Leadership

Leadership Team

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Michael Pirron
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO

Michael founded Impact Makers in 2006. Before establishing Virginia’s first benefit corporation, he spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in France. His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. As a result, Michael has lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

After returning to the States, he accepted a position as the Manager of Application Development at Health Management Corporation (HMC), a subsidiary of WellPoint Blue Cross / Blue Shield. Prior to launching Impact Makers, Michael was the Director of Product Development at First Health Services Corporation.

Founder & CEO

Michael founded Impact Makers in 2006. Before establishing Virginia’s first benefit corporation, he spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in France. His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. As a result, Michael has lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

After returning to the States, he accepted a position as the Manager of Application Development at Health Management Corporation (HMC), a subsidiary of WellPoint Blue Cross / Blue Shield. Prior to launching Impact Makers, Michael was the Director of Product Development at First Health Services Corporation.

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Jim Blizzard
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Jim joined Impact Makers in 2012 serving as a Principal Consultant and Enterprise Agility Service Area Lead before becoming COO. Prior to joining Impact Makers, he served in various P&C, Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Public Sector roles.

He brings over 30 years of business and consulting experience to Impact Makers. He is passionate about making a difference for our clients and employees and fulfilling on our mission to the community. For our clients he leverages his business operations and technical backgrounds to deliver innovative solutions that achieve results.

Chief Operating Officer

Jim joined Impact Makers in 2012 serving as a Principal Consultant and Enterprise Agility Service Area Lead before becoming COO. Prior to joining Impact Makers, he served in various P&C, Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Public Sector roles.

He brings over 30 years of business and consulting experience to Impact Makers. He is passionate about making a difference for our clients and employees and fulfilling on our mission to the community. For our clients he leverages his business operations and technical backgrounds to deliver innovative solutions that achieve results.

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Carol Thorney
Vice President, Healthcare and Life Sciences
Vice President- Healthcare and Life Sciences

Carol is an accomplished healthcare consulting professional, with over 20 years of experience in enabling organizations to drive more seamless customer experience through reimagined business models that also drive internal productivity and culture transformation. Focused on strategy development and oversight of consulting, program implementation offerings, and integration of operations as it relates to healthcare and life science clients, Carol facilitates development of the client relationships and internal consulting resources as well as overall P&L responsibility.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Carol held a variety of senior management, business development, consulting and global delivery services positions leading the development of innovation and incubation of new growth models. Responsible for identifying disruptive business models, unique payer, provider, DME and technology partnerships. Effective at enabling new concepts in digital health and diagnostic technologies that create better outcomes and value for care delivery systems in precision health, affordability, and universal access.

VICE PRESIDENT- HEALTHCARE AND LIFE SCIENCES

Carol is an accomplished healthcare consulting professional, with over 20 years of experience in enabling organizations to drive more seamless customer experience through reimagined business models that also drive internal productivity and culture transformation. Focused on strategy development and oversight of consulting, program implementation offerings, and integration of operations as it relates to healthcare and life science clients, Carol facilitates development of the client relationships and internal consulting resources as well as overall P&L responsibility.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Carol held a variety of senior management, business development, consulting and global delivery services positions leading the development of innovation and incubation of new growth models. Responsible for identifying disruptive business models, unique payer, provider, DME and technology partnerships. Effective at enabling new concepts in digital health and diagnostic technologies that create better outcomes and value for care delivery systems in precision health, affordability, and universal access.

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Joe Pugh
Vice President, Public Sector Consulting
Vice President, Public Sector Consulting

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Vice President, Public Sector Consulting

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Scott Hammer
Vice President, Public Sector Consulting
Vice President, Public Sector Consulting

Scott has over 35 years of experience in state and local government, higher education, nonprofit, financial services, retail, and manufacturing industries. He has a record of enabling clients to achieve transformational results as a leader and as an individual contributor and in both tactical and strategic roles. Scott’s expertise includes strategy, procurement, information security, risk management, organizational assessment, and change management.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Scott was a Principal with The North Highland Company, where he also worked closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Vice President, Public Sector Consulting

Scott has over 35 years of experience in state and local government, higher education, nonprofit, financial services, retail, and manufacturing industries. He has a record of enabling clients to achieve transformational results as a leader and as an individual contributor and in both tactical and strategic roles. Scott’s expertise includes strategy, procurement, information security, risk management, organizational assessment, and change management.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Scott was a Principal with The North Highland Company, where he also worked closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Tony Fung
Vice President, Client Intelligent Automation Solutions
Vice President, CLIENT INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

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Vice President, CLIENT INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

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Julie Behne
Principal, Advisory Practice Lead
Principal, Advisory Practice Lead

Julie is a highly accomplished, people-centered executive leader possessing 20+ years’ of fintech experience and a proven ability to design and implement company-wide programs, drive transformational change, initiate global campaigns, and create high-performing teams. Julie is known for championing innovative company-wide solutions that improve efficiency, engagement, and transparency. She is a results-oriented, decisive professional with a proven track record in recruiting, developing, and coaching across all levels and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Julie was a Senior Director at Capital One where she worked on digital transformation initiatives. She holds an Executive Leadership Coach for Organizational Performance ICF Accreditation from American University.

