Bill Pursche has over 25 years of experience as a senior advisor and consultant to a
wide variety of individuals and companies. His specialty is in the areas of personal skill
building and improving the operations of workplaces and businesses. He is especially
adept at using everyday examples and analogies to get people and organizations to
change the way they behave, and in providing practical advice to people needing to
change some aspect of what they do.
Prior to his work with First Call Advisors, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company,
Inc. where he led McKinsey’s worldwide Post Merger Management Group. While at
McKinsey he also founded and led its Mergers and Acquisitions Group (M&A), and its
Turnaround (Operational Profit Improvement) Group. He has been involved in over
300 M&A and PMI efforts in a variety of industries and geographies, including cross
border deals, and has authored numerous articles on M&A and post merger
management and merger integration. He is widely regarded as one of most
knowledgeable experts in the world in synergies and Post Merger Integration.
He has extensive experience advising senior executives in many countries on strategy
development and implementation, turnarounds, merger strategy, deal structuring, and
all phases of the post merger process, and he has worked closely with outside advisors
such as investment bankers as part of the M&A process. He has also successfully led
dozens of turnarounds and business improvement initiatives and has helped many
small businesses become successful.
In addition to his work at McKinsey, he was a co-founder and Managing Director of Blue
Capital Management, LLC, a private equity firm. Bill has also founded/co-founded 6
startup companies in the process control, computer, software and photography
Bill received his Master of Business Administration at The Amos Tuck School of
Business Administration at Dartmouth College in 1981 and his B.A. (cum laude) at
Williams College in 1979. He does pro bono work for numerous humane organizations
and is donating all the profits from his last book to animal rescue. His book Synergies:
The Art and Science of Making 2+2=5 will be published in 2009. He is currently
working on a new book entitled 101 Business Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Small
Mr Sijthoff has over 30 years in line and staff functions in marketing, planning, and
general management. Mr. Sijthoff was formerly the President of Hoechst Celanese's
specialty products and specialty chemicals divisions, a multi-billion dollar business.
He was also president of Hoechst's largest specialty chemicals business, based in
Frankfurt, Germany, which included 40 plants in 35 countries.
Mark has a Masters Degree (MBA) from Columbia University and a B.S. in Mechanical
Engineering from Duke University.
|Mark W. DiLuglio
Mr. DiLuglio is a successful entrepreneur, and has over 20 years experience in line
management. His special expertise is in the practical application of technology to solve
real world business problems. His clients have included Caterpillar, Schlumberger, GE,
Independent Quality Labs, and the Robotics Research Lab at U.R.I.
In addition to his work with First Call Advisors, he serves as President of Process
Technologies, Inc. a process design, technology development, and software firm.
Mark holds a B.S. degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the
University of Rhode Island. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical
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