In response to the many challenges the COVID-19 crisis has brought to the business community, Columbus Business Services has created a Collective of top industry experts committed to assist you through and beyond the crisis.

Whether you need assistance to adapt your business to emerging circumstances now or whether you seek to reinvent your business with a vision to open it to new opportunities and endeavors, you can benefit from these experts’ unique and cutting-edge international experience and understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs and CEOs cross-industries.

Please meet with our group of experts below, and do not hesitate to reach out by email to info@columbusconsulting-group.com to request a consultation from one of the named experts.

Hourly rates and day rates are available to give you the most flexibility for speedy and timely assistance

Furthermore $5 of each consultancy will go towards Savethechildren.org

LIST OF EXPERTS

If you need a consultation, please meet with our group of experts below, and dreach out by email to info@columbusconsulting-group.com to request a consultation from one of the named experts.


If you are an expert and you wish to join the collective, please send an email to info@columbusconsulting-group.com

Brittany BIR

Industries:

AI, Blockchain, EdTech, WineTech, and Advanced Technologies

Area of Expertise: 

New Business & US Expansion (Business Development & Operations) 

Location:

Silicon Valley and San Francisco, CA

Profile:

Brittany Bir is an experienced new-business professional who has launched multiple foreign companies in the Silicon Valley. She has lived, worked, and founded companies in the US and Europe. Now she leverages her expertise in new business and growth to lead tech companies through their global expansion.
Former Chief Operating Officer at 42 Silicon Valley, she is currently serving as a Board Member at the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, Advisory Board Member at Code for fun, and as an advisor to multiple startups in smart mobility, EdTech, SaaS, marketing, sustainable development, and health tech.


Thomas OURY

Industries:

BtoB SaaS software, API, Salesforce ecosystem

Area of Expertise: 

Marketing, PR, US go-to-market, Event Marketing, Demand Gen 

Location:

Colorado; USA at large

Profile:

Entrepreneurial-minded and passionate about technology with 12+ years in large and international events management worldwide (Europe, Middle East, Africa, China & the United States), Thomas is an accomplished marketing executive for the tech industry with extensive experience in event production, content marketing, lead gen strategy, partner programs, and creative experiential marketing campaigns.
He started his career working for the video game industry with the Paris Video Game Festival, 4th biggest video game convention worldwide. He then worked with the World Economic Forum on their annual event in Davos and regional events across the world. This opportunity led him to work for the tech industry by joining ChoYou, a leading marketing agency in the IT world, where he managed large accounts such as Salesforce, Oracle, VMware, Box, Accenture, SAP… to finally move to the Bay Area in the heart of Silicon Valley to continue sharing his experience and marketing skills to startups and people changing the world on various segments such as SaaS, Enterprise Software, med-tech, 3D Printing, FinTech, IoT…


Dinah Emsalem

Industries:

Fashion & beauty retail, finance, music

Area of Expertise: 

Strategic and operational consulting : expansion strategy, retail and digital performance, restructuring, brand assessment, change management, team building

Location

New York City

Profile

Dinah Emsalem is the founder of Paris New York Consulting which advises brands, retailers and investors on their strategy and operational excellence, with a particular focus on fashion, apparel and accessories. The firm prides itself in delivering both a strategic vision and very practical operational recommendations, up to managing performance and teams directly or side by side with the management when needed.

Dinah’s career is split between 13 years in finance (as an auditor at Arthur Andersen first and then as a private equity investor at the LBO firm Argos Soditic) and 15 years in retail and fashion, holding executive positions, notably as the global CEO of Claudie Pierlot, the head of Sandro and Maje for North America and the President of the Americas for Vilebrequin.

She has experienced fast expansion, structuring as well as turnaround business phases, particularly on the European and North American markets. She has a recognized retail expertise and has operated brands through all channels and models, including direct to consumer, wholesale, concession, and franchise, and both physical and digital.

Dinah combines a data-driven approach with strong people and management skills and is a passionate transformation agent.

She also teaches at Parsons The New School in the Strategic and Design Management curriculum.

She graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.



Lydia Meyer Turkson

Industries:

Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Partnerships, Platform Technologies in Drug Discovery & Gene Editing, Cancer Diagnostics

Area of Expertise: 

Corporate & business development, commercial pipeline build and consult with executives to achieve corporate objectives for growth in North America

Location

Massachusetts

Profile

Lydia Turkson is an experienced new-business professional in the drug discovery and life sciences sector. She has built and managed commercial teams for foreign technology companies looking to expand in Greater Boston. She has lived and worked in a number of commercial roles of increasing seniority at companies in the US, UK and Europe. Now she leverages her expertise in new business development and building commercial infrastructure to scale -up companies planning to expand into North America.

She currently runs a boutique consultancy business in Boston, and is advisor to a startup in cancer patient care, Sagely Health


Nora Touré

Industries:

Impression 3D -3D printing

Area of Expertise: 

Establish & manage strategy, programs, partnerships, and teams, with proven ability to grow business at a global scale, from sales to operation execution; sponsorships; non profit; startup

Location

Colorado

Profile

Experienced leader with an excellent proven track record of exceeding targets and achieving goals. Strong & global network, including key Silicon Valley players. Established and managed strategy, programs, partnerships, and teams, with proven ability to grow business at a global scale, from sales to operation execution.

Founder of the organization Womenin3dprinting http://womenin3dprinting.com/


• Successfully built and grew a 10,000+ community within 5 years, establishing Women in 3D Printing as one of the largest additive manufacturing community in the world
• Secured sponsorship deals from dozens of corporations and locked business relationships with key partners in the industry, including Fortune500 & Silicon Valley companies
• Spearheaded multi-million dollar deals and scaled early-stage startups
• Successfully hired and managed operation, sales, and customer support teams

AWARDS:
• 40 Under 40 East Bay Area in the leadership category, by Diablo Magazine (2018)
• Community Advocate of the Year, by 3D Printing Industry (2018)
• Certificate of Honor in Manufacturing by the City of San Francisco (2017)

• Named among the 20 most influential women in Additive Manufacturing every year since 2015


Sandrine Carpentier Bernard

Industries:

Fashion, beauty, cosmetic, fragrance

Area of Expertise: 

Business development, organizational & cross border management, operational marketing, key account management, product implementation & innovation

Location

New York City

Profile

Sandrine is Managing Director at Deschamps Mats Systems Inc, an international textile company diversified in mobility and accessibility solutions for Defense, Aero and Park & Recreation. Clients include: Cities, Counties, States, the U.N., U.S. Army, HomeOwners Associations and Resorts.

Sandrine spent the previous 10 years  leading Solstiss North America, a joint-venture w/ Hermès Textile ). Her responsibilities encompassed Finance, Sales & Marketing, HR and Operations. She reported to the Global CEO in France. She built and implemented business development strategies and operational action plans to increase business and profitability of the company in the fashion, bridal, accessories and entertainment industries. The clients list includes all the major fashion brands such as J.Crew, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte, St John , Tom Ford, Vera Wang, Victoria’s Secret.

She built the awareness of the company with marketing & communications actions (media, digital, PR). For instance,  she managed to have Solstiss products featured in the multiple awarded Great Gatsby movie, generating major media coverage.

Previously, she served as Marketing & Sales Manager of Ulric de Varens, a leading fragrance company. In her role she established sales and distribution on the US market (opened 15 accounts in the first 6 months  generating 25% sales growth).

She also provided ongoing consulting and administrative assessment for Publicis Events, USA within the context of the Clinton Global Initiative Forum.

Sandrine led Presse Plus North America, a market research subsidiary owned by KANTAR TNS Group. Fashion and cosmetics clients included: Chanel, Kering, LVMH, L’Oréal, Coty.

Before her relocation to New York, she held various marketing and sales positions in Europe as Head of International Sales and Marketing at PINDIERE Group ( shoe and accessories industry) , Product Manager in Germany for Pimkie (fashion – fast retailing) , Project Manager for Chevignon intimate line under licensee ( fashion).

Sandrine provides ongoing consulting services for various companies at an early stage of their development and penetration of  the US Market for  cross- industry.

Sandrine is a member of several business organizations.

She has been honored to serve as a Foreign Trade Advisor for the French Government since 2012 – a role appointed by decree of the Prime Minister.

In this capacity, she also advises French companies regarding their international development. Sandrine is on the Executive Committee of the Club 600 (was the former President until 2016), an association of CEOs and Entrepreneurs in the USA, France and Mexico. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the French-American Entrepreneurship Award.



Geoffrey Loisel

Profile

The Executive VP of Champagne Billecart-Salmon US has 20 years of Experience in the
importation and distribution of Fine Wine in North America (US, CARRIBBEAN, CANADA)
From Marie Brizard in Bordeaux, to Boisset in Burgundy,
From Pommery in Champagne to the Wine Group in California,

Area of Expertise: 

Geoffrey has developed a multifaceted experience that can help you or your company in the
following areas:

  • Brand & Pricing positioning /repositioning (benchmarking)  
  • Business plan and Budgets
  • Winning Sales and Marketing Strategies (New Markets/Channels)
  • Rolodex Customers networks (TRADE, B2B & B2C)
  • Crisis Management- Street Smart Thinking
  • Helping create or improve communication tools

Cyrille Bessiere

Area of Expertise: 

Consumer markets (food and beverage, beauty, fashion, accessories, etc.), direct-to-consumer (retail and e-commerce) and wholesale/B2B

Industries:

Market entry, M&A and fund raising, strategy, operations

Location

New York City

Profile

Investing in & helping consumer brands scale in the US and in Europe (Eutopia) – Successful entrepreneurial experience with an omni-channel F&B brand in the US (Palais des Thes) – Strategic thinker with strong business consulting skills (The Boston Consulting Group) 

Area of Expertise: 

Advice and training in cocktails menus, bar design, how to reopen properly and get the trust of your customers again. General talk about how to make a successful bar, be part of World’s50 Best Bars. How to train your staff properly, you to maintain a good quality of servie.

Industries:

Hospitality, F&B, events, etc.

Location

New York City

Profile

Nico de Soto, the New York and Paris-based master mixologist, has lived in 86 countries, worked in 31 of them, and won over 15 awards worldwide for unique artistry of creative cocktail concoctions

He also owns and manages several acclaimed bars both in France and in the U.S : MACE NYC, DANICO Paris, KAIDO Miami

Acclaimed Mixologist Nico de Soto On Launching Kaido With Chef Brad Kilgore. Nico De Soto, the New York and Paris-based master mixologist, has lived in 86 countries, worked in 31 of them, and won over 15 awards worldwide for unique artistry of creative cocktail concoctions.