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 Vice President/Partner at PATH2HappiSuccess, which empowers people to find career happiness and success. Dave currently leads business development, strategic partnership and group sales efforts for the company. Since joining PATH2HappiSuccess in 2017, Dave has been instrumental in developing both the Student and the Career Transition programs, which help people determine their best career based on their interests, aptitudes and other important characteristics.

Dave has experienced numerous transitions in his own career. After retiring as a professional football player with the Seattle Seahawks, he first reinvented himself as an actor, appearing in numerous TV shows and movies. Later, he transitioned into a career in banking, where he served as a branch vice president before moving on to spend more than 20 years successfully providing wealth management advice to individuals, families, businesses and pension funds.

With his extensive background as a trusted financial advisor, as well as an athlete and coach, Dave fully understands how important it is to have a solid Game Plan in order to achieve success. He believes the PATH2HappiSuccess programs fulfills that purpose: helping people find a game plan to pursue their true career calling, so they can enjoy a lifetime of happiness and success.

Dave has volunteered his time educating high school and college students on investment strategies, both to reach their life goals and to succeed in national stock investment competitions. He also serves as Vice President of the NFL Players Association Orange County Chapter and on the Advisory Board for Mission Sports Network.

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Sue Elliott

Chief Growth Officer

As Chief Growth Officer of PATH2, Sue Elliott is intimately involved in developing and improving our products, as well as bringing those products to market.

Sue has followed multiple, overlapping career paths. For much of her career, she’s been an Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Director and Head of Content. In the print publishing arena, Sue specialized in creating brand-new magazines for sale on newsstands nationwide, including CHEF, Comfort Food, Grilling and other chef-recipe cooking magazines; Overhaulin’ (based on the popular Discovery Channel TV show); and The Barrett-Jackson Experience (about their collector car auctions). Sue also has created numerous content-rich digital platforms, most recently partnering with Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures to launch a healthcare-technology app. And she has written several books, including serving as ghost writer for actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.

At the same time, Sue has been immersed in the personal-transformation field. She created a personal-growth magazine that empowered and uplifted millions of people. She served as a personal coach/business mentor for CEOs and company owners, and she has led workshops for professional and personal development.

On top of that, Sue has had several careers (and jobs) in marketing. She was partners in a firm that got consumer products into the major retailers in the U.S. and made sure people actually bought those products once they were in stores (“sell-in” and “sell-through”). She also founded, and later sold, a boutique PR agency. And she served as spokesperson for SEMA, the automotive aftermarket trade association.

Sue graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a BA in English (and she actually used that degree, as a longtime writer and editor!). Conscious business is very important to Sue: She is currently a member of the Conscious Leadership Guild, and she has served on the executive team of Conscious Capitalism in Orange County.

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Kathleen Drake

Director of Marketing

Kathy’s also has held leadership roles in retail, distribution, manufacturing and service industries. She served as the director of development and executive director for three non-profit organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse in Orange County, California. And she led the turnaround of a manufacturing company as it emerged from bankruptcy.

Kathy has a master’s degree in Management, Strategy & Leadership from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from Northern Illinois University and Certificates in Digital Marketing, Fundraising/Non-Profit Management and Women’s Leadership from Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

Kathy’s also has held leadership roles in retail, distribution, manufacturing and service industries. She served as the director of development and executive director for three non-profit organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse in Orange County, California. And she led the turnaround of a manufacturing company as it emerged from bankruptcy.

Kathy has a master’s degree in Management, Strategy & Leadership from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from Northern Illinois University and Certificates in Digital Marketing, Fundraising/Non-Profit Management and Women’s Leadership from Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

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