Our talented team has the experience and expertise to help you build a better business. Whether you’re working with your GROWTH consultant or one of our specialized partners, we’re here to deliver the right resources exactly when you need them. Many of us own businesses or lead organizations, so we understand the full range of considerations you bring to the table as an entrepreneur, business owner, or CEO.

Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney is the Chief Marketing Officer of Crews & co. A strategic planner with extensive experience in content development and brand messaging, Kristen leads and executes marketing initiatives that reach emerging industry leaders and small businesses.

Her content marketing agency, Kristen Sweeney Consulting, is also the firm’s content partner, supporting clients with brand-forward content strategies that increase brand awareness and build customer loyalty. Kristen Sweeney Consulting establishes clients as industry thought leaders and ensures that content is a consistent “drumbeat” of their marketing efforts.

Kristen holds degrees from the University of Florida in Musical Theater and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and she received her Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory.

Experience

  • Kristen has used her story-building and copywriting skills to help a wide range of professional service companies in complex industries like law, healthcare, manufacturing, and consulting.
  • In addition to developing the marketing engine at Crews & co. from ground zero, Kristen also helped build the Marketing Solutions division at SaaS startup Paperless Parts.

Brendan Leonard
President of Finance Services
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Brendan Leonard
President of Finance Services
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Brendan Leonard is President of Finance Services for Crews & co. An accomplished C-suite executive, he is recognized for expertly cultivating profitable growth for business influencers and industry leaders. 

Brendan is an industry-agnostic changemaker undeterred by challenging or uncomfortable scenarios. He brings fresh perspectives and multi-industry learnings to unaccustomed environments.

Motivated to help people fulfill their potential, Brendan employs innovation, urgency, and empowerment to drive revenue, enterprise value, and successful mergers and acquisitions. In 0000, the US President honored Brendan in the Oval Office with the President's "E" Award for Excellence in Exporting.

Brendan earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Experience

  • Brendan has led $50M and $100M+ in brand growth for Samsonite and Hasbro, respectively.
  • He has leveraged several strategic private equity exits before pivoting to focus on helping growth-ready, emerging businesses. 

Eric Crews
Founder and CEO
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Eric Crews
Founder and CEO
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Passionate about helping companies achieve their growth goals, Eric has guided 100+ organizations to increased and sustainable profitability while simultaneously optimizing their operations and instituting elevated quality of life for their leadership teams.

Eric’s bold approach has converted multiple unorganized, underperforming ventures into streamlined, revenue-generating enterprises. His clients represent a diverse range of industries, including technology, finance, marketing, manufacturing, education, and construction. 

Building on decades of successful entrepreneurship and eight years as a Certified EOS Implementer®, Eric led Crews & co.’s 2021 launch of the Growth Method℠, a proprietary business operating system designed to propel companies to increased revenue, profit, and salable value.  

A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Eric is an avid fundraiser for the Special Olympics and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He enjoys sailing and running and has completed four Ironman Triathlons and several marathons.

Experience

  • Eric is the CEO of CE Painting, an Inc. 5000 honoree and one of the largest commercial painting businesses in New England. 
  • He was also the owner of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Painting Services, which offers motivated college students the skills necessary to successfully operate their own small businesses, for 20+ years. 
  • Eric spent eight years as a Certified EOS Implementer before leaving the EOS community to develop the Growth Method.

Jen Strojin
Operations
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Jen Strojin
Operations
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Jen Strojin oversees Operations at Crews & co. Leveraging strategic and effective communication, Jen provides crucial support to stakeholders and senior executive teams. She is a natural mentor and coach who adeptly builds inspired, results-driven work communities that thrive in their roles. Engaging seamlessly across departments, Jen develops and scales processes that empower transparency and drive growth. 

Jen’s diverse expertise includes digital marketing, account management, business development, strategic planning, sales management, customer service, and negotiation. She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and passionate about world travel.

Experience

  • Previously at Aisle Rocket, Jen established progressive infrastructures for account management, adding comprehensive, iterative processes that promoted efficiency and integration throughout the organization.
  • A Cleveland, Ohio, native and 14-year Chicago resident, Jen is purpose-driven to embrace gratitude and humility through meaningful connections with people and places.

Jay Bacrania
Growth Consultant
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Jay Bacrania
Growth Consultant
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Jay Bacrania is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. A co-creator of the Growth Method, the firm’s proprietary business operating system, he is driven by the belief that well-run businesses can shape people’s lives in personal and meaningful ways. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Jay helps entrepreneurial teams navigate challenges, grow their organizations, and achieve even greater success. 

Jay is a Harvard College graduate who also attended Berklee College of Music for Jazz Performance.

Experience

  • A natural teacher and coach, Jay is the owner and CEO of Signet Education, a boutique educational services company that has provided premier tutoring to thousands of students since 2005. 
  • After spending many years reverse engineering processes and tools to run a better business, Jay spent several years as an EOS Implementer® before transitioning to the Growth Method in 2021.

Phil Colacchio
Growth Consultant
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Phil Colacchio
Growth Consultant
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Phil Colacchio is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. A strategic planner and creative problem solver with 20+ years of experience, he coaches individuals and businesses toward achieving their potential through sustained growth and profitability. With a special emphasis on small and midsize businesses in industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals CPG, cannabis, service and agency, sporting goods, and golf, Phil has advised companies with valuations ranging from $8M to $34B.  

