Kary Miller, President

karyAs president and owner of Whetstone Inc., Kary’s passion for the heart of the individual and the transition they are moving through is reflected in his brand of consulting and the facilitated change that he leads.  Whether Kary is working with a founder/owner preparing for transition, a CEO and their leadership team, addressing executives or association leaders in a conference or board setting, or helping a client gain greater clarity on an individual basis, he offers profound insight, masterful facilitation and integrity that touches the heart of the leader.

During the last two decades, Kary has been the lead consultant and strategist on a wide range of client engagements for organizations across the U.S. and Europe.  In this capacity, he has worked with senior executives and leadership teams on projects related to leadership succession and development, team effectiveness, strategic facilitation, global branding, cultural integration in merger and acquisition and change management.

Kary’s extensive experience includes working with organizations across all business spectrums of size and segments – start ups, Fortune 50, mid-sized, publically held, privately held, non-profit and as a previous stockholder and CFO in his own family firm.  He holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University. Kary’s background  has uniquely qualified him for the focus of Whetstone’s signature work – Succession Development.

Kary attended the Seattle School of Psychology – Allender Center and holds advanced certification for trauma and abuse, and is completing an externship for individual and group facilitation.  He is completing his Masters in Counseling at Colorado Christian University.

Dr. Andy Hartman

andyDr. Andy Hartman is a clinical psychologist in private practice.  Along with his practice he currently serves the business community providing leadership development, executive/talent assessment and development, succession planning, and team facilitation/mediation.  His experience in both clinical and executive leadership work provides a broad base of competencies applied to the business community.   His focus and passion is in identifying and leveraging strengths for maximum sustainable impact in organizations.

Dr. Hartman’s experience ranges from family own businesses to large Fortune 50 companies across a broad spectrum of industries including retail, manufacturing, insurance, financial services, and medical services.

Dr. Hartman holds a Doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Des Plaines, Illinois; a Master’s degree in Education from Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois; and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.


Hank Kinzie

hankHank Kinzie is an executive coach, organizational consultant, attorney and certified mediator.   A former US Naval officer, he has also served as a lobbyist in legislative and regulatory settings and serves as a mediator helping organizations and individuals resolve conflict.  Prior to entering military service, he worked as an actuary in the casualty insurance field. He has taught at Chicago’s Loyola University School of Law and the Advanced Management Leadership Program at the Wharton Business School.  He has facilitated leadership challenge courses for senior Afghanistan and Iraq Company Commanders on the Academic Faculty at the US Army’s West Point Military Academy.

His clients have included multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Caterpillar Inc., General Motors Corporation, Kao Brands and State Street Bank as well as Unilever Corporation.   He has also worked with State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Takeda/Millennium Pharmaceuticals, numerous asset-management firms and domestic utility corporations, as well as the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers football organizations.  In addition, he has created a niche in providing succession planning and organizational change for small and medium sized family and closely held businesses in retail and information technology.

Hank holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois; a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; and a B.A. from Lawrence University.


Aleen Bayard

aleenAleen Bayard brings 20+ years of experience in the areas of organizational development, leadership development, communications, change management, succession development, marketing counsel and leadership teaching/training expertise to her consulting clients.

Aleen has extensive experience working with executive leaders and their teams in all segments of the marketplace.  In addition she has a wide range of skills facilitating training and development courses on topics that include, Leadership, Teamwork, Conflict Management, Media Training, Crisis Management, Time Management, Communication, and Professional Services Marketing. She is a member of the Society of Organizational Learning (SoL), Society of Marketing Professionals and a certified instructor in the State of Illinois.

 Aleen holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Change from Northwestern University; a Master in Journalism from Columbia University; and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She recently completed a Certificate in Leadership & Sustainability Management from University of Chicago’s Graham School and is designated as a LEED Green Associate. Aleen is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and University of Chicago at the Graham School. She is certified in DiSC, Hogan and Barrett index tools as well as HumaNext’s Emotional Intelligence and Critical Conversations training modules.