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Clifford F. Eslinger, Managing Partner

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Cliff’s consulting is grounded in over 25 years of experience working directly with senior executives in the areas of strategic planning, plan execution, executive assessment and leadership development. Cliff’s industry specializations include energy, manufacturing, professional services, health care, and financial services.

Before forming Vantage, Cliff was senior vice president and managing executive of Spherion’s Human Capital Consulting Group. He led that organization to become a top tier management consultancy in client relationships, people, processes and profits. In 2001, Cliff was the sole recipient of the Pinnacle Performance Award – Spherion’s highest honor – for demonstrated excellence in leadership, financial achievement and innovation for five consecutive years. (Spherion is a Fortune 1000 company with a workforce of over 300,000.)

Prior to Spherion, Cliff worked for the international management consulting firm King, Chapman & Broussard, serving as managing principal of their Houston business and as a member of their executive committee. As president of Malibar, Inc., a regional consulting firm, he served as principal negotiator in a $700 million government-to-government natural resources sharing agreement. He has delivered over 200 public presentations on attributes of business planning and executive managerial leadership. Cliff has been the facilitator for the development of over 300 strategic business and marketing plans and has consulted with several hundred senior executives on their professional leadership development.

Cliff earned his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University in the Presidential/Key Executive Program, and received the Certified Business Communicator designation from the Business Marketing Association.



Suzanne Miller, Senior Partner

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As a senior partner of Vantage Associates-West, Inc., Suzanne consults with executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs who seek to continually improve themselves and their organizations in the areas of planning, execution, and leadership.

Suzanne's professional expertise—grounded in 18 years of coaching and consulting—is working with leaders to achieve greater business results in the areas of leadership, operational planning/execution and team optimization. As a master facilitator and leadership coach,
she utilizes world-class processes and candid communication in her consulting with executives and leadership teams. By focusing on people dynamics as well as strategic planning and execution, Suzanne guides her clients through challenging business transitions to achieve their goals.

Suzanne has coached and consulted in a variety of industries including healthcare, energy, utilities, oil field services, public accounting, banking and law firms. Suzanne has designed and delivered a wide variety of performance improvement consulting engagements to Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with Fortune 100 corporations during both the planning and execution phases of mergers and reorganizations. Suzanne has also consulted with senior management teams competing for multimillion-dollar contracts with NASA and the Department of Defense.

Before becoming a partner at Vantage, Suzanne was the national consulting leader of Spherion's Human Resource Consulting Group. Prior to beginning her consulting career 18 years ago, Suzanne served as senior vice president of operations in the banking industry, as general manager of a manufacturing company, and as national sales manager for a three-company publishing group. In addition to her business and leadership experience, she also draws upon her degree in communications and post-graduate studies in psychology. Suzanne resides in Houston, where she has served on the board of a nonprofit organization, and continues to volunteer in The Texas Medical Center and homeless shelters.
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