In “Serious Money”, authors Tom Schilling and Roman Berehulka take an insightful and in-depth look at how and why the Team Network and Continuous Control Monitoring methodology and tools create and build the foundation needed to transform cultures and behavior in companies. Their methodology and tools develop leadership traits and reporting needed for an organization to be successful in terms of achieving their operational and financial objectives. The Team Network and Continuous Control Monitoring techniques removes self and encourages and enables interaction to connect multi discipline cross functional teams speaking the same language, controlling the business and in turn improving operational efficiency,cash flow and profitability.
Under Tom and Roman’s direction at Framatone Connectors Automotive - USA, I was a part of and lived the transformation of an organization from a low performing Region ( North America) to a high performing, world class model, that ultimately lead the entire Organization in terms of efficiency and profitability. The change from being last to first in the entire organization was a unique experience.
If you are not getting the results you want and need…..I highly recommend “Serious Money.” It works!
Joel R. Karczewski
Vice President, Commercial Services
Automotive Industry Action Group
"Congratulations on your new venture and book release. I learned many things that set a foundation for my career while working under your leadership. "
#1 "This letter is written as a reference for Mr. Roman Berehulka. I have known Roman and worked with him for the past twelve years at FCI USA, LLC prior to my move to Carpenter Technology Corporation.
FCI is a global connector manufacturing company with headquarters in France and operations throughout the world. FCI operated several divisions – Electrical, Electronics, Automotive and Micro-connectors- over the years. The global corporate positions, such as Romans, had a total scope and responsibility for all divisions and all geographic areas of operations.
I partnered with Roman for the past eight years, forming and co-chairing the FCI Global Pension and Benefits Committee, responsible to oversee the governance and compliance for these significant liabilities for FCI. Working with our global team and outside advisors we were able to significantly reduce the liabilities to the company and also ensure legal compliance for the various plans in many different countries. In his role as the Corporate Global Vice President for Internal Audit, Roman oversees all aspects of internal audit for FCI in all business areas globally, managing a remote team and guest auditors from the company. From my close association with Roman on the global pension and benefits committee and work with him over these past twelve years, I am quite confident in providing this reference.
Roman is a true global professional, very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of business, particularly strong in the financial aspects. He understands strategy and complex issues and knows how to apply and use them to the advantage of the company. He partners well with executive management and boards, and is a clear communicator. His attention to detail is a strength that enables him to bring aspects to the table that others may miss. Roman works well with a team and is an effective leader who knows how to motivate people and hold them accountable. His standards are high, which brings out the best in his team. He is personable and concerned for his employees, and works effectively with multi-cultural groups in all time zones.
I highly recommend Roman Berehulka for the talent, experience, expertise, concern and leadership he brings to an organization. He will be successful and a strong contributor in whatever he chooses to pursue."
Susan J Stopa
Director, Total Rewards
Carpenter Technology Corporation
#2 "This letter is written as a reference for Mr. Roman Berehulka. I have known Roman and worked with him for the past seven years at FCI USA, LLC. FCI is a global connector manufacturing company with the headquarters in Paris, France and operations throughout the world. FCI operated several divisions – Electrical, Electronics, Automotive and Micro connectors- over the years. I am the CFO of this $ 1.6 Billion Group and as such Roman reported to me during these 7 years. One year after joining, I decided to promote Roman in a global corporate position, meaning a scope and responsibility for all divisions and all geographic areas of operations. He took over responsibility for Internal Audit and Pension. These functions did not exist before and he set them up from a zero base. He did it with the energy, the skills and the behavior required to get first result after few months and to have these activities up and running fully after 2 years with the full support of the Executive Committee of FCI Group as well as Bain Capital which are 100% owners. When designing and implementing these activities Roman managed to combine personal and management skills in order to find the necessary resources: hard work, external consultant and auditors, cross functional collaboration including original solutions like Guest Auditors from the Finance Community and Shared Services from India.
Roman did it with a good mix of determination ,pragmatic view, precise communication across the board down from the shop floor up to the Audit Committee and a high level of knowledge in very technical areas to guarantee the best possible Compliance with Policies, Rules and Code of Ethics in the 20 various countries where FCI Group operates. He has a very strong sense of assessing and mitigating the financial exposure.
