Meet The Team

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Founded in 2012, Active Decision Support, Inc. has been providing clients the tools they need to make fact-based decisions and supporting business leaders to perform with greater agility.

Active Decision Support's expertise stems from a multidisciplinary team with different skill sets. Over the last 8 years, ADS has served clients in locations across the US and internationally, saving them operating costs, helping them visualize the information they need and building business opportunities.


YOUR ANALYTICS EXPERTS


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President  & Analytics Professional


BILL TARANTINO

Bill Tarantino has over 20 years of experience creating business solutions for complex problems in the corporate, private, and government sectors.

He has numerous awards acknowledging his accomplishments and innovative solutions in the application of Operations Research using Analytics, Decision Analysis, Optimization, and Simulation.

Bill has a Ph.D. in Economics with a specialty in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado as well as a Master in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he served as Associate Dean.

Bill Tarantino is a retired US Army Colonel.

Awards and Achievements: 
  • Winner of the 2000 Edelman Award for excellence in Operations Research [Read more]

  • Winner of the Koopmans Award for excellence in military applications paper in 2006.

  • Team member and lead analyst for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, 2012 and 2018.  Championship ring holder.

  • Team member and Executive Consultant for the 2010 winner of the INFORMS Prize for excellence in Operations Research [Read more].

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President & Analytics Professional Bill Tarantino

Vice President & Operations Research Analyst


BILL EVANS


Vice President & Operations Research Analyst Bill Evans

For more than 20 years, Bill has immersed himself in several disciplines of computing, including MSA (modeling, simulation, and analysis), optimization, and data visualization.

He dabbles in theoretical biosurveillance, parallel processing, and in general is interested in solving difficult problems.

Bill has a M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He is a retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander.

Awards and Achievements: 
  • Coauthor, “Cooperative search and rescue with a team of Mobile Robots” (local copy), International Conference on Advanced Robotics, 1997.

  • Coauthor of the chapter “Visualization for Sociocultural Signature Detection” to appear in Sociocultural Behavior Sensemaking: State of the Art in Understanding the Operational Environment, currently in pre-print.

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THE ADS APPROACH TO DATA ANALYSIS

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We always listen closely to those empowered but remember that they may not always have the best solution for the organization.

We strive to provide what is needed, which is not necessarily what they think or want.

With our experience, we’re realized OR (Operations Research) is a change agent, but change is painful and requires small successes first before moving to larger challenges.

Our framework addresses small components of the problem before attempting to solve the big problem.

agile


responsivE

team-oriented

transparent


Senior Analyst


ERIC TARANTINO

Eric Tarantino has almost 15 years of experience research, data analytics, modeling, and visualization for multiple industries. He is a Certified Analytics Professional, Cost Estimator/Analyst, and has been certified in Risk Management.

Eric has a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. 

Awards and Achievements: 
  • Developed life cycle assessment model to calculate green house gas emissions from a potential 600MW floating offshore wind project.
  • Analyst for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, 2012 and 2018.

  • Coauthor of “Shipyard Planning Case,” a book chapter in Making Cents out of Knowledge Management, ed. Jay Liebowitz.

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Analyst & Executive Assistant


NINA SMITH


Analyst & Executive Assistant Nina Smith

Nina is essential to Active Decision 's daily operations, she provides comprehensive administrative and operational support as well as completing her share of analysis.

Nina coordinates with all ADS Team members to ensure optimal workflow and project completion. She has a B.S. from University of Oregon and served in the US Navy as an Aircraft Electronics Technician.

When not in the office, Nina can usually be found at a local wine-tasting room.


Senior Data Analyst


MIKE BARR


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Mike's professional and academic experiences are in research design, data measurement, quality control, and data analysis. He continually uses these capabilities for sports analytics applications at ADS.

Mike also has experience as the study directory at the Institute for Survey Research at Temple University and a data analyst at The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University. Primary responsibilities at all of these positions involved the preparation and analysis of large scale data sets for dissemination to public, academic, and government clients.

Mike received a Master's Degree in Political Science at Ohio State University.

When not working, Mike spends his time traveling, raising twin boys, and playing one of his many guitars.


Data Analyst


GREG STRIZEK


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Greg has over 20 years of experience providing clients with quality research to address their needs. Greg's focus is on the front-end of research programs including problem identification, research design, survey item development, issues of measurement, and related areas that provide clients with the appropriate 'road map' to the best solution.

Greg's experience includes supporting federal statistical agencies, as well as more than 15 years supporting the motorsports analytics' programs for multiple automobile manufacturers.

Greg has worked with clients across multiple sectors and various levels of organizations, exhibiting the ability to work with clients and subject-matter experts covering a wide range of subjects.

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Industries We Serve


Fortune 500 companies wishing to streamline their processes while reducing costs


CORPORATIONS NEEDING TO AUGMENT EXISTING ANALYTICS DEPARTMENTS WITH FRESH PERSPECTIVE


FEDERAL And multinational ORGANIZATIONS WISHING TO REORGANIZE THEIR NATIONAL OR GLOBAL PRESENCE


COMPANIES NEEDING HELP EXPANDING EXISTING ANALYTICS TEAMS OR CREATING NEW TEAMS