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Michael Ishida

Senior Partner

Michael Ishida has over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur. He has been involved with 5 start-ups all of which ended up with acquisitions, 2 by multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies.

Much of Michael’s career has been focused in tier-one ERP consulting services. His primary focus was building marketing and sales teams, implementing business development and sales strategies, creating strategic partnerships (Oracle, IBM, CSC, CGEY) and as Executive Sponsor to strategic accounts.

One of Michael’s long-standing clients (over 12 years) is Guthy- Renker. Michael’s former consulting practice Abaris has supported GRC through 7 major projects including global expansion, demand planning, supply chain planning, media analytics and two upgrades of their Oracle Applications ERP system. To date Guthy-Renker is still a client in good standing with Abaris and Mr. Ishida maintains a strong relationship with Executives and Management. In addition to GRC, Abaris currently supports Product Partners’ (best known for P90X) Oracle Applications ERP system.

Michael is currently involved with raising growth and start-up capital, co-founded a merchant verification firm, is an Advisory Board Member to a 501(c)(3) non-profit global institute for “green technology” and is focused on product acquisition, strategic partnerships, and operations for Genesis Marketing.


Ken Konecki

Senior Partner

Ken has an extensive background consulting Sports Agencies and Professional Athletes directly in the area of marketing, personal development, training, and media. His background includes working and consulting for Interperformances Sports Agency based in San Marino, Italy. (The world’s largest sports agency)

He has worked as an innovator in the area of creative sports marketing, developing unique ways to bring together professional athletes and the youth domestically and internationally.

A Chicago native, Ken, has been training world-class athletes for 13 years. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in Marketing, Ken has served under Joedy Gardner, recognized as one of the top basketball trainers in the world over the last 25 years. Ken has developed a unique training program called Midrange7 that focuses on the middle area of the court. Over his many years of experience Ken has worked with a variety of players both professional and amateur. He is now recognized throughout the professional basketball community as one who isolates this area of the floor and trains world-class athletes to excel.

As a Movie Producer and Founder of Konecki & Associates, a consulting company, his desire is to lead the sports and entertainment field by creating “never been done before” customized global marketing strategies and working with the leaders in these respective fields. Ken sits on the Board of Directors of numerous companies and enjoys helping these companies, foundations, and individuals to attain their goals and dreams in business and life.