Chris W. Brussalis
Chris Brussalis is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hill Group, Inc., a management consulting firm serving a wide range of clients in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The Hill Group, founded in 1953, is a premier provider of strategy and management counsel and specializes in strategy, operations, performance and diagnostic measurement, and organizational development.
Chris has technical knowledge, academic expertise, and practical experience in planning, economic analysis, policy development, leadership, and management. He has provided counsel in strategy, leadership, management, organizational performance, and sales productivity for numerous Fortune 500 corporations, large institutions, and governments. Chris also has extensive experience and expertise in stakeholder participation processes and has testified as an expert witness on public policy, development, and planning issues.
In addition to his duties at The Hill Group, Chris is also Adjunct Professor of Management and Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. Chris also served as chairman of the economic development faculty with the Tri-State Leadership Academy, housed at West Virginia University, where he developed curriculum and lectured in strategic planning, management, leadership, and economic development on behalf of the Kellogg Foundation. Chris' teaching at the graduate level focuses on management, strategy, and policy analysis. He also has numerous publications and papers on management and policy issues to his credit.
Chris is very active in civic and community issues. He was appointed by Pennsylvania's Governor to serve on the Commonwealth's Small Business Council. Chris also serves on the boards of American Society for Competitiveness, Leadership Pittsburgh (Past Chairman), Regional Learning Alliance, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (President), Eberly College of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University MBA and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, and the General Council of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity.
Chris served as Managing Director of the New Idea Factory, the economic development transition in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding region which was the largest transition effort of a metropolitan region in the history of the United States. He also served as Vice President of the Institute of Management Consultants for Western Pennsylvania, Chairman of the Annual Fund at Allegheny College, Director of CONTACT Pittsburgh, and was active in Rotary International. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a network of regional leaders and decision makers.
Chris was selected as one of the region's top 20 "Changemakers" by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Magazine's top "40 Under 40", and one of "Pittsburgh's 50 Finest". He received a Blue Citation from Allegheny College for a lifetime of outstanding service to his alma mater. Chris was also selected by the Secretary of the Air Force as one of 100 distinguished American leaders to attend the forty-seventh annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.