Cycle industry expert forms consulting firm CrankTank

08 June 2017

Bicycle industry expert Scott Montgomery has launched a cycling-focused consultancy on the back of continued demand. CrankTank will support top bicycle industry players with advisory services in CEO consulting, marketing strategy, and succession planning.

Scott Montgomery has announced he is founding a new consultancy firm, focused on the bike and outdoor industries. The focus of the new firm will be on supporting bicycle companies meet changes in the wider ecosystem from various forces, including CEO consulting, marketing strategy, and succession planning.

Scott Montgomery - CrankTank

On his bike

Prior to launching CrankTank, Montgomery was the CEO of Nutcase Helmets, a manufacturer for fashionable cycle-helmets in the US. He previously held various positions at biking related enterprises, including CEO of Club Ride Apparel for four years; a General Manager at Scott Sports SA, for six years. The majority of his career was spent at elite bike maker Cannondale, where he started out in 1984. He held various roles for the company, including Co-President, Vice President, President-Founder Cannondale Japan, and Co-founder Cannondale Europe. Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Rollins College and attended the Harvard Business School.

Montgomery will leverage his extensive experience to support his clients meet the new challenges, particularly in the age of digital – with e-commerce channels becoming increasingly important. His most recent role included integrating Nutcase helmets into Bravo Sports, following the sale of the company in 2016.

Commenting on his reasons behind the launch of his own consultancy firm, Montgomery said, “It has been exciting working with so many companies. I kept getting so many calls asking for advice that I decided to branch out after the successful Nutcase to Bravo Sports merger and work with companies that could benefit from my broad history of leading companies in our space.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.