Tucson Lunch and Learn: Strategic Cost Reduction, Beat the Odds with Expert Advice


Why do more than 40% of cost reduction initiatives fail?

At this Lunch and Learn, hosted by Schooley Mitchell and Lovitt & Touche at the Arizona Sands Club, you’ll hear tips and strategies to beat these odds. 

An expert panel will share how to:

  • Be strategic and target your approach for success
  • Avoid emotional pitfalls and negative fears
  • Ensure successful implementation for continued cost-savings

Key Take-Away:  After attending this Lunch and Learn, you’ll have the knowledge you need to approach your cost-reduction initiative strategically for the greatest impact.

Join us at the Arizona Sands Club, inside the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility at the University of Arizona.

About the Moderator:

Alex Rodriguez is Chief Executive Officer of FreeFall 5G, Inc, an early-stage disruptive antenna systems company for the global 5G market.  Previously, Alex served as Vice President of Government & External Relations and Chief of Staff at Vector Launch, Inc., a small-class rocket company, where he helped the Founding Team raise over $103M and win its first major government contract. Before Vector, Alex served as Vice President of the Arizona Technology Council and held management roles in business development and supply chain at Raytheon. Alex is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Arizona and New Mexico Military Institute. He is a military veteran with service in the United States Army.


About the Presenters:

Louis Fernandez is a Cost Reduction Expert and Strategic Partner for Schooley Mitchell. Louis is a husband and father of three beautiful kids. Surely blessed, he spent seven years as an Army officer, deploying twice and seeing fierce combat in Afghanistan. After the military, he spent some years working at a Fortune 100 company before realizing he had a knack and passion for business. Amid the pandemic, Louis embarked on his entrepreneurial journey helping companies reduce costs to thrive in tough economic environments. True to his “deliver results first” nature, his company only gets paid if they save you money. Louis is also the author of a 5-star rated book on leadership, “Keep On Leading” and hosts a podcast, Built With Grit.



Anthony Sylvester is a Practiced Employee Health and Benefits Leader at Lovitt & Touché/Marsh McLennan. Anthony has over 10 years of insurance industry experience. At Lovitt & Touché, he is responsible for overarching strategy, cost containment and client satisfaction. He works with his clients on multi-step approaches to meet long-term objectives and financial goals. He’s also experienced in population health management and analyzing plan performance and costs (including quality of service and efficiency). Anthony earned a bachelor’s in healthcare management from Metropolitan State University and an MBA from the University of Arizona. He also serves the Tucson community as a Trustee for Sunnyside Unified School District, Court Appointed Advocate for the Pima County Foster System and is an Associate Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Tucson.


About the Sponsors:

Schooley Mitchell is passionate about saving money for their clients and helping them grow their business. As one of the largest independent cost reduction consulting firm in North America, Schooley Mitchell delivers expertise to companies of all sizes from all industries, offering a broad range of services. On average, the company reduces essential business service expenses by 28% and has delivered over $360 million in documented savings to their clients to date.

Headquartered in Arizona, Lovitt & Touché is a part of the Marsh McLennan Agency serving Arizona and the Western region. Lovitt & Touché offers world-class business insurance and risk management solutions, personal insurance, bonds and surety, and employee benefits. We value long-term partnerships and continually strive to exceed our clients’ expectations, whether it’s identifying cost-saving opportunities, enhancing workplace safety, mitigating risk factors or settling claims.


565 N Cherry Ave., 5th Floor
Tucson , AZ 85719


Arizona Sands Club


February 21, 2022


11:ooam - 1:00pm


FREE for Council member; $20 for non-members