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Jim Menke
Founder & President

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SPARK Solutions
Growth Strategy & Consumer Insights

Bert Schefers
Business Development & Consulting

Dr. Curt Cole
Skin Care Scientist

Wayne Molchan
Chief Mechanical Engineer

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Elysha Huntington
Creative Design Consultant

Paul Carse
Creative Design
P5 Designers

Kevin Gironda
Intellectual Property Leader

Arun Dalaya
Chief Electrical Engineer

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Alex Falleiros
Manufacturing Engineer

Scientists, engineers, strategists, market researchers, creative designers and manufacturing experts. Intellectual property creation – over 100 granted patents.

Jim Menke

“Doing the right project, with the right people, the right way.”
Jim Menke

Jim Menke

Founder & President

Jim is an inventor, innovator, scientist, engineer and business entrepreneur. Prior to founding JCM Solution Providers, Jim was Head of Global Engineering Technology at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company where he developed advanced technologies for devices, formulations and process technology. Jim has a demonstrated record in running R&D and Engineering teams with a track record of delivering new products designs and formats supported by the appropriate enabling technology.

At J&J he worked on major cross-sector automation projects ranging from medical devices to new automation processes. Jim pioneered the “Johnson & Johnson Engineering Community of Best Practices” in order to leverage the synergies of the enterprise. Jim was also the chief architect of the “Global Engineering and Packaging Innovation Process,” covering J&J Consumer global business. He established a new rapid prototyping laboratory, an innovation studio and a process development pilot plant.

Prior to J&J, Jim was Founder and President of MKM Engineering Inc., a company that specialized in custom machine building for the pharma, medical and consumer product industries.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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SPARK Solutions

SPARK Solutions for

Growth Strategy & Consumer Insights

Driving Growth with Strategy, Insights and Innovation.

Drawing on years of successful entrepreneurship and business consulting, SPARK works closely with clients to design and implement practical, effective strategies for accelerating business growth at all stages of an organization or brand’s lifecycle.

Whether your business has reached a plateau, your brand needs a reboot, or your competitors are gaining market share, we offer a range of consulting services to help you reach your goals. Our focus is on finding better solutions when “business as usual” is no longer sufficient. The process begins with a focused discussion to define what your business goals are, identify any roadblocks, map out the changes needed to achieve your goals, and develop a process to get there.

The answers may surprise you – providing a different perspective on your business through new eyes. Insightful questions and astute business analysis are among our strongest areas of expertise. Building on deep experience in leading consumer packaged goods and healthcare companies, SPARK has provided growth solutions for dozens of companies, from startups making formative strategic decisions to industry leaders seeking to optimize the value of their existing and new business franchises.

SPARK is committed to working with you to reach your business goals by completing your projects on time, on budget and on strategy.

Our consulting services cover three fundamental areas:

  • Growth Solutions: Innovative growth strategies with actionable steps and measurable milestones for realizing the success you envision.
  • Building Partnerships: Identify and connect with business partners, both internal and external, who can help grow your business strategically, financially and publicly.
  • Market Influence: Demonstrate your expertise with a voice or brand point of view that educates and motivates your customers, partners and team.

Learn about SPARK Solutions

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Bert Schefers

Bert Schefers

Business Development & Consulting

Bert is a global strategy and marketing executive with a deep background in consumer and medical devices. He is the Managing Partner of Abbey Road Associates LLC, a strategy & pricing consultancy advising clients ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals in numerous industries, including consumer products, medical devices, technology, manufacturing and information services.

Before Abbey Road, Bert held senior level strategic marketing positions at major consumer & health care companies, including CMO of Boots Healthcare USA, VP Global Diabetes Device Marketing at Bayer Healthcare. He also worked for many years at Johnson & Johnson where he was Group Product Director of Oral Care Devices North America, Product Director of Johnson’s Baby and Product Director of Feminine Hygiene. Bert started his career at Eli Lilly & Co.

He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University.

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Dr. Curt Cole

Dr. Curt Cole

Skin Care Scientist

Curt is a world-renowned expert in skin care R&D. He is currently President of Sun & Skin Consulting, LLC, providing consulting services and speaking engagements in the areas of skin care and photobiology.

Curt is former Vice President of R&D Skincare at Johnson & Johnson, leading the development and evaluation of sunscreen products and driving innovation and discovery of therapeutic skin care technologies for J&J’s many skin care brands in all categories.

His work resulted in the development and marketing of the first stabilized retinol products for photo-damaged and aging skin, and the development of the Neutrogena Helioplex™ photo-stabilized sunscreens. He has received 21 granted patents with another 30 pending patents in application.

Curt holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology/Biophysics from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Gordon College.

