Leaner, Faster, Smarter

About Strategic iQ

Strategic iQ was founded on the principles of Strategic Intelligence which invokes the convergence and application of business intelligence (internal facing), competitive intelligence (outward facing) and knowledge management to help companies operate LeanerFaster and Smarter.  

Businesses must continuously improve their performance and sustain that improvement in a rapidly changing business environment. Our business advisory professionals bring experience of working with major organizations to help you deliver measurable and sustainable improvement in the performance of your business. We assemble the right multidisciplinary teams, use consistent and proven methodologies and tools, and draw on the full breadth of our team’s capabilities and experience.

Our approach is business-led, process-based and change-enabled. This means we are holistic in our approach to your initiative, focusing not only on the technical aspects of the project, but the people, process and structural issues that will be critical to its success. By applying this holistic approach, we will help you enhance the long-term value of your investment and drive value across the various business processes and functions.

MEET OUR

Leadership TEAM

Principal/ Co-Founder

Ken Dowd

Ken is an accomplished technology and advisory services leader with over 25-years of experience leading large, transformative projects resulting in improved cost optimization, profitability and growth. He is adept at performing as a liaison between technical and non-technical functions and aligning business objectives with technology road-maps. Ken extensive experience includes:

  • Solution architect leveraging technology to enforce management controls while improving process efficiencies and effectiveness
  • VP, Enterprise Performance Management / Practice Lead at a rapidly growing technology services firm
  • Leadership positions at EY, PwC, Meritor, Delphi, General Motors and UpStream Software
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lawrence Technological University

Principal/ Co-Founder

Dave Pavlov

Dave is a seasoned executive with over 25-years of diverse experience leading organizations to achieve excellence, focusing on strategic planning and business process improvements. He has led teams that have achieved significant cost reduction and improved profit margins, while integrating key financial and metric-based reporting. Dave has experience in:

  • Coordinating major organizational transformation initiatives
  • Leading several integration and PMO projects by leveraging a combination of dynamic leadership, out of the box strategies and creative financial goal setting
  • Principal partner of a successful Michigan-based advisory and consulting practice
  • Leadership roles at Jefferson Wells / Experis, LDMI Telecommunication/Talk America and BDO Seidman
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting at Albion College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA
  • Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS
  • Six Sigma certified

OneStream Practice Leader

Mike Whiteman

Mike has over 25 years of financial consolidation systems experience, including system design, implementations, administration, and control compliance, with a core background in accounting and financial reporting. He is adept and skilled at identifying and solving financial system problems. He is a seasoned veteran at working effectively with finance and internal/external IT support groups to meet coordinated goals. Mike has extensive experience modifying systems and processes to meet changing business requirements including business realignments, tax reorganizations, restatements, discontinued operations, acquisitions, and supporting divested divisions.

Selected Relevant Experience

  • As a Financial Systems Manager at Tenneco, Mike was a lead project member responsible for designing and developing a new global OneStream cloud application for the DRiV business segment. He was involved in all areas of the project, including application design, building, testing, training, and developing system process and governance documentation. Mike was also part of the team responsible for supporting the on-premise OneStream applications for Tenneco (previously Federal-Mogul), with 900+ global users, as well as the lead technical expert working closely with OneStream Software and local IT support on application upgrades.
  • Mike was involved in numerous projects over an 18+ year period at Delphi Automotive, beginning with the cloning of General Motors’ mainframe general ledger and consolidation systems when Delphi spun-off from GM in early 1999. He then planned, designed, and executed the transition from the company’s legacy mainframe financial consolidation system to Hyperion Enterprise, reducing support cost and increasing system and reporting process performance. He later worked closely with Decipher Solutions to create an automated trial balance submission process between Hyperion Enterprise and Decipher’s web-based trial balance reporting and validation application, eTBR.
  • Other projects at Delphi included the cloning of the company’s Hyperion Enterprise application for the divested Saginaw Steering division, leading the project team and providing post-implementation support. He was also a lead on the project to replace Hyperion Enterprise with HFM and FDM and spent the next 4 years supporting 800+ users of the new global financial consolidation system.
  • Mike has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.

The SiQ

STRATEGIC DIFFERENCE

DIFFERENTIATORS

  • Core team brings practical finance operations leadership experience
  • Team averages 20+ years of EPM technical experience & expertise
  • Best practice expertise from 100+ EPM projects
  • Teams consists of certified OneStream solution architects
  • Leading practices from “Big 4” and national firm experience
  • Agile methodology means no scope lock or costly change orders
  • Transparency with staffing and pricing model with fluid scalability of the team as demand dictates
  • Ability to view the implementation in the context of your longer-term strategy and vision

ACCELERATORS

  • Pre-built, leading practice solutions and techniques based on industry standards and leading practice
  • Pre-built project artifacts and templates
  • Agile / sprint project approach to keep business engaged early and often to validate requirements
  • Proven quality assurance model
  • Principal led engagements with local and global teams
  • Core competencies in critical subject matter:
    •  Technology
    •  Process / controls
    •  Risk management and mitigation
    •  PMO / change management