Step Up And Play Big!


“I just wanted to say thank you for the coaching you provided a few years back. In particular, thank you for pushing me! I was re-reading the Manager Meets the Monkey book again and I found a very direct e-mail you had sent me in there. This was the turning point of my growth. Although I didn’t appreciate it at first, I eventually came to understand your point. I wouldn’t say I have made it or, for that matter, ever want to truly “make it” in the world of business or life because I enjoy the journey and the challenges that come with it. However, in that moment, I needed to be pushed and stretched in order to grow and get to the next level and be a better leader, father, friend, co-worker and spouse.”

VP Global Tax; Global Consumer Health Products Company

I first want to thank you for all you did to help guide me to my dreams. I still have lots to learn but the main dream I achieved is retirement!! I retired at 55 and have loved the last 7 months. I have 5 granddaughters now. In addition I now have a home in Florida and two in NJ! Thank you!! I have more time for my volunteer work too. I’m living the dream.
Thank you so much for your help throughout the years. Your guidance is still and always will be with me. I hear you in my head. (In a good way, of course.)

Successful & Retired Entrepreneur (Multi-state franchise operation)

“Chris, I just want to say how much I enjoyed your presentation last night. You delivered an energized performance at a time when most are slowing down. Many of the things you said resonated with me, both personally and professionally. I started my career many years ago with a large company and had so many wonderful managers/mentors at the time. You reminded me of that style, and unfortunately, one has to look very far and wide to find it in business these days.” 

Elizabeth Dow
HR Generalist

“As a senior financial officer with USLIFE Corporation, I enjoyed working with Chris over a period spanning more than two decades as his responsibilities progressed to leadership of the company as a member of the Office of the Chairman.

I looked to Chris as a rational problem-solver who was able to keep cool, and promote a calm sense of solution-finding among others, through the challenges faced by a major public company in the financial sector. Chris took a genuine interest in the retention and development of talented individuals who contributed to the company’s value proposition, and we counted on him to be an advocate for unpopular but necessary decisions.” 

Neal M. Stern, CPA CLU
Vice President – Investor Relations
Prudential Financial, Inc

“Over the 23+ years I have known Chris, he has worked very hard to develop a high level of integrity, credibility and respect among his superiors, peers and subordinates at USLIFE. He is seen as someone who you can talk to. While he is decisive in his actions, all know that they will get a fair hearing from him on any issue. He is known as the ‘go to guy’ who gets things done on time and right the first time. Individuals see him as their leader and gravitate to him. He is best when dealing with a crisis when the team is looking for leadership.

Developing his team is another one of his strongest capabilities. He has played an instrumental role in the development of other senior officers throughout the parent company and our operating subsidiaries which has allowed the company to grow through our existing human resources.

Our Board of Directors is extremely pleased with Chris’ performance and contribution to USLIFE’s success. He is often described as having the skills and leadership abilities to be ‘literally dropped’ into any of our companies and within short order run it effectively and re-energize its team to achieve more.

Chris does not know what it means to give up or to stop short of achieving a stated goal. When confronted with obstacles, he ‘turns up the heat’ and finds a solution to keep moving forward.”

Gordon E. Crosby
Chairman of the Board and CEO, USLIFE Corporation

“Chris Ruisi is clearly the Coach’s Coach. Through his engaging personality and collaborative style, he is able to empower people to reach their full potential and achieve beyond what they perceive as their personal limitations. During my tenure as Chief Financial Officer of USLIFE Corporation, Chris was one of the few true mentors I have had in my career; a rare commodity in a very challenging business environment.”

James M. Schlomann
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Confie Seguros Holding Company

“Chris Ruisi is the kind of leader who has the unique ability to drive individuals to top performance levels. It is a rare blend of strong leadership combined with an ability to concisely communicate expectations and vision that not only made you want to be on his team, but to excel. Motivation comes naturally to Chris. His persona commands respect, but his business acumen and leadership ability are always apparent and one of his greatest qualities as a leader is his ability to assess talent and provide the environment for that talent to develop.”

Lisa Brinkman
(formerly Senior VP – Administration; USLIFE)
Service Platform Director – Implementation
NELSON – Architecture and Engineering Services