Beyond CEO Coaching

You are not alone

Every CEO needs a coach.

Our coaches have at least 10 years CEO experience in businesses between $10M and over $1B. We’ve already been there and done that… Now, let us coach you.

Our Vision at Beyond CEO Coaching is that Every Black CEO Who Wants a Coach Will Get One.

 

“We Cannot Walk Alone” -MLK

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Coaching Black CEOs To Success

Beyond CEO Coaching provides Black CEOs of public, private and non-profit organizations one-on-one coaching to help you run and grow your business to success. We will focus on ten key areas:

Company culture; people; leadership; strategic planning / execution; operational planning /execution; problem solving; networking; cash, P&L, and capital raises; balance; and exits. Contact us and we can start working with you next week.

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“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”

Nelson Mandela

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”

Abraham Lincoln

“We cannot, we should not walk alone”

Martin Luther King

Our Awesome Core Agenda

There are countless reasons why Beyond CEO Coaching is better than the rest, but here is why our work is so important.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Founding Partners and Advisory Board have developed a one-on-one coaching program specifically for black CEOs.

Daphne Dufresne

Co-Founder

Daphne Dufresne is a Managing Partner of the largest black owned private equity firm GenNx360. With an excess of $1-Billion dollars in investor commitments, she brings extensive investment experience to the firm and is engaged in all aspects of the firm’s investment
activities and portfolio management.
Daphne was a founding partner and a Managing Director of RLJ Equity Partners. She was responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments, the day to day management of the firm including fundraising and she sat on the firm’s four-person Investment Committee which made final investment decisions. Daphne was Chairman of the Board of Directors of both Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company and Media Source Inc. until they were successfully sold. She was also member of the Board of Directors of portfolio company LAI International and led the investment in J&J Africa.
Prior to RLJ Equity Partners, Daphne was a Partner with Parish Capital Advisors, a $1-billion fund of funds where she initiated and led their direct investment program. Prior, she was a Principal at Weston Presidio, a diversified private equity fund managing $4.4 billion of assets under management. She began her investment career as an Associate Director in the Bank of Scotland’s Structured Finance Group, focusing on management buyouts in Europe. Prior to that, Daphne served as an Associate in Accenture’s (formerly Andersen Consulting) Strategic Services Group.
Daphne earned her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. She is happily married with three children.

Andre Lynch

Co-Founder

André L. Lynch was the founder and CEO of Ingenium Corporation, a highly successful IT managed services and strategy company for Government, healthcare, and utilities, which he led for over 25 years until his exit in 2018. Growing the company to over 300 employees, Ingenium was recognized multiple times by Inc. Magazine as being one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the US, by Deloitte and Touche as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in the US, and personally by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Maryland. He has been recognized and honored by the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) for his outstanding leadership in multiple roles including as Chairman of the Washington DC / Baltimore and North Eastern U.S. Regional Board of Directors. A Member of YPO since 2000, Andre also played a key role in re-energizing the Black YPO Network, facilitating the increase and connecting of Black CEO’s across the global YPO community.

Andre is now a highly respected coach to CEO’s working across diverse industries at various stages of development. Andre has also dedicated his time and resources to multiple causes, including religious institutions, Habitat for Humanity, public schools, youth sports, and more. He sees his contribution primarily as a model of entrepreneurship matched with community stewardship. Lynch has attributed his career growth to a healthy mix of realizing the value in opportunity, powerful team talent, and an incomparable vision for success—imagined early on, and enacted every day on behalf of customers, team, and community.

Tom Gregg

Co-Founder

Over 25 years of CEO experience in government /defense, technology, food manufacturing, restaurants, and China. Tom is a goal setting, serial entrepreneur who believes in discipline and focus in achieving those goals. He has been very successful following the principle of keeping it as simple and understandable as possible. Coaching has always been Tom’s passion and
management style.

