We help leaders, teams, and organizations produce sustainable, profitable results. We improve performance by dramatically improving candor, transparency, and accountability; building uncommon levels of collaboration and teamwork; and by leveraging our experience to engage personally and intimately with our clients in uncommonly effective ways.
Paradyne was founded in 2004 by Dr. Dorriah Rogers and has since worked with over thirty Fortune 100 clients, dozens of state, provincial, and federal agencies, and many smaller progressive firms. In 2017, Jon Swartzentruber joined the firm as Managing Partner after serving for over a decade as Vice President of Leadership Development at a Fortune 250 company.
Dr. Rogers founded Paradyne Consulting Works in 2004. She brings 20 years of unique experience traveling throughout North America providing guidance to numerous Fortune 100 and 500 organizations. She specializes in identifying and solving issues affecting efficiency, productivity and profitability. Dr. Rogers’ book Decide to Profit (SelectBooks New York) is based on her over twelve years of consulting. Dr. Rogers approaches her clients strategically, with an eye towards the management team efficacy, productivity and efficiency of operations, and financial streamlining. She is adept at teaming with senior executives at the highest level or rolling up her sleeves and diving into project or field level operations. Dr. Rogers joined the advisory board for Almita Piling in August 2020. In that capacity she provides guidance in strategy, finance, and growth.
Her client base includes the Who’s Who of Fortune 100 organizations, as well as the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other large government entities. She has led Paradyne in the areas of project turnaround, operational streamlining, strategic business planning, joint venture partnering, government contracting and management and technical training. Executives find her insightful, candid, operationally savvy, and a highly effective leader. She has earned the nickname “The Fixer” and has worked with many of her clients for more than a decade. Prior to founding Paradyne Consulting Works, Dr. Rogers served in senior leadership roles, for both private and publicly traded companies in engineering, advanced technology, and consulting.
Her experience as an entrepreneur, technologist, and executive from the ground up has given her a unique and broad perspective. Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Group in Ecology, Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. She was appointed to the Ambassador’s Club for the Society of Automotive Engineers, and also served on the National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board. She served as part-time faculty at California State University Channel Islands, where she taught Business Operations. Dr. Rogers has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” and has been nominated to “Women Making a Difference.”
Mr. Swartzentruber has had a wide and varied career, serving in positions ranging from Sales Manager to CEO at small business boutiques and multibillion dollar household names. Prior to joining Paradyne Consulting Works, Jon was Vice President of Leadership Development at Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest engineering and construction firm in North America, where for eleven years he led this company’s mission to build an innovative Leadership Development architecture. His efforts resulted in Kiewit being named to Fortune/Aon Hewitt’s Top 25 Companies for Leaders, the only engineering or construction company to be so recognized. Kiewit was also recognized in America’s Best Places To Work, and America’s Most Admired Companies.
Under Jon’s leadership over this time, while the company more than doubled in size and profitability, they reduced the time-to-promote to critical positions by 40%, increased retention of identified High Potentials by 30%, and created Talent Pools for project manager and higher positions which exceeded future needs by 25%. And as measured by 360 reviews and company-wide engagement scores, leadership behavior and effectiveness increased dramatically.
Jon is not only an experienced Organizational Development (OD) executive, but a skilled practitioner as well. As a seasoned partnering facilitator, he led the client-contractor- designer partnering effort at Poseidon Water’s $1B Carlsbad, CA Desalination Plant, resulting in numerous awards including Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)’s 2015 Project of the Year. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Consultant for LA- based Management Action Programs, and as founder and CEO of three successful start-up companies. He has built and led highly acclaimed leadership and partnering programs for companies as varied as Southern California Edison and MDU Construction Services Group.
A published playwright, Jon is well known for his comedies chronicling turn of the century life in southeastern Pennsylvania. He enjoys boating, golfing, and the relentless pursuit of leisure.
Paradyne has definitively created a culture of continuous improvement at our company. Our managers who have been through the program are now more engaged and empowered to bring forward ideas and solutions that make the company better. We have sent everyone through the program from the CEO (me) down through our Project and Department Managers. It has very much changed our company for the better.CEO $2.3B US Specialty Subcontractor