In today’s fiercely competitive business landscape, taking a proactive approach to performance optimization is more important than ever. That’s where we come in.

River Rock Advisors is a leading value chain management firm that specializes in optimizing business performance and transforming organizations with specific focus on cross-functional “white-space” problems.

We work hand-in-hand with businesses of all sizes to analyze and identify areas for value enhancement, and to guide decision-making on business and operational strategies.

Our ultimate goal: to steer our clients towards success, generate measurable results that leave a lasting impact, and help transform your business as you know it.


Whether we’re helping your company address performance deficiencies or identifying opportunities for improvement, here’s what you can expect from us:

    • Balanced, cross-functional approach to optimizing business performance that meets in the middle of the “big three” metrics: Service, Cost, and Capital
    • Solutions that are data-driven and built on carefully curated analytics
  • Strategies tailored to your company’s unique definition of “value”

Years of experience and data collection shows that this unique approach to optimizing business performance not only maximizes results, but also maximizes the sustainability of those results.


Our leadership and staff are the foundation of River Rock Advisors. As a team, we pride ourselves on being your true trusted advisors.

Steve Keener


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Steve has been in the management consulting industry for more than 30 years with a focus on driving value through targeted client business issue resolution and business operations performance improvement. His career started with Cleveland Consulting Associates, which was acquired by CSC, where he was the National Supply Chain practice operating officer before leading the practice. He has led Gartner’s North American Consulting practice, and has held client account roles at Ernst & Young Advisory and the George Group (acquired by Accenture).


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Gary has over 25 years of Value & Supply Chain Advisory experience, and has brought business performance value to a large array of clients. Gary’s large company consulting experience has been in both direct client serving and thought leadership roles in consultancies such as Coopers and Lybrand, Cleveland Consulting Associates and CSC. As a senior executive with those firms, he has been the developer and practitioner of the key solution offerings where RRA focuses: Supply Chain Assessment; Value Chain Strategy; Inventory Performance Optimization; Fixed Frequency Scheduling.

Steve Caulkins


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Steve is an RRA affiliate, working with the firm almost since its inception, has more than 25 years of supply chain consulting experience with a focus on being a client’s most trusted advisor and bringing value by combining functional area knowledge, IT experience and ability to drive change. As a Senior Partner for CSC, Steve led a Supply Chain Operations & Execution practice and a number of significant client accounts. Steve’s experience in global distribution network design, operations and implementation has led him across the globe, and now enables him to bring unique viewpoints to his clients.

dave nelson


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Dave has more than 30 years experience in corporate and consulting leadership roles. Having served in multiple business and IT capacities, Dave’s unique value is in helping clients identify, justify and deploy the right combination of process, organization and technology assets to transform their customer experience, operational performance, and financial results. He is a highly effective executive coach, facilitator, and program leader, with a pragmatic approach to accelerating the delivery of tangible business outcomes. Dave has worked for industry leaders such as Cleveland Consulting, Philips, Kimberly-Clark, DXC, Avanade and TCS. Dave has a BS in Industrial Management and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Indiana University.

Ken Brooks


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Craig, an RRA affiliate, has more than 25 years of experience moving between consulting and industry roles. Craig’s deep interest in leveraging analytics to drive business performance has put him in significant SIOP/S&OP and Planning Leadership roles in industry and for advisory clients, spanning the breadth of value chain issues. Craig’s consulting work has been with CSC and Cleveland Consulting Associates. His industry work has been with companies such as Honeywell, Circuit City, Spectrum Brands and Curtiss-Wright. Beyond advisory roles for RRA, Craig has stepped into client interim roles fitting the RRA brand of “Insights and Analytics for Business Results.”

James Axson


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James joined RRA in 2019 and has worked with a variety of clients involved in the wholesale/distribution, vehicle accessories, textile, chemical, and consumer goods industries. He has performed multiple Rapid Inventory Assessments and Distribution Network Analyses. James has also assisted in the implementation of SIOP/S&OP processes at a chemicals manufacturer, including planning for the eCommerce channel which extensively uses Fulfillment-by- Amazon (FBA). James has an MBA from Ohio University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) and worked as a Supply Chain Analyst at a silicone/ceramics manufacturer.


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Since joining the firm in 2018, Brian has experience in supporting clients in the Chemical Manufacturing, Automotive Lubricants, Industrial / Consumer Products, & Construction / Contracting industries as well as the U.S. Government. During his time with the firm, Brian’s support has stemmed from but is not limited to — projects with a focus in inventory target setting, inventory stocking strategies, production planning & allocation, item segmentation, SIOP/S&OP processes, master data cleanup, KPI dashboard development and value stream mapping. Brian earned his B.S. degree in Supply Chain Operations management from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 2017.

Ken Brooks


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Michelle joined RRA in 2021 and has experience in data analysis, designing visualizations and dashboards, extract-transform-load (ETL) optimization, and database development through the MS Excel, MS Power BI, MS Access, and MS SQL Server environment. Prior to RRA, Michelle served four years as an active-duty Army Officer (Captain) specializing in leadership, logistics management, and deployment support planning. Michelle graduated from the University of Toledo in 2016 with a BBA in Accounting. With a diverse background in military leadership, logistics, programming, and accounting, Michelle is focused on solving critical business problems for RRA clients.

