CVGA Instructor Bios

Kenneth J. Sanginario, Founder


Ken Sanginario is the Founder of Corporate Value Metrics, creator of the Value Opportunity Profile® (“VOP®”), and developer of the prestigious new Certified Value Growth Advisortm (“CVGAtm”) training and certification program.

Ken has more than 30 years of experience providing executive leadership and strategic advisory services to private middle market companies, developing and executing business improvement initiatives, turning around distressed operations, managing M&A transactions, valuing companies, and securing equity and debt growth capital.

He is an instructor in the training and certification programs of the Alliance of M&A Advisors, Pinnacle Equity Solutions, and the Exit Planning Institute, teaching about business value growth in each program.  He also serves on the advisory board of the MidMarket Alliance as its educational leader, and serves on the Boards of Directors of several privately held companies.

Ken is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and private business owner functions, and has authored numerous articles on business value growth, corporate valuations, mergers & acquisitions, and turnaround management.  He is also the Board President of Solutions at Work, a charitable organization focused on breaking the cycle of recurring poverty and homelessness.

Ken’s credentials include:

    • CVGA (Certified Value Growth Advisor);
    • CM&AA (Certified M&A Advisor);
    • CTP (Certified Turnaround Professional);
    • CPA (Certified Public Accountant);
    • ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation);
    • CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst);
    • MSF (master’s degree – finance);
    • MST (master’s degree – taxation)


Dr-OdomDr. Curtis Odom, D.Ed, M.Ed, CVGA, CM&AA

President & Managing Partner of Prescient Strategists, LLC

Dr. Curtis Odom has over 20 years of international experience in enterprise change management, organizational effectiveness, talent management, and performance consulting as a practitioner, researcher, author, and speaker. Curtis has been a consultant and an employee with Fortune 100 companies in the industries of aerospace and defense, software engineering, consumer packaged goods, insurance and financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare.

Curtis’ articles, interviews, blog postings, and excerpts from his three published books have been featured online with Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine,, Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CNBC Online, Ebony Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Training Magazine, along with numerous other print and online publications.  Curtis is the author of three books, Mind The Gap: Getting Business Results in Multigenerational Organizations, Generation X Approved: Top 20 Keys to Effective Leadership.

Curtis’ 10 years of military service in the United States Navy serve as a solid foundation of his expertise in strategic planning and tactical application of organizational development, change management, blended learning frameworks and integrated talent management to maximize organizational investments in human capital.  Curtis earned a doctorate in organizational behavior from Pepperdine University, graduating Phi Delta Kappa. Curtis’ additional academic accomplishments include completion of a graduate certificate as a diversity practitioner (CCDP) from Cornell University, and completion of an executive program in entrepreneurship from The Sloan School of Management at MIT.

As a testament to his professional brand, Curtis was awarded the high distinction of being selected as a member of the Boston Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 class for 2010. Curtis is also an active member of the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors, Association of Change Management Professionals, and American Mensa.


lesLes Vitale, CPA, MST 

RSM (McGladrey), Partner

Partner, co-lead the firms Local Markets Group, a practice that specializes in advising owner-managed and family owned middle market businesses, provide financial and tax compliance services, developed and led the firms nationally renowned campus recruiting program, lead many of the firms business development strategies and activities, participate and am active in various charitable and community service programs including the the Officer Harold L Vitale Memorial Fund, the Marie C Petrilli Cancer Research Fund, The Boys and Girls Club the St Marys Lynn HS Inc and Foundation, The Bentley Executive Club


John Lawlor

Principal Consultant at Practical Decisions

As an experienced executive John has a diverse background spanning over 30 years with start-ups, mergers and acquisitions and businesses in various states of maturity.  John has a wide variety of industry experience including manufacturing, retail, restaurants, and insurance and risk management. He has been involved in many aspects of business across national and international boundaries.

John has a passion for helping others achieve personal and professional success. He believes success for an individual or a business is based on passion and clarity. People and businesses succeed when they are clear on what they do really well and what they want to achieve. Working with Leaders to develop clarity and create alignment as the platform for change, John has developed a track record of helping companies achieve industry leading results.

With expertise in strategy and strategic planning; organizational alignment; organizational development; change management; marketing and sales; and operations John has helped small and medium sized businesses achieve improvement through focus, accountability, discipline, and organizational alignment.

John is a business advisor and Executive Associate accredited by The Institute for Independent Business.  He is a Certified Master Mentor/Coach/Facilitator, trained in DISC assessments, a Fellow of IIBI, a VOP Certified Practitioner, an expert in Planning (strategic, operational, and individual) and a leader in organizational development and effectiveness.  An avid reader and learner, husband, father of three, John enjoys cars, residential construction and running. John holds a BA in Economics from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, VT.

ChristineChristine Hollinden, CPSM, MBA

President/Owner Hollinden

Christine brings more than two decades of professional services marketing experience. Leading a team of strategic marketing consultants, Christine stresses three fundamental elements of success for all firms: positioning, processes, and people. With her eye firmly focused on results, her down-to-earth guidance and in-depth business knowledge enables her clients to take steps that produce positive revenue results.

