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About Samiracles

Samir Gupte

Chief Change Officer

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Samir is an agile, balanced, and compassionate thought-leader with over 30 years of successful experience in business (publicly traded, private equity, founder-led), entrepreneurship, non-profits, and consulting. 

 

Some accomplishments include:


   •    Leading the human capital strategy that doubled the size and profitability while significantly improving the culture of an award-winning airport concessions company.
   •    Achieving consecutive years of a rising position on Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work list for the largest full-service dining company in the world.
   •    The integration of a $1B acquisition.
   •    Start-up of a Latin America division for an industrial automation manufacturer which integrated acquisitions in five countries.
   •    Doubling the size and profitably growing an international hotel chain.
   •    Turnarounds of a distressed polished-casual restaurant chain and a specialty materials manufacturing plant.
   •    Profitably growing a franchised chain of Gold’s Gyms.


Selected corporate experiences include:

  • Corning: Manufacturing operations

  • Choice Hotels: serving in international HR and subsequently running operations

  • YUM! Brands: Organization development, effectiveness, and talent management

  • Darden Restaurants: Brand & corporate HR leadership, acquisition and divestitures, and culture leadership

  • OTG Management: Chief People Officer for airport concessionaire

  • BrightView Landscaping: ran field HR

 

 

Samir's diverse worldview has been shaped by traveling to over sixty countries and forty-eight states as well as community involvement helping state and Federal prisoners with reentry, assisting homeless citizens restart their lives, and tutoring/mentoring children from disadvantaged rural and urban neighborhoods. 

He has also led firsthand community organizing and legislatively lobbying for voting rights, criminal justice reform and immigration, as well as the efforts in Northeast Florida to restore voting rights to ex-offenders.

In addition to a thriving consulting practice, he delivered a regular community policing program for five years for the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office (JSO) Police Academy, and other programs to transform law enforcement into 21st century organizations. He was elected President of the ACLU of Florida after serving as the Executive Director of Nassau County Racial Equality Coalition. He is now a Guardian ad Liteum, works for the Supervisor of Elections, and sits on three non-profit Boards.

Education includes a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master of Liberal Studies at Rollins College and completed most coursework towards a degree in the Culinary Arts at Sullivan University and received the only gold medal awarded in 2002. He published a book in 2012, Reshaping the American Dream.

Originally from Milwaukee, WI and raised in exurban New York, he currently resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida and has achieved the desired balance of “giving back.”

 

He is an avid tennis player, swimmer, fanatic sports fan, and lover of animals. His greatest passions are teaching, pursuit of a quest for knowledge, and helping individuals, organizations and communities identify and achieve their fullest potential.
 

Mona Bopana

Executive Search and DE&I Programs

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Mona is an Executive Search professional with decades of executive search experience identifying executive-level talent for the world’s leading corporations and has successfully delivered on global searches for senior and board-level appointments in Asia, Europe, and North America.

In addition to executive search, Mona is also Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioner. She offers a bespoke approach to Diversity Awareness and Skills Training.

Mona’s DE&I expertise includes identifying diversity gaps, blockades to equality, and its effect on employee wellness and engagement.

 

She helps structure the D&I journey around business goals, modifies the organization culture with a focus on general awareness and unconscious bias training specifically within the Asian context.

She has successfully managed global searches for senior- and board-level CFO/FD appointments in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

 

She has recruited senior finance and HR professionals and heads of operations in a variety of industries, including consumer, retail, engineering, manufacturing, and professional services.

Heather Gupte

Transformation Catalyst

Heather's unique blend of IQ, EQ, and street-smarts have made her a client favorite, for executive and life coaching, facilitation, and training.

 

She has an uncanny ability to connect with people from a wide array of backgrounds and has led some of our most transformative work.

Candie Cook

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Operations, HR, and Process Improvement

Candie has been providing insight and support services to small businesses and startups since 2008.

 

Her unique approach to leadership and growth provides valuable insight into logistical pain points and empowers owners and executives to streamline processes and improve operational sustainability.

 

Through hiring strategies, communication trainings, workforce appraisals, and vision summits, Candie works to usher small businesses from venture to enterprise.

Sandra Clifford

Facilitation, Leadership Development and Research

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Sandra is a leader focused on facilitating change. 

 

She knows that driving growth comes from thoughtfully developed insights created in collaboration with high performing, cross functional teams.  With a proven track record in leading people and teams, she brings expertise in innovation facilitation, leadership development, new product processes, and research methods.

Sandra can help you and your teams create distinctive strategies that solve problems and build long-term growth.  She is an accomplished innovation pioneer, with ability lead new product teams.
 She understands and uses respected research methods as well as leading-edge techniques that can turn information into ideas to challenge conventional thought and inspire possibilities.



 

Sandra has worked with companies including: General Mills, Procter & Gamble, United Healthcare, Land O’Lakes, Michael Foods, Ameriprise Financial, Corning, Rockwell Automation, Intel, Kodak, Olsten Staffing, and Pillsbury. 

 

Industries Served include: Consumer Packaged Goods, Financial Services, Technology, Housewares, Workforce Solutions, Healthcare, Small Business and Start-ups.


Sandra’s education includes:  BA English, Allegheny College; MBA Management, University of Wisconsin, Madison; MS Marketing Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison; HR-ILR Graduate Certificate, Cornell University

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Completed Projects

Interim CHRO for a private-equity owned, international, infrastructure services company

  • Created new HR tools, programs and processes

  • Consulted on support department effectiveness and restructure

  • Revised executive and operations incentive plans

  • Conducted three pre-acquisition due diligence reviews

  • Led benefits RFP

  • Assisted with selection and onboarding of full-time CHRO

  • Contributed to the development of a business plan

  • Supported Compensation Committee meetings

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