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Work experience

Mar 2009Present

Chief Executive Officer

The Lazarus Group

As Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at The Lazarus Group, Chris serves as a main strategic and advisory source for clients seeking innovative, pragmatic and actionable strategies to help create sustainable value for its stakeholders and capital partners.Mr. Grant brings to this role over twenty years of progressive executive experience in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development and enterprise management.

Chris specializes in assisting serial entrepreneurs break free from the "Founder's Trap," guiding clients with transitioning their enterprise through the go-go phase of enterprise life-cycle through to maturity.

2007Feb 2009

Strategic Consultant

Capstone Strategic, Inc.

As a senior analyst for Capstone Strategic, a boutique investment bank and management consulting firm focusing on external growth activities (M&A) for middle-market clients, Mr. Grant facilitated strategy sessions with key executive teams and analyzed financial, qualitative and quantitative data to develop a strategic road map for realignment of a $1B travel services company.

He represented a $1B energy client, initiating discussions with C-level executives of privately-held and publicly traded companies on the potential divestiture of energy assets.He developed the offering memorandum for a 46-year old utility automation systems OEM and worked with a $75M AEC firm to identify new markets to expand into (via acquisitions). 

20052007

Strategic Advisor

WealthGate, LLC

Responsible for providing analytical, strategic and business development services to small and emerging growth enterprises; developed complex workflow, business and financial models using Visio and Excel.Serving as an advisor to NSF-sponsored bio-software firm Juxtopia, Inc., guiding the development of their commercialization strategies

  • Conducted pricing analysis of several competing mortgage lenders, creating future vision architecture to expedite deliver of new products and services to market while meeting client’s cost and risk reduction strategies
  • Analyzed business and technology challenges, assessed costs and provided solutions
  • Designed and executed proofs-of-concept for critical enterprise capabilities, including building business case with costs, benefits, and efficiency measures
20012005

Chief Strategy Officer

Envision U, Inc.

Envision U helps organizations and individuals translate strategy into results. Its experience-based solutions focus on leadership, teamwork, sales performance and training the trainer, and clients include Exxon-Mobil, Cendant, NBC, Honeywell and others

  • Defined firm's strategic project initiatives, business requirements and long-term strategies and plans
  • Developed marketing plan for Internet and referral channels; drafted licensing and distributor agreements for third-party and affiliate resources and helped establish commission and incentive strategy for sales representatives
  • Established the business logic for several internet-based educational programs
  • Developed proposal standards as well as various strategic partnerships with vendors
19992001

Management Consultant

Acuity Technologies, Inc.

Verizon Wireless Federal Systems, Executive Branch

Proposed a formal strategic alliance between Verizon and Acuity Technology; constructed a SWOT analysis of Verizonâ s current strategic opportunities; provided guidance and managerial advice to executive team regarding pursuit of both existing and new business opportunities.

American Medical Labs, Inc.

Served as project team leader for AML's rollout of their new diagnostic application client.

  • Established a testing environment for creating the baseline system configuration and installation sequence of the program; helped developed the end-user training component of the new system.
  • Provided feedback to the software development team as to impact of new software builds as well as in-the-field feedback from clients.
19951999

Various Technical Positions

Consulting Engagement Summary

Agency: TMSI, INC.

Client:    National Guard Bureau-Counter Drug Division

Position: Senior Network Engineer

  • Evaluated remote-control solution (NetOp- Crosstec); recommended solution for purchase; prepared production servers for Y2K certification; designed configuration matrix for new clients; trained IM staff on server build (Compaq 2500 IIS3.0, Proxy 2.0, FrntPg2000); provided on-site and remote technical support to NGB user community.

Agency:  GTS-DURATEK, INC.

Client:     United States Postal Service- Tactical Sales and Marketing Division

Position: Business Systems Analyst

  • Evaluated RAS(NT) and NetServer(3com) for remote network access; proposed & developed end-user training strategy utilizing CBT technology; provided NT4 and Netware 4.11 administration for 350-userbase.

Client:     KPMG Peat Marwick LLP – Mid-Atlantic Region

Position:  cc:Mail & Network Administrator

  • Analyzed & diagrammed (VISIO) existing ccMail infrastructure; provided Netware 4.11 administration for local office (500+ users); provided daily email administration support to 3300 userbase.

