The Walton Group, Inc.

About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

"If you want to build a ship, don't summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work, rather teach people the yearning for the wide boundless ocean."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Mission

To impact leaders so they will impact the future of organizations and the people in them, creating a culture that allows people to rise to their fullest potential and maximizes the return for the business

Values/Guiding Principles

  • It doesn't matter what you know, the magic is getting others to embrace change

  • It isn't all about you

  • Creating success for others creates the right kind of success for you

  • Whatever you sell, deliver more

  • You can always learn, even from those who know less than you do

  • If you don't rest you won't have the energy to add value to others

  • Your word is your bond

 

Get in touch

At the Walton Group know that finding the right Consultant to partner with you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Principals

 
 
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CEO and Managing Partner

Randy Walton

A highly sought after speakerconsultant, and leadership expert, Randy Walton has been challenging the norms of business thought for over 25 years. Randy is a pioneer in developing compelling and profitable market strategies through the use of a unique, core value assessment and ideation process. He has extensive experience in corporate strategic planning, operations management, marketing, technology operations, business consulting, and organizational leadership. Mr. Walton works and travels extensively throughout North America and Western Europe mentoring and advising senior leaders and executive teams.

He is the co-author of:

Key Accomplishments

  • Information Technology – as CIO repositioned one of Atlanta’s premiere technology consulting firms to lead the marketplace in the delivery of web based application development skills.

  • Market Services – Developed strategic long-term technology driven market positioning plan for a leading $1.5 billion worldwide market research organization.

  • ECommerce – Developed eCommerce business model for premier leadership and publishing organization allowing for first time ever profitability for Internet division.

  • Marketing Services – served as a strategic advisor and positioning consulting to many of Atlanta’s premiere technology start up companies and one of Atlanta’s premiere business accelerators.

  • Marketing Communications - successfully architected numerous corporate wide brand development initiatives and resulting marketing communications programs for technology, mass market, and industry clients.

  • Strategic Planning - led strategic planning initiative for division of $7 billion multi-national firm to review key operational processes and re-develop those processes to address significant market presentation risk.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions – successfully facilitated acquisition of the internet division of one of the largest public insurance companies in United States.

Community

  • Randy currently serves on several boards and advisory groups including Refuge Coffee, ROI Ministry, Groundwire.net, and is Chairman of the Board at Grace Midtown Church.

Personal

  • When he isn't working with client companies and leaders you can find Randy flying airplanes, obsessing over great food, mountain biking, or at the gym (check out IronTribeFitness.com)

 

Education

Stetson University
BBA 1988

Activities & Affiliations

  • ROI Ministry - Board Member

  • Groundwire - Board Member

  • Refuge Coffee - Board Member

 
 

 
 
 
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TODD CROOM - SENIOR CONSULTING PARTNER

An analytical, forward-thinking strategic and financial planning executive, with business transformation corporate development, and cross-functional leadership experiences, Todd has a strong history of implementing change and improving financial results throughout an organization.

Todd is focused on establishing a culture of accountability, by providing clarity on key objectives and creating tools to track and measure performance versus expectations.  He has a solid track record of developing strong partnerships with executive leaders and conveying business and financial information to a variety of audiences, from the individual contributor to the Board of Directors.

Corporate Experience Summary

Financial Planning & Analysis – Drove annual budgeting, forecasting process, and analytical review for $2.5 billion operation. Established annual sales goals for both volume and revenue, improved margin performance by optimizing cost structure, and identified capital expenditure needs.

Business Transformation – Led several initiatives that improved financial and operational processes, systems and organizational structure.  Responsibilities have included creating and implementing strategic objectives, leading change management, and measuring performance versus expected results.

Strategic Planning – Facilitated development of strategic planning across the business (operations, finance, marketing, human resources, etc.), measured organizational performance of key initiatives in comparison to plan, and led communication of business results to Board of Directors and senior leadership team.

Corporate Development – Led closing of several M&A transactions, including $1 billion+ international (UK, South America) and domestic deals. Directed acquisitions, new business development, strategic planning, and financial analysis for supporting interactive strategy for multi-billion dollar company.  Led business integration of $250 million acquisition.

Cross-Functional Leadership – In addition to driving several transformational initiatives requiring management of cross-functional teams, have held leadership roles in Finance, Operations, IT, Marketing, and HR.

Personal

  • MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Big 4 public accounting experience at Deloitte

  • Certified Public Accountant

  • Fitness fanatic – Todd is a gym rat!

  • #1 Passion:  spending time with his family

 
 
 

 
 
 
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DEAN HARBRY - SENIOR CONSULTING PARTNER

Dean is a Professional Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation. He brings a long history of visionary leadership and managerial leadership coaching with individuals from banking, finance, technology, manufacturing, media and sales. As a trusted advisor, he partners with executives to leverage human resources.

Dean’s coaching focus is to help organizational leaders develop and hone their influence skills, paying particular attention to overseeing authorities (like boards and bosses), as well as peer relationships, vendors and direct reports. True leadership influence addresses all of these relational contexts.

Corporate Experience Summary

Mergers & Acquisitions – in banking environment, oversight for all FTE and complement management in multi-bank acquisitions, linked to corporate budget and human resource planning

Information Technology – created national IT infrastructure from scratch in financial services environment, with strong team development

Operational Management – President and COO with oversight responsibilities for IT, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Program Development

Consulting – State government, educational institutions, financial professional firms, law firms, auto industry, medical research, nonprofit institutions, boards of directors, corporate leadership training

Medical Research – statistical reporting, developing and managing medical research databases

Personal

  • Mission: to create clarity in next steps, promoting forward movement

  • Premise: a “shift” is the basic unit of human change

  • BA in Organizational Management; completing MA/PhD in “Professional Coaching
    and Human Development” at International University of Professional Studies

  • Avid runner, completing over 20 marathons to date

  • Passion for corporate climate and culture development

 
 
 

 
 
 
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LT. COL BRIAN FERGUSON - SENIOR CONSULTING PARTNER

A Lt Colonel and pilot in the Air Force Reserves with a business background in the mortgage and real estate industry, Brian offers a wealth of insight into leadership, teamwork and client relations. He has a BBA from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Core Essential Program of Coach University, an International Coach Federation Accredited Coach Training Program.   

Having served as a leader in high risk and combat operations Brian has developed a unique understanding for motivating and managing talent in high stress environments. He has deep experience developing leadership skills for teams including conflict resolution, team development, influence skills, and organizational morale.

Using consultative coaching Brian draws out the skills and talent within those he serves to pave the way for their success. Clients gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses and leverage new awareness to achieve breakthrough performance for themselves and their teams.  Brian is certified in the interpretation and use of N8 Traits Talent Assessment and the Judgment Index, an assessment tool measuring values based judgment, employee engagement, team strengths and leadership development potential.

Experience

  • Leadership – over 20 years Air Force leadership experience, including Flight Commander and Commander of Wing Tactics, brings a unique perspective to the corporate world

  • Training – successfully led hiring and training in the service field of corporate aviation.  Trusted with training foreign nationals and currently serves as a training instructor in the Air Force Reserves

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution – effectively negotiated high value real-estate deals assembling multiple sellers into a unified group balancing their desires and buyer needs with municipality requirements

  • Client Relations – strong background in client and customer relations from consumer retail and the mortgage industry to corporate aviation and joint training with foreign nationals.

Personal

  • Board Member – Camp Highland Golf

  • Facilitation leader – Starting Point Small Group Ministry

  • Golfer, outdoors enthusiast and college football fan