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envision • execute • excel

These three words sum up espi’s holistic approach to driving your business to ongoing excellence. Whether you are challenged by inefficiencies in your day-to-day operations or an infrastructure that you have outgrown, espi works with you to envision and execute operational and information systems solutions, leading to ongoing excellence in profitability and growth.

practical solutions

At espi, we believe that a plan should be judged by strong measurable results. More than 200 clients have benefitted from our expertise.

Partnership

Partnership is key to espi’s success. Our clients are engaged in the solution to make ongoing excellence in profitability and growth a reality. Through strategic alliances with proven colleagues, we ensure a holistic approach.

Value

Value, quite simply, means we deliver strong measurable results at a fair price. We are driven by a belief in our clients and their ability to succeed.

Our team has strong and deep roots in business and industry, with an average of 20 to 30 years of experience. Our expertise focuses on:

Operational Systems Solutions

including operational process improvements, supply chain management, facilities planning, training and strategic operational planning.

Information Systems Solutions

including enterprise resource planning (ERP), custom application development, business intelligence, organizational change management and strategic information technology planning.

our team

Vinay Govande President | PMP® | Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Mr. Govande has 25 years of progressive experience in supply-chain, information technology, and continuous improvement. He is a certified project management professional and a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He has directed multi-disciplinary teams on over 80 different projects to achieve significant results. He has been instrumental in creating transformational and sustainable change in a variety of organizations. Mr. Govande’s clients include fortune 500 companies such as Stanley, Tyco, and Alcoa as well as mid-size and small companies such as East Penn Manufacturing, Just Born, B|Braun Medical, Transcontinental, Infinera, TrayPak, Custom Processing, etc… He began his career as a manufacturing engineer at Cummins Engine Company in India. He worked as a project manager at the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University. His expertise includes supply-chain planning and execution, demand management, S&OP, ERP system selection, implementation and optimization, as well as lean six-sigma manufacturing, business process analysis, factory design, plant layout and design and implementation of information systems. Mr. Govande has assisted several clients in the reengineering of their business processes through implementation of supply chain and ERP systems, such as Oracle, JDA, SAP, Epicor, Visual Manufacturing, SyteLine, Macola, PowerCerv, and PrintStream. Mr. Govande holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune, India, and a graduate degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Auburn University. He is certified in Demand Flow Technology and Business Strategy by JcIT and teaches lean manufacturing as a visiting lecturer in Lehigh University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and DeSales University. His papers have been published in IIE, Conference on Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice, and Modeling and Simulation Conference. He is a member of PMI and is a past member of APICS, SME and ASQC.

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Don Ortner Vice President | PMP®

Don joins espi with over 7 years of consulting experience collaborating with C-level teams and functional management to implement changes leading to improved revenue and profitability. He has guided teams to successfully develop and deliver new processes for building strategies, delivering innovations and improving operations. In this capacity, he has worked with early stage startups to global 200 companies. The methods have proven effective in delivering profit-generating results across a broad range of industries including automotive, heavy machining, medical devices, food products, government and advanced materials.

As an executive with over twenty five years in strategy, innovation and new product development, Don has led dozens of teams through every stage of innovation from discovery through development and commercialization. As Senior Director and Chief Project Manager at Mack and Volvo, he led the development of two new platforms representing over $2.0 billion in annual sales. In addition to leading the successful delivery of over 200 new product development projects, he has led the development of processes designed to improve the timing and delivery of new products which excite customers and drive margins.

In addition to consulting, Don teaches MBA level courses in project management and international strategy at DeSales University. He has earned the PMP certification and is an active member of the PMI. He has served on the board of a non-profit and currently holds volunteer leadership positions on the Innovation Leadership Forum.

Don holds a Masters of International Business from University of South Carolina.

