utility’s nuclear, hydro, and fossil fuel generating stations.
  • Power Generation Asset Management Program Development – served as the Nuclear Work Management and Tools Management Teams Consulting Lead during the reengineering of asset management processes by one of the largest U.S. power generation utilities. As the Nuclear Work Management Consulting Lead, advised eight client personnel during the process improvement blueprinting of online and outage work management, engineering work management, and corrective action processes for three nuclear electric generation stations (seven units). As the Tools Management Lead, advised one client manager in the design of utility-wide processes for the maintenance and control of measurement and test equipment, small and tagged tools, and fleet heavy equipment.

Management and Leadership

  • U.S. Nuclear Industry Operations Performance Standards Development – led the U.S. nuclear industry’s effort to redefine performance standards in the areas of organizational alignment, managerial decision-making, plant operations, and risk management; significantly contributing to several publications against which nuclear power plant performance is evaluated including: INPO’s Performance Objectives and Criteria, Principles for Effective Operational Decision-Making, and Guidelines for the Conduct of Operations at Nuclear Power Stations.

Talent Management

  • Not-for-profit Membership Organization Strategic Personnel Resource Planning Lead – managed development and execution of the long-range personnel resource program. Lead executives, managers, and staff in the identification of company-wide staffing needs and the annual rebalancing of personnel resources.
Publications
  • Performance Objectives and Criteria, INPO, 2003 – Publication documenting the standards for corporate and station performance in the operation and maintenance of nuclear electric generating plants. Principle author of the operational risk management, risk informed managerial decision-making, organizational alignment, and operator performance objectives.
  • Principles for Effective Operational Decision-Making, INPO, 2001 – Contributing author on an industry-wide team that developed a principles-based document on risk informed managerial decision-making; published in six languages and serving as the performance model at nuclear power plants worldwide.
  • Guidelines for the Conduct of Operations at Nuclear Power Stations, INPO, 2001 – Document establishing the operational performance standards, based on industry leading practices, for nuclear electric generating stations. Principle author of the Leadership and Accountability, Safety Culture portion of this document.
  • Operational Safety and Decision-Making in Changing Times, INPO, 2000 – Author of this article highlighting the impact of executive and managerial actions, behaviors, and decisions on the safe, reliable operation of nuclear electric generating stations.
  • Preventing Catastrophic Industrial Accidents, StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC, July 2013
  • Improving safety and reducing costs in the power and utilities sector: Five steps to a more effective relationship between work management and supply chain, Ernst & Young LLP, April 2012
  • Responding to a Black Swan – Principles and protocols for responding to unexpected, catastrophic events, Ernst & Young LLP, August 2011
  • Fukushima’s future: A questions and answers session, PowerGrid International, April 2011
  • Nuclear Renaissance and the Global Supply Chain: Avoiding pitfalls, realizing benefits, Public Utilities Fortnightly, December 2010
  • Reporting and Compliance with FERC and NERC: Best Practices for Meeting the Challenge, WIS Publishing, September 2010
  • Energy & Resources 2009 Accounting, Financial Reporting and Tax Update, Nuclear Renaissance: Opportunities and Issues, Deloitte LLP, November 2009
  • Reducing Lifecycle Expenditures: Total cost of ownership accounting optimizes long-term costs, Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 2009
Presentations
  • Risk Assurance Mapping – Charting the Course for Effective Risk Oversight, Ci7 Conference, February 2015
  • Developing a Risk Assurance Map, Nuclear Oversight Conference, June 2014
  • Assurance Mapping – Charting the Course for Effective Risk Oversight, The Institute of Internal Auditors, 2013 Governance, Risk, and Control Conference, August 2013
  • Assurance Mapping – Charting the Course for Effective Risk Oversight, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Audit Executive Center, August 2012
  • Uncovering unconventional resources, Nuclear Energy Insider, 3rd Annual Nuclear Supply Chain Conference, April 2012
  • Responding to a Black Swan, Infocast, Post Fukushima Nuclear Safety Conference, December 5, 2011
  • Improving the Supply Chain – Work Management Interface, Nuclear Energy Insider, 2nd Annual Nuclear Supply Chain Conference, June 2011
  • Nuclear Renaissance: Making the Business Case for New Nuclear Plants, Deloitte Consulting LLP, November 2009
Education
  • Master of Business Administration, Kennesaw State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, United States Naval Academy
Qualifications
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) License
  • U.S. Navy, Chief Nuclear Engineer Officer Qualification
  • U.S. Navy, Engineering Officer of the Watch Qualification
  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Senior Operational Focus and Plant Operations Evaluator
  • Project Management Institute, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification (2005 – present)
  • National Academy for Nuclear Training, Event Investigator Certification
  • University of Houston’s International Institute of Diversity & Cross-Cultural Management Business School, Diversity Management Certificate (2007)
  • Institute of Management Consultants, Certified Management Consultant (CMC) (2004 – 2007)
Community
  • Pan-American College Fund Treasurer and Financial Board Member – serves as Treasurer and Financial Board Member of the Pan-American College Fund, offering qualified Americans (people from North, Central, or South America) a fully funded four-year education with minimal requirements for follow-up service. Students from outside the United States are offered an education at participating Colleges and Universities inside the United States. U.S. Citizens can choose from participating Universities throughout Central and South America.
  • U.S. Nuclear Industry New Nuclear Plant Construction Board Member – served as a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s New Nuclear Plant Executive Taskforce and Nuclear Industry Infrastructure Committee in 2005. Worked with industry leaders to develop and implement programs supporting new plant construction.
  • Kennesaw State University Graduate Student Advisory Board – 2004 member of a committee of university chairs, professors, and past and present graduate students providing program and policy recommendations to the Coles College dean.