Phil holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Vermont and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.

Experience

  • For five years prior to joining Crews & co., Phil oversaw rapid growth, start-up, and scale-up initiatives through roles in C-level general management and revenue leadership.
  • Phil joined the retail sales workforce at 15 years old and, by 19, was managing one of the largest independent sporting goods stores on the East Coast while attending school full-time on a full scholarship.

Isaac Foster
Growth Consultant
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Isaac Foster
Growth Consultant
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Isaac Foster is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced leader among next-generation entrepreneurs, he most recently served for five years as CEO of Bespoke Education, a Manhattan-headquartered boutique tutoring and test prep firm, following a five-year stint as the company’s COO.

Isaac is an enthusiastic linguist who speaks fluent French and Spanish as well as conversational Levantine Arabic and Portuguese.

Experience

  • After working as a schoolteacher in Harlem, Isaac led teaching teams for Kaplan Test Prep in Paris and London. 
  • Isaac is an avid runner and has completed nine marathons, including the Paris Marathon and the New York City Marathon. 

Kris Kaplan
Growth Consultant
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Kris Kaplan
Growth Consultant
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Kris Kaplan is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. At ease in both break rooms and boardrooms, Kris is a tell-it-like-it-is business coach who inspires entrepreneurs and leadership teams to dream bigger, then helps them bring their visions to life. Kris’s progressive business philosophy, combined with his bold guidance, accelerates both personal and professional development among entrepreneurs, executives, and high-performing individuals. 

Kris has been recognized for his insight and understanding throughout all levels of business, where he leverages his lived career experience to drive thoughtful innovation. He holds a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Experience

  • Kris grew his retail company, Kris & Co., from $0 to $10 million in annual revenue with almost zero attrition in an industry known for high turnover.
  • He has helped develop brands such as Kikkerland, Moleskine, Paddywax, Blue Q, and many others

Andrew Krebs-Smith
Growth Consultant
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Andrew Krebs-Smith
Growth Consultant
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Andrew Krebs-Smith is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. He custom-tailors actionable guidance to businesses within the marketing, advertising, finance, and real estate industries, coaching high-performing teams toward growth and sustained value. 

A former founder and owner/operator himself, Andrew leverages the successful growth and sale of his company to offer a wealth of business insight to his clients. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University and an MBA from Babson College.

Experience

  • For three years in a row, Boston highlighted Andrew’s agency, Social Fulcrum, as one of the city’s fastest-growing companies, prior to its 2019 acquisition by Target Data Corporation. 
  • Before progressing to the Growth Method, Andrew practiced as a Certified EOS Implementer®.
  • Andrew lives in Pennsylvania with his wonderful family.
Heather Schmidt
Growth Consultant
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Heather Schmidt
Growth Consultant
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Heather Schmidt is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. Goal-focused and growth-minded, Heather’s work is fueled by an unwavering belief in the duality of personal development and professional success. 

Heather honed her coaching acumen throughout 12+ years of entrepreneurship and leadership in hospitality, food and beverage, retail, design, and fitness companies. She excels at helping leaders emerge from their day-to-day business operations to grow thriving organizations and attain their full potential.

She is a voracious endurance trail runner, cyclist, and outdoor adventure enthusiast.

Experience

  • Trained as a pastry chef and artisanal baker, Heather launched Union Square Donuts in 2012, successfully growing the brand to multiple locales.
  • Heather has also held leadership positions at Thompson Island Outward Bound, Flour Bakery, and Seattle Coffee Works.
  • Heather has been featured by Boston Landing, Cambridge Naturals, Fresh Collective, Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), NPR, Boston Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, and other noteworthy organizations.
Jennifer Hernan
Finance Consultant
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Jennifer Hernan
Finance Consultant
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Jennifer Hernan is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. With 20 years of experience helping companies achieve their growth goals, Jennifer treats her clients’ businesses like her own, going above and beyond to guide teams through whatever challenges arise. She has worked extensively with industries including restaurant, real estate, manufacturing, and small business services, and she derives immense fulfillment from contributing to her client companies’ successes.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University, Jennifer achieved both her Professional Bookkeeper and Quickbooks Specialist designations from The Universal Accounting Center.

Experience

  • Prior to joining Crews & co., Jennifer managed workflows and virtual bookkeeping operations for 10 years, providing day-to-day accounting services, quality control oversight for financial reporting, and client assistance with cloud accounting integrations. 
  • A Cleveland Browns fan and avid crafter, Jennifer enjoys watching her daughter’s sports events with her husband of 14 years and playing with the family’s chocolate lab.

Charles Li
Finance Consultant
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Charles Li
Finance Consultant
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Charles Li is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced controller, Charles uses his skills in reporting, budget, forecasting, and analysis to generate financial insights that drive efficiency and profitability within organizations.

