Dedicated Experts in Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting

Discover the Team Behind Our Trusted Private Equity Consulting Services

Welcome to Nestell & Associates, a leader in Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting. Specializing in ERP and IT Solutions for Private Equity, we are dedicated to empowering organizations with innovative digital transformation strategies. Our team, led by Dr. Jack G. Nestell, brings unparalleled expertise and insight into private equity technology and organizational change.

Who We Are

Our Founder

Dr. Jack G Nestell

Our Founder, Dr. Jack G. Nestell

Pioneering Change in Private Equity IT & ERP

Dr. Jack G. Nestell, a visionary at the forefront of Nestell & Associates, combines years of IT leadership with a deep passion for empowering private equity through digital transformation. As a leading expert in Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting, Dr. Nestell has been instrumental in driving projects that blend strategic insight with practical execution in the realm of ERP and IT Solutions for Private Equity. With a career spanning three decades, he is recognized for his expertise in ERP organizational change. His academic endeavors, including a Doctorate focused on ERP success models, underscore his commitment to merging academic research with real-world application. Dr. Nestell’s philosophy is simple: effective digital transformation hinges on the right plan, resources, and execution. His dedication has shaped Nestell & Associates into a trusted partner for private equity firms navigating the complexities of IT and ERP.

Who We Are

Our Dedicated Team

Leadership in Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting

Our Dedicated Team at Nestell & Associates is the cornerstone of our success in providing ERP and IT Solutions for Private Equity. Each member brings unique expertise and a shared commitment to private equity IT and ERP excellence. Our team’s diverse backgrounds and deep industry knowledge ensure that we deliver innovative, research-informed strategies tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Dr. Jack G. Nestell

Founding Partner
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Dr. Daniel R. Denison

• Organizational Development Advisor for Nestell & Associates
• Chairman | Founding Partner of Denison Consulting
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Dr. Matthew V. Brown

Director of Strategic Organizational Development
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Donald Bassler

Business Development and Customer Service Strategic Advisor
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Dr. Timo Sandritter

Strategic Consultant
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Dr. David Olson

Strategic Consultant
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Jill Sullivan

Project Strategist
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Donald R. Martin

General Advisor
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William Powell

Senior Managing Director
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Brandon Wood

Strategic Sales & Marketing Advisor
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Dr. Justin Goldston

Senior Managing Director & ERP Organizational Change Consultant and Researcher
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Brian Harris

Chief Financial Officer/PE Lead Financial Advisor
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Tamara McMahon

Administrative Assistant/Account Manager
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Dr. Liz Bywater

Dr. Liz Bywater

Strategic Partner
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Chris Borsini

Project Resource Manager
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Lou Hanoute - Telecommunications Manager - Nestell & Associates

Lou Hanoute

Telecommunications Manager
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Jake Nestell

Jake Nestell

Project Manager
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John M. Bielecki

Senior ERP Project Manager
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Hemant Chhibber

Developer & Business Intelligence Lead
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Rob Rowe

IT Presales Director/Solutions Architect Advisory
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Our Foundation

Principles, Mission, & Commitment

Guiding Principles

Our Commitment to Excellence: Guiding Principles

At Nestell & Associates, our commitment to excellence is deeply rooted in a set of guiding principles that inform every aspect of our work. These principles are not just a framework for our operations; they are the ethical cornerstone that defines our approach to service, client relationships, and professional conduct.

Educator Practitioners

We see ourselves as primarily educator practitioners. Therefore, we believe strongly in the value, mission, and purpose of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), and we believe these same principles can be applied to other sectors outside of education. CAS, a consortium of professional associations in higher education, promotes the use of its professional standards for the development, assessment, and improvement of quality student learning, programs, and services (

It is based on this shared mission that we respectfully use and support the following principles created by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education as a guide to how we value our practice and our clients. We did not create nor take credit for these core principles. But we support, share, and encourage other organizations to consider these as well (


  • Principle I – Autonomy
    We take responsibility for our actions and both support and empower an individual’s and group’s freedom of choice.
  • Principle II – Non-Malfeasance
    We pledge to do no harm.
  • Principle III – Beneficence
    We engage in altruistic attitudes and actions that promote goodness and contribute to the health and welfare of others.
  • Principle IV – Justice
    We actively promote human dignity and endorse equality and fairness for everyone.
  • Principle V – Fidelity
    We are faithful to an obligation, trust, or duty.
  • Principle VI – Veracity
    We seek and convey the truth in our words and actions.
  • Principle VII – Affiliation
    We actively promote connected relationships among all people and foster community.

