Jason Manarchuck | Growth Strategist & CEO

Manarchuck is an inventor, business founder, passionate family man, growth consultant and sales and marketing leader for the past 20+ years with a strong background in business and non-profit environments. While demonstrating a consistent track record of leading creative market breakthroughs, he deeply invests in the people around him and carries full ownership of processes and outcomes.

Business growth and development leading to new and increased sales are core to Manarchuck’s expertise. He succeeds in these areas by focusing on the fundamentals: increase market share by leveraging strategic planning, increasing marketing & awareness, and strengthening sales processes. As a result, his clients are positioned to increase sales, take a market leader position or attract equity partners interested in their success.

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Jason Manarchuck | Growth Strategist & CEO

Manarchuck is an inventor, business founder, passionate family man, growth consultant and sales and marketing leader for the past 20+ years with a strong background in business and non-profit environments. While demonstrating a consistent track record of leading creative market breakthroughs, he deeply invests in the people around him and carries full ownership of processes and outcomes.

Business growth and development leading to new and increased sales are core to Manarchuck’s expertise. He succeeds in these areas by focusing on the fundamentals: increase market share by leveraging strategic planning, increasing marketing & awareness, and strengthening sales processes. As a result, his clients are positioned to increase sales, take a market leader position or attract equity partners interested in their success.

See infographic of Jason’s background

Bruce Charles | Executive In Residence

Bruce realized he had a talent for helping small businesses get bigger. His entire business career has been focused on nurturing businesses and helping them grow. He loves contributing to people’s successes and coming along side of entrepreneurs, mentoring them to help them meet their potential. Charles believes that healthy cities have good jobs and it is his mission is to this end.

Charles started his business career with Citizen’s Utilities Company and Arthur Andersen & Co. He then joined Johnson & Johnson and for the next 16 years held positions of increasing responsibilities including, Tax Manager, International Controller, Controller-Treasury Services, Director of Leasing, Director of Marketing, and for 12 years was the President of Johnson & Johnson Finance Corporation (JJFC), The JJFC portfolio was in excess of $500 million. Mr. Charles not only ran the domestic operations of JJFC, but also the international operations, which included subsidiaries in Germany and the UK, and joint ventures in Italy, France, Sweden and Canada. JJFC, as measured by profit per employee, became the highest-ranking company within Johnson & Johnson and was ranked as the most satisfied workforce within Johnson & Johnson.

In 1995, Charles became the CEO and President of EyeCorp Inc. In under a year, Charles merged the company with Physician Resource Group for $160 million.  Bruce received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Clarion University and his Master’s of Accountancy from Bowling Green State University.

Bruce Charles | Executive In Residence

Bruce realized he had a talent for helping small businesses get bigger. His entire business career has been focused on nurturing businesses and helping them grow. He loves contributing to people’s successes and coming along side of entrepreneurs, mentoring them to help them meet their potential. Charles believes that healthy cities have good jobs and it is his mission is to this end.

Charles started his business career with Citizen’s Utilities Company and Arthur Andersen & Co. He then joined Johnson & Johnson and for the next 16 years held positions of increasing responsibilities including, Tax Manager, International Controller, Controller-Treasury Services, Director of Leasing, Director of Marketing, and for 12 years was the President of Johnson & Johnson Finance Corporation (JJFC), The JJFC portfolio was in excess of $500 million. Mr. Charles not only ran the domestic operations of JJFC, but also the international operations, which included subsidiaries in Germany and the UK, and joint ventures in Italy, France, Sweden and Canada. JJFC, as measured by profit per employee, became the highest-ranking company within Johnson & Johnson and was ranked as the most satisfied workforce within Johnson & Johnson.

In 1995, Charles became the CEO and President of EyeCorp Inc. In under a year, Charles merged the company with Physician Resource Group for $160 million.  Bruce received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Clarion University and his Master’s of Accountancy from Bowling Green State University.

Marcus Stern | Consultant

Marcus is a consultant for HPE, with over 20 years experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In 2010 he launched MH Stern Consulting, which specializes in providing organizational development, transition leadership, and fund development strategy where he has secured funding for projects in Israel, China, India, Africa and throughout the Middle East. Marcus holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

Marcus Stern | Consultant

Marcus is a consultant for HPE, with over 20 years experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In 2010 he launched MH Stern Consulting, which specializes in providing organizational development, transition leadership, and fund development strategy where he has secured funding for projects in Israel, China, India, Africa and throughout the Middle East. Marcus holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

Eli Smith | Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator, Eli implements and oversees processes which help support the consulting work of HPE. With a background in civil and environmental engineering, he has worked in regulatory compliance for industrial clients, tracking and organizing information for manufacturers to meet environmental safety requirements for state permitting. He brings this experience to HPE in order to standardize operations both internally and externally, ensuring that client interactions are transparent and run smoothly. Eli received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016.

Eli Smith | Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator, Eli implements and oversees processes which help support the consulting work of HPE. With a background in civil and environmental engineering, he has worked in regulatory compliance for industrial clients, tracking and organizing information for manufacturers to meet environmental safety requirements for state permitting. He brings this experience to HPE in order to standardize operations both internally and externally, ensuring that client interactions are transparent and run smoothly. Eli received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016.

Dan Frye | Graphic Art Designer

Utilizing his 20+ years of experience, Dan uses design in order to visually communicate to customers what spreadsheets and blueprints cannot. His accomplishments include multiple national and local awards, including top honors with the PROMAX/Broadcast Design Awards, as well as Best in Show 2006 and Best in Print 2005 at the Knoxville Advertising Federation Awards (ADDY’s). In his role at HPE, Dan develops branding that matches the consultancy for the company’s clientele, including: logo design, web design, and sales and collateral marketing initiatives. Before joining HPE, Dan worked at Scripps Networks as Off-Air Art Director, Off-Air Design Director, and was a part of the launch of HGTV. His experience also includes design positions with Whittle Communications and Tennessee Valley Authority. Dan received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee.

Dan Frye | Graphic Art Designer

Utilizing his 20+ years of experience, Dan uses design in order to visually communicate to customers what spreadsheets and blueprints cannot. His accomplishments include multiple national and local awards, including top honors with the PROMAX/Broadcast Design Awards, as well as Best in Show 2006 and Best in Print 2005 at the Knoxville Advertising Federation Awards (ADDY’s). In his role at HPE, Dan develops branding that matches the consultancy for the company’s clientele, including: logo design, web design, and sales and collateral marketing initiatives. Before joining HPE, Dan worked at Scripps Networks as Off-Air Art Director, Off-Air Design Director, and was a part of the launch of HGTV. His experience also includes design positions with Whittle Communications and Tennessee Valley Authority. Dan received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee.