Whom It May Concern:
Ron Walczak, principal of Walczak
consultants, provided Information Technology leadership and
advice during the move of the H.J. Heinz Company's World
Headquarters staff which was completed on March 3, 2008 after
approximately 9 months of construction. Ron was formally engaged
by Shirley Weinstein, Heinz's Director of Global Information
Services, while I was overall project leader.
Ron is a skilled and focused technical
expert with a broad perspective on larger projects. He has
impeccable ethical standards and is a pragmatist who is goal
oriented. Importantly, he is also a hands-on manager who steps
in when necessary to lead by example.
The IT portion of the project
encompassed the full spectrum of technology from high tech
conference rooms with teleconferencing capability, wireless and
cabled Internet connectivity and a telecommunications network
for approximately 225 employees and consultants. The project was
delivered on-time and below budget. Ron played a key role in not
only ensuring quality and timely installation of the various
systems but also supplementing our interaction with various
technicians and subcontractors involved in the project.
Importantly, Ron's role expanded to involve other areas as
required, keeping his direct responsibility and other teams on
track in accordance with Management's objectives in a seamless
manner. Additionally, he also successfully motivated
underperforming subcontractors to encourage them to meet our
common goal. Importantly, upon completion, he received favorable
comments from all concerned, especially the general contractor.
Ron has consulted for us in the past
and once again did an exceptional job for us. We will hire him
again if there is a project requiring outside IT project
management skills. We highly recommend him for your job and
would be pleased to discuss it with you.
John Runkel Vice President — Business Services
I am impressed with the breadth of Ron's skills. His mixture of
engineering knowledge, business acumen, professionalism, and
related experiences has been very beneficial to Heinz. He also
brings a keen eye to the critical task of large-scale project
management and its very important cost and schedule control
As Heinz World Headquarters moves forward with the other
initiatives related to communications technologies, my intent is
to utilize Ron's unique mix of talents wherever advantageous to
do so. I would recommend him without hesitation to any other
organization in a similar situation.
Daniel J. Kambic
Manager – Information Systems
H. J. Heinz World Headquarters
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