Our Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting Mission

Empowering Transformation with Expertise and Integrity

Our mission at Nestell & Associates goes beyond providing solutions; it’s about empowering each client with experience-based, research-informed strategies for digital transformation success.

We are dedicated to sharing our collective wisdom and resources, ensuring every project not only avoids “marginally effective” solutions but also sets new standards in efficacy and innovation.

Our commitment is to add real value, guiding clients towards sustainable success with integrity and transparency.

Our Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting Goal

Delivering Competitive Advantage through Excellence

Our ultimate goal is to equip our clients with the most efficient, skilled, and resourceful professionals in the industry.

We focus on implementing processes, resources, and technology that not only provide a competitive edge but also deliver tangible ROI.

At Nestell & Associates, every client engagement is an opportunity to demonstrate how experienced professionals, guided by rigorous research and tailored strategies, can transform challenges into triumphs.

PE Success

Our Approach to Private Equity Consulting

Tailored Expertise in Private Equity IT & ERP

At Nestell & Associates, our approach to private equity consulting is rooted in a deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in this sector.

Specializing exclusively in private equity, we bring a nuanced perspective to every engagement, ensuring our solutions are perfectly aligned with the specific needs of our clients.

Comprehensive Methodology

Our methodology is comprehensive, integrating three critical aspects: people, process, and technology.

This holistic approach allows us to address the multifaceted nature of IT and ERP challenges, particularly within the complexities of mergers and acquisitions.

We believe in a balanced approach that ensures technical solutions are effectively integrated with human and business elements, driving real value and sustainable success.

Vendor Neutrality for Unbiased Solutions

Our commitment to vendor neutrality stands at the forefront of our consulting practice.

This stance ensures that our recommendations are solely focused on what’s best for your business, not influenced by external affiliations. It’s this unbiased advice that enables us to provide solutions truly tailored to your needs.

Emphasizing Organizational Change and Readiness

We understand that success in digital transformation goes beyond just technological implementation. It requires a keen focus on organizational change and readiness.

Our strategies are designed to prepare your team for the transitions ahead, fostering an environment conducive to successful adaptation and growth.

Research-Driven, Expert-Led Solutions

Our approach is bolstered by a strong foundation in research and a team of highly qualified professionals. We draw on industry-leading insights and hands-on experience to navigate the intricacies of IT and ERP projects.

From strategic advisement to tactical execution, our team is equipped to handle the challenges unique to the private equity sector.

Commitment to Mutual Success

Our philosophy is simple: your success is our success. We are dedicated to not just meeting but exceeding expectations, ensuring that every project we undertake adds tangible value and advances your strategic objectives.

Our goal is to be your trusted partner throughout the investment cycle, from initial analysis to successful execution and beyond.

Nestell & Associates Differentiators

  • Beyond Technology: Focusing on the bigger picture of digital transformation.
  • Vendor Neutrality: Providing unbiased, best-fit solutions.
  • Research-Focused Success: Leveraging academic insights for practical application.
  • Highly Qualified, Experienced Team: A professional team that understands private equity challenges.
  • Private Equity Exclusive: Dedicated solely to serving private equity firms.
  • Organizational Change, Culture & Readiness: Prioritizing the human element in all transformations.
  • Academic Approach to Assessment & Due Diligence: Merging scholarly research with industry practice for comprehensive assessments.
  • ERP Organizational Change Research: Staying at the forefront of ERP innovation and success strategies.

In our dedication to your success, we bring a blend of strategic insight, industry experience, and a commitment to excellence that sets us apart in the world of private equity IT and ERP consulting.

Our Commitment

Continuous Learning & Adaptation

Our Commitment to Learning and Adaption in Private Equity IT & ERP Consulting

Staying Ahead in an Ever-Changing Sector

In private equity IT and ERP, continuous learning and adaptation are not just principles; they are necessities. At Nestell & Associates, we are committed to staying at the forefront of industry developments, ensuring that our services and solutions evolve as rapidly as the sectors we serve.

Embracing Change as Opportunity

We view each new development in technology and market dynamics not as a challenge, but as an opportunity. This mindset allows us to anticipate trends, adapt our strategies, and offer our clients cutting-edge solutions that are innovative and effective.

Lifelong Learning and Growth

Our team is deeply invested in ongoing professional development, embracing a culture of lifelong learning. We regularly engage in advanced training and contribute to academic research. This continuous growth ensures we bring the most current and comprehensive expertise to every client engagement.

