About Us

About Breakthrough Performance Group

Breakthrough Performance Group (BPG) offers professional development in the concepts and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma and high-performance business consulting solutions. It is our goal to partner with organizations and individuals to assist them in growing successful and prosperous businesses or careers.

Meet Our Team

Paul D. Gormas, MBA, CSSMBB, SPHR - BPG President & CEO

Paul Gormas, MBA, CSSBB, SPHRPaul has over 45 years of professional business experience, 32 in industry and 13 in consulting and training. His industry experience includes Fortune 500 and privately held companies in manufacturing, service, retailing, government and healthcare. Paul has held positions in IT, Production Management and 25 years heading up both Human Resources and Process Improvement.  He was the VP of Human Resources at Robbins, Inc. for 8 years. As a consultant and trainer Paul has worked with over 30 client companies and has conducted dozens of training programs representing all industries. Aside from public classes and corporate training, Paul conducts training through Xavier University, Wright State University, and BPG.

Paul has a BA in Economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.  He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Paul also has certifications in Lean Manufacturing/Enterprise, Human Systems for Lean and has the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification.

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Tasos Georgopoulos MBA, CSSBB - BPG Vice President

Tasos Georgopoulos, MBA, CSSBBTasos has over 25 years of professional business experience working with organizations in the food, consumer packaged goods (CPG) and medical device industries.  He has held management positions in corporate finance, global brand management and product platform development for Fortune 500 companies as well as privately held organizations, including Gibson Greetings, H.J. Heinz, Ossur, Maple Leaf Farms and AdvancePierre Foods.  Tasos has over 10 years of consulting experience having worked with over 16 client companies improving effectiveness and profitability in the areas of brand/product marketing, product development/innovation processes, business development strategy, customer insights, corporate strategy, supply chain, and customer service market research. Aside from public classes and corporate training, Tasos conducts training through Wright State University and Breakthrough Performance Group.

Tasos has a B.S. in Finance and a Minor in Decision Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Xavier University with a specialization in Marketing and International Business.  He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Gold Practitioner and teaches many process improvement classes for BPG.

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Daryl Gunnarson PMP, OPM3 Assessor, CSSBB - BPG PMP Instructor

Daryl Gunnarson, PMP Instructor in CincinnatiDaryl has over 34 years of professional business experience, 33 in industry and 15 in consulting and training. His industry experience was all with Procter & Gamble where he spent 18 years in Production Management and 14 years in Innovation / Project Management.   Daryl led or was significantly involved in developing many of the PMO systems currently used across P&G.  He has led many multi-million dollar projects and has consulted on Innovation with every business within P&G as well as companies outside P&G.   He has also trained over 1000 people and loves making things come alive for people.

Daryl has a BA in Civil Engineering and a BA in Geology from Montana State University. He is a Certified PMP, PMI OPM3 Assessor, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He leads all PMP Exam prep classes from BPG.

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J.B. Wilcox, LSSBB, Pittsburgh Regional Director

Pittsburgh Lean Six Sigma TrainingJ.B. is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He spent 8 years as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corp where he served two tours in the Western Pacific (Japan, Korea, and the Philippines) and has over 1,500 flight hours.  In addition to his flight duties, he served in a variety of roles including aviation maintenance and as the Director of Safety and Standardization.

His civilian career spans 25 years in both brand and generic pharmaceuticals. He has led both manufacturing plants and sales teams, as well as supply chain organizations and large strategic initiatives. He started his civilian career as a shop-floor supervisor for Schering-Plough. He held increasingly progressive roles in operations before becoming an award-winning district sales manager. As part of the original supply chain management team, he helped implement the first sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes.  He then was asked to develop and implement Schering-Plough’s Global Supply Chain Excellence Program. Later, J.B. served as the Head of Supply Chain for Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ U.S. Generic Division, before being asked to lead their manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico.

He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and works toward customer-focused, process-based, and data-driven continuous improvement.  He has a passion for hands-on leadership, cross-functional team building, consensus-based decision-making and establishing open and transparent cultures of teamwork and continuous improvement.  

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Columbus Lean Six SigmaJoe Valvona, MSSBB, Columbus Regional Director

For more than 20 years, Joe used his analytical, organizational, leadership and facilitation skills to develop proposals, assessments and plans to improve the financial and strategic positions of three organizations. Joe is a certified Master Black Belt who has developed Lean Six Sigma training courses, trained Lean Leaders and Green Belts, and led projects and improvement teams in two health care organizations. He led an analytics team that provided data analysis to address key issues for a 23-hospital health care system. Joe has also written grant proposals and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Joe's passion is to identify issues that prevent organizations/departments from reaching their full potential and work with the appropriate team to improve performance. Another passion is teaching others new tools, techniques, and ways of looking at problems. I have been told that I have the ability to explain statistics and data analysis methods in a way that is understandable. Several Six Sigma students have told Joe that they wish he would have taught their college stats course because they finally understand it.

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Beverly Motley, LSSBB, Cleveland Regional Director 

Beverly is a finance and IT professional and an analytical project manager/consultant who has managed multiple complex projects simultaneously and has operated as a hands-on project manager in a matrixed environment. She is a skilled problem solver with an excellent bottom line business focus.  Other expertise and certifications: Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and Paralegal (skills in legal research/analysis, contracts, and operations).

Beverly has a strong passion for problem-solving, revenue enhancement and cost reduction in corporate, operations and IT. She excels in identifying inefficiencies, reducing expenses/waste, improving processes and resultant bottom line.

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Marcelina Robledo, CSSBB

Well-versed in influencer marketing, affiliate marketing, SEO, E-commerce, social media management, Email campaign management, media buying, strategic planning, business development, and digital content development and management, Marcelina as worked with non-profits, performing and visual arts organizations, tech, e-commerce, manufacturing, skin care, and higher education. She is a graduate of Union Institute and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Teresa Nichols, MBA, LSSBB

Teresa Nichols, Lean Six Sigma Black BeltTeresa Nichols has been providing online marketing support to multiple clients since 2010. Her customer-focus helps her create strategies for her clients that increase awareness and interest. Her SEO knowledge and her Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma and experience allow her to improve her clients’ organic presence in a cost-effective and long-term way while also improving the performance of paid strategies. 

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our Objectives

Peak Performance

We are committed to helping organizations achieve “peak performance” and increase return on investment.

Competitive Edge

Support displaced workers in obtaining the certifications and qualifications they need in order to gain a competitive edge over other candidates and entertain higher paying jobs.

Community Involvement

We work with several WIA (Workforce Investment Act) and TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) offices to identify individuals who are able to benefit from our training and certifications.

Student and Client Testimonials

Why Choose Us

Students

BPG students come from many different industries, gain knowledge that expands upon their experience and go back to their industries as leaders.

Clients Served

BPG supports companies in many industries including manufacturing, finance, government, and healthcare.

Millions of Dollars Saved

BPG clients tell us every day that we save them money and increase their profits.