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. 

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 

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.

Tony Boschetto, CVGA, CPA

BrookTrail Associates

Tony is a senior-level business leader with over twenty years of leadership experience growing businesses in a breadth of industries including Information Services, Technology, Hospitality, Food Service, Manufacturing, Warehousing and Distribution. With experience in senior management positions in major corporations and as an independent consultant, he has executed M&A work for public and private companies including multinational acquisition searches.

Tony has served as CFO and VP of Finance and Business Development at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services and handled Financial Planning and Analysis, M&A, and Strategic Planning, he was the CFO, VP/General Manager of Uniform Information Services Inc. responsible for its successful transformation and eventual sale to Wolters Kluwer.

V. Lou Ciavarra, Partner

Bowditch & Dewey

For almost 30 years, Lou Ciavarra, Partner and Litigation Practice Area Leader at Bowditch & Dewey, has advised businesses on avoiding and, when necessary, litigating business disputes. He has tried and won numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts on matters involving complex business disputes, intellectual property disputes, construction disputes and securities fraud. Lou’s practice often involves counseling business clients on employment matters, protection of intellectual property, contract negotiations and “bet the company” litigation. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property.

When Lou was Managing Partner of the Firm, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus named him a “Good Guys” honoree for his ongoing commitment and partnership in achieving equality for women. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), an invitation-only honorary society that includes less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Peter Russo, President

Blackburn Energy

Peter Russo is the President of Blackburn Energy, a clean energy startup featuring a kinetic energy capturing system for trucking.

Previously, Peter was the Director of Growth & Innovation at MassMEP where he served on the authoring team for the DOE program.

Peter founded five start-ups based on innovative consumer products.  He has created, licensed and sold hundreds of products & holds 16 patents.

Peter has a B.S. (Finance) and an MBA (Marketing) from Babson College.  He is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) in accordance with Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and a Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate.

George H. Labovitz, PhD


Dr. Labovitz is the Founder and CEO of ODI, an international management training and consulting company, and professor of management and organizational behavior at the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He counsels senior executives on organizational alignment and strategy execution as well as quality and productivity improvement methodologies.

He is the lead author of the best selling book The Power of Alignment (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.1998). His latest book was released in late 2012 entitled Rapid Realignment: How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance (McGraw Hill). In 2013, EBSCO publishing named Rapid Realignment as one of the top management books of the year-Managerís Choice.

ODI was twice named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing privately held U.S. companies. AT&T, Federal Express, Nextel, Procter & Gamble and British Airways are among the leading corporations served by ODI. Government clients include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Postal Service. ODI was chosen by the United States Postal Service as the Quality Supplier Award Winner in the small service company category from among 60,000 suppliers. ODI’s healthcare division provides Continuous Quality Improvement services to over 240 medical centers in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Labovitz received Boston University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Cup and Prize, which is awarded to the outstanding teacher from among the 4000 member faculty.

He holds a BS from Boston University, an MBA from Boston College, and a PhD from Ohio State University. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Labovitz served in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of captain, and was a pilot and aircraft commander.

Chris Ciunci, Founder and Managing Partner


Chris Ciunci is the Founder and Managing Partner of TribalVision, an outsourced marketing department for hire with 60+ employees spread across offices in Boston and Warwick. Chris oversees TribalVision’s strategy, marketing and thought leadership initiatives. In addition, Chris and his team develop comprehensive marketing strategies for businesses and non-profits looking to achieve dramatic top-line growth.

The author of two books – Market Smarter and Marketing in the Trenches, Chris has built a reputation as a marketing thought leader in the New England business community. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events and has conducted marketing workshops in partnership with numerous organizations.  Chris has also served as a guest panelist for Providence Business News Marketing Summits, as a CIBER Case Competition Judge, and as a guest columnist for multiple business publications.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and an MBA with a marketing concentration from the Yale School of Management. Chris was recognized by the Small Business Association (SBA) as the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year.  Chris is also a SmartCEO Future 50 winner and a “40 Under Forty” Providence Business News recipient.

Tom McMakin

Profitable Ideas Exchange

Tom is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Profitable Ideas Exchange. Before joining PIE, he was a co-founder and Managing Director with Orchard Holdings Group, a private equity firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as serving as an Operating Affiliate at McCown DeLeeuw and TSG Consumer, two consumer-focused buyout groups in San Francisco. Prior to working in private equity, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Great Harvest Bread Co., a multi-unit operator of bread stores based in Dillon, Montana. Tom is the author of How Clients Buy (Wiley, 2018), a guide to business development for professional services firms, as well as Bread and Butter, (St. Martin’s Press, 2001) a book that describes his work at Great Harvest and how he and his team created a nationally recognized corporate learning community and culture of best practices using collaborative networks. Tom is a graduate of Oberlin College, completed executive education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and is a Goldman Sachs Scholar. He serves as the Vice-Chair of MoFi, a non-profit bank serving Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and is active in his church and Big Sky Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He has appeared on the pages of Fast CompanyInc MagazineNewsweekBusiness Week, and The Wall Street Journal and speaks widely. He can be reached at

Jeffrey P. Hart, Esq.

Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Jeff is a founding member of Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. and serves on the firm’s management committee.  His legal practice involves negotiating complex business transactions, implementing tax and estate planning strategies for families, executives and entrepreneurs, and assisting businesses owners with exit and succession planning.  His recent cases include serving as counsel to the shareholders of a logistics and technology company sold to a Fortune 500 purchaser, integrating a family’s estate plan with the intra-family sale of a second generation construction business, assisting an executive with estate planning and asset protection strategies, and obtaining an IRS ruling for the tax-free division of a manufacturing business between two family groups.  Earlier in his career, Jeff practiced as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co.  He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 21st edition (2018).  The firm also recently received a Tier 1 ranking in U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers 2018.

Michael J. Radin

Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Michael is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Law and Business Transaction Group, and also serves in the firm’s Real Estate group. He works extensively with clients on important, sometimes vital, matters relating to their businesses. His expertise includes corporate and business transactions, finance, distribution and deployment of intellectual property. While these matters often include significant transactions, clients also rely on Michael for tackling their operational and or compliance matters, particularly where the goal is to implement improved planning and execution.

Michael’s corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity transactions from formation to wind-down, governance, buy-sell arrangements, joint ventures and key employee matters. As part of his corporate expertise, Michael has extensive experience with logistics and supply chain matters, hedging transactions, and non-compete concerns for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers. All of Michael’s work is driven by a keen appreciation of the financial and operational impacts each transaction brings to his clients’ businesses.

Stephen Kutenplon

Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Steve is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Law and Business Transaction group and counsels entrepreneurial businesses and start-up companies. Steve’s practice focuses in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, in addition to corporate financing transactions, including venture capital, subordinated debt, asset-based lending, inter-creditor negotiations and intellectual property protection, licensing and technology transfer. He serves as general counsel to, among others, companies in fields such as software, semiconductor, capital equipment distribution, construction, real estate development and management, pharmaceutical manufacturing consulting, internet-based businesses and financial services.