Peinhardt_GroupOne of Birmingham’s leading strategic management consultants Brent Peinhardt spoke to the combined undergraduate capstone-MBA strategic management class on Tuesday November 16, 2010. Peinhardt is principal and president of Vantage Associates.

Peinhardt noted that most of his clients are undergoing rapid change and that he views strategic management and change management as interchangeable terms. He was the tenth executive to visit the “Hearing It From the CEOs” class, and the only independent strategic consulting professional.

In addition to discussing the strategic management consulting profession, Mr. Peinhardt also reviewed a student presentation on Caterpillar, Inc. He has consulted on strategy with one of Caterpillar’s largest distributors, and as a result is very familiar with the strategy of the publicly-traded construction equipment manufacturer.