We are a breath of fresh air
We bring CEO experience and scientifically-validated people analytics to your business. We combine your data with our tools and teach you how to make understanding people easy. We are by your side as your strategic solutions advisor, and together we tackle your biggest challenges.
99% of Survey Respondents
Self-Awareness top trait for
88% CEO Respondents
Unsatisfied with Strength of
the Organizational Culture
35% CEO Respondents
downturn (up from 17%)
Kirk McMillan, Co-Founder
Kirk McMillan, Chief People Whisperer, is a CEO, Vistage Chair, certified talent optimization consultant, 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.
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.
He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Family Business from Kennesaw State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel where he sits on the Advisory Board for the Baker School of Business. Kirk is active board member with Acorn School of Charleston, the first Waldorf school in South Carolina. Residing in Charleston, South Carolina, Kirk is happily married and the proud father of three children.
“Kirk has forced my thinking around the big picture instead of getting bogged down in the daily work” – Jason Burke, CEO, The New Primal
“I have an immense amount of gratitude for the opportunity to be a Vistage member. The honesty and integrity of the group has enriched my work and personal life in ways I couldn’t have imagined.” – Wes Carter, President, Atlantic Packaging (#16 N.C. Top 100 Private Companies)
Mike Mosel, Co-Founder
Mike Mosel, Co-Founder, and certified talent optimization consultant, is passionate about advising businesses in industries like construction, hospitality, manufacturing, and general contracting whose growth opportunities are specifically related to people. He brings nearly 20 years of hands-on CEO experience having owned, operated, and exited a number of businesses in those marketplaces. As a graduate of George Mason University, Mike has continued his learning by participating in CEO/business owner peer groups and leadership development programs and is active in his local business community through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. He’s been playing golf since age 6, enjoys craft beer, and working out at his local CrossFit gym. He is happily married to his wife of 15 years, has 2 daughters ages 11 and 14 and lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
“The team at PeopleSurge are passionate about building teams and unleashing individuals to live up to their full potential. Mike has not only trained our team to understand the PI assessments, but also practical use the Predictive Index tools to recruit new teammates and improve internal communication. Integrating the Predictive Index with our applicant tracking system has allowed us to screen candidates much more efficiently and has increased our hiring ratio of candidates interviewed from 1 in 15 to 1 in 4.” – Ed Edwards, Circuit Board Medics
Andy McCarthy, Partner
Andy McCarthy, a certified talent optimization consultant, brings over 10 years CEO and owner experience, scaling and exiting businesses. 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 Worldwide, 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.
“Working with Andy was one of the most powerful things we did for our business this past year. Andy helped us implement tools and practices that changed the way we do business – from planning to structure to meetings to accountability. He was not just teaching us the practices but was hands-on making them happen in our organization and involved at all levels with our team. He is an incredibly valuable resource as a sounding board, mentor, and partner.” – Jennifer Ferrebee, CEO, Verde