Our Values

• Integrated Teaming
• Lifelong Learning
• Compassionate Growth
• Continuous Improvement
• Unique Contribution
• High Achievement
• Thoughtful Leadership

Elizabeth Lake Ledoux

Consultant

Colorado, US

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Elizabeth was born into a long line of entrepreneurs and grew up appreciating the importance of educating and developing the next generations of owners and entrepreneurs. With over 24 years of experience with small to medium-size growth enterprises, she has worked with owners to develop sustained business value growth in both the United States and Canada through entrepreneurial development, focused operational efficiency, effective management team development, and enhanced financial management, measurement and accountability. She has compassionately and effectively taken hundreds of privately-held business owners and their management teams to the next level as they seek to experience accelerated growth, improve their business value, and navigate the process of successful business succession.

Alongside her team at vNacelle, she has created The Entrepreneurial Flight® model – acknowledged as leading-edge thinking for private businesses by a number of leaders and faculty at the Harvard Business School – and also serves as an international speaker, instructor, and the chair for the international chapter of the Women President’s Organization (WPO) in Denver, Colorado.

Elizabeth graduated with honors from the Colorado School of Mines, with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Elizabeth worked at top companies such as Microsoft, Mobil Oil and Union Oil. Later down the road, Elizabeth became a founding partner of ROCG – a full-service international business advisory and consulting firm, and her Colorado firm was voted one of “The Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses of 2003” by Colorado Biz Magazine.

Dawn Dorsch

Consultant and myBVA Group Chair

Colorado, US

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Dawn believes in the my vNacelle mission: Grow, Reignite and Empower the Entrepreneurial Spirit around the world. Having worked with entrepreneurs in small businesses from her teenage years to now, she understands the contributions these businesses make to the community and the overall economy. With my vNacelle, Dawn is fortunate to facilitate and mentor entrepreneurs through the myBVA Groups as a Chair. Thus, allowing her to contribute to the success of many more small businesses.

In addition to her work experience with entrepreneurs in many capacities, she has also worked for large corporations in the retail and high technology sectors. In these companies, she worked with suppliers, engineers, buyers, managers and team members to ensure the highest customer satisfaction no matter the product being delivered. Dawn’s strength areas include process development/documenting, supplier management, team development, and employee training.

In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, playing tennis, and reading plus volunteering her business skills and time with her sons’ Boy Scout Troop.

Jimmy Taylor

Consultant and myBVA Group Chair

Fort Worth, TX

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As business owners we often live our lives on the edge, immersed in day to day operations and sometimes hindered by our own blindspots. Accelerating the growth of our enterprise is inseparably linked to accelerating our individual growth – and then extending that development into our organization as we develop an entrepreneurial team.

My passion is to partner with entrepreneurs and business leaders in a way that helps them reach the possible, not only in business, but in all areas of their life.

As a serial entrepreneur I have seen all sides of the business life cycle, from idea to execution and company sale. I have also had a few failures along the way. Having an avenue for growth, development and counsel is key to improving execution, and execution is the ballgame in business. Sometimes growth comes through individual coaching, sometimes it is in a peer group setting. Either way, this structured support helps us accelerate our own success, and we in turn help others accelerate theirs. Nothing guarantees success, but we can do a lot to “put the odds in our favor”!

David C. Fischer, CPA, CFA

Consultant and myBVA Group Chair

St Louis, MO

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Dave is a Consultant with vNacelle International Organization and Senior Advisor for Arête High Performance Advisors where he focuses on strategic planning, strategic execution, and financial management for private companies.

Dave has been truly blessed in his career as this has spanned from a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company to founder of a start-up. His experience with strategic planning, team building, finance, and capital markets makes him an ideal advisor for your business. Dave will work with your team on the vNacelle Business Value Accelerator and other tools to help your company achieve its growth and financial goals. Dave is also significantly involved in the continued development of Arête’s Design Your Exceptional Company framework.

