We bring experienced industry professionals who are nimble, smart and focus on your business challenges. You’ll work with team members who have big firm experience combined with a “get it done” attitude. We offer tangible results and real outcomes, not just plans that gather dust on your shelf.

Jim Wadella

Owner, Founder

Jim has more than 30 years of professional experience in multiple industries.  He has significant experience in business process improvement, program/project management, financial analysis, technology planning, communication network design/engineering, business plan development and risk management.  Jim is a Managing Member for Core Catalysts’ Kansas City office.

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Matt Craig

Client Service and Delivery

Matt has over 20 years of experience with a strong emphasis in  financial institutions.  Matt’s experience also encompasses other industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, legal and architecture.  Matt has extensive experience related to project and program management, software development, process improvement, and leadership.

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Jeffrey Kupper

Client Service and Delivery

Jeffrey has over 20 years experience in global business, development and technology operations. An innovative thinker able to develop solutions and then execute with measurable success. A proven leader able to build and manage high-performance teams promoting effective collaboration and continuous improvement. Jeff has worked with a variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 across multiple industries with extensive experience in turnaround management and mergers & acquisitions.

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Mark Jacobs

Client Service and Delivery

Mark has a track record of over 20 years experience driving top-line and bottom-line growth, organizational change, and performance improvement across multiple industries and businesses. With functional expertise across Sales, Marketing, Strategy, and Operations, Mark brings focus on operational efficiency, executional excellence, clear prioritization, and ensuring transparency and accountability for results to his client engagements.

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Doug Richards

Client Service and Delivery

Doug is a pioneering technologist with over 15 years of executive level and entrepreneurial-spirited experience identifying, qualifying, building consensus, for, and implementing enabling technologies and enterprise systems that facilitate business processes and strategic objectives.  A powerful blend of technology vision and business acumen results in consistent development of powerful business strategies supported by project life cycle management, client/vendor relationship management, and financial/operational management.


Jo Anne Gabbert

Client Service and Delivery

Jo Anne brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the Core Catalysts team.  Her experience within management consulting spans multiple industries within the publicly traded Fortune 500 companies.  Her expertise includes operational efficiency and effectiveness, strategic planning, customer service, process and organizational design and development.  An effective leader in CEO and COO roles Jo Anne has received numerous awards.  Among these awards, in 2009 Jo Anne has was recognized as one of Midwest CEO Magazines Most Influential Women and in 2010 she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s top female executives by Ingram’s Magazine.