Client:     National Institute of Health-National Cancer Institute

Position:  Network Engineer

  • On-site support of 2500+ users in a campus-wide LAN/WAN environment; NTS 3.51 & 4.0 administration (multiple master domain environment); involved with NCI-wide migration from NT4.0 to Netware 4.11; troubleshooting node/hubs/ports; TCP/IP connectivity problems, client applications (MSOffice, Exchange, Netscape, Eudora).

Agency:  SOURCE SERVICES, INC.

Client:      Marriott International, Lodging Division, Email Services

Position:  Senior Technical Analyst

Provided Tier II technical support for Lodging division's 3500+ userbase; conducted HW/SW system analysis via telephone and/or PCAnywhere; provided training to new technical staff on cc:Mail database recovery processes.

References

Kevin Hern

"Chris has a keen strategic mind as well as deep understanding of the undercurrents surrounding a project that contribute to its ultimate success or (if not mitigated) failure. If you need a very practical, objective path to the future, Chris can show you the map." 

Edward Hill, M.D., J.D.

Serving as an advisor to Juxtopia's commercialization phase, of which he is a board member and partner.

Peter Thomson

We both serve on Shenandoah University's board and lectured at the Institute of Entrepreneurship's summer bootcamp.

Miles K. Davis, Ph.D.

Served as an associate through Dr. Davis' consulting practice (Davis, Adolphe & Gibson, LLC).

Partner & Managing Member, The Prosperity Fund, LLC

Assisted with curriculum development for Shenandoah's entrepreneurship program, Institute for Entrepreneurship

Edward Wetherell

While working at WealthGate, provided consulting services to one of his firm's portfolio companies - Capitol Securities LLC

Andrew Brooks

“Chris represents a unique blend of entrepreneurial passion, business savvy, risk mitigation knowledge and financial expertise...Most impressive is Chris' ability to take basic ideas/brainstorms and truly flesh out a breadth business opportunity.”

Art Sands

“Chris Grant is always the consummate professional. He is extremely knowledgeable, diligent and detail oriented with an easy manner that makes doing business with him a pleasure. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris for any CXO position.”

Peter Dean

“Chris and I have worked on several sensitive projects. The quality of the work that Chris performed was unserpassed. I have found him to be a trusted advisor who's intellect is only matched by his passion.”

Articles & Publications

Portfolio Modeling Samples

Publications

Book(s):

"WealthDNA: The Master Entrepreneur: Cracking the Code to Creating Massive Wealth" (2008)

"Five Pillars to Prosperity:  Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building" (contributing author, Spring 2011)

Article:

"Survive Chaos: Understanding the Psychological Issues of Troubleshooting" (Microsoft Certified Professional magazine, February, 2000)

Objective

Strategic Advisor with management consulting expertise seeking rewarding leadership role with growth potential in a world-class firm. Combines practical expertise with solid credentials that delivers results.

Achievements/Honors

3-Time Recipient, Smithsonian Institution Special Achievement Award 

Summary

Strategic Advisor with over 20 years of progressive experience in enterprise management & business development, including: finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, business intelligence and growth strategy.  Key areas of expertise include:

  • C-level executive leadership coaching
  • Forming & leveraging strategic alliances
  • Formulating comprehensive business strategies
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis
  • Creating strategic plans for business growth
  • Formal presentation skills

Lectures/Presentations

February, 2008, 2009 & 2010:

"Wealth DNA:  The Master Entrepreneur," Shenandoah University, School of Business

October, 2006:  

"Rich vs. King: Building Your Business from the Inside Out," Shenandoah University, School of Business

June, 2006:  

"Making Dreams Into Reality: Prosperity Consciousness & the Creation Formula," Shenandoah University, Young Entrepreneur' s Bootcamp

Personal Interest/Hobbies

  • Classically-trained flutist
  • Former co-founder, music producer, composer, & arranger for LFP Productions (Norway)
  • Avid tennis and billiards player

Professional Affiliations

2010 - Present:  Member, International Management Association

2008 - Present: Member, International Private Enterprise Group

2006 - Present: Member, Board of Advisors, Shenandoah University,

                                             Harry F. Byrd School of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurship

2006 - 2010 Member, Board of Advisors, Juxtopia, Inc., Baltimore, MD