We don’t just do Partnering, we build World Class teams. Everyone wants to achieve World Class results, but how many teams do? No matter the project challenges, size or delivery method, VCG’s uncommon approach to construction teamwork will empower your team to deliver extraordinary results.
Our seasoned staff has facilitated more than 1,000 construction projects for project owners and design and construction teams on a variety of commercial and institutional construction projects.
Jim Eisenhart is President of the Ventura Consulting Group. Since 1991 he has facilitated partnering on over 900 projects worldwide.
Mr. Crotty specializes in developing and enhancing the effective collaboration of human systems for more than ten years.
Mr. Flesner serves as a Facilitator, Change Consultant and Strategic Marketing Director for the firm.
Ms. Hughes serves as Operations Coordinator for Ventura Consulting Group. Ms. Hughes works to ensure workshop logistics that support project teams.
Ms. Black serves as the Executive Assistant to Neal Flesner. Ms. Black has over 7 years of administrative experience she brings to the team.
Mr. Smith is an analyst at Ventura Consulting Group since 2012. Mr. Smith works to ensure online surveys that support project teams from “Good to World Class”.
For more than 25 years, VCG has successfully delivered exceptional results for project owners, as well as design and construction teams around the globe. Through a proven system of facilitated Partnering, we create an opportunity for optimal results on even the most challenging projects.
VCG works with 18 of the Top 20 Contractors in the US
VCG has been featured in over 25 construction publications
“Of the various services that VCG provides, their monthly partnership surveys create self-awareness within the team which produces immediate results."
Patrick Batte - City of Las Vegas
“Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego assembled an outstanding team to design and construct a critically needed new hospital tower with an unforgiving schedule and tight budget."
Frank Lobedon - Principal Engineer, Port of Oakland
“The Ventura Consulting Group’s “Good to World Class” partnering workshop is fast paced, project specific, highly interactive and produces team and individual actions that support world class project teamwork and results.”
Don Wright - Bechtel Corporation
“The methodology the Ventura Consulting Group uses is the most effective partnering process I have seen."
Jim Eisenhart is President of the Ventura Consulting Group. Since 1991 he has facilitated partnering on over 900 projects worldwide. In 2012 he was the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Partnering Facilitation award given by the International Partnering Institute for both workshop facilitation and industry leadership.
Jim has presented on project and program teamwork as well as fixing the problem project at AGC, AIA, ASCE, CMAA, and DBIA national conferences. He has also a sought after speaker on these subjects with owners, general contractors, architects and CM’s worldwide.
Mr. Eisenhart has personally partnered projects and programs ranging from the Pentagon Renovation, San Francisco Bay Bridge to a copper mine in Peru. Over 20 of these projects and programs have been over 1 billion US dollars contract value. Currently he specializes in creating “World Class” teams on larger, complex projects and programs as well as fixing the problem project.
In 2011 Jim authored the book, Raising the Bar on Construction Project Teamwork: From Good to World Class, Force10 Press. He has authored numerous articles on teamwork in periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, MassTransit, HealthCare Design, and AGC Constructor.
Mr. Eisenhart is a MBA graduate of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He served in the US Army in Vietnam as a reconnaissance platoon leader. Jim has taught Organization Theory and Strategic Planning for Pepperdine Universit’\’s and Cal Lutheran University’s MBA programs respectively. Jim enjoys trail running, open ocean sailing and skiing.
Click here for Jim’s acceptance speech at IPI Awards
Mr. Crotty specializes in developing and enhancing the effective collaboration of human systems for more than ten years. Mr. Crotty has applied this specialization on hundreds of project teams, world wide. With an adept ability to coordinate commitments from various stakeholders, Mr. Crotty has a proven track record of creating truly World Class teams, which are able to achieve extraordinary results. Mr. Crotty has designed and facilitated a formal partnering process for 100 projects ranging in size and complexity from road-widening projects to international offshore gas storage projects. Mr. Crotty’s clients include NAVFAC, USAVE, GSA, LA MTA, Valley Metro Rail, St. Joseph’s Health System, the Cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Austin and many more.
Previously, Mr. Crotty served as an associate pastor of a large church where he spent some of his time leading teams overseas. He also led up to 360 Marines both stateside and in foreign countries as an infantry platoon commander then a company commander with the US Marine Corps. Working with diverse teams in over 27 countries, Mr. Crotty has developed the ability to adapt quickly, see the big picture and accomplish the mission through the coordinated efforts of his teams. Mr. Crotty is a graduate of Pepperdine University and lives in Houston Texas with his wife, son and four big dogs. He enjoys time with his family, volunteering, and reading.
Mr. Flesner serves as a Facilitator, Change Consultant and Strategic Marketing Director for the firm. He is a proficient problem solver and communicator who excels in the development of management principles, practices and methodologies. Mr. Flesner′s expertise and knowledge allows him to successfully manage projects from concept through planning, implementation, and review. He has over a decade of experience in the leadership and management of high performance teams within small and large organizations. This essential experience helps him to ensure proper communication and teamwork among project stakeholders. Mr. Flesner is consistently recognized for his ability to employ critical and creative thinking processes to facilitate profitable business decisions.
Mr. Flesner is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Associated General Contractors of America, The Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America and The International Partnering Institute. Mr. Flesner has facilitated partnering programs around the world and his client list includes: NAVFAC, USACE, Caltrans, The Nevada Department of Transportation, The University of California Systems, The University of Maryland, Los Angeles Unified School District, The US Bureau of Water Reclamation and many more. In addition, Mr. Flesner has worked and consulted for many global companies which include: Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Pepsi Co., GMAC Financial Services, Sara Lee Foods, Toyota, Adidas, ADT, Anschutz Entertainment Group, The Los Angeles Galaxy, The Los Angeles Kings and the United States Olympic Committee.
Mr. Flesner received his MBA from the Charles Lundquist School of Business at the University of Oregon and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri. Neal lives with his wife Carmen and their dogs in Venice, California. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys running marathons, mountain biking, SCUBA, reading and traveling.
Ms. Hughes serves as Operations Coordinator for Ventura Consulting Group. Ms. Hughes works to ensure workshop logistics that support project teams. Ms. Hughes is the client’s go-to source for workshop scheduling, locations, conference planning participant notification and any post workshop communications. Ms. Hughes also directs client billing, travel and internal accounting at VCG. Prior to her current position, Ms. Hughes served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Radisson Suites Hotels.
Natalie serves as the Executive Assistant to Neal Flesner. Ms. Black has over 7 years of administrative experience she brings to the team. Natalie assists on special projects such as Partnering Awards, client relationship management, marketing, and meeting design. Natalie provides technical and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Mr. Smith is an analyst at Ventura Consulting Group since 2012. Mr. Smith works to ensure online surveys that support project teams from “Good to World Class”. Mr. Smith role in Ventura Consulting Group is uploading new leads and handling day to day activity of monthly surveys including scheduling, sending survey, collecting response from the project team and providing results to the project.
Mr. Smith graduate in Bachelor of Commerce in 2005 and worked as a Sr. Customer Service Executive and Team Leader prior to working at Ventura Consulting Group. In a spare time he loves to read books and play football.