Proactive Adaptation for Client Success

Our proactive approach to adaptation ensures that our clients are always equipped with solutions that meet the demands of the present while preparing for the challenges of the future. We understand that maintaining a competitive edge requires continuous progress and foresight.

Delivering Future-Ready Solutions

Our dedication to learning and adaptation translates into future-ready solutions for our clients. We ensure that your IT and ERP strategies are not just effective today but are designed to evolve and scale as your needs and the industry change.

In a field where change is the only constant, Nestell & Associates stands as a partner committed to continuous learning, ensuring that we always deliver the most relevant, effective, and forward-thinking solutions to our private equity clients.


What People are Saying About N&A

Nestell & Associates are very knowledgeable and a true thought leader in the ERP space.

Ralph Berry III
Director at CBIZ MHM, LLC

Anyone looking for a lot of great info about ERP, follow Nestell & Associates. I have worked with Jack for an extended amount of time during an implementation of our ERP and he is incredibly full of knowledge and experience.

Cody Wedig
ERP Project Manager

I’ve had the pleasure of working daily with Jack over nearly two years on implementing, improving, and maintaining our company’s ERP system, business intelligence, and reporting.  He’s been a great mentor and leader, and has been the undeniable key to the success of the ERP system’s implementation.   I know Jack to be a great communicator and organizer, who is highly knowledgeable and insightful in ERP and many other areas of IT.  He is very practical in his approach, emphasizing the importance of aligning company culture and business processes with the ERP system (and vice versa, when appropriate).  Besides that, Jack is just a great person to work with in general, who is trustworthy, open to ideas, and a highly positive influence on the organization.

Steve Staudenmayer
BI/ERP Analyst

To get results, people have to understand, and they need to buy in…. Jack avoids the typical overflow of consulting jargon and instead moves directly to readily absorbable concepts that work.

Doug Schrock
Partner in charge, Consulting Advisory Services, Crowe Horwath

I have had the pleasure of working with Jack Nestell over the past few years on a significant ERP project.  I first met Jack during his ERP evaluation phase and I found him to be one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the ERP space that I have come across in my career.  He was clear in what he wanted and more clear in how he wanted to manage the implementation of the solution.  Jack employed a methodology during the implementation that led to  successful outcome and a realization of the benefits promised at the outset.  His professional style of leadership was effective as he oversaw resources from his team, the business users and the various vendors.  Always firm and consistent in his direction along with the appropriate amount of flexibility to deal with the day to day issues that you encounter in any sizable project.  Jack is a true ERP professional with the real life success to back up his credentials.  A rare breed.

Paul F. Magel

I have had the pleasure of working with Jack on some very cutting edge enterprise technology projects.  I have found his team building / collaborative / pragmatic approach to leading these projects to be quite unique and invaluable in helping the team obtain its objectives.  All of these challenging projects had multiple stakeholders and Jack’s ability to conduct the “orchestra” is quite impressive. I hope to work with Jack on projects in the future.

Dean Frew
CTO/SVP RFID Solutions SML Group

First off, I sincerely enjoy our working with Jack. His work is honest and quality work. He understands the key issues for success in implementations and stays focused on them through to completion. He has a very good knowledge of business processes and how computers and information technology in general can be applied in an effective manner.

John Leibert
President/CEO Factivity, Inc.

Lucidity had the pleasure of working with Jack on a mission critical, 5-month ERP transformation that was very successful. From the onset, Jack took an “out of the box” approach that allowed him and team to navigate many of the normal constraints on such an aggressive timeline for this transformation. What was accomplished with Jack under his leadership was remarkable and industry-leading, and his ability to do “more with less” was an illustration for us all to learn from. Lucidity teamed with Jack to help him deliver on time, within budget, and meet the boldest expectations for his business – no production downtime, no lost sales revenue, no orders unfulfilled, no negative change in customer relationships, no changes in shipping expectations, and many more. Jack is an authentic, thoughtful CIO with a passion for doing things different for his business and his track record proves that…with this project just being another illustration of his capabilities and skills. We were excited to be his business partner and look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Clint Brice
Chief Executive Officer - Lucidity Consulting Group

Complacency is the enemy of change. When companies are at the crossroads of a significant change such as a new ERP system, complacency becomes a primary obstacle. Jack has an immense ability to break down that obstacle to progress the project while aligning stakeholders. His extensive background in IT provides him the ability to be process focused while conveying his message from a pragmatic approach. Being a senior leader of SML, I was fortunate to experience Jack’s methodical approach. His ability to connect with non-IT centric leaders and provide a thorough understanding of the objectives, approach, obstacles and solutions, helps lead a successful roll out. Anyone that has worked with Jack would quickly attest to his passion, determination and assurance.

