The people we hire at Pepper Foster Consulting aren't just great consultants, they're also fun to work with, smart, emotionally mature, passionate, collaborative, and humble. They're committed to excellence, to always going above and beyond, and to always making a difference. Here are profiles of a few of them to give you an idea:
DAMIAN SMITH is the founder and managing partner of Pepper Foster Consulting. Over the last 25 years, Damian has launched, turned around, and led a host of highly successful product and services businesses, and consulted with some of the largest and most influential organizations around the globe. His proudest professional achievement though is leading two different firms (Hitachi Consulting and Slalom Consulting) to be recognized as the best company to work for in Oregon, while simultaneously increasing the revenues and profits of both. It’s a feat he plans to repeat with Pepper Foster Consulting. When Damian isn’t making a difference with Pepper Foster Consulting, you can find him writing fiction (his first novel Tuesday’s Child was published in 2016); watching Project Runway with his amazing and wonderful daughter Avery; cheering on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park (RCTID); or running (very slowly) from Hood to Coast.
PIA SHIVDASANI is a consultant with experience building, improving and implementing new supply chain, finance, and customer relationship processes and systems at both small and large companies. She has solved operational challenges, managed third-party vendors and supply-chain partners, implemented CRM and ERP systems, and developed forecasting and demand planning procedures. She excels at taking long-term goals, breaking them down into immediate deliverables, and building support and momentum across functional teams to ensure successful execution. When not at work, Pia chases sunlight, whether that’s a beach, a run, a hike, a bike ride, or just a strategically located rooftop deck.
WILL ZAMER is a hands-on Information Systems Project and Product Manager with over 25 years of experience in custom software development, packaged software, and infrastructure. His background includes a diverse set of industries: eLearning, Apparel and Footwear, Financial Services, Energy, Insurance, Retail, Property Management, eCommerce, Legal, and Software-as-a-Service. With both business and computer science degrees, he loves projects that involve both business & technology challenges. Will enjoys traveling to destinations that involve scuba, skiing, and diverse cultural experiences, such as a Hare Krishna ceremony in India or a night with a family in Soweto, South Africa. He lived one year in South America and worked a season as a ski lift operator during the Utah Winter Olympics. Ask him about his 4-year-old Jack Russell Terrier from Poland.
SID NAKAPPAN is a managing consultant with 15 years of experience that includes working within and across organizations to generate revenue, develop capabilities, scale and grow business units and optimize costs. Sid has driven such results across products, services, and professional services organizations including consulting companies like Accenture, industry leading companies like The Hartford and Qualcomm, and small businesses like Infotrieve. Sid enjoys leading organizations to solve complex business problems through optimizing the mix of people, process, technology and information. A few of Sid’s core strengths include developing actionable business cases and objectives, driving programs and projects to success, using analysis and analytics to drive decision making, and partnering with clients and teammates for mutual benefit. When Sid is not driving value for his clients he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, cooking (ask him what he made last!), dancing, and playing basketball. While it may not be immediately apparent, Sid is an extrovert who enjoys meeting new people and developing connections with those in his environment. In his own words connecting with people is “his favorite way of learning from the world.”
RUPERT DALLAS is a consultant with over 15 years experience that includes Program and Project Management, Engineering, Development, Customer Relationship management, Energy Management and Sustainability. Rupert has overseen many projects where he has led the design, development and delivery of solutions to clients that bring together strategy development, business process design and technology implementation to solve complex multi-dimensional problems. His work has also taken him to 20 different countries around the world. When Rupert is not working with his clients you can find him traveling with his family, spending time outdoors with friends, creating things in his shop, volunteering with numerous charitable organizations and building a collection of Star Wars memorabilia.
DONNA DRAPER is a director and consultant with over 15 years of experience in the recruitment of IT, Software, Management and Business Consulting, Finance, Sales and Marketing professionals. She has extensive experience in attracting top talent in pivotal roles and possesses deep knowledge and experience in recruiting and talent acquisition strategies and methodologies across various industries. Donna has attracted premier talent for global organizations such as Computer Sciences Corporation and Oracle and has also been instrumental in building market leading teams at multiple startup and boutique IT, Business, and Management Consultancies. When not scouting for rock star consulting talent, Donna enjoys exploring the Northwest experience both indoors and out, particularly on lesser known trails, as well as reading, traveling, music and spending time with friends and family.
JAKE LOVELL is an associate consultant with experience analyzing, facilitating, documenting, and communicating new processes, systems, opportunities, data, and concepts. A recent graduate from Reed College, Jake has helped launch new software products, develop and launch new websites and collaboration systems, manage and edit journals, and chair councils and meetings. A trained mediator, Jake excels at taking complex issues and data, identifying underlying trends and causes, and communicating those truths in writing. In his free time, Jake enjoys hiking, disc golf, and watching the Blazers.
CHRIS GLENNON is a highly respected senior consultant in the fields of IT Service Management (ITSM), process design, management, and technology with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries including financial services, technology, utilities, transportation, education, government, nonprofit, and supply chain. His exceptional track record of business and technical process improvement is based on his philosophy that people and process are what make IT work, not technology. Chris enjoys riding motorcycles and bicycles, travel, cooking, and winter sports. He also co-chairs the Kearney Plaza Emergency Preparedness Committee (E-Prep) to make the Kearney Plaza community safer, more prepared, and more resilient.