Tom currently co-owns and co-operates a successful restaurant group in the Washington DC area. Tom bootstrapped his first software company at age twenty-seven with $10,000 and grew it to number 134 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies, and was one of the Deloitte Fast 500 fastest growing tech companies for four straight years. After ten years and only one capital raise, Tom was able to successfully sell his company to a leading international security software company. During that time, Tom also owned a company in Shenzhen, China doing primarily commercial real estate management, and it was one the few wholly foreign owned entities in China at that time.

As a hired-gun President of a publicly-traded, international food manufacturing business, Tom helped grow the company stock price from $.30 when he arrived to $7.15 when he daparted. At the end of his tenure, Tom temporarily moved his family to Paris to lead an upscale food brand featuring some of the most famous chefs in the world. Tom has served on a number of for profit and non-profit boards to include the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Among many long-distance hikes, Tom successfully hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail averaging a marathon a day for 85 consecutive days in 2017, and he recently authored a book about the experience, A Cool Breeze on The Appalachian Trail, which utilized the strategy and lessons he has learned in business. Tom is an ultra-marathoner and has run in the Army Ten Miler in Washington DC fifteen consecutive years, and he qualified for and ran in the Boston Marathon at the age of fifty.

Tom has been a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) for over twenty years including many years of leadership on the local and regional Boards. Prior to that, he was a member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). Tom is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Washington DC Area, and he co-hosted a local radio show that coached entrepreneurs to start-up and run businesses. He also co-hosted a podcast for the NFL Players Association on transitioning to business after football. Tom has fifteen years of experience coaching youth sports and Special Olympics (soccer, basketball and running). Tom has taught at universities in Shanghai and Chengdu China.

Shreedhar Shah

Co-Founder

Shreedhar is currently the Founder and CEO of Pioneer Power Group, an electrical engineering company which operates in 30 states. He previously owned and was CEO of another electrical engineering firm - Shah & Associates, Inc. which he sold in 2019. During his tenure he grew the company 12x, consistently had the company ranked by EC&M Magazine ranked as one of the “Top 40 Electrical Design Firms” and was named to the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies.
Firmly believing in giving back to the minority community, his experience includes sitting on the Board of Directors of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Maryland – Capital Region. This organization facilitates business opportunities between large Fortune 500 companies and local, small, and disadvantaged firms. In 2011 he was awarded the Chairman’s Award for his significant contributions to the efforts of the council as they related to MOU-16 and the legislation at WSSC regarding small businesses.
He has served previously on the Board of Directors of Liberty’s Promise, an organization that supports immigrant youth in the local area by providing internship, employment, and general business/life training to facilitate their entry into this country.
He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Finance from The Ohio State University.

Janet Hill

Advisory Board

Ms. Hill serves on the Board of Directors of the Carlyle Group, the largest US private equity firm.

She also serves as Principal at Hill Family Advisors and a vice president of Hill Ventures, Inc.

From 1981 until her retirement in 2010, Ms. Hill was co-owner of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hill is also a director of Esquire Bank.

Ms. Hill is a former director of Dean Foods Company, Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation and The Wendy's Company. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Duke University and the Wolf Trap Foundation.

Ms. Hill graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and received a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from the Graduate School of the University of Chicago.

Melvin E. Clark, Jr., Esquire

Advisory Board

Mr. Clark was the founding owner, president and CEO of the Metroplex Corporation. Metroplex was founded in 1983, and became the premier minority rail construction contractor in the United States. Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, Metroplex established a national reputation of excellence. It was sold to the British construction and engineering firm, Balfour Beatty in 2000.

He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc.

Mr. Clark has received Presidential Appointments to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, the Board of Governors of the United Service Organization and the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Clark was a private sector representative for the U.S. Department of State at the United Nations Trade and Development Conference in South Africa; a member of President’s Clinton’s White House Mission to Africa as well as a part of TransAfrica Forum’s trip to Haiti. Working closely with the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Clark is very active in Democratic politics. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Clark recommended and formulated the creation of the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program, whereby minority 8(a) companies could be mentored by larger companies to compete in today’s marketplace. Today, the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program has been replicated throughout the federal agency system. Metroplex and G.W. Peoples signed the first Mentor-Protégé Agreement with the SBA. Currently an aggressive advocate for small and disadvantaged business concerns, Mr. Clark acts as an advisor to the White House Task Force on Small and Disadvantaged Business, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21th Century Council.

