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Brooks Helmick
Managing Director


The IML Boston Group

E. Brooks Helmick

Brooks Helmick has an extensive operating management and general management consulting background in a number of industries including both high and low technology firms, financial services firms, and publishing.

He began his career by turning around a manufacturing firm serving the electric utility industry. After completing the turnaround in three months, he turned to consulting and joined Cryton Corporation, a general management consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. He became a principal at Cryton and specialized in helping the U.S. Navy excel in the high-speed execution of large ($1B), emergency funded programs in the fields of reconnaissance, electronic warfare and special operations.

Brooks Helmick's operating experience includes nearly 10 years with XTRA Corporation, which at the time was a global, NYSE transportation and financial services firm. In 2002 XTRA was purchased by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. First as vice president responsible for finance and subsidiary operations, he restructured and turned around a five-division subsidiary. Later he was elected executive vice president for the parent company and was chief executive officer of a number of the XTRA’s subsidiaries, including what was then the largest owner-operated trucking company in the country. Brooks also has held senior management positions at DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) and RCA Computer Systems.

In 1980, after helping to build XTRA's flagship leasing business from $50 million in assets to an industry leader with record profits and over $500 million in assets, he returned to the consulting practice and is now Managing Director of The IML Boston Group.

Brooks Helmick was a line officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the carrier USS Essex. He holds a BSME degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


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