Brian Goodman, President and CEO
Brian Goodman has spent over 20 years at the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking; data analytics and modeling; and “triple helix” partnership development between government industry and academia. Over this period Brian has provided through, First Steps Consulting, services to a wide range of companies from start up’s to corporations such as Irving Oil, Ceasars Entertainment, Cubic, GasNatural, Humana, ARS, Tivity Health, AT&T, NBK Capital Partners and SunTrust. In addition to this consultant work Brian has acted as the Innovation and Systems Manager for for the City of Boston as well as the Director of Corporate Relations at Boston University
Brian has extensive knowledge in business modeling and analytics, often in R, ranging from large scale object based modeling; statistical analysis; financial modeling and complex system modeling using system dynamics platforms such as Stella or Vensim. Brian also has extensive experience assessing opportunity and developing go-to-market strategies for new initiatives, and has worked with over 50 new start-ups or corporate initiatives in building business cases and executing on early stage market strategy.
Through First Steps Consulting, Brian is particularly interested in the intersection of design thinking; an intuitive, action based approach to ideation; and the rigor and depth of thinking that is driven by hard data analysis and modeling. He firmly believes that the best innovation and new product or service opportunities emerge through a partnership approach to innovation that leverages a wide range of different skill sets and perspectives. Through First Steps Consulting Brian aims, as an innovation architect with skills on both sides of the table, to bridge these different innovation approaches and improve both the efficiency and quality of new product and service development for firms.
Brian earned his MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College in Wellesley, MA and holds a degree in Business Administration from UMASS Amherst. Additional studies on business, innovation and systems dynamics have been completed at MIT, Harvard and the University Of Manchester, England.
Leo Ryan, Sales and Business Development
Leo Ryan is a business development professional with a track record of success in complex, relation-driven sales environments. Leo’s primary professional focus has been on demonstrating the business case for investment in clean tech, smart grid, and renewable energy investments.
As a member of EH&E’s executive team Leo is currently focused on developing and implementing sales strategies, identifying new markets for environmental, health, safety and energy services for institutional clients and supporting strategic consulting initiatives focused on energy efficiency.
In his role as Vice President for Business Development at OutSmart Power Systems, Leo launched OutSmart’s energy monitoring technology into key commercial and industrial verticals (supermarkets, data centers, life sciences) developed strategic and channel partnerships with a variety of energy related companies and supported capital raising activities for OutSmart.
As a Business Development Manager for EnerNOC Leo played a key role in developing and launching EnerNOC’s energy efficiency and carbon accounting solutions. Leo’s work in developing relationships with key decision makers in utilities helped EnerNOC’s EfficiencySMART’s solution receive utility support.
As a Senior Consultant with Arthur D Little, Leo was responsible for the completion of domestic and international occupational safety, industrial hygiene and environmental consulting assignments. In this role Leo completed compliance inspections, health and safety program development and presentation, EHS management system evaluations, indoor air quality inspections and litigation support.
Leo has an MS in Work Environment Policy, from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a BA in Economics from Fairfield University.
John Atwood – Atwood Consulting Group
John has been working in the health and fitness industry for his entire career. He owned and managed clubs, served on the Board of the New England Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association (NEHRSA), has spoken at numerous club industry conventions and conferences and has been a faculty member of the IHRSA Institute.
HealthFit, the medically-focused fitness center he owned and operated, was featured in Boston Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, and other prominent national media for its innovative business practices and contributions to the fitness industry. Time Magazine called HealthFit “a pioneering fitness center” for its ground-breaking approach to working with sedentary populations.
In 1999, he developed the IHRSA Financial Management Tool (FMT), a strategic tool used by owners and managers to drive profits through the capturing and analysis of vital financial and programmatic information.
He has been consulting for more than a decade and loves supporting owners and operators in starting and growing their businesses. He received my BA from the University of Miami where I received a full tennis scholarship.
Robin Martin – Thrive Coaching and Consulting
Robin Martin is a global Executive Coach and Organizational Effectiveness specialist with over 25 years of experience helping companies drive results through increased leadership performance. She works with managers and executives of Fortune 500 companies as an executive coach, thought partner, and transformation consultant to unleash potential and ensure sustained impact. Her work and company Thrive Coaching & Consulting Group focuses on organizational and individual growth to help maximize effectiveness. She partners intently with her clients to leverage neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and resiliency to help clients create and navigate paths forward. Her coaching clients know Robin for her ability to quickly connect, deeply understand their individual needs, and provide creative solutions to optimize success.
