Blue Moon Consulting Group was established based on a shared vision & approach—a belief that the current “solutions” to reputational risk are piecemeal and insufficient to really manage the most critical risk organizations face. Furthermore, we believe that a strategic, holistic approach and a culture that values reputation as fundamental to business strategy, is the only way an organization can maintain an authority to lead, a right to operate, and an expectation of success over the long term.
And while we take what we do very seriously, we also believe a little levity can help build great client relationships, build trust amongst team members, and help us all manage the magnitude of some of the issues and events to which we must respond.
Simon Barker, Managing Partner >
Holding senior roles at Edelman, Visa and Marsh & McLennan prior to founding BMCG in 2014, Simon has provided crisis management counsel in response to protests, cyber-attacks, high profile product recalls, workplace violence events, natural disasters and a broad range of ethical, financial and social issues. His experience working side-by-side with clients in technology, industry, finance, healthcare, and higher-ed both nationally and internationally ensures that he understand the risks, stakeholder demands, and opportunities a crisis provides.
As Managing Partner of BMCG Simon has built an unmatched team of crisis management, business resilience and communication professionals ready to tackle your biggest challenges.
Kent Cassella, Client Lead >
A retired U.S. Army officer with more than 20 years of active-duty service, Kent has held a variety of leadership positions and has directed issues management, crisis management and crisis communications strategy for both the nation’s premier military academy and one of the world’s leading public research institutions. He brings to BMCG’s clients over 30 years of experience working with executive leadership in large, complex, diverse and dispersed organizations to develop strategy in crisis, conflict, emergencies and highly hazardous conditions.
Jason Cody, Senior Consultant >
Jason brings over 20 years of experience in journalism, media relations and crisis communications to BMCG. In his most recent role at a top AAU research institution, Jason led the launch of a new internal communications initiative and served as university spokesperson for a variety of issues, including COVID-19, protests, racial unrest, sexual assault, freedom of speech, active aggressor, bomb threats, flooding, and data breaches. With an insider’s understanding of news cycles, editorial decision-making, and effective media outreach/advocacy, Jason provides practical and actionable advice and experience to our clients.
Kim Hale, Senior Consultant >
For more than 20 years, Kim has guided organizations through complex crisis management and communications challenges. She has worked with clients in higher ed, healthcare, food industry and manufacturing, helping them navigate a wide range of high-profile issues from protests and demonstrations to controversial leadership changes, litigation and government investigations. Kim’s “in the trenches” experience helps clients quickly develop strategies and responses to real-time issues and crisis events.
Amie Hixon, Assistant Account Executive
Aspiring crisis junkie, Amie supports clients with social media listening; stakeholder research; and—in collaboration with the BMCG team—on all aspects of business resiliency and crisis management planning from BIAs to exercising. A double major in Mathematics and Spanish (with a minor in Accounting), Amie leverages her quantitative and qualitative skills to interpret and understand data that impacts decision-making.
Amie is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she was the President of Global Ambassadors and Captain of the Lacrosse Team. Amie travels widely and currently lives in Boulder, CO.
Jen Rettig, Partner, Senior Consultant >
Jen brings to BMCG over 15 years’ experience in marketing, analytics, planning and project management in both technology and education. Jen leads the development of BMCG’s crisis readiness assessment methodology and assists clients through the development of crisis management exercises, crisis and communication plans, and facilitated crisis management planning sessions. She has supported response to a variety of crises including racial and sexual harassment, whistleblower claims, academic freedom issues, protests, and terrorism.
Pam Roskowski, Senior Advisor, Security Management >
With 40 years of municipal, county, state and university public safety service, Pam brings extensive policing, emergency management, security, public safety policy and executive leadership experience and accomplishments to her role at BMCG. Pam provides our clients unmatched insight, leadership and experience as they develop, train, and build a strategic and integrated approach to workplace violence prevention, emergency management, safety and crisis response.
Lynn Tierney, Senior Advisor, Crisis Leadership >
As spokesperson for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Deputy Commissioner in the FDNYand member of the team assembled to lead New York City through the rescue and recovery after the 9/11 attack, and former Head of Communications for the ten campus University of California system, Lynn Tierney is one of the most experienced crisis communications experts in the country today. She provides real-time crisis communications and decision-making support for clients as well as leads the firm’s educational initiatives on crisis leadership.
Bob Wilkerson, Senior Advisor, Crisis Management >
With over 40 years’ experience leading response efforts to major natural disasters, civil disorders and infrastructure disruptions; Bob pioneered the concept of crisis management as an integrated management process and created and deployed many of the principals that have become the core practices of emergency response, continuity and crisis management industry today. This spirit of innovation coupled with his deep and expansive knowledge of the industry is applied to new challenges faced by BMCG’s clients.
Larry Bergmann, PhD, Senior Consultant >
Larry has over 35 years of experience working with individuals, families and organizations exposed to life-threatening and traumatic events. He has developed humanitarian assistance programs and violence prevention programs for businesses and public entities. He has also provided training to more than 100 organizations, trained threat management teams, served as an expert witness in violence related litigation and clinically assessed potentially violent employees.