About Us

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Who We Are

Clemson Consulting Group / CCG is charged with creating new business opportunities for clients from start-up to mid-size businesses. The Clemson based group is equipped with an extensive research resource base to provide accurate and timely information. CCG is able to provide its clients with all of the necessary information and tools required to help create new business relationship opportunities resulting in increased revenue and stakeholder value.

CCG has a long successful history of creating growth opportunities in a number of industries including, advanced materials, electronic packaging and biotechnology. Experienced in expanding international business including sales, marketing and new product development. The team at CCG has a proven track record of working with stakeholders to provide qualified acquisition candidates and to create viable exit strategies.

Bill Dinardo—President

Bill Dinardo brings over 35 years of experience in the areas of start-up ventures, M&A, sales, marketing, procurement and business development in electronic advanced materials packaging, biotechnology, RF and microwave device manufacturing. His broad-based experience brings depth to the Clemson Consulting Group’s management team. Dinardo has served in senior management positions where he has directed sales, marketing, engineering/new product development, marketing research and new business development for biotechnology equipment, electronic packaging, advanced materials and microelectronic companies. He joined the Clemson University Department of Management in 2019 as a Lecturer in the Spiro Entrepreneurship Program. Dinardo graduated with a BS degree in Marketing and a Master degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Lucas Balda—Junior Partner

Lucas Balda, a recent Clemson University graduate, is a rising star in business consulting. With a degree in management and a mathematics minor, Lucas brings a unique blend of strategic thinking and analytical skills. His experience as a small business owner has given him firsthand knowledge in turning ideas into successful ventures. Specializing in data analytics and business strategy, he excels in identifying challenges and crafting innovative solutions.

His interpersonal skills, honed over seven years as a golf caddy, are complemented by leadership qualities developed through sports and coaching for the Special Olympics. Notably, Lucas played a key role in fundraising $4.5 million for a new rehab center, demonstrating his ability to achieve significant results. Eager to apply his energy, persistence, and ingenuity, Lucas is the ideal consultant for South Carolina businesses seeking growth and transformation.

Michael Schuler—Junior Partner

Michael Schuler, an adept operations and supply chain consultant from Clemson, excels in turning business challenges into opportunities. His education at Clemson focused on supply chain and entrepreneurship.

His practical experience includes devising a strategic market plan and enhancing cash flow for a FinTech company valued at $15 million. Michael's leadership journey is highlighted by obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout, being president of the Supply Chain Club, managing agricultural productivity, and optimizing workflow at a precision milling plant.

Michael developed an innovative incentive plan that saved time and money while boosting employee productivity as a consultant for a carpentry subcontractor. He is adept at strategies that align operational efficiency with employee motivation, thereby driving company growth and workforce satisfaction. Michael's ability to navigate and resolve operational challenges makes him a valuable asset to any company seeking improved productivity.

Lori Trudell—Business and Customer Development Specialist

Dr. Lori Tribble Trudell is experienced in research methods and data presentation in strategic management, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and leadership. This experience is exemplified in her published works in highly reputable academic journals. She has developed strong communication skills from her presentation, teaching, and networking experience that allow her to effectively communicate and understand business owners, managers, and employees from all walks of life. Dr. Trudell is highly experienced in working both independently and as part of a team to analyze and solve business related problems. She also has extensive experience working with start-ups during the Covid crisis. Her notable skills include quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, data presentation, content analysis, and business plan creation. Dr. Trudell earned her PhD from Texas Tech University, her M.Ed. and M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University, and her B.S. from the University of Georgia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Clemson University in the College of Business.

Dan Holman—Marketing Communications Writer

Dan Holman is a veteran writer and editor with 20 years’ experience as a newspaper journalist and 25 years’ experience helping businesses communicate their issues and company positions to consumers, regulators and policy-makers.

After six years’ experience working on small daily papers as a reporter and editor, Holman became a news editor on daily newspapers in Phoenix, AZ, and St. Louis, MO. He also worked as a copy editor on a weekly business publication.

He was a public affairs director for a Fortune 500 company and later became a professional consultant to industries ranging from agriculture to forestry to rental cars. Holman is skilled at interviewing business or science experts to understand their industry cultures and issues and explaining them in understandable layman’s terms.

In addition to developing position papers, press releases and web site content he also wrote speeches for corporate executives and was ghost writer for newspaper opinion articles.

Brendan Fisher—Website Consultant

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