process improvement

Welcoming new member Joy Fairbanks

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Joy Fairbanks with Fairbanks Venture Advisors. Joy is an experienced founder, investment evaluator, and advisor to high growth, innovative companies across sectors. Prior to forming her own boutique advisory, she served clients at LEK Consulting and Mitchell Madison Group where she was an engagement manager.

Joy has extensive experience advising companies across geographies from M&A and strategic planning to process improvement and supply chain management. She advises on business modeling, customer discovery, MVPs/prototyping, product/market fit, go to market strategy, fundraising/investor presentations, partnerships, operations, and financial forecasting.

Joy is an active advisor across accelerators and university startup communities including: Blackstone Launchpad (powered by Techstars), Venture Out, Inventor to Founders (I2F) Cyber NYC, StartEd’s NYU New Media Lab, Stanford University’s Lean Launchpad, and Columbia University’s Entrepreneurship Design Studio.

Joy is open to collaborating on projects of various types, particularly those that make an impact on people, markets, and the planet.

Welcoming new member Stacye Thrasher Brim

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Stacye Thrasher Brim with STB Consulting. Stacye spent about 2.5 years consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton prior to opening her own consulting firm in 2014. Her firm provides strategic planning, portfolio governance, project management, and process improvement consulting to small- to medium-sized organizations and nonprofits to help them establish the direction of their organization, optimize their investments, and ensure their projects deliver business value.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia and when she’s not tackling client needs she enjoys yoga, reading, and serving as the Board Chair for Bearings Bike Works, a local nonprofit youth development organization. Stacye is a certified in each of her service areas – Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate (Strategy Management). She is happy to collaborate on projects.

Welcoming new member Stephen Dunn

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Stephen Dunn.  Stephen is an experienced Partner/Managing Director focused on IT and Operations strategy, transformation, process improvement, value creation, and cost reduction. He has led projects for Fortune 500 companies from practically every industry but has focused for the last ten years on Energy, Insurance, and Health Plans. For the past three years, he as concentrated on helping companies plan for and achieve Digital Transformation including Robotics Process Automation, AI, and Cloud – typically while squeezing the costs associated with legacy systems and operations. He has negotiated over $18B in ITO and BPO contracts, including large ITO, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, and Back Office operations.

Stephen has significant global work experience, having lived and worked in the UK (8 years), Spain (1 year), India, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and China.