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For over 18 years, Executive Workforce Consultants, Inc., and its divisions offers innovative workforce talent acquisition and management solutions to over 573 organizations, in the commercial space, not-for-profit sector and government. Our leadership structure includes (4) four Managing Partners and (2) Principals, including those who are multi-disciplined and multi-cultural. The difference between EWC and other professional service firms is worth knowing. We customize the training solution then deliver all services and programs back to you - the customer.  Our 12-15 Career Coaches and Management Consultants are agile and committed to the customers' needs.  Within the government and the A&D industries our consultants are top secret government clearance and all are game-changers in their disciplines.

EWC Learning Institute subscribes to the curriculum of on-line standards of accredited as with universities including but not limited to The University of Phoenix, Stanford University, Villanova University and Washington. We uphold to the professional associations of AHCAP, AHEA, ASHAR, AHHRA, APA, AMA, PMI, and SHRM. We maintain a partnership with Wiley and Insala. We are certified experts and distributors of assessment products in recruitment, selection, development training, job match. This includes the DiSC for Workplace, Sales, Leaders, 360, PXT and PI assessment tools; and platforms developed for Insala. We have design engineers on staff to course curriculum training for your and your organization. All programs meet the standards and are compatible with our respective technology platforms for Career Development, Transition, Business Process Management (BPM), Lean Six SIgma (LSS) and Assessment instruments. 

Our consultants are well matched with each clients by their industry, knowledge management and educational professional experiences from which to draw. We set priorities to resolve challenges with your workforce and assist with technology and processes of emerging and changing companies. 

We are proud to introduce our team:


Michael Soler, MS, PMP

President & Managing Partner, MS, BPM, Six Sigma Black Belt Methods

 Soler is the President and Managing Partner of Executive Workforce Consultants, Inc. since 2007. He provides expertise in C-Suite Coaching, Project Management, Lean SIx Sigma / BPM Process Improvement, Talent Acquisition (Search) and EWC's Rising Star Leadership Services. He is the architect with EWC's Search and Career Service Partnerships and is the subject matter expert (SME) for AEC, Banking and Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, and Professional / Legal Services industries. 

Mr. Soler certifications and training includes Business Process Management (BPM), Black Belt Six Sigma Methodology (BBSSM), Personal DirecMichaeltions and 360 Leadership Effective Analysis (LEA), Profiles International's 360 and XT (Job Match Tool) and DiSC Everything for Workplace, Of Leaders and Sales also used for selection, development and workforce resource management.

Prior to 2000, Michael was Managing Principal of the Human Capital Division of DeFrain Mayer's (J.P. Morgan) Human Resources and Actuarial Services. Previously, Mr. Soler was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lee Hecht Harrison, a subsidiary of Adecco. He launched St. Louis and Kansas City offices. He participated in corporate-wide leadership teams for growth and product development in Executive Business Coaching and Technology Services.  He held a staff and faculty position with Washington University in St. Louis.  Mr. Soler created the career service internship programs for the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and at the Washington University Medical Center.  Previously, he wrote landmark legislation for the Older American Act on Healthcare and nutrition reform while on Capital Hill with the US Congress.

He received his Masters at the University of Missouri with honors, Graduate City Planning and Management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.Mr. Soler is a member and former Vice President of the Human Resources Management Association. He currently serves on numerous philanthopic, economic and community development boards. He has been a Planning Commissioner since 2010.  His interests include aviation, baseball, photography and sailing.

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Alfredo Ontiveros, Jr.

Alfredo Ontiveros, Jr., FACHE

Managing Director - Health Services Division Leader

Alfredo Alfredo Ontiveros, the Managing Director of our Health Services Division. Alfredo is a healthcare consultant and subject matter expert in Talent Acquisition (Search), hospital cultural transformation, operations, healthcare systems, and physician and board relations. He is board certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Most recently, Alfredo served as Chief Executive Officer of a physician owned hospital in a turnaround project. He has held a variety of executive-related positions in the USA and Mexico with both freestanding and with nationally known healthcare systems such as Universal Health Services, Inc., MedCath Inc., Ardent Health Services LLC, and Foundation Surgical Hospital Affiliates, LLC.

As an entrepreneur, Alfredo owned and operated Poderoso Solutions and AO Business Consulting, business consulting firms based in Texas and Oklahoma. Both firms helped healthcare organizations improve their performance and profitability through talent management which included training and education in leadership and management skills and processes.

Alfredo is a United States Air Force Retired Medical Service Corps (MSC) healthcare executive, having served with the U.S. Air Forces in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. He holds various military awards and decorations for his time in service including Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He held the rank of U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel when he retired from active service.

Alfredo has a Master of Arts in Health Services Management and successfully completed graduate level U.S. Air Force leadership and management programs. He is currently an active member of the Rotary Club and the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives. He also holds life memberships in the Air Force.

