Founder & CEO Hugh Quill
The idea to bring together public entities with a network of experts and implementers that Hugh Quill had built over a long career in public service came to him as initial budget projections were being made for the state of Ohio’s FY 2011-12 budget. Statewide, news coverage described the financial plight of many public entities from cities to community colleges around Ohio. Hugh knew that public leaders would benefit from having access to “boots on the ground” expertise to help move or initiate projects aimed at creating more efficiency in organizations and preserving vital services to constituents. In December 2010 he created Public Performance Partners (P3) to bring first-rate consulting to the business of government and public service.
Immediately prior to P3, Hugh served as director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and spent the thirteen years prior as Montgomery County Treasurer.
While at DAS, Hugh tackled some thorny issues such as state government procurement reform and construction reform by building bipartisan, public and private sector coalitions. He and his team attacked issues such as real estate and planning, information technology consolidation, printing center consolidations, strategic sourcing and implementation of an enterprise software solution for statewide accounting and human resources. Initiatives successfully completed while he served as director saved Ohio’s state government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Under his leadership, the State of Ohio received national recognition for efforts related to increasing the use of alternative fuels in state vehicles from the National Association of State Chief Administrators and the NAFA Fleet Management Association as well as for efforts related to reducing employee health care costs from the National Association of State Personnel Executives.
Performance Improvement Consultant Steve Wall
Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Steve Wall has more than 25 years of experience leading major improvement efforts across the private and public sectors. In 1993 he was the first in the nation to receive a cabinet-level position to direct quality improvement efforts throughout a state government. Steve has been appointed to develop and manage state-wide quality improvement efforts by five governors in two states representing both parties. He has also testified before subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the US Secretary of Labor’s Office as an expert witness on how to cut red tape and save money in government.
During P3 founder Hugh Quill’s term as Director of Department of Administrative Services for the State of Ohio, Steve was the founding director of LeanOhio, which implemented several hundred improvements, including over 100 week-long Kaizen events. These teams were so effective at cutting red tape and eliminating waste they averaged more than a 50% reduction in process steps, and a 60% reduction in the time it took to complete a work process, leading to documented savings in excess of $300M.
Steve is excited to team up again with former Director Quill to bring his expertise in public performance improvement to the local level.
Associate Geremy Smith
Geremy began his career in marketing and sales strategy roles in the insurance industry, with a focus on organizational effectiveness and a passion for results. Over those 15 years, he honed an ability to help large and medium-size businesses solve complex cross-functional problems, incorporating data-driven and structured problem solving methods with a collaborative, consensus-building approach.
Geremy is using those same best practice methods and facilitation skills from private enterprise to help P3 clients identify, plan and execute cost-saving and performance improvement opportunities across a wide variety of platforms. His emphasis is studying and benchmarking the non-classroom cost of K-12 education, as well as the use of data to improve service and social outcomes in local government.
Labor Relations & Criminal Justice Consultant Jim Knight
Jim has dedicated his 30+ year career to public service, holding a variety of roles in Montgomery County’s court system and as a Labor Relations Specialist for the State of Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services, where he saved tens of millions of dollars re-negotiating the state’s union agreements.
Jim began his career as a Probation Officer in Montgomery County and worked his way through several roles, acquiring detailed operational expertise, prior to being named Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts in 2003. While there, Jim participated in the development of a first-of-its-kind, county-wide criminal database populated daily with data from all courts in Montgomery County as well as the county jail.
Jim continues to leverage his vast expertise as a criminal justice reform advisor and labor relations consultant to P3 clients.