Christopher A Elias, Co-Founder, Principal
Chris began his executive career as a Vice President of Administration of Big Boy Restaurants in 1990. In this position, Chris’ goal was to develop and motivate his team while still aligning to the company’s mission and values. With this focus in mind, he was able to grow himself and the people around him into high performing employees and teams, which eventually led to a growth of responsibilities within the company. By 1996, Chris was named President of Big Boy and over the next 4 years, infused the company with his ethos, leading to one of the most successful turnarounds in the company’s history.
After leaving the company in 2000, Chris decided to focus on bringing his successful strategies to other organizations. Since then, he invited Mark to join him in developing Nexecute’s corporate strategy program to address the full health of an organization from the Elephant Conversation™ to the Value Multiplier™ through his Results Optimizer™ System.
Mark R Freier, Co-Founder, Principal
Like many people, Mark took a circuitous path to his current role as a partner of Nexecute. His career was shaped by the rigors of parochial schooling where he received a Masters of Divinity in 1982. In 1994, his personal and professional life was thrown into chaos after a bout with thyroid cancer, radiation treatment, and a subsequent cross-country move. Through the turmoil, Mark learned that the greatest gift he could give others was a life that was both inner-directed and other-focused. In 2000, it was this focus that brought the former trainer for the Detroit Red Wings, who was a parishioner at Mark’s church, to ask Mark for coaching in the areas of core values, purpose and people development.
The part-time business that sprang from this initial training continued to expand until Mark realized that a reset in his life had to occur. In 2004, he resigned from ministerial life and focused on how he could impact organizational health. He spent 5 years as the general manager of a conference center where his mandate was to build a cohesive leadership team and a healthy culture. During this time Mark met Chris Elias and it didn’t take long before they became partners in Nexecute.
David Eilers, Nexecute Professional Advisor
David Eilers has 25 years of healthcare innovation experience, including over 50 foreign country visits. Domestically, he has had R&D and new product management roles in medical device, interventional radiology and remote patient monitoring companies; including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Roundtable Healthcare Partners and Welch Allyn Medical. David’s expertise in design thinking solutions has lead him to create novel health and wellness solutions with major institutions including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Emory University Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Overseas, he is a long-standing Board Member for the Lwala Community Alliance, employing a hundred community health workers in clinic operations based in rural Kenya. David is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Whitman School of Management’s [email protected] program teaching Corporate Entrepreneurship and coaches several healthcare startup companies.
Amy Riccardi, Nexecute Professional Advisor
Amy Riccardi has 23 years of management consulting experience with boutique and specialized firms working in a wide range of sectors including federal and state government, banking, IT, construction, healthcare, federal contracting, and professional development. Her practice focuses on leadership evolution and human capital, working with CEOs and senior executives to create engaged workplaces where employees love to work and aspire to create great experiences for their customers. Her mantra is to help her clients use data to make great people decisions and leverage compassionate candor to foster strong relationships. Her client list includes the US Department of State, USAID, Department of Homeland Security, IRS, CORT Furniture Rental, the National Park Foundation, and countless small and medium-sized businesses. She currently serves on two Boards, one with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce INCspire Program, a501(c)3, and SHE climbs – a non-profit working with young girls to develop leadership skills in preparation to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Amy also coaches a girl’s club volleyball team and plays competitively in Northern Virginia.
Ken McMullen, Nexcute Advisor
As a proven leader and manager, my focus is to add team value and growth to a forward-thinking organization. ‘Strategic planning’, ‘team development’, ‘communications’, ‘customer interface’, ‘leading -for-results’ and ‘program management’ are foundational skills that complement the personal integrity and passion that I bring my professional role.
As a life-long self-learner, my greatest lesson has been this: “relationships ultimately drive ‘success’, through whatever metrics ‘success’ is measured”. I build, invest, maintain and purposefully engage relationships that create sustaining and thriving organizations.