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CEO Advisors
Our experience, expertise and education can be the difference in your business

Each CEO Advisor has experience with both mid-size/major corporations and small entrepreneurial businesses.  Our experience includes years at McGraw-Hill Corporation, The Walt Disney Company,, Digital River, Accenture, Thomson Corporation, Saban Entertainment/Fox and others. Our education includes Masters Degrees in Business (MBA) from top 10 business schools.


Contact us today for more information, or call (949) 629-2520 for a no cost, no obligation initial consultation.

Mark Hartsell, MBA, President     


Mark Hartsell has over thirty-nine years of experience with small businesses and Fortune 250 corporations.  He was most recently the founder, Chairman and CEO of Infocon America Corp., a software company that he funded, grew and sold to a NASDAQ company with a $1 billion market capitalization. His prior experience includes Chairman/CEO/President, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Group Director of Consumer Products, and Vice President of Subscriptions Services with companies including McGraw-Hill, Film & Video, Thomson Corp., Saban Entertainment/Fox and Digital River.  As a business advisor to CEOs, Presidents and business owners of small and mid-size companies since 2004, Mark specializes in all facets of a company from accelerating growth, increasing profits, building value, and addressing your business challenges from start-ups to established companies. His specialization in mergers and acquisitions will enable you to grow through acquisitions, and plan and execute your exit.


Mark Hartsell attended the University of Maryland for undergraduate studies, has a Masters Degree in Business (MBA) from Loyola University, and achieved a certification in Mergers & Acquisitions from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.  Mark is an Accredited CEO Advisor and a member of Tech Council and Octane. Contact Mark Hartsell at (949) 629-2520 or contact us today for more information.


Chris Brown, CEO Advisor / Head of Bus. Dev.

Chris Brown joined CEO Advisor, Inc. as a CEO Advisor and head of Business Development. His background is vast in the Technical Sales arena and he has just finished a long stint at IBM in the Global Sales Unit.   Chris first joined IBM in 2006 as a Consultative Sales Representative in the IBM Information Management Brand unit, a role in which he worked with leaders harnessing the value of Big Data & Analytics to address their most pressing mission and business initiatives.

Chris has over 30 years of client experience in the Commercial and Federal markets. Chris has held executive positions at SunSoft Inc, Unix Systems Labs, and AT&T. He has planned, implemented & executed the start up of four Federal Sales Divisions for software companies and founded a consulting company, KLT, Inc. In addition, Chris was cofounder of Softway Systems which was eventually acquired by the Microsoft Corporation. Chris started his career at Lanier, where he was the leading salesperson in the United States for his entire tenure.

Chris holds active security clearances with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds degrees from University of Maryland in Marketing and Finance, and has held several positions on the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors. Chris has also served as Chairman of the Marketing & Membership Committee for the University of Maryland Alumni Association and served on the board of the Terrapin Club supporting fund raising for the University of Maryland student Athletes and is very active with the Wounded Warrior projects in the State of Maryland and California.


Scott Sparks, MBA, CEO Advisor 
Scott Sparks, MBA, is a seasoned executive with broad-based business experience.  Scott was previously a Partner at Accenture providing strategy and business advisory services for sixteen years to privately-held and public companies. Scott was also an Associate Consultant at A. T. Kearney providing general strategy advisory services to key executives.  


Scott achieved his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has a BS in Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. 


Theresa Caruso, MBA, Vice President/Sr. Consultant


Theresa Caruso has a wide range of business and marketing experience with both small and Fortune 50 companies.  Her experience includes Marketing Director, Account Director, Sr. Manager of Licensing and other positions with The Walt Disney Company,, Sachs/Finley Advertising & Promotions and Thacher, Zades & Aubrey Advertising.


Theresa Caruso attended the University of Delaware for undergraduate studies and has a Masters Degree in Business (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a top ten business school.



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