Emergency & Management Solutions

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Optimum Consulting

Optimum Consulting is a management consulting firm that helps clients better balance the demands of your business so you can focus on what matters the most. By offering a broad range of solutions from emergency planning and response to facility management, Optimum is geared to assisting our clients in the best way to protect their business.

Optimum professionals are based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida but service clients globally.

Lauren Linville, President

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Lauren Linville

Lauren Linville is the Founder of Optimum Consulting. Armed with over 10 years of Emergency Management experience, Lauren has worked on multiple natural disasters such as: Hurricanes Dorian, Matthew, Harvey, Irma and Maria. She has participated and planned several Federal Joint-Agency exercises and frequently gives emergency management training. She represents both public, private and non-profit organizations. Lauren holds over 15 emergency management related certificates, including FEMA's Planning Section Chief.

In addition to her accomplishments, Lauren is the co-developer of Gatherlater.com; a site dedicated to helping local small business owners. She has served in the United States Coast Guard as a military officer 

for 15 years. Lauren is currently stationed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts as a Senior Command Executive. She has a Bachelor’s Degree is Criminal Justice and is pursuing a Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU). She currently serves on two non-profit boards and was appointed in 2019 as the first female Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Board for the City of Coconut Creek. She is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), International Facility Management Association (IFMA) & Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

Ian Peshel, Executive Consultant

Ian Peshel

Ian Peshel is an Executive Consultant and the Co-Founder of Optimum. Ian’s career has focused heavily on Facility & Energy Management solutions and as well as Facility design. He has over 11 years of experience in the field and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Ohio University. In the last 5 years, he has participated in 4 new construction projects, as well as over 10 major interior renovations and over 20 critical building system upgrade projects. He spent the first half of his career with Johnson Controls focusing on energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits to HVAC systems, lighting, automated building controls, as well as renewable energy such as Solar and Wind power.

His keystone project included a 15-year contract with the U.S. Army for over $100 million saved in energy and operational expenses. Currently, he manages a portfolio of nearly 3 million square feet of facilities including warehouse/industrial, commercial offices, and retail. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of all systems in a building and is familiar with the Florida Building Code.

Ian’s knowledge in facility management is critical in planning for and responding to natural disasters. Proper baseline assessments is key to maximum return on investment and potential FEMA reimbursements. He is a Certified Energy Engineer by the Association of Energy Engineers as well as a Certified LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Our Consultants

Kenneth "Ken" Jones

Executive Trainer

Kenneth "Ken" Jones

Kenneth "Ken" Jones is an Executive Trainer with Optimum. Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Terrorism and a second Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He is a professor with Bethel University where he instructs multiple online undergraduate courses in Disaster and Emergency Management & Homeland Security and Terrorism.

Glenn Joseph

Fire & Hazardous Response and Damage Assessment

Glenn Joseph

Glenn has served over 30 years in the Fire Response Industry. He spent 29 year as a firefighter with the City of Boca Raton fire Rescue and retired as the Fire Chief for the City of Boynton Beach. Glenn’s education is extensive as a Florida certified Paramedic, Florida State Fire Marshal, and Florida State Certified Registered Nurse. He has an Associate degree in Science in General Business, a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Business Management, Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Master’s of Science in Emergency Planning and Administration.

Efren Lopez

FEMA Recovery Specialist

Efren A. Lopez is a retired Lieutenant from the Miami-Dade Police Department after 30 years, where he served as an investigator in Economic Crimes. In addition, he enlisted in the Army Reserves in August 1982, for which he served over the next 17 years; he served tours in Alaska, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, and Desert Storm before he was recruited to join the Coast Guard Reserves. Upon graduation from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS), Commander Lopez served as an Intelligence Officer and was activated in response to Hurricane Katrina, Wilma, and Charley. Mr. Lopez also responded to Deepwater Horizon, serving eight months as a Logistics Section. Mr. Lopez assumed assume the same position in New Orleans. While there, he agreed to take another active-duty tour with Deepwater Horizon as the Logistic/Finance Section Chief for six months, ultimately fleeting up to become the Liaison for the Financial Management and Procurement Services (FMPS). Mr. Lopez was selected to return to Active Duty as the Incident Commander for the MV Golden Ray incident, the largest US salvage operation in US history, which he served for 2 years. Mr. Lopez is a Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Fraud Examiner, and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute - Command Officer Development Course. He has earned BA degrees in Accounting and Business Administration as well as a MA in Public Admiration.

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Our Working Process

Identifying Client Needs

Optimum will work with our clients to identify your needs in order to be successful.

Leadership Commitment

Working with our client’s leadership is not only important but is a top priority to ensuring any successful partnership.

Developing A Plan

Whether building an Emergency Response Plan or Training Exercise, planning is key to success. Let us help you design a plan that works!

Delivering Results

Optimum is committed to ensuring that our clients are satisfied with the outcome of our products and the results they are receiving.

With over 35 years of combined experience, we’ll ensure you get the best guidance.