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An Introduction to Management Bureaus

Helping Members Succeed!

Methods for Management understands that privately owned businesses have unique wants, needs, and desires. We consider some of the critical questions about your business to obtain the best consulting possible.

Methods for Management is the most experienced consulting firm in the area of Management Bureaus. Our exposure to this process spans a period beginning in 1953 with consulting assignments throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia.

What Our Members Are Saying

“MFM has been a source of inspiration, support, and accountability. I have developed friendships and learned from industry experts about the business of service above self.”
Lisa M. Sebastian
“If you are at all interested in making your business more efficient and profitable,  someone who wants to become a better owner, then MFM is definitely for you. I would encourage owners to join from the mere fact you will learn so much from the other owners in your group.”
Michael P Harris
“MFM has been invaluable to the development of Margaret’s Cleaners.  Many of the owners I have met have developed into strong personal relationships and I consider as close friends.  MFM has become a helpful resource to monitor how we are performing in the industry.  Numerous best practices have been brought back and implemented in our daily practices.  Our company would look quite different had we not been associated with MFM.”
Chuck Horst
“I have been a Methods member for over 20 years. I have no doubt that my involvement with this association has played a significant role in my professional development as well as the ongoing success of my organization. The insights, practices, experiences and counsel of my fellow members – and our facilitators – has been of great value and comfort (we all know how lonely it is at the top!). It is very challenging for we business owners to stay true to goals and objectives without having accountability to anyone or anything beyond ourselves. MFM – acting as a sort of “Board of Directors” – holds us accountable to ourselves and our fellow bureau members. As an added bonus, the friendships developed in MFM have been very meaningful and enduring.”
John-Claude Hallak
“As someone new to the dry cleaning industry, MFM and its network of owners/operators has been a tremendous resource for learning the business. I can’t say enough about the value of the quarterly meetings as an opportunity to learn and share ideas with your peers in a productive, supportive environment. Anyone who is serious about their business and wants to take it to the next level can benefit greatly by joining MFM.”
Janet Garman
“Methods For Management is exactly what the name implies…they provide direction and leadership to help us better manage our day to day business. MFM makes Jim Massey’s Cleaners more profitable. They easily pay for themselves.”
John Massey

Benefits of Management Bureau Peer Groups

Management Bureaus are designed to be used as tools to enhance the success and profitability of your operation. Company profitability comes from detailed knowledge of your operation, reliable information regarding what level of performance can be expected, and having the drive to take the necessary actions to improve all areas of the operation. Management Bureaus provide a framework in which these factors can be developed.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING
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BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS
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SUCCESSION PLANNING
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ACQUISITION/DISPOSITION ANALYSIS

Methods For Management

MfM Provides the following services through its Management Bureau peer groups:

Exchange of New Ideas and Methods

Bureau Members visit each member’s operation. Areas of interest or concern by the member are reviewed by the host’s peers. Analyses and recommendations are offered by the Bureau members and the Facilitator.

Discussion of Comparative Operating Reports

For each meeting, our online database generates in-depth financials reports for each of our members’ businesses. Trends or variances between plants are analyzed in order to increase the understanding of each Bureau member of his company’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

Contributions by the Facilitator

Each meeting is coordinated and facilitated by a member of the MfM professional consulting team. The Facilitator brings the expertise and past experience necessary for the success of the Management Bureau. The Facilitator directs the evaluation of operating and management problems and informs Bureau Members of the latest systems, procedures, and techniques available for improved management and profitability.

MEMBERSHIP SPECIFICATIONS

GENERAL MEETING FORMAT

  • A visit to the host member’s plant in which the group critically analyzes and suggests improvements.
  • A comparative review of financial and operating performance factors among the member plants.
  • Special reports and training sessions by the coordinator dealing with specific areas of interest.

PREREQUISITES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT BUREAU

  • A desire to improve your operation.
  • A willingness to disclose financial ratios and production data to the Bureau members.
  • A willingness to provide data in a uniform manner.
  • The ability to give and accept constructive criticism.

MEETING & FEE STRUCTURE

  • Generally, the Management Bureaus meet once each quarter for two days.
  • The monthly payments cover unlimited phone call and email support between meetings, as well as the meeting fee.
  • During meeting months there is an additional food and meeting room charge. • The monthly membership fee is charged regardless of actual attendance at the quarterly meeting.

MEMBERSHIP SPECIFICATIONS

  • A group of 8-12 plant owners from noncompeting geographic areas.
  • New members require acceptance by 100% of the existing group.

MfM Business Advisory Team

Kermit Engh

Kermit Engh

Managing Partner - MfM

Jeff Gude

Jeff Gude

MfMBI

Vikki Reed

Vikki Reed

Director of Client Services

Francis Flair

Francis Flair

Flair Consulting Group

Sandra Haralson

Sandra Haralson

Sandra Haralson Dry Cleaning Consulting

Bob Clements

Bob Clements

Benchmark Business Group

Bill Stork

Bill Stork

Dry Clean Design