founX® was born from a proven process that was tested, developed, and executed over a ten (10) year period. The system was developed in the consulting industry by the company’s founders Steve Gran and Brian Cain. We saw quickly that our success in consulting was based on our ability to keep up with multiple projects and thousands of action items and conduct sound, efficient meetings.
Steve developed a process using Microsoft Excel® that was previously known as The Meeting COMPASS®. As our consulting practice grew into larger clients, we discovered a need for the software. Partnering with Hedgehog Development, LLC in 2009, Steve and Brian met with Hedgehog managers Dan Galvez and Peter Madsen to develop the software. Since that time they have further developed and formed founX®.
We have thousands of users in multiple industries including retail, healthcare, not-for-profit, manufacturing, and distribution. Our customers are getting better results and saving time that can now be used for more valuable activities.
The founX® Team
Steve is also one of the founders and managing partners of founX®. founX® provides a meeting and execution management solution for any organization seeking a foundational management system that increases individual and organizational performance.
Steve started his Operating Excellence (Lean & Six Sigma) development with Pilkington Glass and along the journey he achieved Master Black Belt Certification, has held senior operations positions, and also managed organizational deployment of Operating Excellence in manufacturing, supply chain and transactional environments. Steve has traveled the world as a speaker, consultant, coach, author and educator.
In his consulting and coaching role Steve has led several organizational implementations and transformations utilizing the Operating Excellence Methodology, coached and managed multiple improvement projects, and created and conducted organizational development initiatives teaching Operating Excellence principles, systems, and tools to organizations in multiple industries.
As an educator Steve works with The Ohio State University as a project coach and instructor for The Masters in Operating Excellence (MBOE) and Executive Six Sigma Black Belt Programs. Steve has also taught at St. Louis University, Texas Christian University, and Georgia Tech University.
Steve co-authored the book entitled, People: A leader’s day-to-day guide to building, managing, and sustaining lean organizations. The People book was awarded the 2014 Shingo Prize.
Steve compliments his years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University majoring in Transportation and Logistics. Steve lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Laura and their four children.
Partial Client List includes: Service Master, Terminix, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Development, Transfreight (Toyota Logistics Provider), LeanCor, United States Air Force Advanced Mobility Command, HJ Heinz Company, Boeing, HyTek Material Handling, Crane Plastics, Emerson, Standard Furniture, Environmental Doctor, Griffin Pavement, Donaldson, Slumberland Furniture, Presbyterian Homes and Services, Deli Express, Klaussner Furniture, SJE Rhombus, HealtheSystems, Data Dimensions, KMH Material Handling Systems, EFCA Reach Global, Josh McDowell Ministry, English Language Institute China, St. Brigid of Kildare Elementary School.
Brian is a continuing education discussion leader for certified public accountants and works with The Center for Supply Chain Management Studies, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University in Supply Chain and Project Management.
Before starting Zero Degree and founX®, Brian held various senior positions (VP of Supply Chain & Operations, Corporate Controller, & Lean Deployment Executive) with Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company, Inc. “Standard” (an international importer of furniture and a domestic producer of bedroom furniture). He also held various roles in Standard’s accounting department and assumed other operational responsibilities as Standard’s revenues grew. During the first 8 years of his tenure at Standard the company’s revenues increased from 4 times to almost $300 million. Brian was responsible for setting up a Wholly-Owned Foreign Entity, for production of leather furniture in Hangzhou, China. Brian also managed the import administrative offices in Dongguan, China, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Brian was the leader of a team of supply chain professionals that increased cash availability by more than $12 million dollars in six months and reduced the staff responsible for the administrative supply chain from 18 to 6 during a nine month period. Brian was responsible for all construction and delivery of all expansion projects including new office space & over 1.3 million square feet of owned and leased warehouse space. Prior to working at Standard, Brian worked with Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior auditor.
Brian is a CPA licensed in the States of Alabama and Georgia. Brian is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been guest speaker for various organizations. Brian compliments his years of experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Mathematics with a Minor in Physics from Troy University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, salt water fishing, and golfing. He resides in Fairhope, AL with his wife and children.
Hedgehog Development, LLC
Dan started his first company that built web applications and sites for local businesses. With impeccable timing Dan co-founded his second technology consultancy at the peak of the Dotcom collapse. Despite the economic complexities of the time, Dan was able to grow the company. Focusing on the
Wealth Management industry, the company became a recognized technology leader, and worked with some of the biggest financial firms in the world. In 2004, Dan decided to centralize the firm’s technology offerings on a single platform; the team became entrenched in Microsoft based technologies, and the company quickly achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status. In 2007 Dan co-founded Hedgehog Development. Hedgehog’s achieved goal was to focus on technologies, rather than a particular industry. The company focused in on two major platforms – Sitecore and Microsoft. With Hedgehog, Dan is able to bring together the technologies and ideals that he is passionate about: Content Management, Microsoft Technologies, Custom Application Development, and most importantly, helping customers achieve their goals.
Dan has been married for over 15 years, has three beautiful children, and when he is not running the company, snowboarding with the family, or participating in the dozen different sports and activities his children are involved with he is out rescuing and finding good homes for Pot Bellied pigs. Dan holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a minor in Business from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.
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