Dean Vesling started the consulting firm, Dean Vesling & Associates, Inc., in 1989 after working 27 years with IBM in various engineering and management positions at locations throughout the United States and Japan. Dean held a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State with additional graduate education at Syracuse University and was a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) from the Institute of Management Consultants. Dean passed away on May 22, 2016. He will be missed by all that came to know and love him.
"We Can Do that!"
From the first day that Dean opened his doors at Dean Vesling & Associates, his philosophy was: "We Can Do That!"
"One of Dean's first clients was a former colleague from IBM," relates Gerry Wilhelm, DVA General Manager. "He called late on a Friday, with a critical situation at a client and asked Dean if he could provide a consultant with a very unique skill set to assist his team In Southern California? Oh, and they had to be there at 8:00 AM on Monday! Dean's response was: "We Can Do That!" Much to the delight of the client, a highly qualified professional was engaged and two days later was on site ready to go.'
This ability to understand the clients’ needs and to quickly adapt continues to be at the core of DVA's standard of excellence. And the company’s unofficial mantra “We Can Do That!” continues to serve DVA and DVA’s clients very well.
Meet the Staff:
Gerry is the Vice President and General Manager of Dean Vesling and Associates, Inc. and is the executive contact for business development, customer relations and operational management. Gerry was certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2000 and by the Center for Applied Psychological Type as a qualified administrator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Prior to joining DVA, he held senior management positions with IBM in New York and Arizona, after which he formed his own consulting firm specializing in Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership and Teamwork training. Gerry has a BA from Marist College. In his spare time, Gerry is an active volunteer in the community, providing family counseling, youth mentoring and public speaking coaching services. In recent years he has also been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona, teaching Project Management to graduate students in the Sciences. Additionally, he has served as a charter faculty member for the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Academy’s Tier II program. One of his most satisfying professional accomplishments is assembling and developing the current DVA staff. He enjoys sports, especially University of Arizona Wildcats Basketball and loves spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Marcia Hay is our Assistant General Manager. She handles a myriad of responsibilities for the DVA businesses. Her primary areas of focus are client relationships, employee and contractor communications, HR and also the financial aspects of the business. Marcia enjoys spending time with her family including her extended Firefighter family. She also enjoys baking and being outdoors. Marcia and her husband, Cubby, love the tranquility of living in west Tucson. We are sure you will find Marcia to be one of the most positive and polite people you are ever likely to meet and know you will love her almost as much as we do.
Thomas is our Director of Business Development. He is also the primary contact for some of our long-standing clients. He has been with DVA since 2010. He came to us after a 25 year career as an Independent General Contractor. His knowledge, experience and ability to identify, vet, and manage qualified contractors makes him a valuable asset to our company and our clients. Thomas volunteers in various community services. Currently he is involved in a program assisting refugees from Nepal in their transition to life in the United States. Fluent in three other languages, he is in the process of learning the Nepali language. Thomas is married to his lovely bride Sheila and resides in Tucson with their three daughters.
Ben has been with DVA since November of 2014. He is the primary recruiter for many of our clients. In the mid 90’s he attended Western New Mexico University on a football scholarship and studied Business Management. He joined the United States Navy as a medic shortly after 9/11/2001 and had the opportunity to be stationed at Naval Healthcare New England in Rhode Island and aboard the USS Cape St. George out of Virginia. Ben has 10 years of experience in the Mall Management industry where he dealt with multi-million dollar budgets, all aspects of Operations for the mall, including Maintenance, Security, Leasing, Construction, and Capital projects. This varied experience serves him well in his current assignment. He is an avid sports fan of the U of A Wildcats and Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. He spends much of the fall season volunteering as a football coach. Ben is married to his lovely wife Meghan and they have two beautiful teenage children, Ethan and Isabella.
Gregory Worek is a Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant and has recently been an on-site supervisor for DVA Consulting, bringing over 20 years of management experience to the company. In his role as a Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant, Gregory assists clients in staffing both short and long-term positions, coordinates interviews and conducts candidate screening calls, and places candidates in positions across a wide range of functional areas and compensation levels. Earlier in his career, Gregory provided HR, recruiting support and leadership, including employee benefits administration and on site support for companies in Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution industries. Greg attended ITT and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. When Greg is not working he enjoys spending time with his children. Greg is an avid outdoorsman who likes to spend time camping and most importantly, fishing.
We are pleased to introduce you to Cortnie Kennedy, the most recent addition to the DVA team, and we know you will enjoy working with her as much as we do. Cortnie’s primary work focus is on Accounts Payable, including payroll.
Outside of work, Cortnie is a Mom of 3 boys and a Firefighter wife. She enjoys spending time with her family, working out and traveling. Cortnie came to DVA after working / learning in the banking industry for several years.
Jason ‘Jay’ Wilhelm is the newest member of the DVA family. He will be working as our Talent Supervisor. Jay has recently relocated to the Tucson area after spending many years in the Inland Northwest. He comes to us after spending over a decade in Law Enforcement to include Police Detective with the Special Victims Unit. Jay managed a successful construction company for 16 years prior to his police career.
He is excited to share his personality, expertise in cultivating relationships as well as his management experience in an effort to further the success of DVA. Jay is an avid golfer, cyclist and enjoys camping with his beautiful wife and friends.