Christine’s professional background includes Marketing Director with KPMG, Regional Communications Manager with Coopers & Lybrand, Marketing Coordinator with Grant Thornton, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Marketing for the University of St. Thomas.

Christine holds the following Board positions: Advisory Board, Mays Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University; Board of Directors, Aggie Angel Network.

Specialties: marketing strategy, positioning, branding, professional services marketing, growth strategies, marketing implementation, marketing consulting


michael RMichael Rosenbaum, MBA

President/Owner of Quadrant Five

Michael Rosenbaum has advised C-suite executives at more than 200 companies on topics from value creation to marketing to investor targeting to M&A, representing both Fortune 100 companies and pre-sale start-ups. Along the way, he helped build and rose to president of a $35 million consulting firm specializing in financial value creation.  Rosenbaum focuses clients on ways to capitalize on the strengths that already exist in their businesses, making implementation efforts more cost-effective and achievable. Having worked with senior management in dozens of industries, he has strong insights into the factors that make each client unique, as well as common themes that can be applied without reinventing the wheel.

Rosenbaum brings a unique set of experiences to client engagements, including several years as a business reporter and editor. After writing for United Press International, Barron’s, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Journal of Commerce and the Washington Post, among others, Rosenbaum earned his MBA and became a consultant to public companies. In 1983, he joined The Financial Relations Board, the nation’s largest investor relations firm at the time, and was named president in 1997. After he and his partners sold the agency in 1999, Rosenbaum continued advising clients in areas of business strategy, competitive advantage, communication and marketing.  In 2012, he founded Quadrant Five, a value-creation and marketing consultancy.

Rosenbaum has authored five books and is widely published on business issues. His most popular presentation, What Your Customers Haven’t Told You…Yet, emphasizes the importance of building corporate strategies and systems around customer value drivers. His published articles have appeared in, Washington Post, New York Times, Barron’s, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and he has been a guest on numerous television, radio and online interview programs. He has spoken to groups as varied as the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors, Vistage, Entrepreneur’s Organization, National Association of Corporate Directors, Chicago Bar Association and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.

Rosenbaum earned an MBA from Roosevelt University and a BA from the University of Illinois.  Rosenbaum has served in a number of leadership positions in both the Young Presidents’ Organization and its sister group, the World Presidents’ Organization, both in the Chicago chapters of these groups and, currently, as communications chair for WPO’s East Central Region. He is marketing chair for AMAA’s Mid-Market Alliance and has served on private boards of directors. He has been very active in the non-profit world, as well, serving on the boards of several non-profit groups. In 2015, Rosenbaum received the Order of Merit from the President of Poland for his (non-profit) work in Polish/Jewish relations.

Tom Lawlor

Tom Lawlor, CVGA

Founder, CustomConsult

A senior executive and leader with more than 25 years of professional experience, Tom has overseen both enterprise-wide and area-specific assessment and implementation initiatives for dozens of small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 organizations. Emphasizing practical, sustainable change, Tom has helped organizations achieve both significant cost reduction and revenue lift.

With half his career primarily in the financial services and education industries and half in management consulting, Tom has continued to leverage and enhance his strong operations background. He has focused on end-to-end process re-engineering, baseline capacity assessments/recapture, and measures/reporting. As a specialty, Tom has worked for some of the largest global and domestic financial services firms, leading both domestic and global implementations in Retail Network Analysis, Wealth Management, Mortgages, Credit Cards, Collections, Credit Adjudication, Consumer Product Development and Shared Services.

In an effort to be closer to his young family more often and address a small-to-middle market need for standardized management consulting tools and quality delivery, Tom launched CustomConsult. While delivering enterprise-level strategic assessments, CustomConsult emphasizes process improvements and change management, primarily for Northeast US companies.

Also a former teacher, editorial manager and commercial loan officer, Tom holds a BA in Mathematics from The College of the Holy Cross.

John AJohn Alexandrov

Attorney at Law
John has been an Attorney in Massachusetts for 27 years with an exceptional reputation as a leader in providing business legal services. As an Independent General Counsel, and well known for his business skills as he is for his legal skills, Attorney Alexandrov oversees and manages legal issues for business owners. Focused and capable in all aspects of business’ legal needs, his decisive leadership guides the management team, or C-level officers, to the effective resolution of their legal and business challenges.

Steve MelansonStephen Melanson

Melanson Consulting

Stephen is the President of Melanson Consulting, which was founded in 2004. He is a management consultant, speaker, Verbal Branding™ expert, and – as featured on – originator of the only ‘Differentiation and Business Simplicity’ platform of its kind worldwide. Mr. Melanson helps businesses grow faster, unify people, and simplify their strategy. He is a service provider and educational partner for small through Fortune 500 firms along with numerous associations and nonprofits.