EMPA Consulting Group, LLC

"Leadership & Organizational Development Since 1992"

EMPA Consulting Group, LLCis a management consulting firm that is concentrated in coaching individuals in the development of leadership skills and with helping organizations transition from a founder/entrepreneurial environment to a supportive management/corporate environment. Through personalized collaboration we apply over forty years of experience to the unique requirements of each developing leader and growing organization.  Our clients have included manufacturers, non-profit organizations, professional corporations, commercial businesses, government and financial service institutions. Our fees are determined by value added. 

Ed Palanski

Edward M. Palanski, the firm’s founder, has over thirty-five years of training, coaching and human resource management experience.  His career began as an area supervisor for employment and training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Since then he has held various HR management positions with local and national companies.  Prior to starting his consulting practice he has served as the Director of Personnel for Lumara Foods of America (a 3,000 employee nationwide restaurant operator),  Director of Personnel Services for Integra Financial Corporation (a large bank holding company, now PNC Corporation) and Manager of Employment & Equal Employment Opportunity for Bank One (one of the largest banking systems in the nation, now J. P. Morgan/Chase).  He is past president of the Western Pennsylvania Personnel Association and past chairman of the Pennsylvania Banker's Association Training Committee.  He has a BS from Edinboro University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware.


Michael E. Palanski, Ph.D., is the firm’s senior research associate.  He is an assistant professor of management and leadership at Rochester Institute of Technology.  His teaching, research, and consulting focus on the areas of leadership assessment and development, ethical conduct in the workplace, and employee trust and satisfaction.  His previous professional experience includes product management, human resources, and customer service.  He holds a doctorate in leadership/organizational behavior from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a master’s degree in theological studies from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Grove City College.


Our Associates include employees and trusted independent consultants with expertise in a variety of workplace issues.  These associations allow us to deliver cost effective resources to growing organizations in areas such as high-performance team building, behavioral benchmarking, employee surveys, compensation structures, performance improvement and strategic planning.