Robin brings the best of both worlds to her client engagements. She has experience working inside organizations like Fidelity Investments and Hanover Insurance and consulting externally with consulting firms like The Forum Corporation. As Principal of Thrive, she is often leading, with her team, cultural transformations for clients to design thriving places to work. She has also built a number of innovative leadership programs for senior leaders and is a frequent speaker on topics including: Leveraging Authentic Leadership to Manage Uncertainty, Executive Presence, Leading Global Change, Unleashing your Personal Brand, and Maximizing Leadership EQ. Robin is also a co-facilitator of the Viongozi Youth Leadership Summit in Kenya, an immersive program aimed at increasing both leadership skills and global intelligence in tomorrows leaders.
Robin holds Bachelors in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. She is certified in a number of assessment tools including: Hogan Assessment Suite, MBTI, DISC Profile, and The Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks Tools. In addition to being a coach with HBS Executive Development, she is an Executive Coach with Performance Talent Partners, Babson’s Coaching for Leadership & Teamwork Program and a Vision Coach for the World Pulse Organization. She is a founding board member for the Southborough Community Foundation and Co-Chair of We Can’s summer fundraising team on Cape Cod.
Robin is a global coach and consultant working across multiple industries. Some of the client organizations include: Arnold Worldwide, Avid Technologies, The Brattle Group, Coca-Cola, C-Space, Goldman Sachs, FactSet Research Systems, Fidelity Investments, Flying Kites, Hill Holliday, Iora Health, Johnson & Johnson, Kronos, Kura Oncology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Movado, PayPal, Talbots, TJMaxx, and ViacomCBS.
She lives in Southborough, Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and dog Bella.
Bobby Verdun- Active Entities
Whether it is leading privately owned clubs to national prominence, lifting not-for-profit entities to success, or coaching college basketball and tennis teams to championships, Bobby Verdun, President of Active Entities, has created “wins” wherever he has been. After a successful College and Professional basketball and tennis coaching career, the three-time Coach of the Year took the reigns at Canton Club and later became Associate Executive Director at Weymouth Club which was voted “Best of Boston” twice in his tenure as well as recognized as a top 50 club in the country. As a YMCA Executive Director, Bobby led a historic $10 million renovation in Pawtucket RI as he spearheaded a membership renaissance producing thousands of family participants and energized the surrounding community setting usage records for the facility. Bobby was also the General Manager at the Award-Winning College Park Tennis Center where his grassroots program initiatives resulted in a flowing feeder system for the training center’s academy while driving revenues to new heights.
A dynamic motivational speaker, Bobby has worked with hundreds of clubs around the world and has been a featured speaker at Universities, fortune 500 companies, and industry conferences. Known throughout the industry for his diverse experience and passion for developing leaders, Bobby has mentored hundreds of owners and operators to success and profitability. From multi-purpose entities to tennis clubs, CrossFit boxes to Municipal Recreation facilities, or hybrid clubs to boutique fitness offerings, Bobby’s guidance and mentoring have resulted in success in virtually every aspect of the industry.
Bobby is the proud father of Hannah, an incoming freshman at Muhlenberg University, and Zach, a Sophomore at St. John’s Prep, and married to well–known artist Stephanie Krauss-Verdun. In his spare time, he is still very competitive on basketball and tennis courts and enjoys playing the guitar and motorcycle rides up and down the east coast.
Ken Ramaley – Ramaley Group
Ken Ramaley, Founder and Managing Director of Ramaley Group, is a Process Improvement professional with over 20 years of experience in Process Engineering, Auditing, and Strategic Business Consulting.
Ken is passionate about helping companies establish a culture of process excellence through training, coaching, and project delivery.
In addition to his Lean Six Sigma experience at General Electric, Prudential, and Bank of America, Ken is a Certified Internal Auditor, and holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance. Ken earned a BA from Brown University in Mathematics, and has an MBA from University of Chicago in Finance and General Management.
Ken holds a patent for an advanced statistical sampling methodology, and has had articles published on a variety of topics in trade journals and peer-reviewed academic publications.