Nancy Booth, StrategyDriven DirectorNancy Booth MBA
Director

Nancy Booth is a StrategyDriven Advisory Services Director with over 25 years of Commercial Real Estate and Retail Industry experience. Her experience includes 13 years of internal advisory work within the Commercial Real Estate Industry specializing in finance, accounting, budgeting, cash management, contracts, leases, contractor management, property management, and asset management. Nancy advised the Chief Financial Officer and several senior managers at one of the largest property management firms in the United States in the financial oversight of over one hundred commercial properties. She authored the organization’s pre-audit operational review program, ensuring compliance with financial regulatory requirements and internal standards.

Nancy also has 8 years of entrepreneurial experience owning and managing operations of a bricks and mortar retail store. In this role, she oversaw strategic planning, budgeting, cash management, contracts, inventory management, marketing, customer relationship management, and talent management programs.

Consulting Topics
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Performance Improvement and Monitoring
  • Operations Management
Experience

Strategy and Planning

  • Assistant Controller – Responsible for the $1 billion commercial property portfolio of a one of the largest property management firms in the United States. Oversaw all financial programs including joint venture accounting, leases, accounts receivables, cash flow management, capital projects, and construction for over one hundred commercial properties. This diverse property portfolio included office towers, malls, hotels, and office buildings.

Performance Improvement and Monitoring

  • Operational Review Program Leader – Authored a pre-audit operational review program for onsite business financial operations ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and internal standards. Realized a significant reduction in both internal and external findings.

Operations Management

  • Lease Management Database Development Lead – Conceived, designed, and led the development of a commercial property lease management database for one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Worked with senior organization leaders throughout the United States to abstract the highly sensitive information from over 1,500 commercial property leases into the information management system providing key executives with the information needed to more effectively manage the entire commercial property portfolio.
  • Entrepreneurial Business Launch Lead – led the launch of several commercial businesses; including organizational development, legal and financial structuring, and vendor and property management. Collectively, these businesses realized a revenue stream of several million dollars.
Education
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Saint Thomas
  • Bachelor of Arts, Marketing and Management, Houston Baptist University

Amy Hutchens, StrategyDriven Executive Corporate Compliance & Ethics AdvisorAmy Hutchens JD
Executive Corporate Compliance & Ethics Advisor

Amy Hutchens is a StrategyDriven Advisory Services Executive Corporate Compliance & Ethics Advisor with over 15 years of experience practicing law and consulting. Amy assists domestic and international organizations with development of the compliance and ethics infrastructure required by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and other ethics and compliance statutory frameworks. She has developed, implemented, overseen, and managed all aspects of compliance and ethics programs including assessing risk, surveying culture, drafting policies, training employees, developing organizational values, and establishing, monitoring, and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in how organizations foster ethics and compliance as central to their missions. Amy is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the state of Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. She previously served as General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services for Watermark Risk Management International, LLC. Amy also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and as an Air Force Judge Advocate.

Consulting Topics
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Performance Improvement and Monitoring
  • Management and Leadership
  • Talent Management
Experience

Strategy and Planning

  • Compliance Program Development Lead – established a FAR-required compliance program from its inception, including risk assessment, code of conduct, policies, audit and monitoring protocols, and managing reporting mechanisms for a national engineering and construction firm. Amy shepherded all compliance-related training efforts, directing training resources to high risk compliance topics. Through increased awareness and proactive on-site training, her efforts prevented compliance violations at one location from happening on 26 other job locations

Performance Improvement and Monitoring

  • Compliance and Ethics Assessment Leader – led the assessment of the compliance and ethics program at a large healthcare organization with three divisions after the new CEO lost confidence in the former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Amy evaluated the health of the program and delivered a report to the Board mapping opportunities for maturation and performance gap closure as well as areas that were functioning at or above best practices. With this report in hand, the Board was able to assign resources to the program in a manner that ensured balanced growth and effectiveness
  • Compliance Program Consultant – serves as the independent consultant approved by the Department of Homeland Security to assess and provide continuous reporting on the development and progress of the compliance program of a major supplier of security equipment to the Transportation Security Administration

Management and Leadership

  • Compliance Risk Analysis and Strategic Planning Leader – advised the General Counsel at a publicly traded educational software company, who also served as the Chief Compliance Officer, through a three phase process to identify compliance program gaps, identify and prioritize legal risks, and develop a strategic plan to align resources according to risk thereby maximizing risk mitigation and management

