About Centauri Consulting.
Centauri Consulting is a local Minneapolis consulting firm specializing in IT technology management services. We engage fully with clients to understand the needs, challenges and culture in order to provide the best services and value. With the ability to “hit the ground” running and quickly gain the trust of management and staff, team leadership follows allowing for successful initiatives by an engaged team.
About Kristy Ross.
Centauri Consulting was founded by Kristy Ross. Kristy has 25 years of information technology experience. She started her
IT career as a technical software engineer and progressed to project management, resource management and senior
IT leadership roles. Her objective is to be a trusted advisor to senior level IT management to implement IT strategies that work.
She is seeking to consulting opportunities within medium to large companies in the areas of IT portfolio, program or project
management. She has earned the trust and respect of her clients by delivering on promises with integrity and holds passion
for what she does.
Prior to founding Centauri Consulting, Kristy acquired an impressive array of business and top leadership level experience in
the information technology industry servicing customers in a wide variety of industries including financial, transportation,
insurance, technology and telecommunications. Her proven background in technology and leadership enables Kristy to be
successful in many aspects of technology management. Highlights of her career include IT Director Leadership for business
portfolios including product innovations and client relationship management for many Fortune 100 customers along with
product and roadmap management roles for key software as a service technology products facilitating innovative solutions
and application management strategies for long term viability.
I worked with Kristy on several projects at Carlson Marketing system migration in support of the M & A effort and later at AIMIA. Kristy demonstrated great leadership skill in developing talent and promoting team work. She is personally responsible for deployment and support of the multiple client programs and demonstrated flawless execution creative thinking to address ongoing issues and experience in dealing with competing demands and constantly promoted practices in system development.
Kristy led Project and program management practices and developed practical working approaches for project portfolio management, methodology, risk and issues management and had been instrumental to promote it with business community to achieve better alignment with IT. Kristy is independent thinker; very committed to work she is responsible for, and demonstrates good business acumen and technically both strategic and pragmatic hands-on skill set.
Jake Krasnik, VP IT Service Delivery at Aimia Inc
Kristy worked for me and with me for about 10 years at Carlson Marketing. She was the person I could rely on to get things done no matter what. She possesses excellent program and project management skills while also understanding the financial side of the equation. This combination makes her a valuable business partner.
Kristy can recognize and implement process where needed and remove unnecessary process when it hinders the organization's progress. She also does an excellent job managing the people working for her. Kristy is a great coach that genuinely cares for her people, builds her team-member's skills and will hold them to high standards to ensure their success.
Kristy has a tremendous capacity for work and manages to keep multiple projects under control and moving forward by balancing client, organizational and team-member needs. She is not afraid to speak up and identify issues early or push for something that is needed to be successful.
John Brayden, Vice President - IT at Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd.
Kristy is an experienced IT leader who is skilled at assessing and delivering high quality solutions to meet client needs. She excels at identifying and implementing process improvements and generating enthusiasm for its overall vision/objectives. As an employee of Kristy's, she has a great leadership style and holds her people accountable while at the same time, motivates those who work for her to be top performers. It's been my pleasure to work for Kristy.
Lisa Ogorek, PMP IT Project Manager at Aimia Inc
I have worked with Kristy for several years as a business partner/vendor to Carlson Marketing. She was the IT Director responsible for one of Carlson’s largest and most strategic customers including the vendors involved in the effort. Kristy was particularly good at maintaining a dedicated, focused team and getting the most out of each individual. She is able to leverage peoples’ (and Business Partner’s) strengths and help position them in roles where they will be successful and ultimately most beneficial to the team effort. Kristy always maintained steady control of the program even if the project encountered a significant challenge. I have always respected Kristy’s dedication to customer service, quality, and the people on her teams.
Paul Cmiel, Vice President and Area Director at Analysts International Corporation (AIC)
Kristy has this great knack for being able to resolve issues. She has this ability to take an issue and resolve it, getting to the heart of the problem and finding the best solution. What I appreciate, too, is that she stands behind her decisions. Very few people I have worked with in my career have the ability and/or willingness to resolve issues or are willing to make a decision and stand by it. She is one that isn't afraid of tackling issues and working to find the best resolution, and stand behind the decision...and stand behind the team as well. Recently I was on a project which was having its share of challenges. She stepped in and project issues were resolved quickly, providing both the client and the team with great satisfaction.
Jan Norwine, Software Quality Assurance Engineer at LodgeNet Interactive Corporation.
Kristy is a very strong IT leader. She can quickly move from chaos to control by instilling process, financial discipline, and open communication and accountability. She works hard and can manage a team that delivers results. I was very impressed with her process integration and the partnership she offered both the business and the client.
Sue Poulsen, Product Manager at OptumInsight