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Fred J. Meyland-Smith

Managing Partner

MichaelFred Meyland-Smith is a Managing Partner, working from the St. Louis office. He provides service to each of EWC's four divisions and assists in serving corporate clients’ executive coaching and human resources (HR) consulting needs. His expertise is in coaching executives and sales professionals, strategic planning, talent management, redeployment and corporate restructuring.  He is also a co-owner of Hadley Pottery.

Highly skilled as a communicator, mentor and coach, Mr. Meyland-Smith offers a unique line perspective that fosters integration of the HR function into the overall business operation.

As a vice-president of Ralston Purina Company (Nestle) for 16 years in both sales and human resources, Mr. Meyland-Smith managed organizational development, performance management, compensation, recruiting, compliance and transferee relocation for the company's $3 billion Pet Products Division. Mr. Meyland-Smith's experience also includes senior sales management responsibilities at the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati.

Fred received his Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Colgate University. He is president of the Colgate University Alumni Club of St. Louis and serves on the University's Board of Directors and Alumni Admissions. He is also a Board of Alderman for the Town & Country Planning and Zoning Commission, on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Variety Club Board of Directors and a member of the Human Resources Management Association. He is a native New Yorker and a St. Louis resident of more than 20 years.

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C.J. Westrick, SPHR

Managing Principal, HR Counsulting

MichaelMs. Westrick is a Managing Principal working out of our San Diego office. She provides a unique blend of human resources (HR) consultative services for our corporate clients and candidates. C.J. has maintained her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification since 2002 and founder of HR Jungle, a human resources consulting firm.

C.J. has over 20 years of experience in human resources management throughout California. As a consultant, she has worked with a number of industries, including biomedical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, manufacturing, property management, and transportation. Ms. Westrick has also held HR management roles within several pharmaceutical and medical device companies, including Oclassen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Watson Laboratories Inc., Accumetrics Inc., and SenDx Medical Inc., a subsidiary of Radiometer Medical.

She completed the Human Resources Leadership Program at the University of California, San Diego and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. C.J. is an active member of the San Diego business community and is a member and on the Advisory Board of Connected Women of Influence (CWI), a member of the California Chamber of Commerce, a member and Past President of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA), Past Vice President of the Marin Human Resources Forum, and past member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Northern California Human Resources Council (NCHRC).

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Kirk A. Young, SPHR

Managing Principal (JobMatch Assessment)

Kirk Young is the Managing Principal for Executive Workforce Consultants in Kansas City and Overland Park, Kansas. He also manages JobMatch Assessment, EWC's Assessment Division. He manages client relationships and expertise in HR reorganization, alignment and overall assessment as the distributor of Profiles International assessments. He has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, is MBTI qualified and a certified DDI trainer, and a Strategic Partner of Profiles International, a leading employee assessment company.

Previously, Mr. Young served Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Ernst & Young in executive human resource roles. He established an account-based human resources function that provided individual, team, supervisory and leadership development on the worksite. Kirk was instrumental in implementing performance management, compensation, succession planning, competency models, and assessment. Prior to Ernst & Young, he managed employee relations and employment for Lever Brothers Company, a $2 billion division of a consumer product organization, where he negotiated with local unions, mediated the grievance and arbitration process, trained managers, and directed employment for two plants. Mr. Young also managed research, negotiation support and financial modeling for two master contracts covering wages and benefits. In addition to his recruitment and generalist duties, Kirk was responsible for human resource integration for over 30 acquisitions while working at Safelite Glass, a $250 million division of a Fortune 50 company.

Mr. Young holds an MBA from St. Louis University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Emporia State University. He has moved about the country but is at home in Kansas City.

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Stephen K. Girard

Principal, Organizational Effectiveness and Business Process Management

Steve Girard is a Principal and Organizational Effectiveness Expert, working from our Kansas City and Overland Park offices. He specializes in Lean Manufacturing implementation, process improvement and organizational effectiveness in the healthcare, engineering and manufacturing industries. Additionally, Steve is a nationally known speaker and workshop leader who has delivered over 400 business and personal growth presentations. Mr. Girard is certified by the Covey Leadership Center to present “First Things First” personal growth workshops.

Prior to joining Executive Workforce Consultants, Mr. Girard successfully implemented Lean Manufacturing in Andersen Logistics' Western Division that consisted of six manufacturing centers. During this engagement, he developed and delivered specialized curriculum, trained Lean Champions and developed division metrics. Mr. Girard also served corporate operational business units to improve process control effectiveness, quality and bottom line performance on the most complex projects, which often returned over 110% return on investment (ROI). Mr. Girard previously owned Management Resource Group, that advised and trained business associates through direct consulting and platform presentations. He also brings solid credentials from the banking regulatory industry, where he successfully renegotiated or restructured over $200M in defaulted commercial loans and directly collected over $100M for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Mr. Girard holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he graduated ‘With Distinction’ and is installed as an active member of Phi Kappa Phi. He continued his education and completed a Magna Cum Laude Master's degree in Christian Education from the Nazarene Theological Seminary. Steve is active in his community as a member of the Mid Town 2000 Taskforce and he also volunteers as a counselor to Kansas City Rescue Mission's clients.

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