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The Partnership charter

The Partnership Charter by David Gage Millions of people co-own closely held companies, family businesses, and business partnerships, but establishing them and keeping them together is never easy. Here, finally, is the guide they have been waiting for.... Read More

Our Team

The true quality of a company is said to rest on the quality of the individuals who comprise the company. BMC believes it. That is why it has taken great pains to form what it believes to be the most talented group of professionals in the country whose goal is to help business partners, family businesses, and others prevent and resolve conflicts.

Whether mediating a conflict or assisting clients as they prepare for the future, our associates bring needed insight, technical expertise, and the maturity to navigate challenging situations. Each BMC associate can apply decades of professional training and experience to our clients needs. Their expertise covers a wide range of business, interpersonal, and conflict resolution disciplines.

Contact BMC today to learn more about how we can help.
 

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David Gage, Ph.D.
Disciplines: Mediator and Clinical Psychologist
David Gage, Ph.D., Principal, is a leader in the field of business mediation and the founder of BMC Associates. Dr. Gage has over 25 years of experience as a mediator and 30 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. He has assisted partners from many different industries in resolving all types of disputes. Dr. Gage is an adjunct professor in American University's business school. His book on effective partnerships, The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right With Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix The One You're In), was published in July of 2004.

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Edward J. Kopf, Ph.D.
Disciplines: Management Consultant and Mediator
Ed Kopf has had over twenty years of senior management experience in rapidly growing public and closely-held companies. His leadership roles have included serving as President of American Political Network, Inc., Executive Vice President of U.S. Digital Communications, Inc., Vice President of Circuit City Stores, Inc., and Chief Financial Officer of Ariel Research Corporation. During the last 10 years he has mediated conflicts within family and partner-owned businesses and consulted on turn-around, expansion, and sale strategies.

Stewart Christ, Principal

Stewart H. Christ, MBA
Disciplines: Business Consultant and Forum Moderator
Stewart H. Christ is an experienced business management, strategic marketing, and technology consultant. The Founder of Executive Peer Forum, he works with the owners and senior executives of a variety of enterprises. The forum process entails the issues of life balance, including family, health, and spirituality, as well as business issues such as growth, profitability, strategic planning, sources of capital and key personnel, board and investor matters.

Donna Hart Gage, Principal

Donna Hart Gage, Ph.D., R.N.
  Disciplines: Consultant and Mediator
Dr. Donna Gage is back!  After taking a two-year leave from BMC to serve as the Chief Nursing Officer at the VA’s headquarters in Washington, Donna is working again with BMC Associates.  At the Veterans Health Administration, Donna oversaw more than 90,000 nursing service personnel in the country’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 facilities.  A nursing executive with more than 25 years of experience, she is a transformational leader who has collaborated with all disciplines to create supportive professional practice environments.  Besides mediating with BMC’s clients around the country, Donna’s specialty is consulting to nursing executives on issues related to hospital and nursing leadership, union relations, operations and strategy.

Virginia McArthur

Virginia McArthur, J.D.
Disciplines: Attorney and Mediator
Ginny McArthur is an estate planning lawyer who in 1992 founded the estate planning boutique law firm now known as McArthur Franklin PLLC. The firm represents high net worth individuals, as well as those with more modest estates, in estate and gift tax planning, trust and estate administration, charitable planning, and probate. Ginny has written and spoken to lawyers and lay people on estate planning and administration topics. For over 20 years she co-authored Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner, an annually updated treatise on estate planning practice in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. She teaches and has taught on estate planning topics and on ethical issues in estate planning.

Kevin Raum, Director, Southeast Region

Kevin Raum, M.S.
Disciplines: Business Consultant and Coach
Kevin Raum has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant, manager, and entrepreneur. He has a particular expertise in working with women business owners and partnerships. Through his experience as a leader, manager, and business advisor, he brings a depth of knowledge and understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and issues that business owners and executives face in developing and managing their businesses and creating the results they want.

Kent Corso

Kent A. Corso, PsyD, BCBA-D

Disciplines: Consulting and Clinical Psychologist, Behavior Analyst
Kent Corso is a mediator and consultant. As a board certified behavior analyst and prior officer in the U.S. Air Force, he has 20 years of experience in the areas of leadership, mediation, and change management within organizations of all types and sizes.

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Eileen Barker, J.D.
Discipline: Mediator
Eileen, founder of Barker Mediation in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a full-time mediator whose practice draws on over 25 years of experience in law and dispute resolution and hundreds of hours of specialized training. Since 1991, Eileen has successfully mediated hundreds of cases in a wide range of areas including commercial, partnerships, employment, real estate, personal injury, insurance, probate, and family/divorce. She has also served as an arbitrator, discovery referee, and neutral evaluator in numerous matters. Eileen has served on mediation panels and provided services for courts, private organizations, and government agencies.

Susan Coleman

Susan Coleman, J.D., M.P.A.
Attorney, Mediator, ICF Certified Coach
Susan Coleman is a partner at C Global Consulting LLC in New York City and a global consultant with close to three decades of experience building collaboration in organizations and systems. Her practice combines the ability to create and deliver world-acclaimed workshops and seminars, with skill in designing large or small system interventions to promote collaboration, improve organizational performance and resolve conflict.

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Erwin G. Krasnow, J.D., LL.M.
Disciplines: Attorney and Mediator
Erwin is an experienced lawyer, mediator, author or coauthor of over 20 books and 250 articles on law and regulation, and a law school professor. Erwin has 40 years of law and government experience and is currently Chair of the Communications & Media Law Group of the law firm, Garvey Schubert Barer. He serves as the Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association’s Washington counsel.

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Melinda Ostermeyer, M.S.
Disciplines: Organizational Consultant and Mediator
Melinda is an organization development consultant, trainer in conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving, and facilitator. She was formerly adjunct professor for several universities and director of the Dispute Resolution Division of the D.C. Superior Court and the Dispute Resolution Centers. Melinda has 20 years of experience specializing in management, mediation, and designing systems to resolve conflict within organizations.

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Harry M. Linowes, B.S.
Disciplines: Consultant and Mediator
Harry has over 40 years CPA experience in public accounting, consulting with public and private companies on corporate and partner strategy, financing, mergers, and acquisitions. He is a retired managing partner of BDO Seidman and has served in a leadership capacity on numerous professional and public service organizations. He is currently a business management consultant.

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Michael Stadter, Ph.D.
Disciplines: Organizational Consultant and Clinical Psychologist
Michael is a clinical psychologist, organization development consultant, and the former director of several mental health facilities. He has 24 years of experience specializing in executive coaching, conflict resolution, stress management, and enhancing work group effectiveness.

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Richard K. Yocum, M.S.
Disciplines: Management / Organizational Consultant
Richard Yocum is a mediator and a management and organization development consultant who specializes in working with partners and family-owned, closely-held businesses. He serves as coach to business owners, CEOs, and key executives of companies of varying size and industry type. His background includes sixteen years in management roles (line and staff) with world-class organizations. As a strategic