F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, 5 February 2007. Ms. Chris Wehrenberg and Captain Joseph Re, both of the Coast Guard's Office of Performance Management & Decision Support, presented Neal B. Thayer, an organizational performance consultant assigned to the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington, with a plaque designating him the Coast Guard's Ancient Consigliere. The Ancient Consigliere is an award similar to the Coast Guard's Ancient Mariner for cutter personnel or the Ancient Albatross for aviators; the Ancient Consigliere is the organizational performance consultant who has the longest continuous tenure.
Mr. Thayer, a former Coast Guard officer, has been an organizational performance consultant with the Coast Guard for more than a decade. As the "Advisor to the Capofamiglia," Mr. Thayer serves as one of the key internal organizational consultants for the Coast Guard, providing counsel to all levels of the Coast Guard. His current work focuses on social/professional networks and appreciative inquiry for knowledge management and organizational change.
Mr. Thayer is a organizational psychology doctoral candidate at Tilburg University; he holds a master's degree Antioch University and bachelor's degree from Humboldt University.