Gary Moskovciak
Senior Vice President - Americas SML USA

In my experience, getting people to understand and embrace the change is generally the most significant challenge of major undertakings. I’ve consistently seen Jack move large teams with his up-front, no nonsense approaches that brings confidence that the initiative is actually going to work.

Doug Schrock
Partner in charge, Consulting Advisory Services, Crowe Horwath

Leading large-scale organizational transformation has been at the center of my entire career. Like any leadership role it can be a lonely business. Imagine my surprise and delight to find someone with Jack’s knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm who truly gets it to work alongside! Jack is a consummate professional and in the time I have known him I have already learned that he delivers results for all things ERP related. There is no substitute for the kind of expertise that Jack brings to bear in the successful and lean implementation of ERP systems.

Ron West, Corporate Transformation
Author of “Corporate Caterpillars”

Lean and ERP, can they co-exist? Should they co-exist? Jack has the experience and background to answer these questions and to tie these 2 powerful philosophies and tools together toachieve efficient results and to only do what matters. As an IT professional, his personal interest in understanding Lean concepts and the application of those concepts make him a great systems implementation partner.

Doug Blanchard
Managing Director - The ProAction Group

My entire development, implementation and support teams have worked with Jack on some difficult and challenging projects over the past several years. As President of FACTIVITY, it is my personal observation that Jack’s discipline, experience, and value-added approach offers an insight and perspective that even experienced professionals can learn from.

John Leibert
President/CEO - Factivity, Inc.

Jack has put together a transcript that we can all learn from in the industry. What he did during the ERP transformation captured the essence of what everyone tries to achieve, but so few rarely do. Through his leadership and passion, the industry can see an illustration of a different way to approach these types of transformations and the ability to do “more with less” while still being wildly successful. Jack has unique capabilities and skills, and we are excited he has decided to share his story with the market.

Clint Brice
Chief Executive Officer - Lucidity Consulting Group

I have been working with Jack for the past couple of years and have had the privilege of providing him with some great resources when needed. I have seen firsthand how well Jack manages and executes large, complex and time sensitive ERP initiatives. Jack’s success comes from not only his passion, energy and insightfulness but also how he puts as much emphasis on the human element and creating the right culture as he does with making sure he has the right technical skillset on each and every project.

Chris Borsini
Oxford International

“I met Jack in January 2013 while he was managing an-going ERP implementation at his current manufacturing concern. He clearly indicated the urgency facing his concern and the need to “turn on” the solution in January 2013. Although there were a number of shortcomings that required immediate attention, Jack established a team of resources and a plan to correct the shortcomings and bring to pass a first class solution for the company.

Impressive was Jack’s attention to details and his concern on the impact that it would have on the human element. Training, assignment and ownership of business processes, changes to the roles from past to future was of utmost importance to him.

His ability to work through these elements and establish a sense of confidence that individuals can move forward and the “change” would be beneficial to all was amazing.

Justo Beauchamp
President - JBM2 Consulting

Jack has been a panelist for us and has provided input on our research. I am looking forward to seeing the results of his book

Amanda Robinson
Manage CIO Advisory at Info-Tech Research Group

I have had the pleasure of working on one of my most memorable and successful 5 Month Rapid implementation projects led by Jack. It was an amazing experience to see how his positive energy and ‘gung ho’ approach literally charged each one of us on the implementation team daily.  Besides his dedication to work and positive attitude, he has exceptional motivational and team building skills. There is a lot to learn from Jack!

Upendra Kulkarni
President MMBC Consulting, Inc.

I have had the pleasure of working with Jack Nestell over the past few years on a significant ERP project. I first met Jack during his ERP evaluation phase and I found him to be one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the ERP space that I have come across in my career. He was clear in what he wanted and more clear in how he wanted to manage the implementation of the solution. Jack employed a methodology during the implementation that led to successful outcome and a realization of the benefits promised at the outset. His professional style of leadership was effective as he oversaw resources from his team, the business users and the various vendors. Always firm and consistent in his direction along with the appropriate amount of flexibility to deal with the day to day issues that you encounter in any sizable project. Jack is a true ERP professional with the real life success to back up his credentials. A rare breed.

Paul F. Magel
President - Applications and Technology Outsourcing - COMPUTER GENERATED SOLUTIONS INC.

I have known Jack for several years. I appreciate his passion for his work and his research and his enthusiasm to share that passion with academic colleagues and practitioners. Jack places great value on understanding, sharing, and applying sound proven research ideas to his field. This truly is a differentiator.

