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Julien Godbarge founded GEM Consulting Solutions, LLC after 16 years growing small and midsize businesses. After grad school, he started his career as VP of Project Operations for a start-up consultancy in project management, specializing in global re-branding initiatives. He then joined a Lititz-based PE-backed Consumer Goods manufacturer where he spent 14 years in business development. He’s grateful to have been part of such a successful team who grew sales rapidly & consistently through organic growth, new product development, and 16 acquisitions. He held various positions in Sales, Marketing, and general management: Export Manager, Global Category Development Director, and Managing Director of its Canadian subsidiary. In 2016 Julien joined Pearl Valley Farms, a family-owned company based in Illinois, to help align the sales & marketing teams while integrating two recent acquisitions.

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Steven Lesher spent 15 years at Bulova Technology holding various executive management positions including Chief Financial Officer and Director of Program Management.  He then spent 27 years at a local PE-backed Consumer Goods manufacturer as CFO, then COO. Steve is also involved in youth roller hockey as both a coach and part owner of a not for profit company which operates an outdoor rink.  In addition, Steve stays active by traveling and participating in sports.

 

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