Who We Are
At Chief Growth Officers, we offer a range of consulting services, all designed to help your company reach its potential. Whether you’re looking for a small tweak or complete overhaul, we have you covered. Our services are available a la carte so you can get precisely what you need.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Rebecca York, CEO
Rebecca York’s professional experience includes finance, sales, marketing, business development and operations. She has a unique perspective on how the parts of your business need to work together to create and sustain growth. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in sales and relationship management and has worked as an executive coach with sales professionals. Rebecca is also a full time member of the faculty of the University of Central Florida in the College of Business. Rebecca has a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and an MBA from Columbia University.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Ric Cieslak, COO
Ric Cieslak has held positions of Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. His work experience includes financial planning and budgeting, cash flow management, asset management, financial reporting/analysis, organizational development, contract negotiation, and Human Resources management. He has had an accomplished management career and brings to Clients over 30 years of measurable achievements in corporate accounting and finance with concentration in the Agriculture, Construction, and Manufacturing arena. He has partnered finance with key business operations to achieve sustainable cost reductions, process redesign, revenue growth, and profit improvement. He utilizes his combined strategic planning and technical financial qualifications with strong business management, negotiation, communication, and leadership skills to achieve corporate goals.
About the Chief Growth Officer: David Pearl, CFO
David A Pearl is a do what it takes financial executive with extensive experience in managing Financial, Administrative, Human Resources, IT and Operational functions. Ethics and professional courtesy guide David’s business practices as he strives to do what is best, while a strong education (Stetson University BBA, MAcc) allow him to offer a broad array of tested and proven strategies for bringing their businesses forward. He has created highly effective five-year strategic plans and exit strategies for numerous businesses, while also being able to increase incremental profits. He has helped troubled companies turn around by creating long-term plans that help them become and remain profitable.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Stephen Kaplan
Stephen obtained a corporate role very soon after graduating from Emory Law School and immediately absorbed himself in a full range of business operations, through management of HR, IRM, Procurement, Pricing, and Product Creation.
He has 17 years of experience across several verticals and is a self-described “change addict” who blends the analytical skills of corporate counsel with the operational experience to create business vision and execute quickly against that vision.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Rick Perry
Rick Perry has been an active CFO for over 25 years to several high profile Central Florida companies. He has served in various industries including banking, architecture, engineering, telecommunications, technology, financial services and software. Most of Rick’s companies have been entrepreneurial based and high growth oriented. In the majority of these companies he was not only responsible for Finance and Accounting but also Human Resources, Legal, Facilities, Purchasing, and IT. Rick’s experience includes strong merger and acquisition skills, succession planning, capital and financing arrangements, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, process improvement, mentorship to team members, building strong fiscal and financial support structures, and thinking outside the box for new and creative solutions. Having worked in both public and private companies (including private equity or investor backed) he understands the nuances of how they operate and how they differ. Rick is a quick study when it comes to gaining the vision of a company and then shares in the implementation of that almost immediately. He has a Bachelor Degree from Stetson University in Accounting and a Masters Degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant with the State of Florida.
About the Chief Growth Officer: John Eicher
John Eicher is a high-energy financial executive with extensive experience in managing Financial, Administrative, Legal, IT and Operational functions. John is a Florida CPA and was the Chief Financial Officer for a $500+ Million retailer for over 15 years. He has solved complex business problems and motivated teams to achieve extraordinary performance levels. John is a big picture person who is able to hone in on details. He’s focused on the bottom line yet understands that businesses get results through people. He values communications, teamwork and maximizing shareholder value.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Robert Staats
Robert (Bob) Staats is a financial executive with 40 years of experience at both large and small/high-growth companies, focusing on supporting development and efficient management of financial organizations as well as profitable company growth, often in hectic/challenging environments. Recently Chief Financial Officer of a $250 million telecommunications equipment distributor, Bob is experienced in a broad range of financial disciplines and related management. His unique mix of experience contributes to his track record of successful fact-finding, key-issue identification, implementation of business and financial solutions, and related development and training of financial staff. Bob has held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and Controller, along with public company, public accounting, and acquisitions due diligence and transition experience. Robert graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington, and is a licensed CPA in Florida and Washington state.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Susan Robertson
Susan is a seasoned veteran in strategy and innovation. Her mission is to sharpen creative thinking, to produce real results. Some of the world’s largest corporations have called on Susan to consult on growth initiatives, strategy, and culture.
The NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center hosted Susan as a keynote speaker at the annual Innovation Expo, and Susan speaks frequently about business innovation across the U.S. and around the globe. She teaches a popular course in creative thinking and organizational success at Harvard University, and is a senior faculty member at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute, the world’s largest and longest-running creative thinking conference.
Clients have included include Georgia Pacific, Kashi, PPG, Kellogg’s, Pepsiso, Clorox, Bank of America, Novartis, PetCo, AstraZeneca, P&G, Wells Fargo, Marriott, Chase, and HGTV, among others.
About the Chief Growth Officer: Don Harris
Donald A. Harris is a marketing and business development expert with a proven track record driving organizations marketing strategy, corporate identity, sales, communications, and messaging. Don helps companies of all sizes to achieve market success through specific strategies designed to out-market, out-sell and out-service the competition. He has led major, award-winning sales and marketing initiatives for several of the nation’s largest financial software services companies and leverages his broad industry experience and deep skills in strategic planning, marketing, sales and business development consulting to establish strategic goals for sustainable growth and profitability. Don is passionate about client service, organizational health, and helping organizations achieve their strategic business objectives.