The Design
Group Blog

Sharing our thoughts and our work

Subscribe to the Design Group blog

Design Group International Announces New CEO

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on January 9, 2019

LonSwartzentruber_ front page 190 230Friends, I am both humbled and honored to share with you the information below from a press release that is being sent to media today to publicly announce that I have accepted the position of CEO of Design Group International.

It is an honor to step into this role and to support Mark Vincent as he transitions from CEO to Founder of Design Group International.

This new role will not impact work with my current clients—I remain committed to serving as a process consultant and will continue to walk alongside my clients, listening to them, learning from them, and helping them live into their work.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions related to this transition, please feel free to reach me anytime at or (877) 771-3330, ext. 15.

Here is the press release:


Grand Rapids-based Lon Swartzentruber Named CEO of Nation-wide Community of Process Consultants

January 8, 2019—Design Group International is pleased to announce that Lon L. Swartzentruber has accepted the position of CEO of its community of practice. Dr. Mark L. Vincent, who launched the community and previously served as its CEO, is transitioning to Founder of Design Group International.

Design Group International is a community of practitioners dedicated to the craft of process consulting. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Vincent in Wisconsin, today the organization has grown to include 14 skilled process consultants in seven states. These consultants help organizations and leaders transform for a vibrant future. They work with organizations from a variety of sectors across the United States and beyond.

Swartzentruber joined Design Group International in 2012. To the community of practice and its clients, Swartzentruber brings more than 25 years of professional experience in strategic planning, organizational transformation, and managing change.

Prior to joining Design Group International, Swartzentruber was Managing Director of Norris, Perné & French. He also served as Chief Advancement Officer of Grand Rapids Christian Schools and was Donor Relations Director with Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as CEO of Design Group International. I believe in this incredible community of practitioners and the work we are doing individually and collectively as we walk alongside our clients. By adopting a caring and curious posture, we are helping leaders and organizations across a variety of sectors grow and transform. I can’t think of a more rewarding or meaningful leadership opportunity,” Swartzentruber said.

In his new role as Founder of Design Group International, Dr. Vincent aims to further grow and elevate the field of process consulting. Under Dr. Vincent’s leadership, Design Group International has worked with more than 1,000 clients in varied domestic and international marketplaces. Dr. Vincent plans to share this experience and help prepare other consultants for the field through his Introduction to Process Consulting Course. He also serves Founder and Chairman of the newly formed Society for Process Consulting, which is being developed to offer education, credentialing and a framework of professional ethics for process consultants.