ABOUT US

Prism is a multi-faceted consulting firm and business partner to clients in the public and private sectors. Our goal is to accelerate the progress of our client organizations toward achieving their mission and vision. We coach team performance, leadership development, talent development, initiative, and strategic planning around Farmington, MI.

Tom Buck, President

Tom Buck, President

Tom is passionate about....

building communities, and helping organizations achieve more for those they serve. Whether he is working individually with a CEO, leading a CEO forum, helping a senior leadership team coalesce and create a strategic plan, serving on or chairing a board, creating and leading a community of practice, or creating learning programs for clients, Tom drives for high impact, meaningful results.   He is dedicated to the application of proven tools and processes, while at the same time continually pursuing new ideas and technologies as a thought leader in his field.

 

 

Key Strengths

  • Facilitating, coaching, leading
  • Team building, relationship building and networking
  • Experience in civic leadership, including 2 terms as Mayor
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Quality and continuous improvement
  • Creating processes and agendas that foster engagement and produce results

Community Involvement and Leadership

City of Farmington Two-term Mayor, Downtown Development Authority Past President and current member

Retiree Health Care Board Past Board Chair and member

Farmington Schools Citizen Oversight Team Past Chair and current member

Southwest Oakland County Cable Commission Past Chair

ASTD (now Association for Talent Development), Detroit Chapter Past President and current member

Young Presidents Organization, Michigan East Chapter Past President/member

Michigan Alpha Phi Delta Theta Alumni Board President

International Association of Facilitators Member

Education

MBA Business Economics – Wayne State University

BA Psychology/Business – University of Michigan

Experience Summary

Tom started his career at General Motors, working in many capacities, including on the plant floor.  He discovered a passion for training and development and, being entrepreneurial at heart, partnered with other forward-thinkers to create companies that were instrumental in building the learning profession in Southeast Michigan, and meeting the learning and development needs of many Michigan and Ohio organizations. Prism has been in business 25+ years, and has had up to 60 employees. Today, under Tom’s leadership, it is an agile and growing organization whose roster of consultants combine “tried and true” methodologies with cutting- edge workshop and meeting design, facilitation and performance support approaches for the benefit of a variety of clients in both the public and private sectors.

As a consultant, Tom has been a valued advisor to leaders in a variety of industries, including Ford Motor Company, Amoco, US Postal service, Rubbermaid, healthcare companies and the Canadian Pacific Rail System. To further develop and contribute through mentoring other business leaders, he served as a Vistage Group Chair for four years. He has developed, taught and consulted in implementations on leadership, teaming, quality, union- management relations, re-engineering, rational thinking and innovation skills.

Tom’s experience as a two-term mayor, as well as his many other leadership roles in business and community organizations, have honed his coaching, facilitation and leadership skills. His natural ability to network and connect with people adds to his effectiveness as a leader and problem-solver.

Along the way, Tom has published several articles and exercises on team development, innovation, and implementation of quality improvement tools, leadership principles and best practices in management. A regular contributor of practitioner-oriented learning activities, these contributions can be found in various publications including, “The Best Practices for Teams” annuals and the “ASTD Team & Organization Development Sourcebooks.”

Tracy Laveque, Director of Client Learning Initiatives

Tracy Laveque, Director of Client Learning Initiatives

Tracy is passionate about....

people's potential  - to create, connect, develop and thrive. By increasing our ability to bring all perspectives into view and explore new ways of thinking about our work and our lives, she believes organizations can transcend what “is” and realize their vision of what can be. She loves creating tangible and meaningful experiences in which people gain self-awareness and insight, realize their connections to others and the “big picture,” and envision what’s possible then share ideas, make plans, develop skills, accept accountability, overcome obstacles and turn the possible into reality.

 

 

Key Strengths 

  • Individual, organizational and team assessment and action planning
  • Project and event management
  • Facilitation - full toolkit to enable performance improvement, team and organizational development, and strategic planning 
  • Leadership development
  • Survey design, implementation, analysis and action planning
  • Change management
  • Meeting and learning designs that engage, and promote insight and achievement of goals

Education

BSBA Human Resources - Central Michigan University

Graduate studies in Counseling - Oakland University

Currently attending One Spirit Interfaith Seminary program

Certifications

MBTI (Myers Briggs), DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Franklin Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, DeBono's Six Thinking Hats, CPSI - Creative Problem Solving Institute, Sentia Gamification

Experience Summary

Tracy has worked for a variety of organizations in advertising, automotive, banking and insurance. She started as an HR generalist, achieving results in all areas including recruiting, compensation, benefits, HRIS, employee relations, performance management, onboarding and learning development. Her skills and interests led her to specialize in organizational development and training.

As VP, Learning and Career Development she built the function from the ground up and at the same time acted as the organizational change manager through an acquisition, brand dissolution and the creation/launch of a new organization with fresh branding and a new business model, vision and values. As AVP, Director of Organizational Effectiveness she created and launched a refreshed performance management approach, an employment engagement survey and action planning process, and a brand promise and customer service model with comprehensive, brand cohesive training and performance support tools.

David L. Hultgren, Ph.D., Executive Consultant

David L. Hultgren, Ph.D., Executive Consultant

David is passionate about

helping individuals and groups grow and solve problems through learning or organizational development (OD) efforts. David is also passionate about the English language and working with employees and managers to improve the accuracy and readability of their emails, reports, and other written documents on-the-job. Having grown up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, David is passionate about the outdoors, especially anything he can do on skis in winter or summer.

 

 

 

Key Strengths

  • Instructional design and curriculum building
  • Facilitating groups to productive outcomes
  • Extensive experience with training programs, process tools, behavioral styles instruments, 360 assessments
  • Ability to operate at both strategic and detail levels
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including questioning, listening, and presentation skills¨    

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction – Michigan State University

M.A. Comparative Education – Michigan State University

B.A. Multi-Disciplinary Social Science (History, Psychology, Political Science, Economics) – Michigan State University

Experience Summary

In over 25 years as a corporate training and organization development consultant, David has designed, developed, and delivered training and OD interventions in the areas of leadership, performance management, team building, change management, process improvement, communication, and speaking for numerous public and private organizations.

Over the years, David has worked with Prism in a variety of roles, including Senior Consultant, Vice President of Client Services and Product Development, and now as an Executive Consultant.  His work has included numerous Instructional Systems Design (ISD) initiatives in a variety of applications, including the creation of customized Management Development Curriculum projects or Leadership Academies—tightly integrated supervisory and leadership development modules to foster the competencies most important to each client. His OD work has included facilitating strategic planning sessions, facilitating problem-solving and change-implementation teams, conducting executive interviews, and working with process redesign teams.

Throughout his career, David has conducted hundreds of workshops in the U.S. and around the world, serving clients in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Malaysia, France, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, and the Republic of South Africa.