Charles provides financial acumen and accountability for clients who may not have the budget or need for a full-time controller or CFO. He is known for his analytical skills and business acumen, keen attention to detail, and unswerving commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal service. Charles is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Experience

  • In addition to his fractional work, Charles is the controller for CE Painting, one of the largest commercial painting companies in New England.
  • He is highly experienced in corporate finance and spent many years as Financial Controller for Innovation Group, a large Carlyle Group-owned company.

Ryan Lohan
Finance Consultant
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Ryan Lohan
Finance Consultant
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Ryan Lohan is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. A gifted financial analyst with a passion for investing, he embraces challenging goals and finds fulfillment in designing complex models to achieve innovative solutions for his clients. He is drawn to special projects that leverage his creative approach to budgetary management and monthly dashboard development. 

A cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Ryan brings progressive professionalism to the team.

Experience

  • Ryan’s background includes in-depth experience in financial analysis, research, and investments.
  • He is proficient in SQL, VBA, and Microsoft Office, among other industry applications.

Barbara Mosier
HR Consultant
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Barbara Mosier
HR Consultant
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Barbara Mosier is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. Bringing more than 15 years of diverse people management and human resources experience to the team, she is adept at leading recruitment operations and managing talent acquisitions. Barbara is a natural leader with extensive experience in HR compliance, policy and procedure development, performance management, performance review, recruiting, benefits administration, payroll, and employee relations. 

She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP), where she has an active membership. Exuding a focused passion for building rewarding employee experiences, Barbara is committed to understanding what matters most to people.

Experience

  • Barbara led a recruitment team responsible for increasing employee headcount from 200 to 700+ remote employees nationwide within three years.  
  • Utilizing her vast array of experience to manage all areas of human resources operations, she has held several leadership roles that directly contributed to the overall growth and success of the company.

Neil Smith
Finance Consultant
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Neil Smith
Finance Consultant
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Neil Smith is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. A skilled CFO and strategic analyst adept at bridging functional areas of management, he is motivated by working with entrepreneurs and helping them develop their concepts and companies successfully. 

Throughout his 20 years in finance, Neil has served various industries, including construction, commercial real estate, technology, and CP. He holds an MBA.

Experience

  • Neil’s financial and operational roles have included EVP, CFO, COO, and Controller. 
  • A loving husband and father of three, Neil loves traveling, hiking, and theater. 

Maggie So
Growth Consultant
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Maggie So
Growth Consultant
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Maggie So is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced finance, accounting, and operations professional, Maggie helps small to midsize companies build scalable infrastructure for growth. Passionate about people, processes, and platforms, she is a natural problem solver with a gift for navigating challenges to progress.

As a leadership coach, Maggie embraces a holistic perspective that derives from extensive experience supporting venture-backed software companies throughout their accounting, finance, operations, client services, human resources, and marketing departments. Maggie holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Cal State Fullerton.

Experience

  • Maggie is the owner of Glasshopper, Inc., an outsourced financial services firm, and works as a fractional CFO in addition to her work as a management consultant.
  • Her background includes experience in software, aerospace, cybersecurity, advertising, ecommerce, and more. 
  • An ardent reader, Maggie shares her home with one dog and two cats who frequently eavesdrop on her Zoom meetings. She is happiest when connecting with others about life, business, and food.

Pascal Tellier
Growth Consultant
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Pascal Tellier
Growth Consultant
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Pascal Tellier is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An accomplished C-suite executive, Pascal has a gift for identifying businesses with extraordinary growth potential. He pinpoints problem areas and develops multistage strategies that increase efficiency, strengthen company culture, and enhance enterprise valuations. 

By parsing what a company is not from what it can be, Pascal enables clients to articulate their vision and hone in on their niche. He collaborates to bridge gaps in personnel, resource management, and strategy implementation, leveraging OKRs to ensure enterprise-wide alignment and accountability. 

Pascal received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa before earning an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queens University.

Experience

  • A five-time founder with 25 years of career experience, Pascal is known for hand-picking high-performing teams, obtaining tens of millions of dollars in company funding, exploiting growth opportunities that dramatically increased enterprise valuations, and building double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR). 
  • Pascal has served both the public and private sectors in computer engineering and executive management, and he has achieved multiple profitable exits subsequent to his entrepreneurial and investment endeavors.

Ryan Villanueva
Growth Consultant
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Ryan Villanueva
Growth Consultant
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Ryan Villanueva is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. the co-founder of Best Delegate, a K-12 education company that creates student leaders through Model United Nations. He is committed to helping companies succeed while also acting as a force for good in the world.

Ryan has hands-on experience helping businesses achieve growth, profitability, and maximum social impact. A highly sought-after consultant, Ryan routinely advises the United Nations, national governments, foundations, and school districts. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Yale University.

Experience

  • Before pivoting to Crews & co.’s Growth Method in 2021, Ryan was a Professional EOS Implementer® with lived experience utilizing proprietary operating systems to achieve company growth. 
  • A resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, Ryan is an active member of the Boston chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), where he previously served as president. 

Stephen Webster
Growth Consultant
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Stephen Webster
Growth Consultant
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Stephen Webster is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. His fearless approach enables companies to capitalize on growth opportunities, solve sales and operational challenges, and eliminate business complexity. Guiding his clients to define clear strategies and defy conventions, Stephen helps leaders and their teams exceed their personal and professional goals by aligning purpose, people, and process.

