SGA was founded by author Don Schmincke to apply the research of integrative, cross-disciplinary scientific methods for enhancing the effectiveness of organizations and civilization.


Susan Barrett, Consultant

From the Potomac Consulting Group, Susan has extensive experience in organizational change, coaching, behavioral profiling, team-building and strategic planning, with clients including National Steel, Harley Davidson, US Steel, and DuPont. She enjoys developing leadership, culture, systems, processes, and hiring practices for world class organizational performance. Susan has degrees from Western Maryland College and Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science, with a concentration in Organizational Development. She lives in Bethesda with her husband and three children.


Kamran Loghman

(pronounced Cameron Logman), is the Master Trainer and principal researcher at Apple. Kamran’s decades as a C-level executive includes President/CEO of Zarc International, a global manufacturer of consumer and law enforcement related devices, and the Executive Director of Nifar, a national provider of Bioinformatics. Today, Kamran is an adjunct lecturer of Leadership at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and an adjunct lecturer of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. As an entrepreneur and inventor, he holds several patents including the weapons-grade pepper spray technology for law enforcement,  Kamran has authored many technical manuals some of which form the basis for training at FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), FBI Academy, US Border Patrol, Secret Service, Air Force and others. In 1994 Kamran was recognized by the US Army for his decisive management in support of the Haiti mission, and in 2010 he received a commendation letter from President Clinton. Kamran has a diploma from École Internationale in Switzerland, and obtained a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. from The Catholic University of America.


Joe Mechlinski

Joe is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, community activist, husband, and father to two. Despite attending a high school with the worst graduation rates in the state of Maryland, Joe went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins University. 

Joe has a deep rooted passion for helping build mission-based, high-performing cultures and challenging business leaders to think differently and strategically about how they attract, hire, and develop the best talent to grow regardless of their size, their industry, and the economy.
Since 2001, his company, entreQuest (eQ), has focused on just that. eQ’s mission is to drive growth with entrepreneurs, executives, and organizations. eQ’s Management Consulting and Talent Acquisition Practices focus on culture and talent, with expertise in creating and driving high-performing, mission-driven cultures and building elite teams to facilitate organizational health.


Don Schmincke, Founder

Don is the resident mad-scientist at the Institute and internationally recognized as a top speaker by the largest CEO organization. What else would you expect from an MIT and Johns Hopkins researcher who was nearly arrested as a capitalist spy in the Soviet Bloc, got shot off an aircraft carrier, survived in the Kurdish capital as the Ayatollah held hostages in Tehran, and developed missile inertial guidance systems while his frat brothers took Vegas (later portrayed in the movie “21”)?

Don travels extensively to research his topics, including the former Soviet-bloc, Africa, and Asia. He has hosted the Executive Insights cable series, The Leader’s Code radio program, and authored the best-selling books "The Code of the Executive" and “High Altitude Leadership” (with NBC Emmy-nominated climber Chris Warner).  Featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more than 60 industry publications, Don flies 200,000 miles annually speaking at conferences and working with clients . . .  and occasionally can be found at universities inflicting his unconventional techniques on innocent graduate students.


Cathy Trower, Consultant

Currently at Harvard University, Cathy is nationally known for her governance expertise on board policies, leadership, structure, organizational change, best practices, the chair-CEO relationship, strategic planning, and moving boards from fiduciary oversight, to a strategic asset, then to providing leadership. With over $3.5 million in grant support from the Ford Foundation and others, her research is extensive. Formerly a senior executive for Johns Hopkins University’s business programs, she also has an MBA in addition to her PhD. When she’s not working, Cathy can be found at her home of 100 acres of heaven in New Hampshire or traveling with her husband of 13 years.

Glenn Waring, Consultant, Board of Advisors

Glenn has been accused of being one of a few organizational consultants with CFO experience. His Cornell MBA couple with his CPA has helped him counsel CEOs effectively since 1992. Glenn is a Chair of TEC, an international CEO organization with 8,000 members around the world, and pursues many endeavors including co-editing a book on infrastructure development for the Urban Land Institute as well as various lectures on organizational behavior and finance. Previously, Glenn was Vice President of the Nationwide Insurance Group; council Vice Chairman within the Urban Land Institute; Development Director for Downtown Columbus, Inc.; trustee of the Jung Association of Central Ohio; and board member of a local staffing company.

Kim Walker, Finance Manager

Oversees the daily accounting operations of SGA, Inc. and prepares financial information to aid in its strategic financial planning.

Stacy Adams, Administrative Assistant

Handles daily office organization, information processing, communications, scheduling, and invoicing. She also supports founder, Don Schmincke, as his assistant.

Ginger, Logistics Manager

Directs the event planning, logistics, and contracting for client retreats and other events. Ensures travel and scheduling for all staff, as we’ll as interim communications.

James Zeller, Web and Social Media

Develops and maintains SGA’s web presence, online curriculums, and social-media branding.