Kevin Brever
Principal (Retired) St. Paul Elementary School Louisville, KY

Jack is deeply committed to maximizing the effectiveness of ERP systems and strategies. Having the opportunity to teach Jack, I’ve seen firsthand how he couples his own expertise and depth of ERP experience with research-based principles related to effective organizational change. Not only is he dedicated to the success of his own work, but he has a genuine passion to transform the field by sharing best practices broadly with clients, colleagues, and other practitioners.

Dr. Courtney L. Malloy
Malloy Research Consulting

Jack has a boundless desire to see organizations succeed. It is important for leaders to learn about their organizations and utilize applied research to address the challenges they face for sustainable improvement; this skill and approach sets Jack apart. His passion coupled with knowledge towards his field of digital transformation is quite admirable.

Dr. Eric A. Canny
University of Southern California

Jack was able to gather and effectively communicate information in an organized labor environment. He  was able to dissect our systems, correct, and distribute information in a more effective manner, much like a surgeon.

J. R. Bray Jr.
United Steelworkers, Unit President

Nestell & Associates provides quality service and exceptional knowledge.

Joseph Mallak
Private Equity Chairman of the Board, Operating Partner, President, and CEO

I have spent 30 years of my career often engaged as an interim C level manager. Several of these assignments included ERP installations, for a variety of reasons.  I met Jack while serving as interim CEO  at a company that was carved out of a large public entity by a PE.  Jack immediately impressed me with his organizational skills in planning the installation. Then, his technical know- how was augmented with his ability to communicate both up and down the organization, he dealt with resistance intellectually rather than emotionally, constantly adjusted the schedule to account for surprises while maintaining the schedule, and did all this with integrity and transparency.  The most successful ERP installation I have ever witnessed.

Don Martin
Principal D. R. Martin & Associates

In the private equity world, success depends on having trusted partners whose expertise and commitment to client service is unquestionable. For the last 10 years, Jack has been our go-to partner for all of our enterprise-level technology needs.  He has mentored, advised, and worked with a number of our portfolio companies at a variety of levels – from establishing employee technology support/Help Desk services to leading full-scale ERP integration and implementations.  Jack is a core member of our investment diligence and management network and a trusted partner in making sure technology is an enabler of business transformation and innovation within all of our organizations.

Nathan Richey
Managing Partner, Bestige Holdings

I had the pleasure of working with Jack Nestell over a full ERP implementation as part of a corporate divestiture.  Jack’s hands-on approach truly benefited the company, as his recommendations and our strategy were driven by a bottoms-up understanding of the business.  In addition to leading the entire process, Jack worked with key functional leaders throughout the business to ensure that all business needs were contemplated.  I would welcome an opportunity to work with Jack again in the future.

Joe Choorapuzha
Incline Equity Partners, Partner

“Nestell & Associates is committed to excellence and dedicated to their clients. Their knowledge of ERP organizational change is unsurpassed.”

Raed Yaghnam
Founder and Group CEO - Wasita Group. United Arab Emirates

“Dr. Nestell and  Nestell & Associates are superstars in the ERP organizational change world!”

Dr. Timo Sandritter

“Nestell & Associates did a high quality and very professional job, demonstrating competency and knowledge in their area of expertise. Highly recommended!”

Rodrigo Andrade
Marine Global Director, ABS Group

“It is a pleasure working with Nestell & Associates, highly recommended!”

Steve Bentson
Private Equity fractional CEO

“It was a pleasure working with Nestell & Associates. Professional, quality deliverable, and great PE acumen.”

Douglas Song
Prodos Capital

“We really enjoyed working with Nestell & Associates in our most recent due diligence process. The team did a great job of providing a thorough recommendation to us in a timely manner even with limited information from the sellers. It’s clear they have numerous years of experience in the space and know how to operate at the speed of a deal process.”-

Mike Lazarczyk
Turnout Industries

“It was a pleasure to work with Nestell & Associates. Top-notch professionals!”

Claude L. Levesque, Chief Financial Officer
Private Equity Portfolio

“In my role as a global ERP leader for HB Fuller and collaborative senior IT leader, I often look for outside perspectives on how to educate an organization on their enterprise resource planning journeys. This podcast’s approach of “listen, learn, and implement” gives a leader like me practical examples and skills to leverage from thought leaders in this field. In addition, the principles discussed can be applied to ERP as well as any business software that will support the enterprise. The one main takeaway I gain from this podcast on a recurring basis is that it constantly resets my perspective to look at my deliverables through my stakeholders’ eyes, and what value they bring to the organization.”

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