Christopher L. Nguyen, Chairman of the Board & CEO
Chris became CEO of eCoast in January 2016 shortly after he and his partners purchased the company. Recognizing the value of eCoast’s brand and experience in the IT space, and the potential for the company, Chris is focused on eCoast’s strategic direction as it moves from lead generation services to technology-enabled sales development services.
With more than 30 years experience leading enterprises in the technology, education and business services areas, Chris has built companies from zero stage to over $100 million in revenue and been involved in two IPOs. He was an early investor and board member at Questar, a large-scale assessment company in the K12 sector. Chris helped guide Questar through a transition from paper-based testing to computer-based testing, leading to a successful exit in early 2017 of over $100M for Questar shareholders. In addition to investing in and helping early-stage companies, from 2001 to 2014 Chris was Managing Director of DCP Group that provided management consulting services and application development to educational enterprises such as ETS.
Chris was the President and CEO of Caliber Learning Network from its inception in 1997 through 2000. Caliber was one of the early, for-profit learning companies that focused on delivery of higher education programs such as content from The Wharton School through the internet. While at Caliber, Chris took the company through several rounds of financing including a successful IPO.
Prior to Caliber, he served as Senior Operations Officer for Sylvan Prometric, a division of Sylvan Learning Systems, from its inception in the early 1990s to 1997. While at Prometric, Chris developed a network of over 2,000 computer-based testing centers in 100 countries and was responsible for managing the operating infrastructure of the company as well as key clients. Sylvan Prometric was sold in 2000 for $800M.
Chris is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his family.
J. Bradford Turner, EVP of Operations/CFO
With 25 years of experience in business-to-business services, Brad has a proven record of scaling operations and leading strategic growth initiatives.
In addition to his role with eCoast, he is also the founder of My BTLR, a virtual solutions company providing administrative support functions to entrepreneurs, professionals, and small to mid-sized businesses.
Prior to founding My BTLR, Brad served as Vice President of Allegis Group, the largest staffing and human capital management company in the USA and the fourth largest globally. During his 17+ year tenure with Allegis, he served in a variety of roles including CFO and Board Director for International Operations based in London, UK as well as various leadership roles within Allegis subsidiaries including Allegis Global Solutions, TEKsystems, and several emerging operating companies within the group structure.
A key driver in Allegis’s success both in the USA and abroad, Brad grew international operations over five-fold through both organic and acquisition growth. He led finance and operations throughout EMEA and Asia including direct oversight of operations, administration, finance & accounting, legal, human resources, and technology. Brad was key in the acquisition and integration of numerous companies, including co-leading the acquisition and integration of Aston Carter, the leading IT staffing company in Europe and Allegis’s largest acquisition to date.
Brad is a graduate of the University of Alabama and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and four children.
Richard Bison, Chief Administrative Officer
Richard joined the eCoast executive team in 2016 to manage day-to-day administrative and operational duties. He recognized eCoast’s industry leadership position and wanted to be part of the leadership team managing its transformation into a fully integrated, technology-enabled sales development services organization. After gaining extensive experience in the areas of small business operations, strategic planning, product development, performance improvement, information technology, and application development, Richard founded the Bison Consulting Group in 2002.
Prior to his consulting career, Richard was a partner at Monotype, a director of strategic planning for New Venture Development at PHH Arval and a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and James Martin & Co.
Richard has a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and an MBA in Information Systems Management from George Washington University. Rich enjoys mystery novels, likes to sail, and travel off the beaten path.
Robert W. Lange
Rob is a long time business leader, investor in venture capital, and private equity. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of Total Home Health since 2013. Rob has a lengthy track record of C-level leadership roles and Board of Director appointments across multiple industries including software, lead generation, sales development, medical devices, publishing, and travel. He has successfully led multiple M&A transactions.
Rob has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – School of Business concentrating in Management Information Systems.
Robert F. Miller
Rob started his professional career in the Chicago office of Andersen Consulting, a prominent management consulting firm with clients in a multitude of industries across the world. His industry group alignment at Andersen was Financial Services where he consulted with Fortune 500 companies in banking, insurance, and capital markets. Rob was responsible for working with and leading other consultants on projects to solve clients problems. As a manager at Andersen Consulting, he was responsible for managing large, multi-million dollar projects for clients. In 2000, Rob was promoted to Associate Partner at Accenture and was responsible for revenue generation in addition to his responsibilities for managing and executing large projects for clients.
Rob joined AM Management in the Fall of 2004 as General Manager and Vice President of Operations and Finance. In this role, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as identifying new growth opportunities. AM Management is the management company for a multitude (30+) of entities engaged in the development and management of real estate.
Rob graduated from the University of Iowa in 1989 with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Economics. He and his family live in Iowa City, Iowa.