Today as the CEO and Founder of The Coach’s Zone, Chris Ruisi mentors and guides executives and business leaders to find their “stretch” point to learn the full measure of their capabilities in chaotic times. He helps them to “master being comfortable feeling uncomfortable.” Through his extensive corporate leadership experience and his client work, Chris deals only with real world perspectives to provide real time solutions. All of this is reflected in his presentations and programs.
Known as a popular podcaster, blogger, and sought after speaker, he has created a community of entrepreneurs, executives, and business leaders who understand the importance of Stepping Up, Being Fearless and Playing Big.
Through his public speaking, podcasting, and blog posts he uses stories about his life in the executive suite to get his message out: within every crisis or chaotic event there is an opportunity waiting to be found; if you are hunkered down in your bunker hoping things will get better, you will not see the opportunities available to you.
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What audiences have consistently said after attending one of Chris’ programs:
- “The best speaker we have ever had.”
- “He has the unique ability to make complex subjects simple to understand.”
- “His real life stories are what help to get his points across.”
- “Chris put together one of the best programs I have attended in 30 years. I walked away with motivation and renewed energy.”
- “Chris’ seminar was a great learning experience and the information gave me a new perspective on how to maximize my knowledge. I arrived at his seminar tired from a long day at work and left feeling energized and excited about the possibilities.”
- "His "2 Minute Drill" is outstanding - I am excited to put the plays into action at work and at home with my kids."
- “I learned more in 90 minutes with you than hours of time spent with many other business development sources.”
Clients have included:
- Meridian Health Care System
- St. Francis College / American Management Association
- Marsh, Inc.
- Boston University / MIT NROTC Leadership Symposium
- Marine Trades Association
- Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association
- NJ Staffing Alliance
- NJ Restaurant Owners Association
- Geese Police - Annual Franchisee Planning Conference
- Monmouth Ocean Development Council
Chris Ruisi is battle tested. Having been in the trenches on the front line as the former President and COO of USLIFE Corporation, and as a member of the office of the Chairman and The Board of Directors, the one overriding principle he learned was that chaos and crisis can be used as a strategic advantage. During times of chaos and crisis, he learned what he was capable of and who he could be. He learned how to win. During his tenure at USLIFE he played a lead role in many high stakes strategic initiatives, including:
- Responsibility for overseeing the company’s mergers, acquisition and divestiture team. In that role quarterbacked the sale of USLIFE (USH) to American General Corporation (AGC) creating almost $1Billion of additional shareholder value. Identified $50 million of expense savings between AGC and USH; directed the development and implementation of the plans to bring these savings to the bottom line.
- Quarterbacked corporate-wide workflow improvement efforts, identifying redundancies and expense saving opportunities and areas where new technologies could be applied.
- Directed the relocation of 800 positions from New York City to a suburban New Jersey location. Move resulted in savings and productivity gains of $10-$15 million annually.
- Directed the consolidation of the company’s data processing functions to a centralized service center; all subsidiary legal, tax, financial, actuarial and human resources functions as well as all company telecommunications, printing, graphics, purchasing and supply functions saving annually $40.0 to $50.0 million.
- In response to government mandated changes that created a crisis in the health care industry, he directed the diversification strategy of the company’s group insurance business from the small case medical/indemnity market into the ancillary non-medical and association/ affinity group marketplace. Identified new sources of revenue totaling more than $300 million .