Stephanie Schueren


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Stephanie joined RRA in June 2022 after graduating from The Ohio state University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing in operations research and management systems. Stephanie spent her final year of school working with Coca-Cola at their manufacturing plant in Columbus, OH to improve line efficiencies, as well as remotely with Coke Consolidated focusing on consumer behavior in retail. She has hands on experience in business management, production planning, replenishment planning, as well as statistical and seasonal inventory target setting.

Ken Brooks


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Ken is an RRA affiliate with over 30 years of experience both in managing and providing advisory services in product development and supply chain activities. He has senior operating experience in global product development, sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution with publishing companies and has contributed in industries as varied as online retail, chain drug, food service, and telecommunications as a senior advisor.  Over the course of his career, Ken has founded digital services companies both in the US and abroad; a public domain publishing imprint; designed and operated SIOP processes, systems, and distribution operations. Prior to his entry into industry, Ken was a senior manager in Andersen Consulting’s logistics strategy practice. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialty in Machine Learning from Georgia Tech.


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Mike, an affiliate of RRA, has a consulting career that spans finance, advanced costing, BI, complexity modeling and operational process excellence from the board room to the manufacturing floor. His 15-year-old firm, On Target Performance Group, has worked on projects with RRA covering cost analysis, process improvement, software selection/implementation, and program management, and Mike’s time as an advisory colleague goes back to working with Gary and Steve in the 1990s with Computer Sciences Corporation.

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Mark D.

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Mark, a RRA affiliate, has over 40 years of professional experience, as a process design engineer, supply chain consultant and in private equity. Mark’s experience spans a wide range of industries including polymers manufacturing, HVAC equipment & filtration, and consumer & industrial products. Mark began his career at Shell Chemical Company before transitioning to supply chain consulting where he worked for Deloitte Consulting, EY Advisory and as a RRA affiliate. Most recently Mark was Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Madison Industries, a $6B portfolio of industrial companies.


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Tom, a RRA affiliate, has over thirty years of domestic and international officer-level supply chain leadership experience with responsibility for materials budgets over $500 million and logistics budgets over $400 million. His extensive experience in manufacturing, wholesale, and retail environments has led to demonstrated results in improved service levels, working capital, and direct material / logistics cost reductions. Tom has executed over 30 mid-market supply chain consulting engagements including interim leadership roles since 2011. He has leveraged his experience and expertise in: Supply Chain Management – Sales, Inventory, & Operations Planning (SIOP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Information Technology, Organizational Development / Design, Advanced Planning & Scheduling, Physical Network Designs, 3PL Management, Distribution Resource Planning (DRP), Supply Base Development, and Customer Alignment. Tom holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.


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Bob, a RRA affiliate, has a more than 15-year career of progressive SCM planning, scheduling and project roles in the CPG industry as well as more recent time in consulting. His planning scheduling roles include plant level production scheduling, master scheduling, forecasting, S&OP as well as targeted customer relationship supply planning. In his industry project work, his analytical background has enabled a significant number of inventory studies, insourcing/outsourcing, and acquisition onboarding. He has three SAP go-lives, incorporating executional systems, TMS and WMS integrations. Bob has a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Jeff

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Jeff is an affiliate of RRA who has been in supply chain consulting for more than 35 years.  While he has experience with a broad range of logistics and manufacturing issues, his specialty is quantitative analysis of supply chain networks and manufacturing/distribution planning and scheduling. He is the designer and development manager of multiple software tools for planning and scheduling, both custom and packaged applications.  His book Directing the Flow of Product: A Guide to Improving Supply Chain Planning, was well received and led to the formation of his firm Product Flow Planning Associates LLC.  Jeff is an alumnus of Cleveland Consulting Associates, Menlo Worldwide’s Professional Services Group, and Computer Science Corporation’s Supply Chain practice.  Jeff’s PhD is in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.



River Rock Advisors is always on the lookout for motivated, hardworking professionals to join our experienced team of consultants. If you believe that you would be a good match for one of the available positions listed below, please send your resume and cover letter to info@riverrockadvisors.com.

Junior Level ConsultantsBackground in Finance, Economics, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business Administration

  • Background in Finance, Economics, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain, or Business Administration
  • Interest in data and analytics, and their use in supporting business decisions
  • Strong capability in the use of Excel and PowerPoint; experience in the use of SQL and/or visualization software such as Tableau or PowerBI is a plus
  • Very strong interpersonal skills; comfortable and capable working in a collaborative team environment
  • Commitment to the consulting lifestyle: frequent travel, long hours, ability to meet deadlines under pressure, continuous learning of new concepts, close working relationships, and fast career acceleration

Consulting Affiliates

  • Consulting background with a large firm and/or specialty boutique firm, with strong references and willing referral base
  • Understanding of and interest in value chain and/or supply chain functions, including:
    • Inventory Planning & Management
    • Production Planning & Scheduling
    • Manufacturing & Distribution Strategy
    • Cost-to-Serve & ABC/M analysis
    • Quote / Order to Cash
    • Distribution / Transportation
    • Strategy & Operations
    • Sourcing / Procurement / Purchasing
  • Willingness to travel frequently in a highly collaborative, client-facing environment
  • Please note: This is a subcontractor position.