The Act Group senior staff includes Dick Bauer and Frank Kozak. Dick Bauer, CPA, was President, CEO and owner of a manufacturing business for 20 years. He has 15+ years of experience as a consultant and business owner advisor. Frank Kozak, MBA, was Executive Vice President, CFO, and owner of two service firms. He has 20 years of business management experience. Additional staff possess capabilities including general management, facility management, organizational performance and efficiency, and international business.

Richard J. Bauer

Managing Consulting Member

Dick’s strong financial and CPA background gives him a clear understanding of the business importance and use of financial statements, profitability concepts, budgets, cash flow, and cost containment programs. With his extensive experience in manufacturing, Dick is as comfortable inspecting factory operations in a hard hat with his sleeves rolled up, as he is in a suit sitting behind his desk analyzing financial statements. Correspondingly, he is experienced in analyzing operational processes and skillfully implementing efficiency changes as well as in reading “between the lines” of financial reports.

Seasoned and disciplined through education and experience, Dick brings his counsel to both entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders. He has the ability to relate to a wide variety of clients, intuitively perceiving their level of understanding of business concepts. He begins where they are and brings them gently forward. When he sees a question in his listener’s eyes, the teacher in Dick comes out. He adds diagrams, pictures and analogies to the explanation to help the client understand the importance of taking action in a certain direction.

His own companies, which he led from the late 1960s to early 1990s, expanded to international markets; he has used this experience to assist client companies to think globally. A world traveler, Dick frequently engages in negotiations with principals from other countries on behalf of his US-based clients. For several years, Dick has been a member of the World Business Council. He has served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business as well as the National Advisory Council of the SBA. In 1983, Dick was awarded honor SBA Man of the Year.

A life-long Toledo resident, Dick graduated from Bowling Green State University and later earned his MBA at the University of Toledo. He has been CEO of four successful companies in Toledo and raised his family here. Dick and his wife Carol have a daughter Dana, and a son Douglas who shares his father’s love of adventure in the outdoors. Dick and Carol enjoy traveling, fitness, and living in Toledo.

Frank M. Kozak
Senior Advisor

Frank focuses on: Strategy Development and (more importantly) Execution, Financial Management, Sales and Marketing Strategies, Operational Efficiency, Organizational Design, Business Planning, and Leadership Performance Improvement. He is a strong believer in the benefits of lean processes, accountability, and being nimble in the pursuit of opportunities.
Frank Kozak is the former CFO and Principal of Watterson Environmental Group, LLC and g2 Revolution, LLC.  He is Past President of the Sylvania Community Improvement Corporation and the Toledo Organization of Management; President of the Toledo Area Metroparks, Friends of Secor Park; Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of Partners in Education; and Member of the City of Sylvania Zoning Board of Appeals; and was Chairman of the Feasibility Study of City of Sylvania and Sylvania Township Merger.
He holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Bowling Green State University where he most recently taught the Business School’s capstone course in Business Policy and Strategy. Frank obtained a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.S. from Ohio State University in the sciences, and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.
Frank is motivated in business and life to help others. His passion is applying his business experience and expertise to assist business leaders in developing excellence in their companies.  He strongly values candor, integrity, and honesty (except when it comes to describing the number and size of the trout he caught on fishing trips with his Dad). Frank has been married to a great gal, Heidi, for 29 years and has two awesome daughters, Kimberly and Katherine.   
Frank provides solutions, he takes action based on facts, and he has a strong understanding of the personalities of people involved. Frank, being the past owner of two successful entrepreneurial companies himself, brings a great deal of practical experience to his own style of executive problem solving. I would highly recommend Frank to any company experiencing growth, implementing change, and developing performance goals, expectations, accountability, and profitability.” - Jim Weber, Principal, Weber O’Brien, Ltd.

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