Leading the Way, LLC has alliances with other consulting professionals,  i.e. accountants and attorneys to assist with specific assignment needs.

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow."

 Woodrow Wilson

Bob Gnuse,  Prinicipal

Bob Gnuse, PE, LEED AP, MBA 

Principal

Consulting:

  • 37-years as a senior executive and professional engineer with proven success in management, sales, and business consulting
  • 7-years of executive level business consulting services to professional engineering, environmental, and construction firms
  • Consulting has ranged from sales training and coaching, facilitating strategic planning/business planning retreats, to developing strategy and implementation plans for firms entering new domestic and foreign markets

Management:

  • Built profitable businesses, managed operating units for a mega national engineering and environmental services firm with annual revenues in excess of $500 million
  • Led several turnarounds involving the restructuring and re-missioning of operating units, including the consolidated of operations, creating new management teams, new markets, and new services
  • Managed on a national basis both corporate identity and public relations, along with human resources

Leadership:

  • Senior Vice-President who lead business development efforts and planned/implemented marketing strategies on a national level for a mega engineering and environmental firm
  • Led initiatives to pursue and expand company presence in the energy, telecommunications, brownfields redevelopment, and transportation markets
  • Professor of Business for various universities across the nation, keeping abreast to the latest in leadership and management approaches/techniques

Board Service:

  • 14-years of experience both working with and serving on engineering Boards
  • 7-years as a Board member of an environmental services firm
  • 7-years providing regular reports as Director of Human Resources, and as Director of Sales and Marketing to a national engineering and environmental services 

Bob Chess

Principal

 Consulting:

  • 42-years as a senior level human resources executive with diverse corporate and division level experience for both large worldwide, and smaller national organizations
  • Trusted coach, mentor and business advisor to all business functions and levels of management
  • Significant consulting for both Boards and Executive leaders regarding all aspects of employee relations, leadership development, and succession planning.  Knowledgeable with ESOPs

Management:

  • Career Human Resources expert and leader of talent management and performance management initiatives for companies with annual revenues exceeding $6 billion, to smaller organizations at $40 million
  • Key business partner in decision making and strategy development
  • Significant experience in balancing cost, competitive and employee relations issues during challenging business and economic environment

Leadership:

  • Strength with talent recruiting and development of leaders
  • Key leadership roles in broad organizational change including acquisition, merger, spin-off and major restructuring initiatives
  • Architect and communicator of corporate programs, policies and procedures

Board Service:

  • Directed human resources and risk management support service for Boards the majority of his career
  • Board trusted advisor on most management and leadership issues
  • Board member on various non-profit and educational organizations, specializing with Human Resources Committees


“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

Theodore Roosevelt

  Bob Chess,  Principal

​Gary Stewart, President

Gary Stewart, RLA, LEED AP, MBA

 President

Consulting:

  • Founder of Leading the Way, LLC
  • 35-years of architecture, engineering, planning, geospatial, and surveying consulting services for a national Top 100 ENR firm
  • Experienced with small businesses, private partnerships, and privately held corporations

Management:

  • Registered landscape architect with diverse management experience with projects, groups, offices, regions, and national divisions
  • MBA graduate, who has managed over 500 projects for government agencies and private real estate developers
  • LEED Accredited Professional and experience establishing a project management and quality management programs

Leadership:

  • 25-years as an owner of a Top 100 ENR firm
  • 8-years serving as the Chairman of the same firm
  • Graduate certificate holder through Cornell University with “High Performance Leadership”

Board Service:

  • 15-years serving on an A/E/P/G Board, including 8-years as Chairman
  • Extensive external Board Service, including leadership roles- Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer
  • Diverse Board Committee experience: Compensation, Governance and Policy, Board Nominating, Political Action, Futurist, Finance and Audit, and Leadership Development and Succession Planning. 

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