Mr. Clark holds a degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, a law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, and a Master’s Degree from the Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.

Mo Fathelbab

Advisory Board

Mo Fathelbab has worked with over 20,000 CEOs and Entrepreneurs over the course of nearly 3 decades in 33 countries. Mo is founder and president of Forum Resources Network and co- founder of Harvard Business School Alumni Forums. He is author of two best-selling books, Forum: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders and The Friendship Advantage – 7 Keys to Building Relationships that Transform Culture and Drive Productivity. Prior to that Mo served as executive director of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (1991-1997) where he created the peer to peer Forum program content initiated 100s of CEO Forums.

Mo regularly speaks to groups of CEOs and their C suite as well as to chapters of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) as well as audiences of more than 500 attendees. He has a popular TEDx talk and has appeared on many TV shows and podcasts as well as in many newspapers.

Hartley Thompson

Advisory Board

Hartley is a software executive with a proven ability to lead a technology company through multiple growth phases. He was the President of B-Line Medical, a medical simulation company, until it was acquired by Laerdal Medical in 2019. He is the founder and President of the Thompson Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to address the immediate and long-term needs of individuals, particularly vulnerable children, through providing charitable support and relief to communities experiencing hardships due to natural disaster, economic, public health, or societal crises around the world; and Sun-Sea Enterprises, an investment firm that actively assists in the growth of early-stage and lower middle market companies in similar industries. He is also COO of Perception Health, a data insight company that uncovers patterns in care teams, care delivery, and care outcomes to create healthier communities at lower total cost.

Hartley is a member and is on the DC/Baltimore Board of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). Hartley holds a BS degree in Management Information Systems from Liberty University.

Kojo Mills

Advisory Board

As managing partner of the Invictus Africa Group, Kodwo (Kojo) Mills connects investors with fund opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. Kojo Mills founded the company in 2011 and has taken an active role in sourcing both opportunities and capital while simultaneously providing advice and board services to managers of portfolio companies.
Kojo Mills comes to the role at Invictus following success as cofounder, managing
director, and acting CEO of the Shanduka Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Mills established the Shanduka Group in 2001 after leading as vice president at the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Kojo Mills entered the financial services industry as an analyst at Salomon Brothers after earning his bachelor of arts degree in economics at Georgetown University. Mr. Mills subsequently received an MBA at Harvard Business School, where he was a Toigo Scholar.
Continually involved in advocating for economic development in the African continent, Kojo Mills balances his professional responsibilities with service as a board member of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Foundation. Since 2012, the foundation has contributed to the education of children who come from challenging circumstances in Ghana.
Before Beyond CEO Coaching

Many black CEOs of companies both large and small feel that they have to go it alone; find their own way; out work & out hustle the competition.

With Beyond CEO Coaching

Our CEOs will have the opportunity to propel their companies to higher heights through one-on-one coaching from business leaders who have been there & done that. You are not alone.

Beyond CEO Coaching

Our coaches are committed to coaching both large companies and small.  For our smaller clients we realize that costs may be a factor and so we welcome sponsorship to cover or reduce the cost.

Reaching Our Goals

Our goal is for every black CEO who wants a coach to have a coach. You can help us reach that goal by sponsoring one or more CEO’s coaching costs.

A Win – Win Situation

You may be a company or organization that has many minority companies in your
supply chain. This will be a win for them and your company as well.

Mutual Beliefs

You may be an individual or group who shares the same beliefs that we do… We need more black leaders in order help make the changes necessary for fairness and diversity.

Sponsorships

We are not a non-profit business. However, your sponsorship will go directly to cost of the coaching for one or more CEOs specified or not specified.