Scott Leonard founded ProMan Strategies in 2012 to provide program management consulting services to clients who are progressing manufacturing in the U.S. For over 25 years, he has served government clients who run programs for manufacturing R&D, manufacturing technology scale-up, technology transition, and economic development. He has helped clients with all facets of program management, such as identifying technology areas for investment, writing requests for proposals, supporting source selection, strategic and business planning, managing projects, developing metrics, writing success stories, and facilitating strategic planning workshops. He has evaluated the business viability of products and programs and recommend improvement strategies.
Most recently, Mr. Leonard has served as strategic advisor to the government program managers for the Manufacturing USA institutes focused on additive manufacturing (America Makes) and robotics (ARM). He advised the institutes in areas such as strategic business planning, technology roadmapping, membership model development, member engagement, project management, metrics and reporting, education and workforce program planning, and workshop facilitation.
Prior to founding ProMan Strategies, Mr. Leonard was a program manager for a major defense contractor, overseeing a $5M per year consulting practice (including direct reports and subcontractors). He has advised senior executives and provided program management and analytic services to clients who ran manufacturing R&D programs with $50M annual budgets. He has led numerous Industrial Base Assessment study teams and conducted industry research and analysis. Mr. Leonard developed a Business Readiness Level method for evaluating commercialization risks for new technologies and co-developed a Technology Transition Risk Assessment tool. In the 1990's, Mr. Leonard managed over 80 R&D projects (budgets from $40K to $4 million) for a small R&D company. He has worked in technical areas such as robotics, 3D printing & additive manufacturing, biofuels, power semiconductors, superconductors, lasers, infrared sensors, materials, optical coatings, IED detection, and others.
Mr. Leonard earned the Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute in 2001. He has a B.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
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Kelly Visconti, P.E., PMP
Kelly Visconti, P.E., is a Senior Program Manager with ProMan Strategies currently supporting the U.S. Department of Defense on additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing strategy. For the first ten years of her career, Ms. Visconti gained industrial experience as an engineer and manager at The Linde Group, the world's largest industrial gas company. She led RD&D projects for the application of industrial gases to a range of manufacturing processes, from an award-winning advanced combustion technology for steel blast furnaces to innovative wastewater treatment solutions. Most recently she served for six years in the Advanced Manufacturing Office at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Technology Manager. Ms. Visconti was the program manager for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation and the initial program manager for the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, two DOE-funded public-private partnerships for advanced manufacturing innovation. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Board for three other institutes that are part of the Manufacturing USA network and closely supported interagency advanced manufacturing activities.
Ms. Visconti is a 2017 recipient of the George Washington University’s Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management in recognition of her leadership in the effort to drive the investment of $900 million into public-private partnerships under the Manufacturing USA initiative. She was selected and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2011-2012). She is a Project Management Professional (2017) and a licensed Professional Engineer (2006). Ms. Visconti received her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University (2005) and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (2001).
Dawn Bellinger is our Administrative Manager, responsible for financial management, contracts management, regulatory compliance, and human resources. Prior to joining ProMan Strategies in 2016, Ms. Bellinger was a paralegal for a medium-sized general practice law firm. Her professional experience also includes several diverse roles that prepared her well to wear so many hats for ProMan Strategies, including: financial accounting roles for UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory and Medical University of South Carolina; federal and state contract management and compliance for Medical University of South Carolina and University of Cincinnati. She was also the Business Manager for Minorities in Math Science and Engineering (M2SE), a non-profit organization that prepared minority high school students for college degrees in STEM fields.
Ms. Bellinger is a U.S. Navy veteran. She holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. from University of Cincinnati.
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