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Appreciation Day

Treat your top customers to a full day of educational and business enhancing seminars!

This truly is a treat for your employees and customers alike; a break in routine, leading to powerful results.

Build loyalty by offering something no one else does!

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Specialized in building effective teams and improving overall company productivity and sales performance through tailored seminars, executive coaching, behavioral assessments, management development and sales training. With a combined 45 years experience, we will enhance, energize, educate, encourage, empower and entertain your organization even through challenging times.

Let us help you chart the path toward analyzing, revising, renewing and reviving the health and prosperity of your company and its team!
Mission Statement

Mission Statement

D&D Consult and Train's mission is to professionally contribute to the success of our clients through a strategic combination of 6 E's:

  • Enhance

  • Energize

  • Educate

  • Encourage

  • Empower

  • Entertain!

It is our mission to enhance the overall operational performance of our clients from the inside out by unlocking the unlimited potential of each team.  We seek to energize teams, educate through innovation and tactical planning; encourage excellence and empower personnel with performance boosting skills, all in an entertaining, motivating and memorable fashion.




In a world full of Management consultants, what sets D&D apart?

We have the knowledge, experience, and programs to improve your batting average in the selection,
development and retention of employees, to boost your business and beat your competitors.

A seasoned trainer, executive coach and motivational speaker, Melanie Wood enjoys improving client's businesses and leaving an empowering footprint in the mind of those she meets. 


As a Talent Optimization Specialist and Certified Predictive Index Behavioral Analyst, Melanie uses her continuing experience in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to work with companies worldwide to more effectively leverage their human capital, improve leadership effectiveness and maximize sales growth. A keen strategist adept at optimizing revenue and market position through innovative advertising and market savvy, Melanie Wood's ability to identify and satisfy the needs of customers is unparalleled. 

•Certified Behavioral Specialist, EQ Trainer and Executive Coach

•Master Trainer for Predictive Index

•Certified Wiley (DiSC) Consultant

•12 years experience as a Trainer/Coach for Fortune 100 and 500 companies worldwide

•15 years experience supporting the growth of a diverse portfolio of industries ranging from pharma, med device, industrial, financial institutions, utility, education and L&D to healthcare.

•Mergers & Acquisitions partner to several PE firms



Melanie Wood
President, D&D Consult and Train;
Talent Optimization Specialist-PI Midlantic

Melanie's speaking resume is both extensive and impressive.  From Keynote addresses to seminars to intimate corporate luncheons, Melanie's enthusiasm in front of an audience shows no bias.  


Outside of the  typical corporate realm she has been a special guest lecturer for the Business Women's Network, Bill Clinton's National and Community Service group, Americorps, e-Women Network, Notre Dame Academy, the Los Angeles Black Business Expo, National Youth Leadership Conference, California State University, LA, and was hand selected to emcee an elite event hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger-just to name a few.    Melanie prides herself in her ability to mold her presentations to fit her audiences, "Whether I am speaking in an auditorium full of 16 year olds or a conference hall filled with C-Suite executives, understanding and adapting to my audience is my passion…and addiction!"  It is Melanie's creativity and magnetism that excites and motivates her viewers.

Several years in public relations and media management in Los Angeles made her keenly aware of her audiences' sensibilities.  Melanie was the top requested speaker, 3 consecutive years, with the FIDM Los Angeles Speakers Bureau; has been the "go-to" trainer for corporations from California to Maryland due to her ability to increase morale and effectively relay information.  Her youth community development passion is expressed in her work having lectured at over 100 high schools.

Melanie takes an active interest in her community and the various industries in which she works; she is the past Vice President of the Sacramento Claims Association (recently invited as the Keynote Speaker for the Claims Conference), past Director of Marketing for the Southern Nevada Claims Association, past Director of Marketing for the Bay Area Professional Relocation Managers (BAPRM); a member of the Association of Contingency Planners and a past member of the membership committee for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador with the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. 

Melanie is the President of D&D Consult and Train and currently lives in Chesapeake, VA with her active-duty Naval Information Systems Technician husband.

Joe Porpiglia
Vice President, D&D Consult and Train; Corporate Consultant and Senior Trainer

Joe Porpiglia has more than 28 years of executive experience advising senior management of both large and medium sized corporations.  He has directed issues of strategy, organization, and operations and worked extensively on issues of competitive positioning, new business concepts, business models, growth, as well as operational and cost improvement.


Along with  his business savvy, Joe's charisma, humor and team-inspiring energy has earned him the respect of his employees and peers alike leading to his being honored as Employee of the Year at two consecutive companies.


Joe began his career with the Greenbelt Cooperative where he went from part-time sales clerk to the company Senior Vice President. Over the next 15 years, Joe has held positions as a Regional Vice President, overseeing the operations of 18 retail stores and two large distribution centers; a General Manager of Cort Furniture's largest market at that time; and the Vice President of Operations for ExecuStay-where in a single year, he oversaw the opening of 14 distribution centers throughout the country for their housewares operations.  He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marriott ExecuStay, responsible for the direction, management and operations of their entire portfolio.

In 2005, Joe was sought out to assume the role of Chief Operating Officer of The Atchison Group.  In this capacity he was responsible for the overall running of two separate companies within The Atchison Group; National Corporate Housing and Apartment Outfitters.  In 2008 Joe decided it was time to use his experience and business knowledge to begin a new venture based around the areas he loved; teaching, mentoring and helping managers improve their own development and results.  Having passed on his passion of educating to his daughter, they cohesively combined their talents to form D&D Consulting and Training. 

Currently Joe is a corporate consultant and trainer for both PI Midlantic and D&D Consult and Train.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Joe received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

Joe lives in Damascus, Maryland with Lynne, his wife of 50+ years.  He has two children and two grandchildren.

Indra Patel

Indra Patel brings years of unmatched sales, marketing and IT networking skills to the D&D team.  

Vice President of Client Acquisition
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