led WENDEL with a vision that had two key thrusts: ownership
transition and geographical expansion.
Transition - Pete’s goal always was
to create a company where we could grow to full individual
potential – professionally and as managers/leaders.
He implemented an organization philosophy that shifted
from a ‘top down’ to a collegial environment – one
in which gave us both the challenge and the opportunity
to work together to build ‘the business’ and
become owners of that business. The ownership transition
program that he developed is still the one that we
Expansion - To provide growth opportunities,
Pete led us as we moved from a small local firm, with
limited potential, to a regional one. A significant
step was moving our corporate offices into the center
of the region. This raised our visibility, gave us
additional creditability and improved our ability to
attract the best people."
Wendel Duchscherer -- Architects and Engineers
have known Pete Wendel since 1980 when I joined Wendel
Engineers. One of the reasons I joined Wendel was because
of the vision that Pete not only laid out for the firm,
but the steps he took to insure its successful implementation.
His vision was the classic 'tipping point' which
took the firm from a small family business to a competitive
regional firm with a strong strategic and market orientation.
Pete extended a partnership position to me and we worked
together for over six years.
serving as the General Manager of Operations of the Peace
Bridge Authority, I hired Pete to lead the senior team
through its first ever strategic planning process. This
assignment was exceptionally difficult given the bureaucratic
and almost monopolistic attitude prevalent in the Authority.
Pete took us through an effective team building exercise
first and then through the strategic planning process.
I’m proud to say he structured our work and efforts
to make sure we developed it, owned it, and most importantly,
implemented it. The plan was a major success. We later
retained Pete to lead team building sessions with both
our clerical staff and our supervisory team.
have continued to maintain my relationship with Pete for
almost 25 years. We’re kindred spirits when it comes
to looking at how to get the most out of people, teams,
and organizations. Whether it’s regarding strategy,
innovation, organizational effectiveness or change management,
I can’t think of a more skilled professional to have
working with you. I am confident that Pete can tailor an
approach that works for you – from getting the team
on the same page, to following through on implementation."
Stephen F. Mayer, PE
Former General Manager of Operations
Peace Bridge Authority
I am writing to provide a personal reference to Peter Wendel of the Peter Wendel Group. I have known Peter for over 20 years and since he was a TEC Group Leader and later when he went off on his own practice as a personal counselor.
I have been the owner of a small specialty construction firm for the last 25 years. We perform work with in 250 miles of Buffalo, NY specializing in Heavy / Industrial type construction. We have had a lot of issues over the years involving lawsuits, labor issues, and even how best to approach things at work on day to day issues.
I have found him to be a great person to talk to when I need to work things through and get things straight in my mind how to proceed. He makes me think through the processes and than makes me accountable to myself for taking action and completing them. He challenges me with exploring my goals, helps me look at alternative visions of what things can or should be and helps me understand when I don't have the control over some areas that my statements imply and that I need to understand that area better.
I would recommend him if you are looking for a person who has experience in the real business world and need someone to give you that impartial look at where you have been, where you are and where you want to go.
R. Charles Patterson
March 15, 2010
Peter Wendel Group facilitated many changes within our
organization. They introduced the art of individual personality
traits to us. It was a true learning experience of how
diversified personalities can and should adapt to each
other, resulting in efficient meaningful productivity.
Several team building interactions brought us together
as a cohesive group.
successful participation in phase one of the team building
interactions allowed the Peter Wendel Group to easily guide
us through many strategic and operational planning sessions.
this foundation over several years has been a key component
to our success. The shared knowledge has been invaluable
to our organization."
R. Di Matteo, CPA
Brock, Schechter &Polakoff, LLP
worked with Peter Wendel when I was Commissioner of Public
Works for Niagara County. During that time he, as President
of Wendel (now Wendel Duchscherer), mentored a group of
young engineers to elevate the firm to become a major player,
locally and in New York State.
recently, he and I have met frequently for 'lunch and
conversation.' During those conversations, Peter has
shared his unique approach to managing and leading professional
firms. that have been both thought provoking and inspiring
J Smith PE
Urban Engineers of New York, PC.
Thank you for your help these past years in helping me sort out my problems and set my priorities. Not all my problems are ‘fixable’ and all problems are mine to fix. Your counsel helped me set my strategy for my life and business and then plan the tactics to move toward my ultimate goals. You did not come in and tell me what was wrong. You asked refining and insightful questions that eventually revealed my choices to me. It was an interesting journey which you guided but never led. Thank you!!
Robert G Shaw
Superior Constructors, Inc.
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