Stephen received a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Iona College and holds an MBA in Financial Management from the same institution. He also earned his Talent Optimization Consultant Certification from The Predictive Index.

Experience

  • Stephen’s industry experience includes technology, artificial intelligence, consumer packaged goods, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer marketing, and SAAS in high-growth, global enterprise, and start-up environments. 
  • With over three decades of executive leadership and in-the-trenches business experience, Stephen is a skilled facilitator, strategist, and operational expert. 

Derek Mohamed
Wealth Management Partner
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Derek Mohamed
Wealth Management Partner
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Derek Mohamed is the Managing Director of Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management and a partner of Crews and co. Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management helps business owners manage their wealth from a financial and tax standpoint. The firm is dedicated to helping successful individuals and families address the great concerns of their financial lives, including preserving wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of heirs, ensuring asset retention, and charitable giving.

Derek is a highly credentialed Wealth Management Advisor who has extensive experience assisting business leaders and entrepreneurs with the complexities of illiquidity, M&A transactions, life-changing liquidity events, and other unique challenges. He holds numerous professional designations, including CEPA, CPWA®, AAMS®, and CRPC®, and he has been named to the prestigious Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list several times.

Derek is also passionate about health and fitness and  won the world championship as part of Team CrossFit New England at the 2011 CrossFit Games. He holds a degree from Assumption College and has trained at the College for Financial Planning and Investments and Wealth Institute.

Experience

  • Over the last 20 years, Derek has successfully built an experienced team to help address affluent clients’ biggest concerns: preserving their wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of their heirs, helping to ensure that their assets aren’t unjustly taken, and charitable giving.
  • A longtime Crews & co. client, Derek generated over 200% growth in his own company, Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management, in just five years.

Heidi Berger
Process Partner
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Heidi Berger
Process Partner
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Heidi Berger is Co-Creator of Process Optimizer™ where she brings a passion for analytics and helping businesses understand the “why” behind solutions. Process Optimizer™ is a team of expert facilitators who will help your organization define, document and OPTIMIZE your Core Processes so you’ll have consistent outcomes, happy employees, delighted customers, and increased profitability.

Heidi has spent her career analyzing and improving operations for companies in a variety of industries, with over 10 years at P.F. Chang’s, where she held roles as VP of Planning and Analysis, VP of Financial Operations and Risk, and most recently VP of Business Transformation. Heidi has also been in a variety of senior management roles in retail, distribution and restaurant firms where she focused on Finance, Operations, Risk, Treasury and Supply Management. Her roles have helped C-suite leaders guide strategy and make better decisions while also helping coach and mentor those directly affecting the customer. Heidi has a gift for translating the complex nature of numbers and analysis into meaningful, actionable ideas that can be executed.

Experience

  • In addition to her work as a coach and consultant, Heidi is also a Green Belt in Lean principles, helps entrepreneurial businesses achieve operational excellence in their core processes to optimize execution. Creating scorecards and dashboards are key drivers in her approach.
  • As a Certified Management Accountant with an MBA in International Operations, Heidi has both the intellectual capacity and the real-world experience to bring meaningful, detailed change to the Process Optimizer™’s clients.

John Schnauck
Executive Search Partner
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John Schnauck
Executive Search Partner
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John is the Founder and President of Broadreach Staffing Solutions, a Boston-based recruitment firm that  specializes in executive search for high growth businesses. With a team of highly experienced staffing professionals that prides itself on real-world experience, Broadreach has a long track record of successfully placing accomplished professionals in senior-level roles with brand name organizations.

John’s vision for Broadreach began during an extended sailing adventure with his wife and two children. While sailing more than 4,000 nautical miles together, John formulated his plans to return to his most fulfilling business experience – the recruitment industry. 

Broadreach was founded on the principles John values most: building long-lasting relationships with clients and saving them time. The company specializes in retained search for difficult-to-fill roles and requirements. While Broadreach works with a wide range of industries, they primarily focus on serving high-growth companies.

Experience

  • John has previously held senior leadership roles at leading technology companies including Skillsoft, Pulse Learning, and Winxnet.
  • In addition to his background in recruitment, John has also worked as an account executive and in sales.

Our talented team has the experience and expertise to help you build a better business. Whether you’re working with your Growth Consultant or one of our specialized partners, we’re here to deliver the right resources exactly when you need them. Many of us own businesses or lead organizations, so we understand the full range of considerations you bring to the table as an entrepreneur, business owner, or CEO.

Eric Crews
Founder and CEO
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Eric Crews
Founder and CEO
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Passionate about helping companies achieve their growth goals, Eric has guided 100+ organizations to increased and sustainable profitability while simultaneously optimizing their operations and instituting elevated quality of life for their leadership teams.

Eric’s bold approach has converted multiple unorganized, underperforming ventures into streamlined, revenue-generating enterprises. His clients represent a diverse range of industries, including technology, finance, marketing, manufacturing, education, and construction. 

Building on decades of successful entrepreneurship and eight years as a Certified EOS Implementer®, Eric led Crews & co.’s 2021 launch of the Growth Method℠, a proprietary business operating system designed to propel companies to increased revenue, profit, and salable value.  