From my very close collaboration with Roman on Pension and Internal Audit but also as very good generalist and adviser in the Finance area over these past seven years, I am very confident in providing this reference and ready to explain it more in detail to who would be interested.
Roman is a true global professional, very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of business, particularly strong in the financial aspects. He partners well with Executive Management and Boards, and is a clear communicator. Roman works well with a team and is an effective leader who knows how to motivate people and hold them accountable. His standards are high, which brings out the best in his team. He is personable and concerned for his employees, and works effectively with multi-cultural groups in all time zones.
I highly recommend Roman Berehulka for the talent, experience, technical expertise, concern and leadership he brings to an organization. He will be successful and a strong contributor.
Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Vice President FCI Group
#1 The “Serious Money” book is a guide to successful management and organizational change that will work in any organization. I had the opportunity to work with Tom Schilling at Lear Corporation and we were able to use this methodology and these tools to transform plants into major profit centers. All the ingredients are in the book to obtain a successful recipe and if followed will set you on a path to continuous improvement that most companies only imagine.
The Team Network is just one aspect that transforms the cultures of the way people think and work in turn assuring successful improvement in the way people work together to a common goal. The leadership traits that are necessary to be successful become habits. People are the most valuable resource in any organization and the harnessing of that resource is very powerful. In most companies that resource is never tapped to its full potential.
Continuous monitoring and measurement is the way to channel all activities in the organization effectively to obtain the desired operational and financial performance. The continuous monitoring and use of data takes the subjectivity out of management and guides the team to success. Change Management is obtained with great success and that is one area where companies do poorly due to knowledge of how to make that happen.
I highly recommend the book and concepts to give the necessary roadmap to follow to effectively and efficiently change any organization. The untapped potential will be and major gains due to operational efficiency and profitability improvement will be achieved.
Director of Global Materials
#2 Tom Schilling was the Director of Operations at Lear Corporation. It was a tremendous experience working with Tom as he was implementing the philosophy and tools associated with "Team Net Work Principles” which allowed our operations team to meet our desired objectives. As a result our operational and financial results were improved. Centers of Excellence were created and in turn these centers organized and streamlined our team resources to maximize overall work efficiency, elimination of waste and dramatically improved output sustainability to reduce unforeseen risks.
Using Toms approach for bottleneck management we saved millions of dollars in just one stamping plant by not having to buy additional stamping presses as was previously suggested for purposes of increasing capacity. We did not need to purchase additional machinery since the existing capacity was already available but underutilized. Tom’s team networking and communication identified this issue and in turn not only saved Company funds by not purchasing additional equipment but our production costs were reduced due to the reduction rework, errors and scrap. Ending result was increased profitability and cash flow.
The daily team meetings discussing the key performance indicator charts ensured that all personnel involved at all levels were on the same page and talking the same language. This communication and team networking allowed us to achieve our monthly objectives and eliminate month end surprises..
I highly recommend Tom and his methodology for improving organizational communication, operational and financial results as well as quality and customer satisfaction.
V.P. Metals Operations
LEAR Automotive Corp
#3 I worked with Tom for over 15 years in different capacities but it is my first encounter that I remember most vividly. We had a plant that no one could fix, it was so bad that everyone was afraid to close it. In summary it was a mess and the company just lived with it -- a major costly problem. Tom worked for me at the time and he told me he could fix it. I remember him talking about team network and communication as well as monitoring the outcome so that we have relevant data, removing bottlenecks and eliminating rework, errors and scrap. Tom and his team went to work and within 6 months there were noticeable improvements and after one year a complete turnaround with improved operating efficiencies and profitability. The positive financial impact was more than $40M. -- it worked. More importantly, over the period of 15 years, I have seen several times where this approach and methodology solved problems others believed were impossible. If that methodology and the related tools are in the book Serious Money then I would recommend that people invest in the book to achieve their desired results.
V.P, of Global Electronics and Metals
Lear Automotive Corp