We are a team of leaders who are passionate about helping individuals with their own American Dream of owning and operating a business. With over 70 years of collective experience our team has first hand knowledge and practical experience with what it takes to successfully start and grow a business. We have enjoyed much success and have weathered a few failures along the way. We are here to help you navigate the rough terrain and bypass many of the bumps in the road.
Mark Tuchmann, Chairman
Mark Tuchmann is the founder and principal of Million & Associates (M&A). M&A is a company that advises and supports clients ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to Fortune 100 companies and private equity firms. M&A adds value by applying “Business Basics” to what many clients and organizations have overlooked in the process of formation or growth. Prior to M&A, Mark was the Founder and CEO of BeavEx, Inc., a leading provider of time critical, same day transportation and logistics services in over 90 U.S. markets. He founded the company in 1989 straight out of college and in a 25-year span created BeavEx’s core values; Honesty, Respect, Integrity and Service. His vision and ability to engage his team to embrace and live the core values provides the quality and professionalism that is deserved by the customers and is realized through the application of customer service, technology and focused service offerings. In November of 2011, Mark sold majority interest in BeavEx to private equity.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Southern Connecticut State University.
Scott A. Grandys, Strategy Leader
Scott Grandys began working in transportation almost two decades ago with Sonic Air Chicago, where the Independent Contractor Model was a vital component of the company's success. He soon advanced his career, taking over regional management duties in the company's Cleveland offices. Scott stayed on after the sale of Sonic Air to UPS and gained some corporate experience with the UPS Same Day Program.
He also spent time with Central Air Freight where he provided IC solutions through a complete implementation of the Independent Contractor Model into their transportation structure. Following the successful implementation of the model, Scott moved on to a position in Central Transport's sales division.
Grandys taps into his extensive experience over the past years to incorporate the technical side of Independent Contractor best practices with practical applications. As Chief Strategy Officer for Contractor Management Services, the nation's full-service leader in Independent Contractor Management (ICM), Scott worked hand-in-hand with the legal, compliance, technology and sales staffs to coordinate the education of client companies, industry experts and ICs in order to promote compliance and proper usage of the IC model. With over 19 years in the transportation industry, Scott is a professional with a wealth of experience and industry-specific knowledge.
In the course of his duties, Scott analyzed existing transportation companies in order to recommend, and assist with the implementation of, CMS' array of solutions to ensure that these companies and Independent Contractors remain compliant with the rules and regulations that govern the use of ICs. As well, Scott continually searched for new verticals that could benefit from CMS' products, programs and services throughout North America and around the globe.
As the Chief Executive Officer for Relevant Business Solutions (RBS), Scott leverages his more than 20 years of experience in the Transportation Industry, dealing with all facets of the Independent Contractor model, to develop services that will Help Companies Keep their Independent Contractor Practices Current. Recognizing a gap in the marketplace, Scott is determined to educate companies, industries and law-makers on the many nuances surrounding Independent Contractor best practices. Creating services to help companies understand practical applications of all the laws, rules, regulations and cases surrounding Independent Contractor best practices is his goal. In addition to the educational component Scott has also built an online platform that will alert subscribers when critical events happen that could change Independent Contractor best practices.
Scott's depth of experience with the Independent Contractor Model has positioned him as a knowledgeable source on the subject, which is why he has been heavily involved in an array of groups and associations, including the Air & Expedited Motor Carrier Association (AEMCA), Truckload Carrier Association (TCA) Independent Contractor Division, Express Carriers Association (ECA) Government Affairs, Massachusetts Delivery Association (MDA) New England IC Steering Committee, American Trucking Association (ATA) Independent Contractor Task Force, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Arizona Chapter.
Sandra Foster, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Customer Experience Leader
Sandra Foster is founder and principal of Kensington Management Consultants, a boutique firm providing consultative services in Human Resources and guidance on developing successful business relationships with Independent Contractors. Sandra is a business leader with over 30 years of experience across a broad range of industries and business environments. Previously SVP Administration for BeavEx Inc., one of her most critical responsibilities was developing and implementing plans to preserve the Independent Contractor business model. This included the creation of state specific, legally defensible contracts with independent drivers, implementation of a robust compliance system to manage customer and regulatory requirements, and development and execution of enterprise wide IC business model training programs to assure that hundreds of employees understood and were acting in accordance with the model.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. She is a certified facilitative mediator and holds two professional HR certifications. Sandra is author of Adapting Your Strategy to Changing Markets – published by Aspatore Books Inside the Minds Series, a division of Thompson Reuters.
Doug DeJong, Product Implementation Leader
Doug DeJong is a proven business leader with over 16 years experience in corporate and military organizations. Doug has a unique experience set within the supply chain discipline including: Risk Management, Business Continuity, Information Security and “new service design”. He has been repeatedly recognized for delivering unique supply chain services and support programs in corporate, mid-market, and consultative environments. Doug has his Green Belt and Design for Six Sigma certifications, as well as an MBA in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee. He also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps specializing in logistics operations.
Andrew Pardue, Technology Leader
Andrew Pardue has over 30 years of experience in design, development and implementation of software for the time-sensitive delivery industry. He held the position of VP of Information Technology for Dynamex, the nation’s largest last mile service provider and held roles of increasing responsibility including Chief Technology Officer for Datatrac, where he led the product design and development of cutting edge software for the courier industry. His contributions to the industry are significant and the experience and leadership in the area of technology solutions that he brings to the ClearConnect Solutions team is invaluable.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Tiffany Parks, Finance Leader
Tiffany Parks is a results-oriented finance leader who has been recognized for her ability to bring analytical horsepower to an organization while serving as a true business partner. With 14 years of experience, she began her career at General Electric where she completed the Financial Management Program, which focused on developing high potential individuals into future company leaders. She has a diverse background ranging from Commercial Finance to Corporate FP&A and has a Green Belt certification in Six Sigma. Previously, Tiffany served as the Director of Finance at BeavEx Inc., where she was credited for helping to drive profitable growth and establishing solid financial processes.
Tiffany is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia where she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and minor in Communication.