Our Team

Our coaching and consulting team includes exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and experts, carefully selected for their skill sets, experience, values, and empathic personalities.

Rob Lederer | Mitchell Pines | Michelle Gibson | Stuart Sidle | John D’Aquila | Hope McGrath

Rob Lederer: Founder, President, and Senior Leadership Coach

Rob is passionate about helping business owners, leaders, and visionaries get the right things on and off their plates, build team and organization, and free themselves to achieve and fulfill their goals. Having grown up in his family’s imprinting, manufacturing, and service business, and helping manage its growth from 90-450 employees in six years, ownership and leadership are part of his DNA.

Rob is an entrepreneur and visionary in his own right, founding the strategic, management, and organizational consulting/coaching business Management Resources in 2002. His team has helped grow hundreds of leaders, and helped their businesses grow, run well, make money, and make a difference.

Rob has coached more Inc. 500 and Inner City 100 fast growth award-winning business owners than any other business and leadership coach in the country. He comes from one himself, as an owner, employee, leader, manager, and family member. Rob has the natural ability to see the key strategic path that helps business owners “get from here to there” in managing or enabling the growth of their businesses. Highly conscious of his clients, his manner is warm and sure.

Rob is a recognized leader in the green and socially responsible business movement. Since 1992, while earning his MA in Environmental Policy at University of Chicago, Rob has been actively engaged in helping businesses “go green” – back when it was still considered “a bit unusual.” Since the early 2000’s, he has been integrally involved in various sustainable business communities: Social Venture Network (SVN), BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability).

For most of 2010, Rob served as interim President of SignaPay Ltd., a $10 million merchant services firm, processing $750 million/year in the credit card processing field. Rob is part owner of Prime Resources Corp. and serves on its board of advisors. He also served on the board of Cynergy Data. Both are Inc. 500 and Inner City 100 award-winners for fast growth.

When not biking around New York City, Rob can be found in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere, keeping an eye out for interesting rocks and minerals, flora and fauna.

 

Mitchell Pines: Senior Business Advisor

Mitchell has a demonstrated ability to recognize talented people and great business opportunities, and combine his expertise with theirs to create very successful business ventures.

A passionate believer in “doing well by doing good,” Mitchell serves as more than “just” a business advisor. He has invested his time, expertise, and occasionally money to help produce successful entrepreneurs who generate wealth via products or services that provide significant benefits to society.

In addition to his substantial executive roles in multiple ventures, his background as a Columbia Law School graduate and commercial attorney add a special perspective and expertise to his capacity to bring promising businesses to success.

Mitchell brings a passion for success to the benefit of his “partner” clients: “My excitement and professional satisfaction come from working with committed, inspired people to help them obtain their business goals. My fulfillment comes from helping others achieve theirs.”

Mitchell has worked with entrepreneurs in a wide variety of businesses for more than 35 years — including manufacturing, service, retail sales, technology, pharmaceutical, and aerospace with a recent emphasis on alternative energy — all seeking to respond to a serious societal concern through a successful business enterprise.

 

Michelle Gibson: Project Manager & Senior Consultant

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Michelle Gibson is a creative, bottom-line oriented Senior Executive with 25 years of experience, who possesses diverse experience creating extraordinary results through individuals and high-performing teams. Her expertise is in designing and executing strategic and technical initiatives to support growth, improve productivity and engagement, and increase company profits.

Michelle is deeply committed to serving triple bottom line, social mission, and environmental mission businesses, as well as other mainline enterprises. She is a 6 Sigma Black Belt and Lean expert who has leveraged these proficiencies to positively impact her employer’s bottom lines. She possesses a deep pool of best practices from leading companies such as Motorola, Dell, and Mars. Michelle was most recently employed by Icestone, as the Chief Operating Officer and President of this triple bottom line, Brooklyn manufacturer of durable surfaces made from recycled materials. She led a successful turnaround of the business across People, Processes, and Systems during her four year tenure.

Michelle founded and heads her own firm, Coast 2 Coast. She earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the University Of Miami. She has a passion for developing high performance teams and contributing to sustainability efforts which will preserve our environment for successive generations.

Outside of the workplace, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years and her two young adult sons, hiking, traveling, doing community service, and entertaining friends and family.

 

Stuart Sidle: Executive Coach and Organizational Consultant

Dr. Stuart Sidle is an expert in leadership development, organizational change, and assessment-based human resources solutions. Stuart’s passion lies in helping individuals prepare to get to the next level of leadership and assisting organizations in selecting and developing world-class management teams.

