Our team

L. BURKE FILES, DDP, CACM


LBF 2016
Mr. Files is a widely recognized expert in the area of financial investigations and due diligence. He has authored numerous articles as well as books on the subject. He has been presenting and sharing his knowledge and has done so with delegates in over 30 countries. As a financial industry insider, Mr. Files is keenly aware of the type and accuracy of the information required to make informed and timely decisions.

Mr. Files has managed due diligence and financial investigations ranging in size from tens of thousands of dollars to over $20 billion. Mr. Files is an international expert on due diligence and is regularly sought out for the most difficult projects and cases. Mr. Files is at the forefront of both understanding and utilizing the new currency of due diligence.

Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc., founded by Mr. Files in 1991 has grown to be one of the most respected independent financial investigation firms. Mr. Files and his firm conduct investigations in the United States, Eastern Europe, Central and South America and China. Before founding FE&E, Inc. Mr. Files was a partner in a regional consulting firm specializing in business, financial and securities consulting. He also served as the Director of Corporate Finance for an investment banking company. Additionally, Mr. Files was a commodities specialist for Oppenheimer/Rouse.

Mr. Files has written extensively and been quoted in many publications. Many times he is the quoted source for articles regarding financial investigation and due diligence. Among the publications in which he has been quoted are: Chief Executive Officer, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, European Business, The Independent, and CBS news.

In addition to numerous published articles, Mr. Files is the author of five books: Including the multiple award winning Due Diligence for the Financial Professional, 2nd Edition. A good collection can be found here www.feeinc.com/blog/press-publications/

Mr. Files also serves as the brand advisor for SUMO Lounge, Advisory Director to the International Due Diligence Association, President of the American Anti- Corruption Institute, a member of the City of Tempe Police Commission and a Boy Scout Leader.

ETHAN FIALKOW, JD, MBA, DDP

Ethan Fialkow spearheads the strategic & tactical business consulting and digital due diligence area of L7. He has recently launched the Small Business Accelerator to help small business succeed faster, and more effectively. With a Masters Degree in Business and Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Ethan is the consummate problem solver. His expertise has helped hundreds of businesses maximize their true potential through intelligent digital and business strategies & tactics.

Ethan also brings in a unique legal background. Having practiced business, real estate, and transaction law, and having extensive litigation experience he also understands unique considerations beyond just how to effectively market and hone your businesses and brands. He is also fluent in Japanese, has spent many years overseas and has a deep familiarity and expertise in Japanese business and culture.

BRIAN MAHANY, ESQ


Brian Mahany, former New Orleans street cop then prosecutor turned high profile lawyer, specializes in justice by financial recovery in difficult, high-stakes situations. He is the architect of many multi-billion dollar “whistleblower” filings including some of the largest cases against financial institutions in recent history.

Brian also represents aggrieved corporate and victims’ groups in recovering losses from massive financial frauds while defending international financial entities ensnared in draconian offshore tax reporting schemes.

A frequent expert commentator for the financial and popular press, an often-cited blogger, and author of the upcoming Saints, Sinners, & Hearoes (Sutton Hart Press), Brian Mahaney enthralls business and legal audiences with his engaging style and informative content as a highly rated speaker. You can see more at brianmahany.com.

MIKE JW WHITE


Michael (Mike) is a London based security and risk management consultant who has worked in the UK private security industry for 15 years following periods in defence electronics and local government. Mike has extensive security experience gained through working in a wide range of sectors at strategic Board level and encompassing elements of the UK critical national infrastructure including power stations, electrical supply generator national control rooms and The London Stock Exchange.

Mike’s degree is in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester and he has a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.

