About our Host

BBR is hosted by Bernie Wolford, Founder and President of Buckingham Associates, LLC.

Mr. Wolford has over 30 years of experience in the manufacture, distribution and retail of consumer goods and services.  Additionally, Mr. Wolford’s experience and skill sets have been provided to the healthcare market:  employers, employees, providers and payors, as an extension of productivity improvement and cost reduction services.

In 1999 Mr. Wolford founded Buckingham Associates, LLC and serves as President. Also, since 1999, in joint-venture with a private equity investment firm, Bernie has performed advisory services for numerous privately-owned emerging growth companies.

Prior to founding Buckingham Associates he was Director of Strategic Business Development/Growth Initiatives for the Home Depot, a position that included market analysis, strategic planning, development/implementation of pilot projects and subsequent company-wide rollout. Prior to this position, Mr. Wolford served as Director of Labor Management/Productivity at the Home Depot and was responsible for the staffing and improvement of store labor productivity.

Before joining The Home Depot, Mr. Wolford was with Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), the leading full-service management consulting firm providing specialization in the manufacture, distribution and retail of consumer goods and services. Joining KSA in 1973, Mr. Wolford relocated to the site of his clients’ facilities as staff consultant responsible for the day-to-day implementation of engineering projects. In 1979, he was appointed a Principal of KSA and assumed responsibility for the sale of consulting services and management of staff consultants engaged in service delivery. Clients included manufacturers such as Samsonite, Hartmarx, Liz Claiborne, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and Coach Leather. Typical projects resulted in operations cost reduction from five to forty percent and were usually accompanied by training client personnel for continued maintenance following completion of the program. During this time period “Quick Response”-supply chain projects, reducing the time cycle in planning, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution were common deliverables.

In 1988, Mr. Wolford was appointed Regional Manager of KSA’s Northeast and Canadian Operations. While the sale and delivery of consulting services continued during this time, the internal management task was added to Bernie’s responsibilities.

In 1991, Mr. Wolford was one of a few senior Principals of KSA selected to launch the firm’s entry into the Retail Market. Responsibilities included service development, market analysis, proactive marketing, sales presentations, and delivery of consulting services with a “retail operations” focus. Representative clients included Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue/Investcorp, Broadway/CHH, Dillards, The Home Depot, Lojas Americanas (Brazil), Nordstroms, Gottchalks, and Spectra Physics. Typical projects involved diagnostic analysis to determine cost reduction/productivity improvement potential in store and associated workroom operations. Most diagnostic studies were followed by implementation programs resulting in significant cost savings while maintaining desired levels of quality and service.

Mr. Wolford serves on the Board of Directors of several small emerging growth companies, and also served on the Founding Board of the World Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Wolford holds a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University where he serves on the faculty advisory committee.

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