Christopher Riley | Principal OD Performance Partners
About Christopher Riley
Christopher Riley has more than 25 years of experience owning and operating businesses in nearly a dozen industries. This experience provides Christopher with a solid foundation for knowing how to listen to his clients so "their" plan is executed accordingly. Christopher treats every business as if it were his own.
Chris is also the Managing Partner of Cutwater Shift, a company that specializes in preserving and multiplying equity for its clients through exit strategy transitions. Chris works closely with fellow business owners to ensure that they do not leave any equity on the table when considering an exit strategy.
Christopher's undergraduate education from Santa Clara University and the London School of Economics produced degrees in Finance and Philosophy. He received his Master's in Organizational Psychology at Kansas State University where he created his proprietary Natural Motivation Matrix© and Giving Profile©.
Christopher is also the founder of the Giving Legacy organization, which works with family and corporate foundations for those who wish to make a difference in philanthropy but want a business mind and experience in ensuring that the organization will remain sustainable. His ability to bring business acumen, accountability, and results-oriented strategies into the big business of America's philanthropic and governmental organizations is a much needed resource as America is facing difficult decisions going forward. Collaborating with family foundations, philanthropists, charitable organizations, and government agencies is a key to our country continuing to lead the world in innovation, economic power, and intentional philanthropy. Christopher’s multi-faceted experience lends itself to orchestrating such a collaboration. He works directly with foundations, family offices, and businesses of these entities. Christopher operates in a CEO capacity or as a high-level consultant to bring efficiency, effectiveness, and creative solutions to ensure that wealthy donors can have healthy, thriving businesses and ultimately make the difference that they desire in our society.
Areas of Expertise
• Business Development
• Change Management
• Competitive Analysis
• Culture Change
• Executive Coaching
• Executive Leadership
• Exit Strategies
• Family and Corporate Foundations
• Family Office Management
• Leadership Development
• Management Consulting
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• New Leader Integration
• Operations Management
• Organizational Assessment
• Organizational Psychology
• Philanthropy Management
• Risk Management
• Strategic Planning
"That's what we do:
we come in, we give them the salability profile ... We are their partners and we walk them through the whole process, get them to their optimum value and that's the way to sell a business."
What Others Are Saying About Christopher:
Robert Fish, Founder and CEO, Strategic Wealth Management Advisors
"Christopher had an incredible talent for handling business crisis that threatens the sustainability of the organization. Christopher’s ability to utilize his diverse skills from financial to management enables his leadership to shine during adversity. The ethical approach confronted with chaos in an organization allows the employees and executive team to correctly handle any issues that arise. Amazingly, the larger the company problems, the more Christopher’s skills excel."
Former US Attorney, General Counsel
Christopher is a very intelligent and talented CEO who performed admirably in a high pressure and quickly changing environment. He had a tremendous command of accounting and financial issues, and also easily grasped the legal issues assigned to me. Christopher never hesitated in choosing the most ethical option when confronted with choices involving discretion. His leadership style allowed for executives to remain calm and motivated during challenging situations.
Senator, Attorney at Law
"I admired Christopher’s tenacity. In the midst of extremely challenging circumstances, he applied an immense amount of intensity toward the crises that were flying at him daily … I did not see Christopher shying away from confronting head-on whatever difficult issue was looming. He has a dairyman’s work ethic."
Former US Attorney
Senator, Attorney at Law
Experience and Skills
His customized incentive programs and proprietary organizational psychology system,coupled with his financial management skills, allows him to turn companies from modest or no profits, to robust earnings. He has tripled EBITDA while doubling compensation to employees and executives in one of his companies.
• Kansas State University
Master's, Organizational Psychology
• Santa Clara University
• London School of Economic
Economic Public Policy, Health Care
• Author of the Giving Legacy Plan, a 35 year 25 trillion dollar plan rebuilding America one
sustainable community at a time.
• Interim CEO
• Christopher specializes in challenging circumstances and works with business owners to
get their business to the next level - whether that be a recapitalization and turnaround
or an exit strategy.
• While at Kansas State University, developed the first psychological assessment tool
that correlates Organizational Personality Traits (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) with
specific and customized job description components
• Bringing fiscal responsibility back to America and building one sustainable community at
a time so the Children of Tomorrow have their unalienable right to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness
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