Principal, Advisory Practice Lead

Julie is a highly accomplished, people-centered executive leader possessing 20+ years’ of fintech experience and a proven ability to design and implement company-wide programs, drive transformational change, initiate global campaigns, and create high-performing teams. Julie is known for championing innovative company-wide solutions that improve efficiency, engagement, and transparency. She is a results-oriented, decisive professional with a proven track record in recruiting, developing, and coaching across all levels and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Julie was a Senior Director at Capital One where she worked on digital transformation initiatives. She holds an Executive Leadership Coach for Organizational Performance ICF Accreditation from American University.

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Tim Lindsay
Competency Center Lead – Project Delivery & Risk Management
Competency Center Lead – Project Delivery & Risk Management

Tim is a versatile leader, instructor, and planner with specializations including: Program, Risk, and Change Management; Budgeting and Cost Scheduling; and Human Resources Performance Oversight. Through his career, he has overseen Operational ERP Development, Integration, Implementation, and Customization Programs valued at over $20M.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Tim established himself as a top-rated technology and professional services consultant, with over 25 years of military service.

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Tim is a versatile leader, instructor, and planner with specializations including: Program, Risk, and Change Management; Budgeting and Cost Scheduling; and Human Resources Performance Oversight. Through his career, he has overseen Operational ERP Development, Integration, Implementation, and Customization Programs valued at over $20M.

Prior to joining Impact Makers, Tim established himself as a top-rated technology and professional services consultant, with over 25 years of military service.

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Tom Larson
Architecture Practice Lead
Architecture Practice Lead

Tom is a seasoned IT professional with experience across numerous disciplines including: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, Data Platforms, IT Strategy & Planning, Analytics and Machine Learning. He has applied this broad experience to deliver business value across many industries including: Financial Services, Insurance, Health Care, Travel & Entertainment, Staffing, Consumer Electronics and more.

Architecture Practice Lead

Tom is a seasoned IT professional with experience across numerous disciplines including: Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, Data Platforms, IT Strategy & Planning, Analytics and Machine Learning. He has applied this broad experience to deliver business value across many industries including: Financial Services, Insurance, Health Care, Travel & Entertainment, Staffing, Consumer Electronics and more.

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Chris Horoschak
Executive Recruiter
Executive Recruiter

Christopher joined Impact Makers in 2020 as the leader of the extremely fast paced recruiting team. He is an innovative, driven, and articulate team player/leader with 12+ years of best in class, full cycle recruiting. He specializes in hard to fill positions at all levels, in highly competitive industries such as Information Technology, Consulting, and Research/Data Analytics. Impact Makers’ focus on Data Architecture, Data Engineering, Data Governance, and Project Management, in both the Public and Private sectors, have proven to be both challenging and rewarding. The chance to bring the the top subject matter experts to our clients is the driving force for Christopher, each day. The key to bringing the top candidates to the forefront is a direct result of years spent developing a strong network of trusted advisors as well as, active and passive market leaders and candidates.

He also brings to the table 15+ years of success in investment banking, insurance, marketing, and hospitality management experience.

Executive Recruiter

Christopher joined Impact Makers in 2020 as the leader of the extremely fast paced recruiting team. He is an innovative, driven, and articulate team player/leader with 12+ years of best in class, full cycle recruiting. He specializes in hard to fill positions at all levels, in highly competitive industries such as Information Technology, Consulting, and Research/Data Analytics. Impact Makers’ focus on Data Architecture, Data Engineering, Data Governance, and Project Management, in both the Public and Private sectors, have proven to be both challenging and rewarding. The chance to bring the the top subject matter experts to our clients is the driving force for Christopher, each day. The key to bringing the top candidates to the forefront is a direct result of years spent developing a strong network of trusted advisors as well as, active and passive market leaders and candidates.

He also brings to the table 15+ years of success in investment banking, insurance, marketing, and hospitality management experience.

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Lada Lucks
Controller
Controller

Lada is a highly detail-oriented and outcome-driven finance and accounting professional with over twenty years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She understands the value of and puts her focus on developing policies and procedures to streamline accounting operations and achieve consistently replicable and scalable financial reporting. With her experience across multiple industries and positions, Lada delivers the unique ability of combining process improvement with establishing controls and increasing efficiency to meet company needs.

Controller

Lada is a highly detail-oriented and outcome-driven finance and accounting professional with over twenty years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She understands the value of and puts her focus on developing policies and procedures to streamline accounting operations and achieve consistently replicable and scalable financial reporting.  With her experience across multiple industries and positions, Lada delivers the unique ability of combining process improvement with establishing controls and increasing efficiency to meet company needs.

“We applaud the bold move by Impact Makers to create a business model that helps preserve their commitment to donate all their profits to charity. As Paul Newman did with Newman’s Own, putting the philanthropic mission at the heart of the business helps foster social impact to make the world a better place.”

 Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation