PeopleSurge Team is a breath of fresh AIR
Together, we make an impact on your People Strategy and the trajectory of your organization. Our Commitment.
Kirk McMillan is a CEO, board facilitator, coach and business advisor whose entrepreneurial spirit and proven aptitude have earned him the reputation as a seasoned strategist. Over the course of nearly three decades, he has garnered extensive leadership experience within the business world. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Family Business from Kennesaw State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel.
Kirk proudly serves as Co-Founder of PeopleSurge. No matter what venture he has undertaken, his lifelong mission remains unwavering. Ultimately, he strives to elevate his community’s leaders and enrich their journey so they can pave their way to lasting personal and professional enrichment. From being promoted to CEO of his family business at the age of 26, to spearheading numerous companies, his vision goes beyond his field of choice. His sights are set on creating a ripple effect of positive change across local and global communities that continues impacting people for years to come.
Outside of advising and coaching his clients, Kirk McMillan enjoys paddle surfing, yoga, tennis, and sailing. He is also a student of life and avid reader who strives to be continually curious. Above all, he cherishes spending time with his family. Residing in Charleston, South Carolina, Kirk is happily married and the proud father of three beautiful children.
Mike has been advising owners and senior leaders of small to medium sized business to help them uncover new possibilities for the future of their business. “Building the service model of sharing our experience through advice and training in concert with science-based technology is going to be a great way for organizations to gain a much-needed awareness about people that they desperately need!”
He leverages his experience as the Co-founder of PeopleSurge and President of Optima Network Services Inc., a 9-year tenure which culminated in the sale of his company to a publicly traded company, Mastec, Inc (stock:MTZ). In the years he spent with Mastec in the role of Senior Vice President, he led the integration of multiple geographic markets and operational models into a growing organization the wireless industry. As a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Management and a resident of Mount Pleasant, SC, he is passionate about making a positive impact on the bottom line of companies and the human beings that own and operate them. Mike enjoys competition on the golf course and at his CrossFit gym and is a happily married father of 2 daughters.
Andy brings over 10 years experience co-founding, scaling and exiting an iconic food manufacturer. Andy naturally transitioned to advising businesses after owning, operating and exiting the Southeast’s most popular popsicle company, King of Pops. He has emerged as an expert in visioning, value development, brand strategies and scaling. Andy currently serves as President of the South Carolina Specialty Food Association, is a member of the Vistage Executive Network, and is involved with a number of non-profit organizations along the coast. Andy graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology and has a passion for learning, exploring, and all things outdoors.
Andy is our PeopleSurge expert for visioning, value development, brand strategies and scaling.
During his 32-year corporate career Chris has held responsibilities on a global scale with extensive experience in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His executive experience includes executive roles for Volvo Cars, Alstom, and Lafarge .
An MBA graduate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, he also holds a BSC from Kettering University, and is certified in several leading assessment and development tools and Certified Executive Coach with Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching team.
Key parts of Chris’ duties as a Senior HR Executive have been to manage major decisions about executive talent; being a member of the decision apparatus about global organizational structures; and he has led major change initiatives across the globe.
Senior executives have counted on Chris to be a key advisor to them regarding some of the most important leadership and strategic decisions they are responsible to make. His advice is candid, direct and backed by deep experience. The breadth of Chris’ experience provides him a unique perspective and deep insights into the executive psyche, the keys to executive leadership, how great teams are built and managed as well as how large global enterprises successfully manage significant change initiatives.
Chris is our PeopleSurge expert for executive coaching and Global Enterprise.
Carmen is a Certified Executive Coach and Certified Co-Active® Coach experienced in developing business professionals, specially those working or considering going into family businesses – or making a break from it to forge their own path. Her focus on family business is born out of a passion for family enterprises and the desire to help next-generation leaders take ownership of their lives and careers.
Whether a client wishes to find his or her place within the family business or hopes to leverage existing experience to pursue alternatives, including entrepreneurship, Carmen is able to provide coaching, training and leadership development, helping them identify their goals and develop and implement action plans to meet them.
Furthermore, as a credentialed family business adviser, Carmen is equipped to provide guidance on matters such as succession planning, ownership, and conflict resolution within the family enterprise.
Speaking multiple languages and having lived in multiple countries, Carmen is our PeopleSurge global training, and family enterprise expert.
Larry is a sought after executive coach and leadership facilitator. He has over 20 years’ experience working in various leadership roles where he has led global systems, process, and training implementations for Fortune 50 companies. As a coach, his mission is to help leaders become their personal best. While he uses proven methods and tools, he believes that each leader is unique and therefore uses creative approaches to achieve lasting results.
As a coach, he helps leaders who are in pivotal career transitions such as taking on new roles or new teams, or who want to take their leadership to the next level. Larry works with leaders on international assignments so that they can better understand how their “home culture” intersects with the cultures of the people they lead. Ultimately this helps leaders improve trust, communication, teamwork, and employee engagement.
Having lived in Argentina, Venezuela and the U.S., he is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has worked with leaders from: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.
Larry holds a Master of Human Resource Management degree from the University of North Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The College of New Jersey. He has been married for over 25 years and has two boys.
People across the entire employment spectrum from front line employees through to the C-suite all play a role in the performance of an organization. As former Presidents/CEO’s who have experienced all of the challenges associated with owning, growing, and exiting businesses, we understand how important it is to know how people are affecting performance. We came together around a common purpose and passion, the intersection between people strategies and business results. How can we enable businesses, specifically the people across the entire employment spectrum, to understand how they play a role in the success or failure of their organization?
We considered how we were going to enable businesses to understand their people and designed a methodology that is a unique blend of transferring our knowledge and experience through training and advisory services combined with the latest technology and science related to human behavior.
Our commitment to our clients is to establish a candid, authentic, thought-provoking environment as part of our knowledge transfer and training programs. And we will always be exploring the most effective technology available to support our client’s efforts to understand the complexities of human nature.
Doing business with PeopleSurge is a breath of fresh AIR…Awareness, Insights, Results.
Together, we make an impact on YOUR People Strategy and the trajectory your organization.