Talent Management

  • Anti-bribery and Corruption Evaluation Lead – oversaw the assessment of a publicly traded telecommunications company’s anti-bribery and anti-corruption program, including due diligence. Amy evaluated the compliance and ethics program with focus on anti-corruption risks; recommending development and implementation of various controls to mitigate the risks of corruption in global business dealings. Her assistance enabled the client in creating a risk-based approach to due diligence thereby spending less money on background checks and comprehensive due diligence reports on their tens of thousands of third parties around the world
Publications
  • Compliance Risk Assessment: Getting It Right, Compliance & Ethics Professional, July 2013
  • Herding Cats: Managing Conflicts of Interest in Federal Contracting, Contract Management Magazine, National Contract Management Association, November 2012
  • Navigating the Choppy Waters of Corporate Compliance, ABA Business Law, Corporate Counsel Newsletter, March 2012
  • Wearing Two Hats: The Dual Roles of In-House Counsel and Compliance Officer, Contract Management, National Contract Management Association, February 2012
  • Pay Now or Pay Later: Wage-and-hour enforcement outlook for 2011, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, February 2011
Presentations
  • New Age Training and Communications Techniques Seminar, ACC Compliance and Ethics Committee, May 2013
  • Wearing Two Hats At Once – Counsel and Compliance Officer, ACC/West LegalEdCenter, October 2011
Education
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, John Hopkins University
Community
  • Appointee, Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council – serves as a non-legislative citizen member of the newly formed Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council residing in the Virginia Department of Legislative Services
  • Voices of Valor Advisory Board Member – serves as an Advisory Board member for Voices of Valor, a therapeutic program benefitting veterans

John Fornicola, StrategyDriven Senior AdvisorJohn Fornicola
Senior Advisor

John Fornicola is a StrategyDriven Advisory Services Senior Advisor with over 40 years of Energy industry and consulting experience. He possess extensive nuclear and power generation experience in the areas of Nuclear Oversight, Quality Assurance, Nuclear Safety Assessment, Business Operations, Change Management, and Nuclear and Environmental Licensing and Regulatory Affairs; having held senior leadership positions in Nuclear Safety Assessment, Nuclear Oversight and Quality Assurance.

Consulting Topics
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Performance Improvement and Monitoring
  • Operations Management
  • Talent Management
  • Professional Development
Experience

Strategy and Planning

  • GPU Vision Facilitator, Team Leader, and Team Coach leading teams of facilitators in the rollout of the company’s Mission and Vision process in preparation for deregulation of its Northeast business.
  • Led development and company-wide implementation of a new strategic planning process at GPU Nuclear; resulting in significant cost savings at the Three Mile Island and Oyster Creek nuclear plants.

Performance Improvement and Monitoring

  • General Manager, Nuclear Oversight – Member of the TVA senior executive team, leading a staff of full-time and contract Quality Assurance (QA), Licensing, and Employee Concerns personnel at three nuclear stations and the Corporate Office in the performance of audits and assessments of operational, recovery, and construction related activities
  • Directed Browns Ferry Unit 1 Re-Start operational performance oversight in preparation for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Operational Readiness Assessment Team (ORAT) evaluation. Earned an ORAT performance assessment finding indicating that TVA Nuclear’s “performance was consistent with that of current operating reactors, and activities observed demonstrated that adequate controls were used to successfully exhibit readiness for the facility and staff to safely startup and conduct power operations of the Unit 1 facility.”

Operations Management

  • Developed and implemented a TVA Nuclear Quality Assurance Improvement Plan recognized by a 2006 NIEP Evaluation as strengthening the Nuclear Assurance management team’s capabilities and credibility, creating visible senior leadership commitment, and significantly improving alignment between the oversight staff and TVA Nuclear’s leadership team
  • Managed the Quality Assurance oversight of the TMI Unit 2 Recovery effort ensuring safe, efficient, and effective defueling, cleanup, and radioactive waste shipment

Management and Leadership

  • Managed a TVA Corporate group responsible for process improvement, procedure governance, and oversight; document control and records management process ownership and implementation; change management; and implementation and maintenance of the Nuclear Power Group’s Enterprises and Business Application Management process. Vastly improved the TVA Change Management process by developing site leadership and implementation roles and establishing a website including change management tools.

Talent Management

  • Directed implementation of the GPU Nuclear Safety Culture Survey
  • Consulting lead for design, development, instructor training, and rollout of a one-day interpersonal skills workshop for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station management and staff
Presentations
  • Learning Map Seminars – Our Bridge to the Future and Our Performance Improvement Journey, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • STAR 7 (Leadership, Team Building & Culture Change) Seminars, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Career Transition Workshops, A.J. O’Connor Associates; Manchester, Inc. and Right Management consultants
  • Stress Management Workshops, A.J. O’Connor Associates
  • Teamwork & Leadership Program, Waterbury Co. Inc.
  • Teamwork & Leadership Seminars, GPU Nuclear
Education
  • Master of Administration, Penn State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University
Qualifications
  • The Institute for Motivational Living, Inc., Certified DISC Behavioral Analyst/Consultant
  • GPU/ARC International, Certified Vision Facilitator and Coach
  • GPU Nuclear/Senn-Delaney, Certified Teamwork and Leadership Facilitator