The Association of Interim Executives is pleased to present John M. Collard with their inaugural Interim Management Lifetime Achievement Award. The Association of Interim Executives has awarded John Collard the first ever Interim Management Lifetime Achievement Award for his excellence, contributions, and years of success as an interim executive and turnaround specialist. Beginning his career as a financial analyst and working his way up the corporate ladder, John Collard has completed 45 assignments as an interim executive and achieved over $1 billion in transaction value for clients. In addition he has served as Chairman of the Association of Interim Executives since its inception. Collard is Past Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association. Collard was recently inducted into the Turnaround Management, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall Of Fame.
Collard is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), and a Certified International Turnaround Manager (CITM).
"I have been an Interim CEO and turnaround expert for over three decades and I continue to find out I have a very rewarding career," Collard said. "As an interim executive, you are turning the company from a loss to some sort of a leader. You are taking something that was a catastrophe and organizing and rebuilding it. I am always amazed at the situations that companies get themselves into." Collard continued. “I am honored and very proud to receive this Award. Thank you.”
As Chairman of Strategic Management Partners in Annapolis, Maryland, Collard has parachuted into companies as the Interim CEO, COO, senior executive to turn around troubled and distressed companies, or serve as an outside director. He has achieved big results in this period with assignments ranging from turning around and selling a $25 million NASDAQ traded manufacturer, to a $33 million weapons defense contractor where he repositioned the company to achieve 3x revenue growth.
"We are honored to have John M. Collard as our inaugural recipient of the Interim Management Lifetime Achievement Award. Interim management is a new and expanding career choice and it is the success of accomplished executives such as John Collard that gives interim management the credibility it has in the marketplace," says Association of Interim Executives founder and CEO Robert Jordan.
"It takes a certain skillset to be an interim executive, and over his career John has mastered being able to bring rapid change to company after company," Olivia Wolak, President of the Association of Interim Executives says. "As an Association we are working to build awareness around the interim specialty and with members like John we can make top executives more accessible to company owners, private equity funds and corporations in need of help."