About Us

Why companies choose to work with Brightleaf

Our clients choose to work with us for three main reasons:

  • Expertise – They temporarily require skills they don’t currently have
  • Experience – They need people who’ve been where they are and know how to avoid the mistakes
  • Vantage Point – They require an outside perspective or a different approach

Brightleaf works with our clients to determine how to best meet their needs and work as part of their team to achieve their goals. Every project is different, so we approach each one from the perspective of the client and the client’s desired outcome.

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Robert E. Ross, MBA

President, Managing Partner

Focus:  Financial and quantitative analysis, model development

Robert works directly with business leaders to better guide their decisions and create practical strategies. He has improved the operations of client companies through his extensive experience with financial and accounting systems, quantitative modeling, and business management.  Prior to forming Brightleaf, Robert used his signal processing background to do extensive security and intelligence work for a supplier to state and federal law enforcement agencies.

BSE in Engineering (Electrical and Computer), Mathematics – Duke University
MBA – Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business

John Thrush, MBA

Senior Consultant, Partner

Focus:  Market research and analysis, strategic planning

John helps clients develop strategies by understanding the markets for their products through research and analysis of industries and competition. He has managed projects of varying sizes for private companies, non-profits, and both federal and state government. He has also written business plans that have successfully been award equity, debt, and/or grant funding.  Before Brightleaf, John worked in information technology serving upper academics and healthcare clients.

BA in Management, English – Gettysburg College
MBA – Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business

Eric Fuchs, MBA

Senior Consultant, Junior Partner

Focus:  Market research and analysis, quantitative analysis

Eric provides essential knowledge and practical experience that allow our clients to make better decisions about when and how to enter markets. Eric has utilized his background in Engineering for work in the the energy industry as well as a startup accelerator backed by private capital that focused on technology innovations.

BS in Engineering (Aeronautical and Astronautical) – Virginia Tech
MBA – University of South Carolina, the Moore School of Business

Carson Longo, MBA

Senior Consultant

Focus: Market research and analysis, strategic planning, business plans

Carson employs his research and writing prowess to provide both meaningful insights and seasoned experience to benefit clients with stronger outcomes. Carson’s background in technology management and banking provides valuable insights which have resulted in successful rounds of investment.

BA in Computer Science, Psychology – Syracuse University
MBA – Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business

Robert E. Mayhew, CPA

Accounting and Finance

Focus: Accounting, financial analysis, valuations

Bob adheres to his decades of experience as a forensic and management accountant to reveal the financial history of an organization in order to determine its current value and prepare it for improved financial performance.

Agrima Gulati


Agrima assists our clients with recording and making sense of their financials while ensuring all legally required financial forms and documents are filed.

Our Values

Our values  guide our daily actions and long term goals. They constitute a promise we make to every person, business, and organization we encounter.

We conduct our business and ourselves with honesty and integrity, never wavering or losing sight of the right thing to do. We believe that truth engenders trust, which forms the foundation for our work.
We seek diversity in opinion, perspective, and approach to enrich our understanding of the issues and provide the best and most creative solutions.
We take pride in honoring our commitments to our clients, our company, ourselves, our families, and our community. Furthermore, we honor and respect the commitments of others.
We prepare by expanding our knowledge, developing our skills, exercising our minds, and cultivating a strong network of complementary partners. We deliver by being creative stewards of all the resources availed to us. We stand by our work ensuring that our deliverables are timely, well understood, and usable.

In an MBA program?

We offer internships to students in MBA and MMS programs. Contact us for details.

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