• Email john.larson@keeninsight.net
  • Location 2389 E Venice Ave #132 Venice, FL 34292

Our Team

John C. Larson

Principal Consultant

John provides insight for entrepreneurs with over 20 years of experience working for 3 different company founders before acquiring and building his own company with a partner. He has a unique perspective having been the number two executive in each of the three companies. John and his partner recently sold their company. All of these companies are in the contract staffing industry. Previously, John held various sales positions in the technology industry, starting as a territory sales rep and rising to be the Vice President of Sales of a F500 technology company.

Mark Aylward

Principal Consultant

Mark is the founder of 7 Pillars, LLC located in Orlando, Florida. Mark says “whether your next thing is a new job or your first venture into self-employment, I can guide you quicker and less painfully toward your goals.”

In addition to 7 Pillars, Mr. Aylward recently became the Director of Affiliate Marketing for Inspired Performance Institute. The Institute has created a cutting-edge scientific program to help you heal from the limiting effects of trauma, so you can feel and perform at your best. A revolutionary approach to performance improvement referred to as TIPP (The Inspired Performance Program) AKA "Neuro XP". Let me know if you'd like to hear more at mark@inspiredperformanceinstitute.com

Mark is also the Principal of Lucid Technical Solutions where he helps people find meaningful work. Whether you are starting your career or in a transition phase, he can assist you along the path as he has with hundreds during his career.

Mark has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in the IT Staffing arena. As a Principal in I-Tech Solutions, Inc. he started a self-funded technical staffing company with a partner from scratch. They grew the organization to over $10 million in annual revenue before selling to Strategic Staffing Solutions in January of 2006. Mark had hands-on operational, recruiting, marketing, training and business development roles during the growth.

Norman Wirtz

Principal Consultant

Mr. Wirtz is currently the Chief Financial Officer of McCracken Financial Solutions. McCracken is the leader in software solutions for the commercial real estate lending industry, providing solutions for streamlining commercial real estate servicing. He joined McCracken Financial Solutions in July 2007. As an INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, Mr. Wirtz has provided Chief Financial Officer and computer systems selection and integration services to many companies. His expertise covers all back office operational aspects in multiple lines of business. He has operated in industries as diverse as human resource and talent management in the staffing industry to manufacturing and industrial production.

Mr. Wirtz was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TRS Staffing Solutions a $300 million IT and Engineering staffing company owned by Fluor Corporation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Wirtz was the VP of Finance and CFO of TAD Resources International. At the time, TAD Resources had annual sales in excess of $1 billion.

Mr. Wirtz has an MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Commerce and Engineering Sciences from Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stuart Emanuel

Principal Consultant

Stuart Emanuel is an executive search consultant, advisor to high performing Senior Executives in the U.S. and Europe and has significant experience as an interim executive. He works with private companies on growth strategies, succession planning, identification and assessment of top talent, and preparation for sale or merger.

Stuart previously served as CEO and founder of NueVista Group LLC, a boutique I. T. consultancy headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois. He founded NueVista in 2002 to introduce a new perspective on technology services, with a focus on consistent quality and strong client relationships.

Prior to creating NueVista Group, Stuart’s approach to profitable growth and client service helped shape the future of Spherion Technology (formerly Interim Technology), where he led the group from $55 million in annual revenue to more than $750 million over a six-year period. Stuart served as President of Worldwide Operations with responsibility for 65 offices in 13 countries, Vice president of Sales, Region Vice President and Executive Vice President overseeing all U.S. and U.K. offices.

Stuart majored in Psychology and Business at Marquette University. He currently resides in Boca Raton Florida.

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