Meet the LSSO Awards Judges

Darryl Cross, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
HighPer Teams

Darryl Cross, Chief Executive and Founder of HighPer Teams is an internationally renowned advisor, award winning coach, and inspirational speaker on enhancing performance, continuing improvement, and raising the winning percentage of your organization.

Darryl developed, coached, and trained the largest, full time sales force of lawyers in the world as Vice President of Performance Development & Coaching at LexisNexis. The 1500 lawyers and executives under his instruction generated over $2 billion in annual sales in the legal, corporate, and government sectors in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Darryl’s also served as the Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee of an international law firm where he was awarded the most prestigious national award in legal marketing, the Marketing Partner Forum’s Excellence in Marketing Award, for “Creating a Sales Culture at a Law Firm.” Darryl is currently on the international Board of Directors of the Legal Marketing Association.

He is a past board member for the Association of Talent Development’s AG Forum, a collection of the top 50 training executives from companies such as Facebook, Intel, Delta Airlines, Hilton International, IBM, and Accenture.

Cheryl Jekiel, Founder
Lean Leadership Resource Center

Currently Cheryl M Jekiel is the founder of the Lean Leadership Resource Center (LLRC) that sponsors a range of workshops, publications and speaking engagements.  The mission of LLRC is to promote the advancement of inspirational leadership with learning communities, the implementation of Lean cultures and HR Process Leadership. 

Ms Jekiel has held Vice President of Human Resources positions for a number of corporations, including a number of years for Flying Food Group, LLC. Prior to her recent senior leadership roles in Human Resources, Ms. Jekiel served for five years as Chief Operating Officer after a number of other leadership roles at a Specialty Bakery in the Chicagoland area. Ms. Jekiel has developed an expertise in Lean manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean culture to obtain new business. Ms. Jekiel brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognized field of work.

Preston McKenzie, CEO

Preston McKenzie has spent the past twenty five years in the publishing, information and software industries.  He is a proven business leader, with a track record of success in start-up, turn around and high growth situations.

At present, Mr. McKenzie is the chief executive officer of NEWSCYCLE Solutions, the leading provider of software and technology solutions to the global news media.  NEWSCYCLE provides software and expertise to newspapers, magazines and broadcasters in thirty countries around the world from its offices in the United States, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Germany.  NEWSCYCLE Solutions is a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners.

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