Senior Strategists

One of the greatest advantages that SIP offers its clients is our uncommon breadth of experience in the strategic, operational and competitive contexts that organization leaders must navigate every day.

Our team colleagues have logged years in the trenches – conceptualizing, architecting, implementing, scaling and accounting for the solutions that will be required to advance your leadership and organizational development goals.

All of us are currently, or have been, senior enterprise executives, strategic and operational management consultants, Board and Advisory Board members, university educators and corporate training developers, and subject matter experts.

We deliver the capabilities that are critical to transforming your competitive readiness and we're eager to put them to work for you!


Phillip Thomas, M.S.
C-Suite Leadership Optimization; Conscious Governance and Board Development

  • Thirty years of high-tech business leadership experience as a public and private company CEO, punctuated by successful operational turnarounds and organizational re-engineering
    Expertise in operational leadership, M&A, high performance corporate culture development and maximization of revenue-profit goals
  • Currently CEO, Boston Business Group and Leader, Boston Region Vistage Group
    Supports C-suite executives in advancing their professional leadership skills while qualitatively and quantitatively growing their organizations
  • Served as Chairman and CEO of Implant Sciences Corporation (AMEX: IMX), a manufacturer of detection systems for Security, Safety and Defense (SS&D) markets
    Led their successful top-to-bottom turnaround involving divestitures, an acquisition and the opening of a China office; personnel reorganization; debt restructuring; resolution of legal disputes; a capital raise; and selling of non-performing assets
    Implemented a cultural shift premised upon cooperation, trust and dedication
    Efforts resulted in a re-positioned company that within 18 months achieved first consecutively profitable months in 20 years, and achieved a total transformation and revitalization in 24 months
  • Former CEO at Medication Delivery Devices (later acquired by Baxter) and Mitek Systems
  • Former Senior V.P. and Northeast Regional Executive for Vistage International, the world’s leading CEO development organization
    Responsible for record-setting membership growth in the eastern half of the U.S.
  • Served eight years as an active duty Naval Intelligence Officer, earning performance reports that consistently placed him in the top 1%, in addition to being selected for fast-track promotion to Lieutenant Commander and other honors
  • Twice honored as a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program
  • Featured in Forbes magazine and as a cover story in the Boston Business Journal
  • Former Member, Young Presidents Organization
  • Post-graduate professional development program at Stanford University Business School; Presidents Seminar, Harvard Business School
  • M.S., Strategic Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University

Robert Pojasek, Ph.D.
Operations, Sustainability and Corporate Integrity Optimization; Risk and Resilience Strategy

  • Designer of business transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 firms and their value chains
  • Developer of training programs to help improve processes and create action plans that enable resilience and sustainability with a six-month ROI
  • Provides external audit preparedness for suppliers to Walmart and other companies to align policies and behavior with Ethical Trading Standards
    Transitions stand-alone sustainability-CSR programs into structured and embedded operational components using the ISO high-level management system framework
  • Former Scientist, Sustainability or Associate/Consultant roles at Exponent, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, First Environment and SAI Global
  • Member of the founding faculty team and Instructor in the Sustainability Program, Harvard University Department of Continuing Education
    Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008
  • Visiting Lecturer – Tufts University and Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Chair and Founding Board Member, Corporate Responsibility Association (now 3BL Association) and International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Senior Member STEM Advisory Board, Society for Manufacturing Engineers
  • Author, “Organizational Risk Management and Sustainability: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide,” (CRC Press; Taylor & Francis Publishers, 2017)
  • Judge for numerous professional award and grant programs, including CleanTech Open, Boston; U.S. EPA; American Forest & Paper Association; Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
  • Former Member/Consultant, EPA Science Advisory Board
  • Member, Editorial Advisory BoardPollution Prevention Review, Environmental Quality Management, Corporate Environmental Strategy
  • Member, Advisory Board, U.S. Air Force Science – Study of Hazardous Materials Management Practices
  • Reviewer, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies Program and Waste Reduction Study
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Rutgers University