A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Eric is an avid fundraiser for the Special Olympics and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He enjoys sailing and running and has completed four Ironman Triathlons and several marathons.

Experience

  • Eric is the CEO of CE Painting, an Inc. 5000 honoree and one of the largest commercial painting businesses in New England. 
  • He was also the owner of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Painting Services, which offers motivated college students the skills necessary to successfully operate their own small businesses, for 20+ years. 
  • Eric spent eight years as a Certified EOS Implementer before leaving the EOS community to develop the Growth Method.

Brendan Leonard
President of Finance Services
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Brendan Leonard
President of Finance Services
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Brendan Leonard is President of Finance Services for Crews & co. An accomplished C-suite executive, he is recognized for expertly cultivating profitable growth for business influencers and industry leaders. 

Brendan is an industry-agnostic changemaker undeterred by challenging or uncomfortable scenarios. He brings fresh perspectives and multi-industry learnings to unaccustomed environments.

Motivated to help people fulfill their potential, Brendan employs innovation, urgency, and empowerment to drive revenue, enterprise value, and successful mergers and acquisitions. In 0000, the US President honored Brendan in the Oval Office with the President's "E" Award for Excellence in Exporting.

Brendan earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Experience

  • Brendan has led $50M and $100M+ in brand growth for Samsonite and Hasbro, respectively.
  • He has leveraged several strategic private equity exits before pivoting to focus on helping growth-ready, emerging businesses. 

Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney is the Chief Marketing Officer of Crews & co. A strategic planner with extensive experience in content development and brand messaging, Kristen leads and executes marketing initiatives that reach emerging industry leaders and small businesses.

Her content marketing agency, Kristen Sweeney Consulting, is also the firm’s content partner, supporting clients with brand-forward content strategies that increase brand awareness and build customer loyalty. Kristen Sweeney Consulting establishes clients as industry thought leaders and ensures that content is a consistent “drumbeat” of their marketing efforts.

Kristen holds degrees from the University of Florida in Musical Theater and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and she received her Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory.

Experience

  • Kristen has used her story-building and copywriting skills to help a wide range of professional service companies in complex industries like law, healthcare, manufacturing, and consulting.
  • In addition to developing the marketing engine at Crews & co. from ground zero, Kristen also helped build the Marketing Solutions division at SaaS startup Paperless Parts.

Jen Strojin
Operations
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Jen Strojin
Operations
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Jen Strojin oversees Operations at Crews & co. Leveraging strategic and effective communication, Jen provides crucial support to stakeholders and senior executive teams. She is a natural mentor and coach who adeptly builds inspired, results-driven work communities that thrive in their roles. Engaging seamlessly across departments, Jen develops and scales processes that empower transparency and drive growth. 

Jen’s diverse expertise includes digital marketing, account management, business development, strategic planning, sales management, customer service, and negotiation. She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and passionate about world travel.

Experience

  • Previously at Aisle Rocket, Jen established progressive infrastructures for account management, adding comprehensive, iterative processes that promoted efficiency and integration throughout the organization.
  • A Cleveland, Ohio, native and 14-year Chicago resident, Jen is purpose-driven to embrace gratitude and humility through meaningful connections with people and places.

Our talented team has the experience and expertise to help you build a better business. Whether you’re working with your Growth Consultant or one of our specialized partners, we’re here to deliver the right resources exactly when you need them. Many of us own businesses or lead organizations, so we understand the full range of considerations you bring to the table as an entrepreneur, business owner, or CEO.

Jay Bacrania
Growth Consultant
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Jay Bacrania
Growth Consultant
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Jay Bacrania is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. A co-creator of the Growth Method, the firm’s proprietary business operating system, he is driven by the belief that well-run businesses can shape people’s lives in personal and meaningful ways. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Jay helps entrepreneurial teams navigate challenges, grow their organizations, and achieve even greater success. 

Jay is a Harvard College graduate who also attended Berklee College of Music for Jazz Performance.

Experience

  • A natural teacher and coach, Jay is the owner and CEO of Signet Education, a boutique educational services company that has provided premier tutoring to thousands of students since 2005. 
  • After spending many years reverse engineering processes and tools to run a better business, Jay spent several years as an EOS Implementer® before transitioning to the Growth Method in 2021.

Phil Colacchio
Growth Consultant
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Phil Colacchio
Growth Consultant
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Phil Colacchio is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. A strategic planner and creative problem solver with 20+ years of experience, he coaches individuals and businesses toward achieving their potential through sustained growth and profitability. With a special emphasis on small and midsize businesses in industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals CPG, cannabis, service and agency, sporting goods, and golf, Phil has advised companies with valuations ranging from $8M to $34B.  

Phil holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Vermont and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.

Experience

  • For five years prior to joining Crews & co., Phil oversaw rapid growth, start-up, and scale-up initiatives through roles in C-level general management and revenue leadership.
  • Phil joined the retail sales workforce at 15 years old and, by 19, was managing one of the largest independent sporting goods stores on the East Coast while attending school full-time on a full scholarship.