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Wayne Molchan

Wayne Molchan

Chief Mechanical Engineer

Wayne is a New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer and President of MSW Consulting, LLC, providing engineering and project management services for device and manufacturing equipment development.

Prior to MSW Consulting, he was the President and Co-founder of MKM Engineering, a company that supplied custom manufacturing equipment to the medical, pharmaceutical and consumer companies. MKM’s focus was machine design, PLC programming, troubleshooting, manufacturing process improvement, machine shop methodologies and both 2 D and 3D CAD. Wayne has extensive experience with commercial equipment such as cartoners, labelers, bottle and tube fillers, vision systems and robotics, as well as all aspects of web handling, packaging, plastic molding and process equipment like chillers, compressors, boilers, pumps and agitators.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Elysha Huntington

Elysha Huntington

Creative Design Consultant

Elysha is a highly accomplished designer with experience in a wide range of consumer products. She is passionate about using design to make connections and create solutions that enhance people’s everyday lives.

Elysha is very skilled at working along the spectrum from up-front research and insight gathering, to developing design principals, to the tangible prototype iteration and partnership with manufacturing. She enjoys working creatively in multidisciplinary environments and strives for design solutions that are simple, delightful, beautiful and efficient.

Elysha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University and a Master in Industrial Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.

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Paul Carse, P5 Designers

Creative Design

P5 Designers was founded by Paul D. Carse with the idea of creating an “entire” work of art in which all crafts, including furniture design, would be brought together – all under one roof.

P5 Designers’ philosophy is based on methods dating back to 1907 at the Deutscher Werkbund (a precursor to the Bauhaus) which combines traditional crafts and the fine arts with industrial mass-production techniques.

Learn about P5 Designers.

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Kevin Gironda

Kevin Gironda

Intellectual Property Leader

Kevin is a senior intellectual property professional with expertise across top tier companies in diverse industries including specialty chemical and consumer goods.

He is the former Senior Director of Intellectual Property Management group at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, a group of companies that sold oral care, skin care, baby care, wound care, feminine hygiene care and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products globally. In this role he led patent drafting, review & revision and patent estate management, as well as patent prosecution across the globe. Kevin was also responsible for managing external patent costs and working on due diligence for licensing and acquisition opportunities. His group drafted approximately 60 patent applications and 75 office action responses per year.

Prior to J&J, he was a biocide formulator for the Rohm and Haas Company and the primary inventor on many patents, which inspired him to attend law school at night while working as a patent liaison during the day.

Kevin earned his Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Delaware Valley College.

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Arun Dalaya

Chief Electrical Engineer

Arun Dalaya founded “Dalaya Technologies LLC” in 2007. His company specializes in providing for Engineering Design, Product Development , Manufacturing Support, Automation Strategy & Remediation to the Biological Sciences and Medical Devices industries.

Arun Dalaya has a total of 34 years of industry experience with an extensive background in Computer and Automation Engineering. Building on his Master’s in Analog & Instrumentation Engineering as well as Management Information Systems (modern day Informatics), he has built a career in all facets of engineering involved in the automation of manufacturing processes.

Starting at ORG Computer Systems, he systematically cultivated his engineering skills with industry giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Crayola and David Sarnoff Research spin-off. As an international consultant he has advised corporations on Automation Strategies, CSV Management, and GAMP Methodology. He has consulted with several companies in the Biological Sciences and Medical Devices industries, including J&J, SRI, Novartis, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Thermo-Fischer Scientific, RelSys, Merz Pharma (Germany), Square Pharma (Bangladesh), and GES Pharma (Spain).

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Alex Falleiros

Alex Falleiros

Manufacturing Engineer

Alex is a highly skilled engineering leader with a demonstrated tract record at turning manufacturing capabilities and processes into competitive advantages. He has worked in both Research & Development and Engineering departments.

He is currently the Owner of NP2 working as a Strategic Consultant to enable teams to find unique and integrated solutions for New Products and Processes. Alex helps teams develop Strategic Projects, Innovation Programs, Master Plans, Capabilities Mapping and Development, Capital Management and Project Development Processes that become real competitive advantages fully driven and aligned with the client’s business strategies.

Alex was the former Senior Direct of Engineering at Johnson & Johnson Consumer products located in Brazil. His work resulted in several function and design patents and a series of unique and proprietary processes that became a real competitive advantage for several consumer businesses on a global basis. He was responsible for Technology Forecasts, Site Master Plans and managed Capital Expenditures of over US$200MM/y.

Alex received his Engineering degree from Escola de Engenharia Industrial in Sao Jose dos Campos and his MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas, both in Brazil. He also attended the International Developing Program at J&J.

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