Alec Alessandra, M.B.A., CPM
Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations; Responsible Supply Chain; Risk and Uncertainty Management

  • Extensive experience across multiple facets of global supply chain and manufacturing operations, including next-generation corporate responsibility and sustainability practices, ethical supply chain strategies and risk management
  • Director of Manufacturing for the California headquarters of a French owned leader in human machine interface devices and value-added manufacturing
  • Deere & Company: More than 25 years in senior leadership roles
    Director, Supply Management, Compliance & Strategic Planning
    Leadership portfolio included Supplier Code of Conduct, Dodd Frank Conflict Minerals Reporting, Supplier Environmental Risk, Global Supply Management Quality Standards/Audits, and Supply Management Employee Conduct
    Responsible for ensuring of no negative public issues in the supply chain which could affect the corporate brand
    Director, Supply Management & Order Fulfillment
    Supply management of three acquired micro-drip irrigation businesses across global factories including in Israel, Brazil, Australia, Chile, Argentina, India and the U.S.
    Director, Supply Management, Technology & Process Excellence
    Responsible for supply chain processes of Advanced Innovation; Technology Development; New Product Design, Supplier Quality, Development and Ratings
    Grew supplier portal and associated support to over 2 million hits per month
    Director, Supply Management, Operations
    Domain included four global purchasing offices (China, India, E. Europe and Korea)
    Responsible for $4B in spend, Supplier Diversity program
    Created foundation for excellence in program, achieving U.S. spend increase with Veteran-Owned Suppliers
    Director, Supply Management, World Wide Service Parts
    Maintained operational excellence of 97%+ availability as well as industry leading inventory turn
    Completed capital expansion ($5M) in Europe for additional logistics capabilities
    Director, CIS Manufacturing, Mannheim, Germany
    Responsible for conducting feasibility study for creating local manufacturing footprints for Agricultural Equipment in the Former Soviet Union
  • Captain, U.S. Army, Armor Branch, Korea and Colorado
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (Lifetime Certification) ISM; Former Board Member, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Council and Wisconsin Manufacturing Partnership
  • Fluent in French and Japanese
  • M.B.A., University of Dubuque
  • B.A., Applied Physics, United States Military Academy, West Point

Ameeta Soni, M.B.A.
Research; Competitive Analysis; Growth and Value Development

  • Growth focused, C-level marketing leader with broad experience driving revenues and profits through strategy execution, new product launches, market penetration campaigns, demand generation and strategic partnerships
  • Launched products contributing over $600M in sales and helped raise over $60M in venture capital
  • Interim CMO/CRO for technology and digital health companies: Carbon Relay (AI-driven products for optimizing energy efficiency); WorldAPP (SaaS and mobile solutions for enterprise data collection); DocASAP (online patient scheduling platform); and Assemble Systems (cloud-based BIM data management provider, acquired by Autodesk)
  • Co-Founder and Advisor of FitTrace, a web and mobile app that provides high-quality fitness metrics to consumers
  • Chief Marketing Officer for PlatformQ Health, a digital media company focused on providing live, online, interactive medical education events for healthcare providers and patients
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for VFA, Inc., a provider of facilities capital planning and sustainability software and services
    Led strategic planning; corporate, industry and product marketing; and business development along with their sustainability solutions business
    Expanded company offerings, grew customer base and revenues across multiple vertical and geographic markets by more than 300%
    Managed key functions such as market research, market and competitive analysis, customer advisory board and user group, and market/product requirements
    Established key partnerships and grew the partner pipeline ten-fold
  • Founder and CEO of Aanza AutoID, RFID technology services firm
  • Vice President of Marketing/Product Marketing for Channelwave
    Helped grow annual revenues from $400K to $10M and attract over $30M in venture capital
  • Past Board Member, PlumChoice; Investment Committee, Maroon Venture Partners Fund; Advisory Board, Ompractice
  • Charter Member, TiE Boston and Past Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation and Bentley University Direct Marketing (Certificates)
  • M.B.A., Marketing, Finance and International Business, University of Chicago
  • M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • B.Sc. (Honors), Chemistry, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi

James Murphy, B.A.
Brand Identity, Concept and Messaging Development

  • More than thirty-five years of distinguished experience as a highly-skilled developer of creative brand concepts combined with disciplined strategic thinking
  • Senior Madison Avenue creative executive; led projects and teams for a litany of categories in the consumer, business-to-business and trade realms
  • Former Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director for NW Ayer Advertising, New York
    Created or supervised much of the work on three Procter & Gamble brands: Folgers Coffee, Duncan Hines mixes and Puffs tissues
    Headed up the AT&T corporate account, creating or supervising all the advertising explaining the breakup of the Bell System and branding the new AT&T
    Supervised or personally created the original television commercials for the US Army’s “Be All You Can Be” recruitment campaign
    Additional assignments included work for Egg-Land's Best Eggs, TV Guide and creation of the KitchenAid campaign that successfully extended its brand from dishwashers to other appliances
  • Former Copywriter at Foote Cone & Belding, New York
    Created campaigns for Western Electric, Equitable Life Insurance and Sears
  • At Ketchum Advertising, Pittsburgh, wrote creative for Iron City Beer, Rubbermaid, Dow Corning, PPG, Clark Candy and Westinghouse
  • Independent consultant for The Vanguard Group, creating video scripts
  • Has been an integral part in the marketing of commercial and luxury residential buildings in Manhattan, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and Miami
    Clients include CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, SL Green, Jones Lang LaSalle and O’Neill Properties
  • Other clients include The Catholic Foundation of Philadelphia, JMC Engineering, Square360, Princeton eCom, KNBT Bank, Gap International, USAID, Capital Planning Advisory Group, Insignia/ESG, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, the American College, Pizza Hut and Citibank as well as Apple Vacations, USA 3000 Airlines, LASIKPlus, The Sands Casino Hotel, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Accera Biotech and Impel Neuropharma
  • Seven years as a Taproot volunteer providing pro bono positioning, branding and creative work
  • Professional distinctions include ANDY Awards, three CLIOs, One Show (Gold & Silver), International Film & TV (Gold and Bronze), EFFIE, a Stephen Kelley finalist as well as more than 25 certificates of excellence and merit
  • B.A., Marketing, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Blair Gately, B.Sc.
Crisis-Risk Management and Response Communications Strategy

  • A highly-experienced editor; print and broadcast journalist
    Significant organization communications expertise in public affairs, crisis and issues management, resilience and disaster response
  • Communications strategist and strategic planner
    Originated content for leading organizations in medical research and healthcare, emergency management and homeland security, defense and aerospace, international relations and non-profit sectors
  • Senior Writer/Editor for a large defense contractor
  • Marketing and Communications Consultant for a Massachusetts community hospital with three campuses serving 17 towns, producing a media relations policy and crisis communications plan
  • Five-plus years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the build out of the Homeland Security Agency
    Researched and produced materials articulating everything FEMA
    Supported the Disaster Workforce Division, which trains and deploys 8,000 reserve employees
    In FEMA Boston field office, supported federal disaster declarations as well as communications planning and messaging, staff and federal agency collaborations
  • Deputy Press Officer, National Institutes of Health
    Helped plan, execute and evaluate communications to advance the National Institute on Drug Abuse, including addiction research
    Collaborated with Agency management to prepare responses to specific issues
    Organized communications initiatives with other Federal agencies, academic institutions and organizations
  • Nine years as Supervisory Editor and News Writer, Voice of America
  • Launched her career as a print reporter
  • B.Sc., Journalism, University of Maryland
  • Certificate, Public Relations, University of Virginia/Human Resources, Assumption College