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ABOUT US

At STERN CONSULTING, we are a seasoned team of public sector technology and process experts that have no affiliation with any software, hardware, or implementation firms. We have a long-standing record of accomplishment of delivered unfiltered, unbiased, tangible results to our clients.

Spencer Stern

Spencer Stern
Founder & President

SPENCER STERN specializes in assessing the business and process impact of new technology-based solutions, ranging from enterprise-wide software systems to wireless communications networks.

Prior to starting Stern Consulting in 2008, Spencer led the Public Sector Practice of Chicago Office at Baker Tilly/Virchow, Krause. Previously, while working at Motorola, he initiated the company's Public Sector 3-1-1/CRM consulting practice, which focused on delivering Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR), Change Management, and Return on Investment (ROI) studies for clients. Spencer was also a founding partner of Market Strategy Group, LLC, a boutique management consulting company based in Chicago, where he led their Public Sector practice.

Spencer has been an advisor to senior management for a variety of public and private clients since 1991, including AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Accenture, Lucent Technologies, NEC, Hewlett-Packard, City of Chicago, City of Baltimore, City of Chattanooga, City of Carlsbad, CA, and Waukesha County, WI.

Spencer holds a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA in corporate finance and strategic management from The Wharton School of Business. He is also a CPA and a Six Sigma Certified Green Belt.

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Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen
Managing Consultant

HUY NGUYEN specializes in IT market research and assisting local governments in the evaluation and acquisition of enterprise software solutions. He possesses substantial knowledge in the areas of financial management, purchasing, personnel administration, payroll, tax administration, and student administration functions. Huy has lead and managed a number of technology procurement consulting projects, including Fairfax County, VA; City of Newport, RI; Montgomery County, MD; Polk County, IA; City and County of San Francisco, CA; City of Des Moines, IA; and Leon County School District, FL. These consultations involved Mr. Huy in the areas of Needs Assessment/Business Case Analysis, RFP/Business Requirements Development, Business Process Mapping, Proposal Assessment, and Market Research. He has experience with a wide spectrum of commercial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, such as Tyler, SunGard Bi-Tech, Lawson, Oracle, and SAP. Mr. Nguyen received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Nguyen also contributes to industry publications, including "Beyond ROI: A New Framework for Measuring the Value of Technology Investments" in the Government Finance Review and "Planning and Evaluating Technology Investments" a chapter in GFOA's book, Capital Project: Planning and Evaluation.

Shaun Yunt

Shaun Yunt
Vice President - Business Development

SHAUN YUNT manages the 3-1-1 program for the City of Tempe, Arizona. He has managed the program since inception in 2010, including all aspects of call center development. He led the process of change management throughout the city as each workgroup transitioned inbound calls to Tempe 3-1-1. His familiarity with process redesign helped improved workflow efficiency for the transitioning workgroups by leveraging technology based solutions. He also managed the implementation of a smartphone application for residents that improves accessibly for constituents while seamlessly integrating with the CRM system on the backend. In addition, he oversaw the rollout of a mobile app for staff to enable real-time work dissemination in the field. All of these elements combine to deliver an elite level of customer service for Tempe residents. Previously Shaun worked for the State of Arizona Office of the Auditor General as a performance auditor. He performed in-depth evaluation of the effectiveness of programs in state agencies. His focus was process analysis and redesign, yielding pragmatic recommendations to ensure that state agencies manage resources in an effective, economical, and efficient manner. Shaun Yunt holds a BS in Supply Chain Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business and a Masters of Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Carole

Carole Davenport
Adult Education Consultant

CAROLE DAVENPORT is Stern Consulting's Adult Education Consultant. Carole has 23 years' experience in curriculum development, training facilitation, and project management. In her consultancy she has performed curriculum development and train-the-trainer work for Allstate, UL, Webmaster Inc.,McDonald's and the City of Evanston, IL.

During 2011 Carole managed a cross-functional team at the City of Evanston that planned, developed and implemented a 311 non-emergency call center from scratch and under very tight time constraints (eleven months.) The project was completed on time and on budget. The 311 Center was fully functional at implementation and has continued to positively impact the city's customer service. During that implementation, she also developed and delivered staff training (78 participants) on the 311 Center's software, business procedures, customer service, and team development.

Carole holds a BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences and an MA in Adult Education, both from National Louis University. Participation in continuing education workshops has contributed to her knowledge and skill development. Some continuing education activities include:

  • Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. - Decision-making, problem-solving and project management methodologies - certified to teach K-T methodologies.
  • National Multicultural Institute - Building personal and professional competence in a multicultural society - certified to develop and facilitate diversity training.
  • American Productivity & Quality Center - Process mapping methods.
  • American Society for Training and Development - "Telling Ain't Training" workshop about brain science and experiential learning.

Julius Menacker

Dr. Julius Menacker
Director of Quality Assurance

DR. JULIUS MENACKER retired as Professor Emeritus of Education after serving 33 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His activities included being author/co-author of seven books and over 50 journal articles, a summer Fulbright appointment to Germany, and U.S. Information Agency speaker at conferences sponsored by American embassies in Europe and Asia. His administrative experience at UIC included Associate Director of Admissions and Records, Education Policy Studies Department Chairperson, and Interim Dean of the College of Education.

Jimmye

Jimmye Ahn
Website Manager and Social Media Coordinator

JIMMYE AHN is Stern Consulting's Website Manager and Social Media Coordinator. With a background as a marketer and proposal writer for a global real estate firm and the head of operations at a Chicago-based startup, Jimmye is passionate about building teams and fostering growth for companies in the private and public sectors.

 

 

 

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