Brings Breakthrough to BusinessSM


Jim Bandrowski, president of Strategic Action Associates in Danville, CA, is author of Corporate Imagination–Plus: Five Steps to Translating Innovative Strategies into Action (The Free Press division of Simon & Schuster). Entrepreneur Magazine said: “This book is for those wanting new momentum in their industries.” Industry Week stated: “James Bandrowski’s system emphasizes action that helps companies beat their competition.”

Jim helps management teams create and implement breakthrough strategies. Keynote speeches, training, consulting, and facilitation topics include: Becoming a Breakthrough Leader, Creative Strategic Thinking, Driving Profitable Growth, Breakthrough Lean Six Sigma, Strategic Cost Reduction, Execution Excellence, Making Strategy and Change Happen, Creative Global Marketing and Sales Planning, Benchmarking for Breakthroughs, Team Jump-Start, and Breakthrough Team Leader. The aim is achieving measurable breakthroughs in results.

Positive results have been achieved in a wide variety of industries: high and low tech, healthcare, oil, consumer products and services, industrial equipment and services, and government and non-profit organizations. Clients include GE, Disney, Merck, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Kodak, Tandem Computers, TRW, Electronic Arts, Mannesmann, Chevron, Exxon, Saudi Aramco, McKesson Corporation, Safeway, Century 21, Mazda, C. Itohshu , First Nationwide Bank, Andersen Windows, American President Lines, Moore Industries International, Verbatim, Syntex, Acuson, Consilium, Vlasic Pickles, Chateau St. Michelle, Cakebread Winery, Kaiser Permanente, United Health Care, HealthNet, U.S. Navy, and the Cities of Walnut Creek and Modesto.

Before founding Strategic Action in 1984, Jim was director of planning of DiGiorgio Corporation, a $1 billion conglomerate in San Francisco. He helped the company’s ten food processing, building materials, and distribution businesses to out-innovate their competition. Growth, acquisitions and strategic cost reduction increased the price of DiGiorgio’s stock from $7.00 a share to $30.00. Prior to joining DiGiorgio in 1979, he was director of planning of Systron-Donner (a high tech conglomerate), a senior planner with Kaiser Industries, a management consultant with Stone & Webster, and held various engineering positions at Becton-Dickinson. These included R&D, design of medical products, design and start-up of automated manufacturing processes, manufacturing engineering, and a promotion to New Products Coordinator. At B-D, he received two patents and was published in Clinical Chemistry magazine for a discovery in fluorometric chemistry.

Jim has an MBA from NYU, an MS in management science/industrial engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a BE in chemical engineering from Villanova University. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and regularly delivers courses in the executive and management education programs of the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, SMU, and others. A Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jim is a frequent speaker at corporate events, trade and professional association meetings, and conferences.


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