Isaac Foster
Growth Consultant
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Isaac Foster
Growth Consultant
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Isaac Foster is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced leader among next-generation entrepreneurs, he most recently served for five years as CEO of Bespoke Education, a Manhattan-headquartered boutique tutoring and test prep firm, following a five-year stint as the company’s COO.

Isaac is an enthusiastic linguist who speaks fluent French and Spanish as well as conversational Levantine Arabic and Portuguese.

Experience

  • After working as a schoolteacher in Harlem, Isaac led teaching teams for Kaplan Test Prep in Paris and London. 
  • Isaac is an avid runner and has completed nine marathons, including the Paris Marathon and the New York City Marathon. 

Kris Kaplan
Growth Consultant
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Kris Kaplan
Growth Consultant
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Kris Kaplan is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. At ease in both break rooms and boardrooms, Kris is a tell-it-like-it-is business coach who inspires entrepreneurs and leadership teams to dream bigger, then helps them bring their visions to life. Kris’s progressive business philosophy, combined with his bold guidance, accelerates both personal and professional development among entrepreneurs, executives, and high-performing individuals. 

Kris has been recognized for his insight and understanding throughout all levels of business, where he leverages his lived career experience to drive thoughtful innovation. He holds a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Experience

  • Kris grew his retail company, Kris & Co., from $0 to $10 million in annual revenue with almost zero attrition in an industry known for high turnover.
  • He has helped develop brands such as Kikkerland, Moleskine, Paddywax, Blue Q, and many others

Andrew Krebs-Smith
Growth Consultant
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Andrew Krebs-Smith
Growth Consultant
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Andrew Krebs-Smith is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. He custom-tailors actionable guidance to businesses within the marketing, advertising, finance, and real estate industries, coaching high-performing teams toward growth and sustained value. 

A former founder and owner/operator himself, Andrew leverages the successful growth and sale of his company to offer a wealth of business insight to his clients. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University and an MBA from Babson College.

Experience

  • For three years in a row, Boston highlighted Andrew’s agency, Social Fulcrum, as one of the city’s fastest-growing companies, prior to its 2019 acquisition by Target Data Corporation. 
  • Before progressing to the Growth Method, Andrew practiced as a Certified EOS Implementer®.
  • Andrew lives in Pennsylvania with his wonderful family.
Heather Schmidt
Growth Consultant
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Heather Schmidt
Growth Consultant
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Heather Schmidt is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. Goal-focused and growth-minded, Heather’s work is fueled by an unwavering belief in the duality of personal development and professional success. 

Heather honed her coaching acumen throughout 12+ years of entrepreneurship and leadership in hospitality, food and beverage, retail, design, and fitness companies. She excels at helping leaders emerge from their day-to-day business operations to grow thriving organizations and attain their full potential.

She is a voracious endurance trail runner, cyclist, and outdoor adventure enthusiast.

Experience

  • Trained as a pastry chef and artisanal baker, Heather launched Union Square Donuts in 2012, successfully growing the brand to multiple locales.
  • Heather has also held leadership positions at Thompson Island Outward Bound, Flour Bakery, and Seattle Coffee Works.
  • Heather has been featured by Boston Landing, Cambridge Naturals, Fresh Collective, Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), NPR, Boston Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, and other noteworthy organizations.
Maggie So
Growth Consultant
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Maggie So
Growth Consultant
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Maggie So is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced finance, accounting, and operations professional, Maggie helps small to midsize companies build scalable infrastructure for growth. Passionate about people, processes, and platforms, she is a natural problem solver with a gift for navigating challenges to progress.

As a leadership coach, Maggie embraces a holistic perspective that derives from extensive experience supporting venture-backed software companies throughout their accounting, finance, operations, client services, human resources, and marketing departments. Maggie holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Cal State Fullerton.

Experience

  • Maggie is the owner of Glasshopper, Inc., an outsourced financial services firm, and works as a fractional CFO in addition to her work as a management consultant.
  • Her background includes experience in software, aerospace, cybersecurity, advertising, ecommerce, and more. 
  • An ardent reader, Maggie shares her home with one dog and two cats who frequently eavesdrop on her Zoom meetings. She is happiest when connecting with others about life, business, and food.

Pascal Tellier
Growth Consultant
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Pascal Tellier
Growth Consultant
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Pascal Tellier is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. An accomplished C-suite executive, Pascal has a gift for identifying businesses with extraordinary growth potential. He pinpoints problem areas and develops multistage strategies that increase efficiency, strengthen company culture, and enhance enterprise valuations. 

By parsing what a company is not from what it can be, Pascal enables clients to articulate their vision and hone in on their niche. He collaborates to bridge gaps in personnel, resource management, and strategy implementation, leveraging OKRs to ensure enterprise-wide alignment and accountability. 

Pascal received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa before earning an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queens University.

Experience

  • A five-time founder with 25 years of career experience, Pascal is known for hand-picking high-performing teams, obtaining tens of millions of dollars in company funding, exploiting growth opportunities that dramatically increased enterprise valuations, and building double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR). 
  • Pascal has served both the public and private sectors in computer engineering and executive management, and he has achieved multiple profitable exits subsequent to his entrepreneurial and investment endeavors.