Dave served as Chief Investment Officer at Fortune 500 Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) from 2007-2013, and head of Global Portfolio Management from 2004-7. While there he led the team and built the capabilities to enable RGA to grow from $8 Billion in invested assets to $32 Billion. At RGA, Dave was key member of the RGA strategic planning team. He executed these plans capably, building the investment team from 18 to 65 professionals, utilizing extensive new third-party asset managers, and broadening the investment profile in asset classes, and geographies, to enable RGA to achieve its global expansion goals.

In 2013-2014, Dave was a national thought leader for the reform of 401k plans, as he collaborated with think tank scholars and other retirement plan experts on the necessary reforms of defined contribution pension plans. His product idea, The Common k, put together the best practices from these collaborations. His work here pushed the industry forward in making standard most of these recommendations.

Dave has over thirty years of experience in the investment advisory, financial analysis and accounting professions, serving in wealth management and institutional services at Buckingham Asset Management, Co-founder of Capstone Advisors, and Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Lincoln National Corp.

Dave also currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Washington University’s Olin Business School. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and became a Certified Public Accountant while with Touche Ross & Co. Dave has an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a BS in Accounting from the University of Evansville.

Dave’s family is his biggest blessing, having been married for 34 years to Melissa. Melissa works as Medical Technologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the Virology Lab. Melissa is also a passionate beekeeper and Master Gardener. They have three children, John, a paramedic at Christian Hospital in St. Louis; Kristen, a soon-to-be Nurse Practitioner in St. Louis, and Kara, a Software Consultant in Boulder CO.

Karen Kersey

Consultant and myBVA Group Chair

Grand Cayman

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Karen loves working with courageous leaders that dare to go where they have not gone before; leaders that want to achieve more for themselves, for their businesses, and for the people in them. She’s the talent that bravely goes towards the areas of business that others tend to avoid, rolls up her sleeves, and addresses issues head on to achieve higher performance.

Working in the hospitality field for five years, she developed a reputation for her drive, leadership and service abilities within the Hyatt organization. Ten years ago, Karen joined DMS in an operational capacity. Her ability to quickly deliver exceptional results led her to be promoted within the company numerous times, including her final post as Senior Vice President, where she served as a leader of leaders.

With a strong background in strategic and operational leadership, Karen helps teams assess situations, address challenges, find solutions, and execute plans, while providing executives and managers with the direction, leadership, guidance and tools to help them perform at their very best.

Originally from Canada, Karen lives in Grand Cayman with her husband and three dogs. She maintains an active role in the community, using her skills to benefit Rotary and Big Brothers Big Sisters. When she isn\’t working or reading, you can likely find Karen at the gym, walking the dogs, and even singing karaoke now and then.

M.J.V (Mac) Bourassa (AAA) hon, ICD.D

Consultant and myBVA Group Chair

Calgary, Alberta CA

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Mac retired in 2004 following a 33 year career with the PCL family of companies. He began his career with PCL as an assistant superintendent and his career progressed to the position of regional president. Following a 1 year retirement, he became a TEC Chair. As a coach, mentor and thinking partner to 18 CEO’s and Senior Executives, his role was to assist in their making better decisions, being better leaders and achieving better results. In 2011 Mac successfully transitioned his TEC group to a new chair. He was an Executive Advisor and Coach to Senior Executives on 2 large Ledcor Construction projects (The $1 billion Bow Project in Calgary, Ab and the $500 million Honua Kai Project in Hawaii). Mac has extensive experience as a facilitator for Strategic planning, team-building and alignment processes, as well as providing mediation services in the private sector.

Kriss

Simpson

VP Business Development

Colorado, US

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Kriss has Extensive sales and marketing expertise in transformation organizations. She has helped lead teams and projects from strategy through successful implementation. She has trained and developed teams at all levels and industries. She effectively liaisons between staff and executives ensuring actions and communications to execute corporate plans and reach goals.

Kriss graduated with a BS in Psychology and has her MBA in Organizational Development and Marketing from McColl School of Business at Queens College.

Micah

Taylor

Project Manager

Texas, US

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Micah is an expert at creating new processes and procedures to effectively implement and manage needed controls to resolve problems or issues standing in the way of success. She is exceptionally talented at interpreting the iMAP and helping people identify obstacles limiting their growth!  Micah graduated with a BAS, Business and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University.