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Keith Cowan Senior Consultant

Mr. Cowan is a seasoned consultant with over 20 years of experience in industrial engineering and information technology. He utilizes his experience to streamline and improve business processes through application of systems and technology. He is a certified consultant in the use of world-class systems to develop Activity Based Costing Models. He has developed several decision support tools and implementation of decision support tools based in MS Excel, MS Access, MS SQL, VB and VB.NET. In the field of BI (Business Intelligence), he has assisted several organizations in extracting business data and interpreting it for decision making. Keith is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He holds certification in Demand Flow Technology and Business Strategy from JCIT.

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Scott R. Palochik Director of Business Development

Scott has over over 20 years experience in sales and marketing at all levels. His primary focus is a consultative approach to asses client needs and determine the best course of action. Scott graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communications/Advertising and has over 10 years experience in the commercial print industry as both Production and Sales Manager. Scott’s advertising campaign for espi won the American Graphic Design Award in 2013 for “Trip Down the Rabbit Hole” focused on training & development services and 2014 for “Houdini” focused on supply chain services.

 

Scott is a founding member and vice chair of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Council. Scott is also a member of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Manufacturing Advisory Board.

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group partners

Altizon Systems

Altizon is the world’s first Industrial Internet Platform company focused on making Enterprises Internet of Things(IoT) ready. Our flagship product, the Datonis IoT Platform, helps you build your IoT product in weeks by providing device connectivity kits, a device management layer, a highly-scalable, real-time, big-data analytics engine and alerting and monitoring services. Datonis easily integrates with your existing IT systems to provide a seamless transition between your IoT devices and your IT infrastructure management tools. Datonis is available both in a SaaS as well as in a hosted models.

Infor

Beautiful business software for your business processes
espi has many successful implementations and upgrades of Infor’s suite of solutions. Infor Manufacturing is a purpose-built solution suite that manages the complete manufacturing operation, from financials and scheduling to shop floor management, quality control, and analytics. With support for multiple manufacturing strategies, including Engineer to Order, Configure to Order, Make to Stock, and more.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania links early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers with funding, experts, technology, universities and other resources to help them prosper.

East Stroudsburg Univeristy

East Stroudsburg University is located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 56 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees. It is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. ESU encourages its faculty, students, staff, administrators, and affiliates to be innovative and to explore opportunities that will constantly energize and improve its mission as a learning community of the 21st Century.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce – Manufacturing Council

This council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is open to any with specific focus in manufacturing, logistics, and direct support to manufacturing. The mission is to elevate the importance of manufacturing in the Lehigh Valley through peer-to-peer networking and discussion platforms, a conduit for manufacturers to access Lehigh Valley resources and bolster the perception of manufacturing to the public. Espi is a founding member of the Manufacturing Council.

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

Lehigh is a premier private residential research university. Most of our students—undergraduate and graduate—live on campus, allowing research and discovery to happen almost anywhere. We are ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year, and our four colleges have earned a reputation for their entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

LEHIGH VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to serve as a regional shared services and resource center to help businesses to come, grow, and start here.

MIDATLANTIC TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE CENTER

MidAtlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (MATAAC) has been chartered by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce with responsibility for the management of Trade Adjustment Technical Assistance. The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program includes three phases: 1) Certification as trade-injured; 2) Customized Recovery Plan; 3) Project Implementation.

Manufacturers Resource Center

For nearly 25 years, the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively. MRC partners with leading consultants and strategists to offer local manufacturers world-class assistance – bypassing the typical barriers to entry.

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRIAL RESOURCE CENTER

NEPIRC is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing world-class professional services exclusively to manufacturers throughout northeastern and northern Pennsylvania since 1988. NEPIRC works with manufacturing clients on consultative engagements designed to address their unique challenges and maximize their profitability.

WILKES UNIVERSITY

Wilkes offers the opportunities, programs and activities of a large university in the caring, mentoring culture of a small university. We are the only university with our mix of liberal arts and professional programs — where an engineering major can double-major in digital media, or a pharmacy major can earn a concentration in Spanish and play football or field hockey.