I work with military veterans who want to build a meaningful, joyful, and profitable consulting business.

Book a call with Chris to see if working together will help you grow your consulting or coaching business.

Chris Kolenda

Chris Kolenda

SLA Founder

Chris helps principled business owners who want to drive their growth at the right time, with the right team, in the right way.

Catalysts: Chris-trained master coaches and consultants

Erik Kober

Erik Kober

Kober Strategic Leadership

Erik works primarily with restaurants and small businesses. He emphasizes that great service is essential, but not enough to survive and thrive.

Tom Luscher

Tom Luscher

Luscher Strategic Leadership

Tom helps nonprofit organizations to grow their revenues and impact sustainably, being good shepherds of their assets.

Jeff Marquez

Jeff Marquez

Marquez LCS

Jeff helps mid-level leaders be your best authentic leader self so that you increase your impact and value to your team, boss, peers, and customers.

John O’Grady

John O’Grady

O’Grady Leadership

John works with sports teams, advising players, coaches, teams and organization how to win sustainably by becoming the best version of themselves.

Expert Consulting Mastery Graduates

John Ashburn, Jr. Ph.D.

John Ashburn, Jr. Ph.D.

Laura Colbert

Laura Colbert

Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon

Kimberly Gillies

Kimberly Gillies

Matthew Hargrove

Matthew Hargrove

Paige Hargrove

Paige Hargrove

Dee Dee Kiesow

Dee Dee Kiesow

Chuck Kyle

Chuck Kyle

Seth Langbauer

Seth Langbauer

Barry Lingelbach

Barry Lingelbach

Laura McKenna

Laura McKenna

Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh

Christine Smith

Christine Smith

Lori Tompos

Lori Tompos

Kris Yagel

Kris Yagel

SLA Board of Advisors

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

CEO of WestExec Advisors
Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Douglas Lute

Douglas Lute

Former US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council
Stan McChrystal

Stan McChrystal

Retired 4-star General, Founder of McChrystal Group
George E McCown

George E McCown

Co-Founder and Operating Director of American Infrastructure Funds
Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

SLA Management

Nicole Kauss

Nicole Kauss

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole Kauss joined SLA as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2019. She previously worked for the Department of Defense for 15 years, where she most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the South and Central Asia mission. She is a former Intelligence Community leader who has deployed numerous times and excels in high pressure situations in challenging environments. She is excited to bring her dedication, drive, and empathy to SLA. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A in International Security from The George Washington University.

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