Simon is a versatile senior executive with strengths in small business start-ups and turn-arounds. He has successfully participated in a number of public and private ventures providing insight into a variety of financing alternatives, with a particular focus on logistics, oil and gas services and IT. Simon has brought this knowledge to bear in the turn-around of several companies. He has tackled challenges such as revenue growth, cost reduction, productivity, union negotiations and software implementations. He is committed to quality management, the implementation of quality programs and to strong measurement tools. His interest in an environment of safety has resulted in added responsibilities at a management and board level. His focus on building a strong balance sheet and dynamic team, along with strong revenue growth, a sense of commitment and customer service has led to a savvy senior executive capable of adapting quickly to new and challenging environments.
Working with a home brewer, developed and implemented a business plan and then raised $1 million to create Brauerei Fahr.
Worked with a management team in a software services company to turn a $5.1 million loss to a $1.8 million profit in a five year time frame. This included staff rationalization, elimination of unprofitable customers, rationalization of office locations, sale of non-core business and productivity improvements.
Through a conversion of employees to owner operators, route rationalization and revenue growth, turned a $5 million courier operation from a $375,000 loss to a $100,000 profit in 18 months.
Turned a $2 million waste management operation from a $200,000 loss to break even in 13 months through selective price increases, staff and customer rationalization.
While managing an oil and gas service company, realized cost savings of $1.2 million per annum through creation and training of a Mexican labour force, reduction of expat staff and reduced travel.
Launched the Canadian division of a major US office supplier and grew it to $13 million in sales in under three years.
“I hear what you're saying, but our business is different”. As an employee, and now as a consultant, I have worked in a variety of industries; rail, trucking, TV infomercials, office supplies, IT, oil and gas, warehousing and distribution, the list goes on! I've heard those words so many times. Rarely are they correct. When [...]
How a Mountain Climb Set the Tone for My Business Life
In February 1994 I was, most likely, the highest man on earth. I was at the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina. At 22,837 ft tall, it is the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere and the tallest mountain outside of Asia. Since it is winter in Asia in February, it was very unlikely that anyone [...]
Our Wishes for 2020 With the start of a new year and a new decade, the Osborne team has sharpened its vision and took a few moments to share their wishes for 2020. On behalf of Osborne Interim Management, we would like to wish you much health and prosperity! Mark Olson Despite an understandable air [...]
Reflections on 2018 and Our Wishes for 2019 As 2018 draws to an end our team of Principals and Senior Advisors have spent a few moments reflecting on the past year and contemplating their wishes for the year ahead. On behalf of Osborne Interim Management, we wish you a safe holiday season and health and [...]