Based on his experience as a coach and consultant to dozens of organizational leaders and on his research on leadership-subordinate relations, human resource management systems, and job stress, he is frequently quoted in the news media.

Over the past three years, he has been quoted in more than 75 newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared as a guest on a number of radio programs. In addition, Stuart was recognized in 2009 by Business New Haven and was presented with their “Rising Star Award” recognizing his contributions to the city’s business community as a consultant, educator, and leader of The Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven.

Stuart’s client list includes major utilities, large non-profit organizations, start-up companies, family businesses, government agencies, and universities.

Stuart has served in both administrative leadership roles and faculty roles at universities teaching courses in leadership, human resource management, and organizational development. Currently, he is an administrative leader and faculty member at the University of New Haven. Before joining UNH, Stuart held full-time faculty appointments at DePaul University’s College of Commerce. In addition, to presenting his ideas and research on workplace issues such as job stress, work satisfaction, employee surveys, change management, and leadership development at a wide variety of companies and conferences, he has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Executives, Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Stuart received his B.A. from American University and his MA and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from DePaul University.

 

John D’Aquila: Financial Projects Manager and Interim CFO to Clients

John has over 26 years of experience with entrepreneurship as Founder, Advisor, CEO, CFO and CPA. After his initial years at the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Ernst & Young, he was one of the key executives behind Comstock Images’ growth to stand-alone offices in 5 countries, 180 employees, and eventual sale to a publicly traded entity. He led private placements of capital and sales of companies for similar businesses in the music, video and other industries.

He is most known for founding early on, in 1998, and managing one of the first multi-state online and retail store wine businesses, which he sold in 2005. Today be serves as the Managing Partner of D’Aquila Advisors, LLC, a CFO consulting firm for entrepreneurs and D’Aquila and Company, LLP, a licensed New York State CPA firm serving early stage companies and high net worth entrepreneurs with tax strategy and compliance. As a member of the Management Resources team, John provides our clients with Financial Services project work and Interim CFO services.

 

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Jim Kenefick: Senior Consultant and Executive Coach

Jim is an entrepreneur of socially responsible businesses who is a principal, partner, or chairman of four different companies: Transactis (e-billing), BetterWorld Telecom (socially responsible phone services), Evox (super-secure wireless technology for the government), and Axentia (socially responsible credit card processor). With over 19 years of experience in the dotcom/telecom industry as an entrepreneur and CEO, Jim has raised over $450 million in venture capital, managed over 600 employees and facilitated over $70 million in sales.

Jim is passionate about guiding and assisting business leaders facing similar considerations of management, growth, and change. His philosophy rests on one basic idea: being a “principle-centered leader.” He helps clients build a marquee Board of Directors, drive strategic direction, establish a strong management team, hire the most qualified staff, raise asset capital, build strategic alliances or develop the corporate/company culture.

Jim is a graduate of MIT’s Birthing of Giants program and Babson College. He guest lectures at his alma mater, George Washington University, and at Georgetown University and University of Maryland. Jim volunteers his services regionally teaching in high schools with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

When not helping businesses save the world or bring in higher revenue or both, Jim might be on a boat reading a new book or cooking up a storm for friends, catching air on a ski slope, or exploring exotic locales where he will look for the best fly-fishing spot or local golf course.

 

Hope McGrath: Life and Career Coach

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Hope McGrath is an accomplished creative professional working within the realm of fashion and art. As a multi-career “entrepreneuress,” Hope combines her love of psychology, spirituality, wellness, style, and social consciousness to her coaching.

Hope previously founded her own fashion production company, ASHA, opened a cutting edge art gallery with her husband, Brooklynite Gallery and sits on the board as Director of the non-profit organization h2 Empower, which implements positive change in Africa through education and sustainable development.

As a coach, Hope utilizes her insightful intuition, a Psychology degree (BA) and foundation as a perpetual practitioner of Engaged Buddhism into her fresh style of coaching. Hope’s holistic approach to transformation incorporates practices for mindful living, which in turn spices up your spiritual, social and professional lives. The resulting eye-opening shifts in perception ignites the client’s excitement to dream big and take major action to live their best life and love what they do.

With an accreditation from the International Coaching Federation, Hope studied under the “Leadership That Works” organization through “Coaching for Transformation” program. When Hope is not coaching, she having fun being a mom to a fabulous little girl. To sum it up, she is a tree-hugging city girl who can’t resist the dance floor and much more.