Mary Janaitis

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Mary Janaitis is a human resources generalist who began independent consulting in early 1999 after acquiring more than 20 years of domestic and international experience.   Many years as an HR executive in management consulting, scientific and engineering R&D, financial services, computer manufacturing and computer services organizations provide the backdrop of knowledge she brings to the fast growing, diverse markets in the San Francisco Bay area. 


Her move from large organizations to start-ups and young organizations was born as the result of her interest in working more closely with emerging businesses and their leaders.  By using the breadth of her experience, she’s been able to assist management teams in investing resources on key rather than non-essential infrastructure and in developing components critical to their success.  The skills she acquired in multi-cultural environments have been useful while working with individuals and teams, helping to resolve issues and move ahead quickly to achieve business goals. 


Mary adheres to a few basic principals: keep things simple and economical; deal with critical-path issues first; and strive to transfer knowledge and empower others to do things independently.  As the field of HR is changing, she believes its role within organizations will become more strategically aligned with the leadership team.  By implication, this means that organizations need to find inexpensive, cost-effective ways to deal with necessary administrative challenges.  MSJ Consulting revolves around searching for and finding solutions that meet this need.  


In her last corporate position as Director of Human Resources for the Asia Pacific Region of Arthur D. Little, the world’s oldest management consulting firm, she helped build infrastructure and establish important cross-cultural and organizational links.  She enjoys the rapid pace of change and has been directly involved with HR planning and implementation for mergers and acquisitions as well as explosive growth and rapid restructuring situations.  Working with CEOs, CFOs, executive teams and individuals, she is comfortable delivering formal presentations, helping with conflict resolution, conducting human resource audits, providing expert assessment of candidates for key positions, developing policies and procedures, and delivering customized training programs for a variety of needs. 


Mary is a graduate of Cornell University with an A.B. in English.  She is a long-standing member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and an active member of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Mary is also an active member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) – Northern California Chapter.  A former board member of the Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES) and participant in the IMC Oak Tree Project, Mary actively supports several non-profit initiatives in the Bay Area. She is certified to administer Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) and Language and Behavioral Interviewing (LAB) assessment methodologies.

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Bryan McCaul

Bryan has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, emphasizing IT and system considerations, and integration of line and operational management with human resource processes, encompassing program design and implementation as well as strategy.

Bryan McCaul was one of three managing partners who grew a small technology services company from a staff of 20 to a 1,000-person publicly traded international organization.  His extensive entrepreneurial experience enables him to relate immediately to the pressures and challenges executives of start-ups and emerging organizations face every day.

Bryan is accomplished at aligning individuals to company objectives by analyzing and redesigning the company’s organizational and compensation structures.  He has experience designing and providing Excel-based tools and processes allowing companies to consider various what-if scenarios, and then finalizing compensation programs for executives and top-level management and/or company-wide programs. He has extensive experience with software analysis and setup, initial implementation and ongoing support, training on software usage, and financial analysis.

In addition to having strong experience in the acquisition of talent within the high tech business sector, Bryan has managed very large teams of technical staff.  He understands the issues that are important to attracting, developing and retaining such valuable resources in a competitive labor market.  Additionally, as a former technology consultant, Bryan has built strong business relationships with executives of client organizations and managed decentralized resources on complex, long-term engagements.  He brings a real world perspective to every project he is involved with, and knows how important it is to design methodologies that are simple, logical and easy to use by line managers whose focus is on efficiency, speed and high quality solutions.  His facilitation, mentoring and training skills are based on a pragmatic, experienced approach to resolving issues and reaching consensus.

Bryan is currently working with AASONN as a Professional Services Consultant, implementing SuccessFactors Performance and Talent Management software.  Bryan is also serving as a Director for the Alliance of CEOs, an organization based in Walnut Creek, CA, that is the premier organization of and for chief executives in Northern California.  He received his B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas, and graduated from the M.I.T./Young Entrepreneurs Organization/Inc. Magazine program, Birthing of Giants

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Gussie Stewart

Loading image - Gussie Stewart... Gussie Stewart has been a human resources consultant for ten years. She has worked with business founders, CEO’s, Boards of Directors and executive management teams in the corporate, not for profit and public sectors. Her work is focused on clarifying the alignment of human resources management programs and practices with organization values and operating strategies.


Her consulting work grew out of fifteen years of experience in compensation management and human resources at Levi Strauss & Co. As the Director of Compensation for a Fortune 100 company, Gussie spearheaded a corporate-wide effort to define principles based on organization values as a basis for a total compensation program redesign. The changes included the redefinition of the corporate financial and operational performance measures used to drive compensation as well as the redesign of the performance management and rewards programs.

She has developed and implemented new and changed long term and annual executive cash and equity incentive plans, sales incentive and performance plans, base salary and performance management programs. Gussie has successfully gained unanimous approval of comprehensive change programs by creating the strategy, processes and tools to construct a productive working platform with CEO’s, Board Chairmen and Boards of Directors. She implements and effectively communicates and markets new programs to employees by establishing a context and rationale for change grounded in organization values and objectives.

Gussie received her A.B. from Radcliffe College. She is active with a number of non-profit organizations in San Francisco and a Trustee of the San Francisco Performances.

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