Leadership

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.”

Edmond Bourke
Founder and CEO C2 REM

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Dave Des Rochers

Dave Des Rochers

Vice President

Dave Des Rochers is the Vice President and Director of Sales at PATH2HappiSuccess, where he has been instrumental in the development of both the Student and Career Transition programs that help people find career happiness and success based on their unique characteristics, capabilities and types of things they like to do.He joined PATH2HappiSuccess in 2017.

After retiring as a professional football player with the Seattle Seahawks, Dave had to reinvent himself in a new career. He spent a couple of years as a professional actor appearing in TV shows and movies before moving on to spend more than 20 very successful years providing wealth management advicetoindividuals, families, businesses and pensions.

After being in sports for much of his life, Dave understands the necessity of having a solid Game Plan in order to achieve success. He sees the PATH2HappiSuccess program as part of animportant Game Plan enabling each student and adult to determine their top career,resulting in a happy and successful lifetime experience.

“After many years as a professional athlete and coach, I helped foundPATH2HappiSuccess soIcan help other people find their game plan to pursue their true career calling and a life of happiness and success. It gives me great joy to see people discover new careers that are truly thebest fit for them.”

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Angelo Ponzi

Angelo Ponzi

Chief Marketing Officer

Angelo Ponzi is the Chief Marketing Officer at PATH2HappiSuccess where he heads the branding and marketing for both the Student and Career Transition programs that help people determine their top career, that will provide long-term happiness and success.

Angelo has worked with some of the biggest brands in America, including Purina, JP Morgan Chase and Nike, helping bring their products to market. He is a partner in a market research company, a radio talk show host and former advertising agency owner. He is also an Expert in Residence for the University of California Applied Innovation.

“I have three sons who each went through the intense process of identifying a college major and potential career. The PATH2HappiSuccess program delivers a more effective and efficient way for Students to determine the major that will give them the best opportunity to graduate in 4 years and to succeed in a career they are both very good at and passionate about. And, for adults in Career Transition, the program provide a clear pathway for them to determine the new careerthat will give them the bestopportunity to be successful.. Whether you are a student or adult seeking a career change, PATH2HappiSuccess takes the mystery out of finding true career happiness and success.”

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Sandra Eckardt

Sandra Eckardt

Public Relations

Sandra Eckardt is on the Public Relations team for PATH2HappiSuccess where she is responsible for creating visibility and credibility for the Student and Career Transition programs. Sandra has created and implemented PR programs for well-known consumer brands including Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Clint Eastwood, and Nestle.

“Career happiness and success is tied directly to how closely one’s career aligns with their aptitude, personality, interests and preferences. It is my pleasure to share PATH2HappiSuccess with the world, giving more people ability to find their true calling and finding fulfillment.”

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Teri Sawyer

Teri Sawyer

Public Relations

Teri Sawyer is on the Public Relations team for PATH2HappiSuccess where she is responsible for creating visibility and credibility for both the Student and Career Transition programs. Teri has created and implemented PR programs for business and consumer brands including Toshiba, Mitsubishi and Pedego Electric Bikes.

“I’ve seen the success of PATH2HappiSuccess in my own friends and family members. Taking the program helped reveal their best careers for lifelong happiness and success.”

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