Dr. Richard Ellison
Founder & Creator
Dr. Richard Ellisonis the founder and creator of PATH2HappiSuccess, the only online program that empowers people to find lifelong career success and happiness by utilizing proven personality, interest and aptitude tests integrated with his proprietary process. The program is based on his book, Career Happiness and Success, which has a five-star ranking on Amazon.
Dr. Ellison initially created the PATH2HappiSuccess program for his grandchildren and family friends, who needed help identifying their best majors and future career paths. It was such a success for them that he decided to roll the student program out publicly and then added the career transition program.
PATH2HappiSuccess is the second career for Dr. Ellison. Previously, he spent more than 40 years as the CEO and key growth manager of several very successful, national environmental consulting and engineering companies.
“I originally created PATH2HappiSuccess to help my own grandchildren and family friends find the path to their college and career happiness and success. Based on their success, I decided to make it available to help everyone find lifelong career success and happiness based on the things that make them unique – their Aptitude, Personality, Interests, Preferences and Traits. Subsequently, we have tailored the program to also help adults wanting and/or needing to transition into new and better careers.”
In each of his management positions, Dr. Ellison hired, managed, mentored and partnered with many highly talented professionals in a variety of Engineering, Scientific and Program Management positions. Many of those colleagues grew to be top-level managers in elite companies including nine who went on to found and create their own very successful companies with annual revenues between $10 and $270 million.
The following are testimonials of prior colleagues who have founded and built their own very successful companies
“While working with Dick in a start-up firm about 30 years ago, Dick provided the vision and the strategy to lead D’Appolonia Consultants from about 20 people to one of the largest independently owned engineering companies in the world in its specialty areas. Working together, we always had a lot of fun and were able to build and train a staff of professionals recognized as worldwide leaders in geotechnical engineering, geology, seismology and environmental engineering. The experiences of working with Dick and observing how he pursued new business and motivated people and clients were key to me in starting my own successful consulting firm”.
Paul C. Rizzo, Ph.D., P.E.
Founder and CEO, Rizzo Associates
“When Dick opened a D’Appolonia office in Albuquerque to serve the Nuclear Waste industry, he asked me to take the lead on the “flagship” Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) project. In a short period, we were able to build a powerful staff of engineers and scientists to assist in making that project to be the only deep geologic disposal site for nuclear wastes in the country. With an extreme focus on servicing the customer’s need for high-end technical performance under a demanding schedule, I with Dick’s guidance was instrumental in growing our services by tenfold in one year. When Dick decided to start his own company, Environmental Solutions, Inc. (ESI) he asked me to invest in and create the Northern California Division. Using the same problem-solving philosophy, we were able to grow ESI to revenue of $35 million in 10 years. All of those experiences were key to me starting my own very successful company when ESI was sold
Dev Shukla, Ph.D
Founder and CEO, Innovative Technical Solutions, Inc.
“For many years I had the privilege to work closely with Dr. Ellison, solving some of the most challenging Superfund Projects throughout the US and was most impressed with Dick’s ability to always surround himself with the best and brightest people as well as his passion for the work and his commitment to problem solving in a way that was both challenging and enjoyable. Together, we were able to grow and expand a group of problem-solving professionals with the reputation of being the best at developing the most cost-effective solutions that could be accepted by our clients, governing agencies and often the public. I have taken this philosophy, and the unique experience of working with Dick, with me over the past 20 years of starting and growing my own company.”
Founder and CEO C2 REM