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Managing Partners

John Cereso

Mr. Cereso is a Managing Partner in Exardius Limited. As a practicing attorney, he has owned his own law firm since September 2004, currently known as the Nevada Law Group, Ltd., in Henderson, NV. He has also worked as an attorney during this time with other law firms. Mr. Cereso has previously worked as a consultant in the ticketing industry since 1998 and worked with numerous businesses, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Mr. Cereso graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in December of 2003, and is licensed to practice law in the States of Nevada and New Jersey in both Federal and State courts and with the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cereso holds a Master of Arts Degree in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

Bill Sherman

Mr. Sherman is a Managing Partner in Exardius Limited, He provides a leading voice for evidence-based instructional design and learning, overseeing the franchisee training curriculum. For the past eight years, Mr. Sherman has worked extensively with clients in the manufacturing, health care, finance, and retail sectors as both a consultant, and through his company, Intulogy. His clients include global brands such as GE Money, DHL, Wells Fargo, Harley-Davidson, H.J. Heinz, Intel, and Fluor. He has led professional roundtables where senior managers and directors from Fortune 500 and global companies discuss issues in learning and share best practices in non-competitive environments. Mr. Sherman holds a Master of Arts Degree in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theater from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. Mr. Sherman has also served for four years an instructor at St. Louis University.

Dan Hawthorne

Dan Hawthorne is the Director of Research for Exardius, Limited. Mr. Hawthorne holds B.A. degrees in both Psychology and English, a M.A. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He applies his educational background, research methodology, and over 15 years experience in management into developing effective, selections, performance management, training programs, and revolutionary post-training evaluations, while insuring and providing evidence of success using psychometric and multivariate statistics processes. He utilizes scientific research methods and statistics to suggest the best ways for franchisors to maximize franchisee and employee potential with their selections, performance management, training, and organizational restructuring programs.

Maria Spilker

Ms. Spilker is an Industrial Organizational Consultant working with Exardius Limited. She assists Exardius by developing evidence-based selection and performance management tools for franchise systems. She also evaluates the effectiveness of franchise systems using her vast statistical abilities. Ms. Spilker is experienced in working with a variety of organizations and industries, including manufacturing, sales, educational institutions, and non-profit agencies. Ms. Spilker holds an M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a B.S in Psychology. Ms. Spilker is currently and is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology