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Meet Our Members

    National Community Of Leaders

    When every decision counts, the national network of Collective 54 is the fastest way to get reliable answers from owners like you at companies likes yours. Collective 54 gives you access to truly independent, unbiased and expert advice on the most critical priorities facing a business owner, to accelerate the growth and scale of your business and                     to maximize the valuation of your firm.

    MEET A FEW OF OUR MEMBERS

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    Adam Prager Co-Leader, Professional Service Practice, North America Korn Ferry

    Adam Prager is the Co-Leader of Korn Ferry’s Professional Services Practice in North America. A vast majority of his 25+ year retained search career has been dedicated to the professional services arena, working closely with both corporate and private equity sponsored clients focused on management consulting, advisory, outsourcing, business, information and marketing services. Prior to his role at Korn Ferry, Adam served as managing partner and global head of the Professional Services practice at a global executive recruiting firm. In recent years, he has co-led global relationships with the $50B+ services arm of a Fortune 10 corporation, a $25B+ advisory firm, and a $15B+, F200 IT services, consulting & outsourcing provider. Earlier in his career, he led the transportation, distribution and logistics practice of Martin H. Bauman Associates.

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    Andy Bateman CEO, USA, Sid Lee

    As CEO of Sid Lee USA, Andy leads five creative companies spanning experience design, brand development, premium entertainment storytelling and content, marketing, brand and CX design. Andy is a strategic leader of creative businesses as well as a transformation specialist and innovator, winning multiple creative and business awards. A sought-after regular public speaker, Andy’s focus is helping businesses lead through changing market dynamics, finding new ways to differentiate themselves and transform their organizations to unlock the pathways to growth. He has held global category leadership roles as both a client at Telstra and in research, strategy, branding, digital, insights, marketing and communications as a service provider for Interbrand and The Leading edge, as well as Thomson Reuters, UBS and Forte Hotels. Kimberly Clark, UBS, Merrill Lynch, Kellogg’s, Intel, Microsoft, Adobe and AT&T. As head of innovation strategy at Monitor Deloitte, Andy has led transformation, growth, digital and customer strategy programs at Intel, DuluxGroup, 7-Eleven and Telstra.

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    Asokan Ashok Chief Executive Officer, UnfoldLabs

    As the Chief Executive Officer of UnfoldLabs, an innovative and strategic products and services company in mobile and cloud platform technologies, Asokan brings over 25 years of international experience in high tech sectors, developing software and communication systems. As a leading strategist in the tech industry, Asokan has expertise driving customer insights into thriving businesses and commercializing products for scale. Asokan has received several awards and won several accolades for his work including the Best Technology Leader 2019, Chief Executive Officer of the Year 2019, and Most Innovative Business Leaders to Watch. UnfoldLabs won the multiple awards under his leadership as well, including Top 30 Most Innovative Companies 2019, Top 10 Best Mobility Companies 2018 and Top 30 Most Innovative Companies. His products and solutions have also won many awards – most notably the Fierce Innovation Awards and Emerging Tech Awards. An industry visionary, Ashok is a sought-after global thought leader and trusted strategic advisor, authoring articles for leading magazines around the world and serving as a respected speaker at international tech conferences. Prior to UnfoldLabs, Ashok held a variety of senior management positions in high-tech companies like Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson and Compaq (HP). As a serial entrepreneur and a pioneering high-tech inventor, Asokan presently serves on the Board of Directors / Advisors of several technology start-ups.

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    Brenda Hurtado President & Chief Operating Officer, The Point Group

    As President and Chief Operating Officer of The Point Group, Brenda offers deep expertise in marketing and market analysis with more than 25 years’ experience directing corporate global brand strategy development, research, analysis and communication implementation. She is also the head of Point’s technology marketing group, which spans clients from communications and software to hardware and technology services. She combines strong business acumen and marketing expertise that turn ideas into revenue-producing solutions. Prior to Point, Hurtado worked at EDS where she was involved in corporate brand strategy, brand management and communication implementation. Point clients benefit from her in-depth knowledge of brand management, market research and analysis and corporate marketing.

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    Bruce Ballengee Founder, CEO, Pariveda Solutions

    Bruce serves as Founder and CEO of Pariveda Solutions, a leading management consulting firm providing strategic consulting, leadership and organizational sciences, and meaningful technology solutions. With an unwavering commitment to growing people towards their highest potential, Pariveda creatively solves complex, ambiguous business problems with clients. Bruce is sought out by leaders in the community for both his deep technical expertise and business acumen, and he actively serves on the Boards of Directors of several companies and industry-leading organizations. Bruce has held transformational leadership positions in consulting, software and telecommunications industries in both large and small organizations -- including CEO, COO, CFO and CTO.

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    Denise Lambertson Chairwoman and Founder, LMS

    Long before she was hailed by Forbes as the founder “changing the influencer marketing platform between celebrities and startups,” Denise was leading the industry in brand partnerships and celebrity integrations. For over 10 years, Denise has relied on her acute business acumen and infallible intuition to build partnerships based on shared values, interpersonal chemistry, and complementary skill sets. An integral part of Madonna’s team for six years, Denise developed expertise in music, film, television, fashion, and fitness. Denise oversaw the global release of three #1 albums, three sold-out world tours, multiple live appearances, music videos, and countless commercial campaigns and brand extensions. In 2009, Denise founded LMS, a boutique agency that focuses on influencer and social media marketing solutions. Denise has pioneered various forms of partnership including building a brand around a celebrity founder or co-founder, C-suite talent integration into existing brands, talent investment with advisory services, talent investment with marketing services, and marketing services for sweat equity or revenue share.

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    Greg Fincke Managing Director, Equiteq

    Greg helps consulting firm owners to grow profits and equity value and/or successfully sell their firm at Equiteq, the leading M&A advisor for consulting firms, providing merger, acquisition and growth services exclusively to the business consulting and IT services industries. Greg is a Managing Director at Equiteq and has recently been announced as one of the winners of the M&A Advisor's Emerging Leaders Awards 2017. Prior to joining Equiteq, Greg worked for a medical device company where he engaged key stakeholders to drive innovation within critical and ambulatory care. Greg began his career helping non-profit colleges and universities achieve their institutional goals.

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    Joe Gagnon CEO, Performancetea.com

    Joe Gagnon is a rare mix of entrepreneur, innovator and transformation executive who has held the role of CEO, COO, partner, and President. He is the founder of THPL, The High Performance Life, and is an avid blogger and serious endurance athlete. Joe is currently CEO of Performance Tea where his mission is to help people achieve their potential. After leaving IBM as VP, Global Leader of Retail Industry Joe held numerous executive roles at disruptive software companies. As an advisory board member, Joe provides his expertise in growth strategies to emerging companies. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences who has been featured in broadcast media outlets including The History Channel’s Modern Marvels, CNBC’s On the Money, and FOX News Live. Joe is the author of the book Living the High Performance Life and has many an interesting story to tell from when ran six marathons, across six consecutive days on six continents.

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    Joe Terry Chief Executive Officer, VantagePoint Performance

    Joe is currently the Chief Executive Officer of both MarketingProfs and VantagePoint Performance. By concentrating on human performance, Joe helps and grows world-class tech-enabled business services, consulting, technology and SaaS organizations focused on serving employees, customers, and communities. Previously while Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Visions, Joe led the company to record growth in bookings, revenue, and profits, while achieving a 40% EBITDA CAGR. In addition, Joe executed five successful acquisitions and two private equity transactions. In 2018, Joe was inducted into the Hammond, Kennedy and Whitney Hall of Fame for demonstrating exceptional leadership, talent, integrity and remarkable shareholder return. Joe is a former NFL linebacker and a current Ironman Triathlete who founded the CVI Power Foundation, supporting donations to various charitable organizations globally. In addition to finishing 11 Ironman races, he finished the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2013, 2015 and 2018.

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    Kevin Gray Chief Executive Officer, Veracity Capital

    As Chief Executive Officer of Veracity Capital, Kevin is responsible for the execution of the company’s mission, vision, and financial success. He is also charged with attaining the company goals while managing the right balance of resources and capital for employees, related groups, and initiatives. Kevin brings to Veracity Capital executive-level leadership skills, with a deep understanding of all aspects of the business as well as a clear vision. As Chief Executive Officer, Kevin ensures that the company culture and its values are applied consistently from top to bottom, across all departments. He also takes an active role in driving company performance, with a keen knowledge of the industry. Kevin is a passionate advocate as a true fiduciary that provides the best platforms and strategies for clients. His experience at managing and developing teams has focused on providing multi-faceted solutions using all-encompassing services for clients at AYCO, a Goldman Sachs Company and RBC Wealth Management.

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    Matt Sharrers Chief Executive Officer, SBI

    As the Chief Executive Officer of SBI, a management consulting firm specialized in sales and marketing dedicated to helping you Make Your Number, Matt is responsible for strategy execution, business development and talent management of the firm. Forbes recognized SBI as one of The Best Management Consulting Firms in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Over the course of nearly a decade at SBI, Matt has been instrumental in growing and scaling the firm as the Senior Partner. Matt led SBI’s double-digit revenue growth and built SBI’s team of revenue generation experts. Prior to joining SBI in 2009, Matt spent eleven years in leadership roles creating a strong track record in initiating and leading change, driving results, strengthening operational and sales functions, and innovating amid a rapidly evolving landscape. As a result, he is a leading expert in the best practices driving revenue growth. Chief Executive Officers and private equity investors turn to Matt’s team at SBI when they need to unlock the growth potential inside of their companies.

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    Mike Lawrie Founder, CEO, Lawrie Group

    Mike is the Founder and CEO of the Lawrie Group which is a private company providing consulting services on value creation and management of a private equity fund that invests in value companies. Mike is a globally recognized business and technology leader, strategist and change-agent with proven success in transforming enterprises to create growth, new market opportunities and value for stakeholders. Lawrie Prior to founding the Lawrie Group, Mike served as Chairman, President and CEO of DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), a $20-plus billion Fortune 500 company, and the world's leading, independent end-to-end IT services company serving more than 6,000 global enterprise clients in more than 70 countries. He served as a member of the CSC Board of Directors during this time and was appointed Chairman in December 2015.

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    Pete Lerma Principal, Founder, LERMA

    Pete serves as the principal and owner of Richards/Lerma, a full-service branding, creative and interactive agency dedicated to crafting insightful, relevant communications for the Hispanic market. Richards/Lerma believes the most effective ad campaigns are those that align with Latino values, so aspirations and passion points and must be real, relevant and void of any cultural stereotypes. Pete leads a team of 70 seasoned Hispanic marketing experts that make up Richards/Lerma with offices in Dallas and Mexico City. Richards/Lerma’s ideas are rooted in a strong, deep understanding of the Hispanic market and designed to create a unique, enduring bond between consumer and brand. A few of the brands the agency leads include Avocados from Mexico, Dr Pepper, Metro by T-Mobile, The Home Depot and Southwest Airlines. The Richards Group is the largest independent branding agency in the nation, with a staff of over 600 and annual billings above $1 billion.

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    Peter Campbell Founder, Managing Partner, Education Growth Partners

    Peter Campbell is the Founder and Managing Partner of Education Growth Partners, a private equity firm dedicated to helping scale mission-oriented companies in the Education and Human Development sectors. Peter has over 25 years of experience successfully investing in and working with these high-growth firms, helping them manage the challenge of maintaining mission and quality while reaching scale. Peter is a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, having spent 12 years serving on the Board of Trustees of the Echoing Green Foundation, the leading funder of social entrepreneurs which has backed 800 social entrepreneurs since inception.

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    Rich Sheinfeld Partner, Director, Bain and Company

    Rich is the leader of Bain’s procurement practice in North America, offering over 30 years of management consulting experience executing global initiatives focused on driving EBITDA margin improvement and building organizational capabilities. Clients include private equity and leading global firms in diversified manufacturing, communications, aerospace, food services, technology infrastructure, utilities, financial services, and the public sector. Rich offers significant management consulting experience with clients in multiple industries including utilities, diversified manufacturing, aerospace, technology infrastructure, and the public sector. Rich is an Affiliate in Full Potential Transformation, Performance Improvement, Consumer Products and Advanced Manufacturing and Services practices. Most recent experience leading multi-year full potential cost transformation at an industrial chemicals company.

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    Russ W. Rosenzweig CEO, Round Table Group

    Russ W. Rosenzweig is an executive, entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is best known for being one of the pioneering architects of the “expert witness search/referral” industry 25 years ago and is the co-founder and CEO of Round Table Group, the world’s first and largest expert witness search and referral firm. Conceived and launched from his Northwestern University dorm room, Russ served as its CEO from 1993 until the acquisition of the company by Thomson Reuters in 2010. He grew revenues from $0 to $25m, created a client base that included 100% of the AmLaw 100 law firms, and engineered an 8-figure acquisition. Round Table Group was elected an unprecedented 6 times in the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US and was profiled in numerous press stories including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, and in three Stanford University case studies. In 2019, in a role reprisal, Mr. Rosenzweig re-acquired the Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, re-named it back to Round Table Group, and once again serves as its CEO. Prior to re-acquiring the company, Russ was an executive at Expert Capital Partners, a broker of litigation financing. Russ also advises business owners on assessing and retaining legal counsel.

