Friday, March 13, 2009

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Expert Joins Avant Advisory Group Management Consulting Firm

Terry S. Mercer, a lean manufacturing and Six Sigma expert, has joined the cost-reduction and profitability solutions team of Avant Advisory Group (, a premier management consulting firm. Mr. Mercer is a seasoned consultant, manufacturing executive, and project manager with over 20 years of combined industrial and consulting experience in a variety of manufacturing and distribution environments. He has managed business turnarounds and led organizations through significant restructuring using Lean and Six Sigma Methods.

Avant Advisory Group, a turnaround specialty firm, also provides strategic, operational, and financial expertise to its clients along with its CFO and C-Suite services. “The firm’s goal is to reduce client costs, increase profitability, and improve cash flows, particularly in this difficult business environment,” said Jim Davidson, managing director of Avant Advisory. “We are thrilled with what Terry brings to Avant and, most importantly, to our clients,” said Davidson. “Terry helps identify significant profit building and efficiency opportunities. He facilitates solutions in performance improvement and revenues achievement. As a highly accomplished VP of operations, general manager, and senior consulting executive, he now will be an integral part of Avant’s C-Suite services. For those companies that cannot afford the cost of a full-time, permanent chief of operations or manufacturing officer, now, on an “as needed” or interim basis, they can access his expertise in shop-floor control systems, performance measurement, factory scheduling systems, ERP implementations, and supply chain issues.”

Mercer holds masters of business administration from Cornell University and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. To learn more about Mercer, his capabilities, and client accomplishments, please refer to

About Avant Advisory Group

Avant Advisory is a professional consulting firm comprised of highly practiced strategic, operating, and financial executives. Avant’s consultants have decades of combined business, executive, and consulting experience and thousands of successful case studies. The firm’s professionals come from some of the most prestigious consulting firms and companies.

Avant Advisory Group specializes in:

• C-Suite executive and interim management: CFO, CRO, COO, CEO, and board of directors
• Turnarounds, restructurings, and bankruptcy for troubled companies
• Forensics, fraud investigations, and litigation support
• Mergers, acquisitions, and capital transactions

Clients include public, middle-market, and emerging-growth companies. Their management teams, investors, capital providers, and other professionals, including attorneys, trustees, receivers, creditor committees, secured lenders, and other parties in interest, all benefit from the firm's services.

Avant Advisory Group’s mission is to leverage trust and confidence in our services, create value, and enhance each client’s success. The firm accomplishes this by helping clients improve profits, EBITDA, cash flows, and asset management. No stronger advocate exists for each client than Avant, whether it is through the firm’s profitability and operational improvement services or turnaround, restructuring, and crisis management capabilities.

To learn more about Avant Advisory Group, please refer to

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