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In 1979, Charles Pletcher and Donald Lussier founded The Transition Team as a joint venture with Oakland University, located in Rochester, Michigan. Within seven months, it had attracted national media and clientele attention to the degree that it literally outgrew the University's ability to support such rapid growth.

Shortly thereafter, it became a stand-alone consulting practice with offices in Troy, Michigan.

Unlike other Outplacement services, The Transition Team, almost instantly, became the consultant of choice for distressed manufacturers seeking ways to allay the complexities of mass downsizings - some of which occurred in small isolated communities, virtually crippling the local economies.

Early clients such as Uniroyal, Dana Corporation, Massey Ferguson, Catepillar and Ex-Cell-O quickly spread the word that when The Transition Team's unique methodology for executives, management and labor forces (union or otherwise) was closely adhered to, litigation and on-site controversy were virtually eliminated and productivity and morale remained high, if not record-breaking, throughout lengthly downsizing periods, sometimes lasting for years.

The Transition Team developed a stellar reputation for doing far more than just preparing a workforce for ultimate job change.

To this day, it provides critical tools for:

  • management
  • union leaders
  • community/government leaders
  • education and even religious leaders

to manage the process in concert, resulting in not only a seamless downsizing within the affected diverse populations but also, historically and routinely, its copyrighted programs result in unprecedented levels of successful job placement, regardless of location, and solid, well-earned community relations as well.