He is the current Chairman of the International Professional Association based in the UK and is a regular speaker on security related matters at conferences and exhibitions in the UK, the Middle East and Europe. Mike has also contributed numerous articles for security publications and blogs.
He is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Security Regulatory Alliance, a body established in 2011 to lobby the UK Government on security regulatory reform issues. He is also a member of ASIS UK, the Security Institute in the UK, the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

As a consultant Mike has clients in the UK and the Middle East and advises across both the public and private sector on security related issues.
He is Chairman of an educational charity in South West London and a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust having served as a member of the Prince’s Trust in the past.

Mike is a sitting member of the British Standards Institute committee co-authoring a new national standard for Strategic Security Management and has sat as a member of “Expert Working Groups” reviewing and developing National Occupational Standards for security and loss prevention, security management, physical security and CCTV operations.

DREW MILLER PHD, COL, USAFR (RETIRED)

Dr. Drew Miller is Director of Advanced Analysis Applications, consulting in M&A negotiations and due diligence, Disaster Response and Business Continuity, Financial Threat and Investment Risk Analysis, Decision Analysis, Strategic Planning and Business Development, and Business “Wargames” to develop better strategies.

Drew worked as Corporate Planning and Development Manager at ConAgra Inc., the world’s fourth largest public food company and VP Planning and Development at Securities America, responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions, and business development for the sixth largest independent broker-dealer in the U.S. A Certified Management Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Certified M&A Advisor, he helped found the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors.
Drew served in the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense and as a research analyst at a top DoD think tank. Drew retired as a Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve, serving as an intelligence officer and plans and programs officer. He also served as a part-time elected official for 16 years as a County Commissioner and then a University of Nebraska Regent. Drew is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a Masters Degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Bob Carleton

is an internationally recognized authority in organizational performance and effectiveness with a career spanning over 40 years. The International Society for Performance Improvement honored Bob with the prestigious Geary Rummler Award for the Advancement of Performance Improvement during THE Performance Improvement Conference in Toronto (2012). Bob is a global thought leader and pioneer in the emerging field of Cultural Due Diligence in M & A integrations. His lengthy achievements include turning around underperforming organizations bringing them to the top of their respective industries including GM, Honeywell-Bull, Prudential Assurance, British Airways and Square D Company.

Bob is a global thought leader and pioneer in the emerging field of Cultural Due Diligence in M & A integrations. His lengthy achievements include turning around underperforming organizations bringing them to the top of their respective industries including GM, Honeywell-Bull, Prudential Assurance, British Airways and Square D Company. He is expert in organizational analysis and design, leadership and executive team development. He is highly sought after and invited to international conferences and symposiums. Bob led transformations and brought competitive advantage to numerous companies on a global basis. As a true systems thinker, he identifies complex organizational problems and creates innovative solutions while aligning strategy,

Bob led transformations and brought competitive advantage to numerous companies on a global basis. As a true systems thinker, he identifies complex organizational problems and creates innovative solutions while aligning strategy, infrastructure and culture. He is particularly skilled in building executive teams and achieving enterprise-wide success. His integrity is impeccable and other leaders in the field of organizational and human performance recognize his expertise. He created the concept and published the first paper on Cultural Due Diligence (CDD) to increase success in mergers and acquisitions in 1997. He and Claude Lineberry authored Achieving Post-Merger Success: A Stakeholders Guide to Cultural Due Diligence, Assessment and Integration (2004), Organizational Culture Change and Analysis of Corporate Culture for the Handbook of Human Performance Technology (1992 & 1999). HRD Press published his book, Implementing Organizational Performance Improvement in Organizations, in 2010. Bob turned around British Airways 5,000 person WorldCargo freight operation reversing a 10-year record of spiraling costs, meager

He created the concept and published the first paper on Cultural Due Diligence (CDD) to increase success in mergers and acquisitions in 1997. He and Claude Lineberry authored Achieving Post-Merger Success: A Stakeholders Guide to Cultural Due Diligence, Assessment and Integration (2004), Organizational Culture Change and Analysis of Corporate Culture for the Handbook of Human Performance Technology (1992 & 1999). HRD Press published his book, Implementing Organizational Performance Improvement in Organizations, in 2010. Bob turned around British Airways 5,000 person WorldCargo freight operation reversing a 10-year record of spiraling costs, meager