Ryan Villanueva
Growth Consultant
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Ryan Villanueva
Growth Consultant
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Ryan Villanueva is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. the co-founder of Best Delegate, a K-12 education company that creates student leaders through Model United Nations. He is committed to helping companies succeed while also acting as a force for good in the world.

Ryan has hands-on experience helping businesses achieve growth, profitability, and maximum social impact. A highly sought-after consultant, Ryan routinely advises the United Nations, national governments, foundations, and school districts. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Yale University.

Experience

  • Before pivoting to Crews & co.’s Growth Method in 2021, Ryan was a Professional EOS Implementer® with lived experience utilizing proprietary operating systems to achieve company growth. 
  • A resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, Ryan is an active member of the Boston chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), where he previously served as president. 

Stephen Webster
Growth Consultant
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Stephen Webster
Growth Consultant
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Stephen Webster is a Growth Consultant at Crews & co. His fearless approach enables companies to capitalize on growth opportunities, solve sales and operational challenges, and eliminate business complexity. Guiding his clients to define clear strategies and defy conventions, Stephen helps leaders and their teams exceed their personal and professional goals by aligning purpose, people, and process.

Stephen received a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Iona College and holds an MBA in Financial Management from the same institution. He also earned his Talent Optimization Consultant Certification from The Predictive Index.

Experience

  • Stephen’s industry experience includes technology, artificial intelligence, consumer packaged goods, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer marketing, and SAAS in high-growth, global enterprise, and start-up environments. 
  • With over three decades of executive leadership and in-the-trenches business experience, Stephen is a skilled facilitator, strategist, and operational expert. 

Our talented team has the experience and expertise to help you build a better business. Whether you’re working with your Growth Consultant or one of our specialized partners, we’re here to deliver the right resources exactly when you need them. Many of us own businesses or lead organizations, so we understand the full range of considerations you bring to the table as an entrepreneur, business owner, or CEO.

Jennifer Hernan
Finance Consultant
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Jennifer Hernan
Finance Consultant
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Jennifer Hernan is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. With 20 years of experience helping companies achieve their growth goals, Jennifer treats her clients’ businesses like her own, going above and beyond to guide teams through whatever challenges arise. She has worked extensively with industries including restaurant, real estate, manufacturing, and small business services, and she derives immense fulfillment from contributing to her client companies’ successes.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University, Jennifer achieved both her Professional Bookkeeper and Quickbooks Specialist designations from The Universal Accounting Center.

Experience

  • Prior to joining Crews & co., Jennifer managed workflows and virtual bookkeeping operations for 10 years, providing day-to-day accounting services, quality control oversight for financial reporting, and client assistance with cloud accounting integrations. 
  • A Cleveland Browns fan and avid crafter, Jennifer enjoys watching her daughter’s sports events with her husband of 14 years and playing with the family’s chocolate lab.

Charles Li
Finance Consultant
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Charles Li
Finance Consultant
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Charles Li is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. An experienced controller, Charles uses his skills in reporting, budget, forecasting, and analysis to generate financial insights that drive efficiency and profitability within organizations.

Charles provides financial acumen and accountability for clients who may not have the budget or need for a full-time controller or CFO. He is known for his analytical skills and business acumen, keen attention to detail, and unswerving commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal service. Charles is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Experience

  • In addition to his fractional work, Charles is the controller for CE Painting, one of the largest commercial painting companies in New England.
  • He is highly experienced in corporate finance and spent many years as Financial Controller for Innovation Group, a large Carlyle Group-owned company.

Ryan Lohan
Finance Consultant
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Ryan Lohan
Finance Consultant
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Ryan Lohan is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. A gifted financial analyst with a passion for investing, he embraces challenging goals and finds fulfillment in designing complex models to achieve innovative solutions for his clients. He is drawn to special projects that leverage his creative approach to budgetary management and monthly dashboard development. 

A cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Ryan brings progressive professionalism to the team.

Experience

  • Ryan’s background includes in-depth experience in financial analysis, research, and investments.
  • He is proficient in SQL, VBA, and Microsoft Office, among other industry applications.

Barbara Mosier
HR Consultant
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Barbara Mosier
HR Consultant
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Barbara Mosier is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. Bringing more than 15 years of diverse people management and human resources experience to the team, she is adept at leading recruitment operations and managing talent acquisitions. Barbara is a natural leader with extensive experience in HR compliance, policy and procedure development, performance management, performance review, recruiting, benefits administration, payroll, and employee relations. 

She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP), where she has an active membership. Exuding a focused passion for building rewarding employee experiences, Barbara is committed to understanding what matters most to people.

Experience

  • Barbara led a recruitment team responsible for increasing employee headcount from 200 to 700+ remote employees nationwide within three years.  
  • Utilizing her vast array of experience to manage all areas of human resources operations, she has held several leadership roles that directly contributed to the overall growth and success of the company.

Neil Smith
Finance Consultant
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Neil Smith
Finance Consultant
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Neil Smith is a Finance Consultant at Crews & co. A skilled CFO and strategic analyst adept at bridging functional areas of management, he is motivated by working with entrepreneurs and helping them develop their concepts and companies successfully. 

Throughout his 20 years in finance, Neil has served various industries, including construction, commercial real estate, technology, and CP. He holds an MBA.