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    Sam Bretzfield Founder and Chief Executive Officer, bGlobal

    Sam Bretzfield is a technology-driven entrepreneur, investor and advocate helping to build great companies such as: EarthLink (Early Employee) bGlobal (Founder), Direct Fresh (Co-Founder), 6Beyond (Investor) and several others. Bretzfield has 25 years of leadership experience working with global Fortune 500 enterprises, C-level executives, start-ups and application developers in addition to extensive international experience building high performing companies and project teams in emerging markets, from concept to customer delivery. In 2005, Bretzfield moved to Asia and launched bGlobal and from very humble beginnings, bGlobal has flourished into one of Bangladesh's leading outsourcing companies, providing cost-effective programming and interactive production services. bGlobal has managed to expand its operations from the United States to the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia servicing clients such as: Akamai, Tech Data Corp, GFI Software, NBCUniversal, HBO, Ingram Micro and others. Bretzfield is a founding board member of the Bangladesh American Software Association (BASA), a committee member of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) focused on eLearning and eCommerce. Bretzfield is also a board member of The Steps Institute.

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    Sanjay Jupudi President and Founder, Qentelli

    As the President and Founder of Qentelli, Sanjay offers more than 18 years of experience leading global teams, working with Fortune 500 organizations, building companies and heading operations, sales and delivery. Being in leadership roles at enterprises, nurturing start-ups and as an entrepreneur, Sanjay offers hands-on experience in product development, product implementation, and IT consulting spanning Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Prior to Qentelli, Sanjay was instrumental in building the global delivery model at Cigniti and played a key role in transforming the organization as a leading independent testing services company valued at over $100MM. Prior to Cigniti, Sanjay was an architect, designing and implementing complex telecom billing and business support systems in the US and Europe. Under Sanjay’s leadership, Qentelli has grown to a 500 people company and won several awards like Fastest Growing Company and Best Company to Work For by Best in Biz, Great Places to Work and 3rd Best Company to Work for in Dallas by Dallas Morning News. Sanjay spent over eight years internationally, including UK, Germany, Ireland and Cyprus and worked as an expert in implementing complex telecom billing solutions at Amdocs, a worldwide market leader in the telecommunications software marketplace.

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    Seshadri Guha Chairman / Managing Partner, CGN Global

    Seshadri Guha has over 30 years of experience in managing complex business challenges and defining unique approaches for business strategy. His expertise spans from transformation science to technology architecture and business modeling strategies for exclusive solutions. Guha is a founding partner and member of the executive management team at CGN Global. He has led the development of CGN over the past 25 years into an industry-leading professional business transformation consulting firm. Guha is also the CEO and Founder of Tada Cognitive Solutions, LLC. Tada is a cloud-based intelligent digital platform that specializes in connecting data, showing the relational nature of information, and allowing businesses to make smart operational decisions and transform the way they function. Guha earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, his Master’s in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Iowa State University, and is also an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management. Guha has been recognized for his professional accomplishments as well as his contributions to his local community. He’s a member of the Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame, actively supports the American Red Cross of Peoria and is a dedicated member of Easterseals of Peoria Board of Directors.

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    Terry Tateossia Founder, Socialfix Media

    Terry Tateossian is the Founding Partner of Socialfix Media, a multi-award-winning digital marketing agency focused on emerging technology and media working with companies in launching innovative products and gaining market share. She is also the founder of Amplified3, a complete marketing agency management suite for smart digital asset management, asset distribution, and team training. Tateossian is an MIT Blockchain Technology and AI certified expert, thought leader, entrepreneur, podcast host and speaker. She serves as a board member and advisor for several transformational start-ups and has earned multiple recognitions for innovations and leadership in technology, media, and marketing. Recent awards include recognition from Forbes Magazine as WPO 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies, NJBIZ Top 40 Under 40, Future 50 Fastest Growing companies in NJ/NY by SmartCEO Magazine, and Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs.

    IN THEIR OWN WORDS

    “Being a member of Collective 54 is like having an extensive Board of Advisors who always provide excellent and timely advice. The relationships I’ve made with members in Collective 54 are incredibly valuable, and I would recommend joining Collective 54 if you are a leader motivated to grow and scale your firm.”

    Jerome Redmond

    “Being a Collective 54 member feels like a once in a career opportunity to be part of a unique and powerful community that brings together engaging dialogue, best-practice content, coaching, and access to a peer group of business leaders who are generous with their time, their experience and their insights.”

    Joe Gagnon

    “When you join Collective 54, you join a national network of business owners just like you, at firms like yours, with problems and opportunities like yours. Members receive advice from seasoned founders and owners who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise. The relationships you make through Collective 54 will be invaluable to your ultimate success.”

    Sean Magennis

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