THE DARK HORSE MENTALITY
Strategic Innovation. Bias for Action. Commitment to Sustainable Development.
Creative Disruption. Integrative Success. Force Multipliers.
At CGS we believe an often missing element in startups and organizations looking to expand overseas is an operations-minded business person with the experience, tenacity, and strategic acumen to see a comprehensive picture while creating solutions that will bring a net positive impact in the world. We believe our work is the future.
We are committed to creating equity between the opportunities of the developed world and the institutional voids of emerging markets through disruptive technology, strategy, and solutions. We are passionate about disruptive technologies such as drone delivery platforms, educational or telehealth solutions, blockchain for supply chain transparency, agritech, and tip-of the-spear medical technologies that can solve problems such as poverty, mortality rates, socioeconomic inequality, and climate change.
Our team brings you the overseas experience, innovative mindset, business acumen, and technical expertise required to create uncommon solutions to intricate problems that a growing business might face. Not just another consulting firm, CGS is built on the idea that business decisions should not solely be made in the boardroom or through remote data analysis, but rather, should engage operations expertise, local experts, and modern technology to deliver the best strategy and tactics to grow and scale.
CoFounder - Strategy & Leadership
Crista Casas has worked in the startup industry as a global business operations manager throughout West Africa, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Her expertise includes vetting market entry strategy, implementing medical drone delivery integration operations into military combat training, business development, and managing organizational change for scaling. She has also served in the non-profit disaster response sector, overseeing multiple operations in response to national and international disasters.
Crista has also worked as a corporate business fixer in the health and fitness industry. She began her civilian career in the long-haul transportation sector where she supervised operations for a nation-wide trucking company. Ms. Casas served as a firefighter in the state of Colorado and in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 until 2016 as a logistics non-commissioned officer, including a role as a cargo handler for combat operations in Iraq from 2008-2009. She is currently an MBA candidate at the George Washington University, where she also teaches Business Ethics and Public Policy. She graduated the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, a concentration in International Relations and Areas Studies (Middle East & Latin America) and a minor in Near Eastern Art and Archaeology in 2005.
CoFounder - Global Supply Chain & Logistics
Marina Yang is an innovative, dynamic supply chain professional with over 20 years of sales and business operations experience specializing in supply chain and international trade with extensive expertise in technology, manufacturing, and retail industries as well as broad knowledge in international trade compliance, global supplier management and performance audit, freight audit, and process management. She has built logistics and customer service departments spanning across three continents and oversaw manufacturing plant relocation, and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Yang joined the startup world working with nanosatellites and drones where she built the global logistics and supply chain teams. She managed sourcing, suppliers, tax exemptions, ERP system implementations, compliance of governmental and other agency's license requirements for import and export of controlled technology in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was instrumental in the success of the company's supply chain strategy and global logistics front. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the San Jose State University.
CoFounder - Operations
Erica Duran has a broad range of experience managing the deployment of infrastructure and technology for rapidly growing startups and NGOs across the United States, Haiti, and Rwanda. Ms. Duran has previously worked with Crista Casas as a part of the global operations team for drone logistics startup in the Silicon Valley, where she oversaw infrastructure design and operations deployments in Ghana and Rwanda.
Prior to that, Erica worked in the renewable energy sector, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategy for operations across the United States. She also managed projects between cross-functional product and media teams, as well as the rapid deployment of new hardware. As a New Market Construction Project manager, Erica managed the construction of dozens of Electric Vehicle Charging Station Construction projects across the United States. She excels at identifying the most important needs of complicated multidisciplinary projects, designing and executing efficient, adaptable, and scalable solutions, especially in developing markets.
Erica studied Civil Engineering and Sustainable Business & Environmental Science at Northeastern University.