About Waddell Group

Our mission at Waddell Group is to provide exemplary project management consultants to clients in the medical device and other regulated industries.  This gives companies access to great project leaders on an “as needed” basis, and an opportunity for gifted project leaders to work on projects outside an organization’s politics and other “non-project” related issues.

Beyond essential project management skills, our highly experienced consultants know how to lead teams, manage in times of crisis, and influence for change. We offer expertise, intellectual property and proven methodologies.

One of our core strengths is leading troubled projects out from chaos. Chaos can create paralysis, lack of direction and ineffectiveness in the work place; but not to our consultants. We are experts at getting work back on track and creating schedules that are dependable and realistic. When your project success looks bleak, we step in with the right skills, the right talent and experience to get you on track.

Founded by Tom Waddell in 2016, Waddell Group follows a 17-year track record founding and running Project Leadership Services, an industry leader in providing expert project leaders to many companies and sectors.

Waddell Group provides project management consultancy dedicated entirely to the medical device industry.  Waddell Group will provide high end service and respond to a market need for more moderately priced project managers.

Upcoming Events

Waddell Group Happy Hour

Join us for an occasional happy hour set up by Rich, our master networker,  beer connoisseur and matchmaker between talent and companies needing project management.  Meet our current project managers, find out about what it’s like being an independent contractor and visit with our leadership team.

Next event is scheduled for Thursday May 16th from 4 – 6:30.  Contact Rich for location details: rich.gall@waddellgrp.com.


Medical Alley Association – Small Business Leaders Forum

A members only event dedicated to meeting the unique challenges of small businesses and start-ups within the Medical Alley community.

Check back for date.

Register here

Waddell Group provides world class medical device project management to a range of clients.

We have proven that with excellent project leadership, success is predictable.
We are proud members of:

Medical Alley Association

Medical Device Resource Group


Project leadership training provided by:

Project Leadership Services

Our Founders

Tom Waddell


Tom Waddell is the owner and CEO of Waddell Group and the co-founder and former co-owner of Project Leadership Services/PLS Inc. With an extensive history as a leader and senior consultant in the medical device industry, Tom has expertise in technical project management, small company executive management, product development and process reengineering. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shelly Franz

Resource Manager

Shelly Franz is a management consultant and executive coach with over 28 years of experience. As the Resource Manager for Waddell Group, Shelly brings insight, humor and operational excellence to our company, our consultants, and our clients – managing all of the back office activity and social events for the company. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and has a masters in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota.

Happy Customers

[the consultant] has been instrumental in achieving all major and critical manufacturing milestones.  This has been particularly challenging since business decisions were made mid-project to move manufacturing development [locations].

[The Consultant] is relied on to lead the overall manufacturing development throughout all phases of the project, from early prototype to first human implant and manufacturing ramp-up.  [The Consultant’s] experience, skills and competencies are valued within [client] and essential in achieving our product development goals.

“His management style is what the industry needs to maintain a competitive edge into the twenty-first century.”