Experience

  • Neil’s financial and operational roles have included EVP, CFO, COO, and Controller. 
  • A loving husband and father of three, Neil loves traveling, hiking, and theater. 

Our talented team has the experience and expertise to help you build a better business. Whether you’re working with your Growth Consultant or one of our specialized partners, we’re here to deliver the right resources exactly when you need them. Many of us own businesses or lead organizations, so we understand the full range of considerations you bring to the table as an entrepreneur, business owner, or CEO.

Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney
Chief Marketing Officer and Content Partner
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Kristen Sweeney is the Chief Marketing Officer of Crews & co. A strategic planner with extensive experience in content development and brand messaging, Kristen leads and executes marketing initiatives that reach emerging industry leaders and small businesses.

Her content marketing agency, Kristen Sweeney Consulting, is also the firm’s content partner, supporting clients with brand-forward content strategies that increase brand awareness and build customer loyalty. Kristen Sweeney Consulting establishes clients as industry thought leaders and ensures that content is a consistent “drumbeat” of their marketing efforts.

Kristen holds degrees from the University of Florida in Musical Theater and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and she received her Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory.

Experience

  • Kristen has used her story-building and copywriting skills to help a wide range of professional service companies in complex industries like law, healthcare, manufacturing, and consulting.
  • In addition to developing the marketing engine at Crews & co. from ground zero, Kristen also helped build the Marketing Solutions division at SaaS startup Paperless Parts.

Derek Mohamed
Wealth Management Partner
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Derek Mohamed
Wealth Management Partner
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Derek Mohamed is the Managing Director of Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management and a partner of Crews and co. Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management helps business owners manage their wealth from a financial and tax standpoint. The firm is dedicated to helping successful individuals and families address the great concerns of their financial lives, including preserving wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of heirs, ensuring asset retention, and charitable giving.

Derek is a highly credentialed Wealth Management Advisor who has extensive experience assisting business leaders and entrepreneurs with the complexities of illiquidity, M&A transactions, life-changing liquidity events, and other unique challenges. He holds numerous professional designations, including CEPA, CPWA®, AAMS®, and CRPC®, and he has been named to the prestigious Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list several times.

Derek is also passionate about health and fitness and  won the world championship as part of Team CrossFit New England at the 2011 CrossFit Games. He holds a degree from Assumption College and has trained at the College for Financial Planning and Investments and Wealth Institute.

Experience

  • Over the last 20 years, Derek has successfully built an experienced team to help address affluent clients’ biggest concerns: preserving their wealth, mitigating taxes, taking care of their heirs, helping to ensure that their assets aren’t unjustly taken, and charitable giving.
  • A longtime Crews & co. client, Derek generated over 200% growth in his own company, Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management, in just five years.

Heidi Berger
Process Partner
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Heidi Berger
Process Partner
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Heidi Berger is Co-Creator of Process Optimizer™ where she brings a passion for analytics and helping businesses understand the “why” behind solutions. Process Optimizer™ is a team of expert facilitators who will help your organization define, document and OPTIMIZE your Core Processes so you’ll have consistent outcomes, happy employees, delighted customers, and increased profitability.

Heidi has spent her career analyzing and improving operations for companies in a variety of industries, with over 10 years at P.F. Chang’s, where she held roles as VP of Planning and Analysis, VP of Financial Operations and Risk, and most recently VP of Business Transformation. Heidi has also been in a variety of senior management roles in retail, distribution and restaurant firms where she focused on Finance, Operations, Risk, Treasury and Supply Management. Her roles have helped C-suite leaders guide strategy and make better decisions while also helping coach and mentor those directly affecting the customer. Heidi has a gift for translating the complex nature of numbers and analysis into meaningful, actionable ideas that can be executed.

Experience

  • In addition to her work as a coach and consultant, Heidi is also a Green Belt in Lean principles, helps entrepreneurial businesses achieve operational excellence in their core processes to optimize execution. Creating scorecards and dashboards are key drivers in her approach.
  • As a Certified Management Accountant with an MBA in International Operations, Heidi has both the intellectual capacity and the real-world experience to bring meaningful, detailed change to the Process Optimizer™’s clients.

John Schnauck
Executive Search Partner
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John Schnauck
Executive Search Partner
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John is the Founder and President of Broadreach Staffing Solutions, a Boston-based recruitment firm that  specializes in executive search for high growth businesses. With a team of highly experienced staffing professionals that prides itself on real-world experience, Broadreach has a long track record of successfully placing accomplished professionals in senior-level roles with brand name organizations.

John’s vision for Broadreach began during an extended sailing adventure with his wife and two children. While sailing more than 4,000 nautical miles together, John formulated his plans to return to his most fulfilling business experience – the recruitment industry. 

Broadreach was founded on the principles John values most: building long-lasting relationships with clients and saving them time. The company specializes in retained search for difficult-to-fill roles and requirements. While Broadreach works with a wide range of industries, they primarily focus on serving high-growth companies.

Experience

  • John has previously held senior leadership roles at leading technology companies including Skillsoft, Pulse Learning, and Winxnet.
  • In addition to his background in recruitment, John has also worked as an account executive and in sales.

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