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THE TEAM

KROMITE was founded in 2003 to provide independent and unbiased support

for tough decisions in the life science industry.

 

 

 

 

 

KROMITE'S team, located in North America and Europe, possesses unparalleled expertise in decision analysis and analytics. From years of working for biotech, medical device, agricultural, and pharma companies, our consultants command intimate knowledge of the terminologies, organizational roles and responsibilities, product development processes, common deal term structures, and organizational decision making processes which allow you to rely on us

as a partner and external expert. 

Jack Kloeber
Owner

Jack Kloeber is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with experience in R&D portfolio management, decision analysis, modeling and simulation, technology selection, and strategy development. Jack taught mathematics at West Point for three years, and graduate level decision analysis, systems simulation, and technology selection for six years at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His work has supported decisions for various superfund sites within the Department of Energy, and many technology organizations within the Departments of Army, Air Force, and Navy. Jack was the head of Portfolio Management for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and more recently, head of Portfolio Management for J&J Pharma Services where he coordinated the portfolio management efforts across multiple R&D and marketing operating companies. 

 

Jack was a Senior Partner at KROMITE for 5 years, Principal for 10, and now Owner. He received his Ph.D. in Economic Decision Analysis from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master's in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Jack is a member and Past President of the Society of Decision Professionals, a member of the Decisions Analysis Society, and a 25-year member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Read more about Jack HERE in his interview with INFORMS.

Mary Brame
Office Manager

Mary has over 10 years of management experience, including her time as Branch Office Manager for a national legal support company, and eventually as the company’s Manager of Contractor Relations for the Mid-West region. In addition, she previously worked over 6 years in the administrative field, with an emphasis on legal support. Her work has consisted of team operations, recruiting, training efforts, court relations, quality control, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, and legal compliance - all with a focus on customer service and confidentiality. Mary currently manages KROMITE’s Operations, Accounting and Payroll.

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Catherine Kertesz
Administrative Assistant

     "With a keen interest in Communication: Social, Speech & Rhetoric, Media, Marketing; my passion and mission intersect. I have spent a good part of my life studying what makes the most effective communication viable in any interaction.”

Catherine is a Communications professional and performance artist with expertise in special events, project management, creative and administrative services, and teaching.  She has performed as an actress, musician and taught music privately for 20+ years.  Her work as a performance artist and an entrepreneur fosters strong and effective leadership, motivation, organization, and time management skills.  Catherine received her Bachelor's in Communications: Speech and Rhetoric from Temple University.  In her free time, she enjoys playing music and hiking the great outdoors.

Mike Kennedy
Senior Consultant

Mike Kennedy has over twenty-five years of experience in program management and operations research working with commercial, government, and military clients.  Mike has worked in a range of assignments from program development, decision support tool development, program analysis, model development, and project management. Over the last fifteen years, he has cultivated an interest and skill set in discrete event modeling and forecasting tools that focus on custom tools for clients’ particular needs. The custom tool sets incorporate optimization tools for large poultry operations, resource allocations for pharmaceutical companies and forecasting tools for military organization.


Mike has a Master’s degree in Management Science from Troy State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Marquette University.

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David Milburn-Pyle
Consultant

David has spent more than twenty years in all aspects of the industrial gases industry, from engineering design, construction and commissioning, operational finance, and global product and business management. His more recent focus has been on developing tools to aid with process optimization, supply chain management, productivity and profitability improvement, and modeling risk in investment decision making decisions.  A key element has been the use of data visualization techniques to facilitate understanding and interpreting data, in order to make better decisions.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and an MBA from the Stern School of Business (New York University).  

David Krahl
CEO

“Kromite’s utilization of key technologies is a vital lever of business.  A small amount of input can create great knowledge and influence.” Dave Krahl

 

All of us at Kromite wish Dave the best of health and happiness!
Steve Hamlen
Managing Director, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech

“I am passionate about helping our pharmaceutical clients develop better life cycle and portfolio investment decisions, knowing that ultimately by increasing the probability and impact of success, this will increase the chances of improving or even saving patients' lives. Patients' needs set my moral compass in client engagements.  What better goal than this to strive for in a career?”

Steve Hamlen,  Lead for KROMITE’s Oncology Division, has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and life sciences commercial assessment and marketing management experience including in-line Brand Management, Global Strategic Marketing, and Global Commercial Assessment roles. His experience includes identification and optimization of investments for life cycle strategies, creative in-line marketing campaigns, indication sequencing of internal pipeline investments and external licensing opportunities for Anemia/Pain/Oncology/Oncology Supportive Care/Nephrology/GI therapeutic areas to maximize business value. 


In these roles, Steve has led and translated targeting, messaging, segmentation, positioning, market research, and probabilistic forecasting into actionable business plans and campaigns for numerous established and pipeline products, some of which were over $1 billion/year in sales at Johnson & Johnson. He has also launched two drug delivery technology platforms at Catalent Pharma Solutions designed to enhance product differentiation through application of controlled and targeted release. Steve has a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in marketing from Lehigh University, and has multiple publications on the topics of target product profile and patient adherence enhancement through controlled release technologies.

Xixi Chen
Consultant

“I am passionate about using my education, skills, and knowledge to simulate and simplify real-world problems to find solutions.  Sometimes, one small change in a client’s decision can save a patient’s life or feed another family.  Kromite encourages passion and new ideas to change a community and ultimately, the world, for the better.”

Xixi Chen has a Master's degree in Analytical Finance from Lehigh University. Her specialty is portfolio optimization and risk management. In her free time, she likes to spend time on kickboxing and kpop dance. 

Peiran Zhao
Consultant

“I believe consulting is a natural extension of my desire to help others to be successful at an endeavor of their choosing. Working in Kromite articulated my mission, which is to help people and organizations do whatever they do, but better.”

 Peiran is an industrial and systems engineer with proven ability in data analysis, mathematical modeling, simulation and process improvement. He has worked closely with healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies, as well as, government agencies. 

 

Peiran holds a Master’s degree in Industrial & System Engineering - Healthcare Systems from Lehigh University and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering from University of Macau. He also received the Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification.

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Kenneth Wronka
Consultant

" I am an analytical person by nature and my work has allowed me to use the type of thinking and problem solving I enjoy and directly apply it to helping people with their decisions.  It’s exciting to work with the Kromite team because it is full of smart and passionate minds. I really enjoy seeing others’ perspectives and approaches to tackling problems both for my own learning and development and for achieving better outcomes through collaboration.”

 

Ken Wronka received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. For the Master’s degree, he specialized in computational informatics, including a final project on robust optimization applied to energy production systems. His education has prepared him to solve problems in many areas, and he now works building career experience around this passion. Outside of the workplace, his main interests include sports, physical fitness, and video games.

Jian Luo
Consultant

Jian specializes in simulation, data processing, and statistical mathematical modeling. Jian spent more than 5 years in the field of Industrial Engineering during college. Besides his academic achievements, Jian has many internship experiences in agriculture and manufacturing fields. His past projects utilized a range of skills such as simulation, data analysis, process improvement, and design of experiment. 


Jian received his Master's of Engineering degree with Honor in Management Science & Engineering and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

KROMITE is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business