Bob turned around British Airways 5,000 person WorldCargo freight operation reversing a 10-year record of spiraling costs, meager profits and failure to achieve its global strategy to deliver cargo as promised. He implemented a multi-faceted series of interventions geared to improve processes, improve profits and drive down costs. He achieved results from the shop floor to the executive suite gaining the full commitment of organizational members improving cargo delivery 200%. He reduced

He reduced cost of sales 165%+ for Prudential Assurance Retail Services while increasing sales channels. The cost of sales was soaring astronomically at 2.65: 1. The managing director of this 8,000 member sales division invited Vector Group to investigate and rectify the situation. Bob directed concurrent projects building the infrastructure to support attainment of strategic goals and led an international faculty in delivering Leadership Mandate, a residential leadership development program for the top 500 sales managers which transformed the sales organization.

He achieved a $13M profit increase for Community Mutual Insurance Company (CMIC). As one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies with 3,300 employees and 350 managers, CMIC experienced dramatic competition and loss of business. Bob transformed the organization, improved operations, developed management capabilities while reducing complacency and creating a sense of urgency. The project team under Bob’s leadership achieved improvement in 32 management practices for 350 managers. An internal audit showed a 600+% ROI with an additional $8M benefit related to behavior change.

Carleton is a past president and founding director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction. He served on the ASTD Professional Standards Task Force and was a member of the Board of Electors for the HRD Hall of Fame.

Gary Craig

for almost 30 years he helps people and organizations move through dramatic change. Since joining the Vector Group as an Associate in 1989, he gained significant domestic and international experience and contributed significantly to a number of large-scale strategic initiatives in the US, the UK, Europe, South America and the Middle East.

His experience in numerous industries includes transportation, insurance, freight, manufacturing, oil & gas, high-tech, printing and telecommunications for multiple projects with British Airways, Prudential Retail (UK), HP/Compaq, Square D Company, Texaco, Community Mutual Insurance Company, and GrafTech International.

Through expertise in organizational effectiveness, he determines root causes of organizational issues and resolves them. Recognized for accurately assessing organizations, he recommends and implements changes aligning culture with infrastructure and strategic business objectives particularly in the post-M&A arena. Highly skilled in driving optimal performance and human capital within organizations, he leverages several approaches including organizational change management (OCM), leadership and management development, executive coaching, teambuilding and partnering and process improvement.

Gary is Past President of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)-Rocky Mountain Chapter in Denver, CO and is an Honorary Life Member. He was a member of the national ASTD Board of Directors, the Organization Development Professional Practice Area Executive Committee and a member and Chair of the National Advisors for Chapters. ASTD invited him to serve as the first Field Editor for the Organizational Development Forum. He was recognized by the national organization for his outstanding commitment to the profession of Human Resource Development and the field of performance.

He is certified as a Due Diligence Professional (DDP) with the International Due Diligence Organization, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and as a Society for Human Resources Management-Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-CSP).

He frequently presented at the international conferences for ASTD and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) as well as for local chapters of those professional societies. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM, Mile High-SHRM (Denver chapter), the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Denver Chapter and the International Due Diligence Organization (IDDO). He recently joined the Alliance for Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors (AM&AA) when he presented at their Summer Conference in Chicago July 2016.

Gary co-authored The Management Mirror: Helping Senior Management Teams See Their Own Reality with Claude S. Lineberry published by MCB University Press (UK). The Emerald Literati Club honored both with a Highly Commended Author Award for writing one of the best papers in their chosen field. Additionally, he published numerous articles about managing change, organizational assessment, organization development and effectiveness, executive coaching and performance consulting. He authors a blog on TheVectorView.

Gary holds a Master’s degree in Management / Human Relations and Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English.