Chris Trendler

Chris Trendler

Chris Trendler is a Principal at ghSMART, where he serves private equity boards, executives and investors in the areas of leadership assessment, talent development, and organizational transformation.

Prior to joining ghSMART, Chris was Vice President of Operations at Tallwave, a leading venture-backed accelerator based in Scottsdale, Arizona. While with Tallwave, Chris assembled and managed teams to develop and commercialize early- and growth-stage companies. He also advised investors on talent assets within portfolio companies.

Before Tallwave, Chris was a consultant with McKinsey and Company where he worked on a variety of strategic projects including international growth, mergers and acquisitions, operations transformations, and strategic procurement. Chris was also a core member of client teams that advised industry leaders in retail, chemicals, mining, professional services, and agriculture on talent and organizational issues. Additionally, he worked with the Itasca Project in Minneapolis to build the economic development strategy for the region. Aside from client work, Chris led several initiatives to recruit consultants in the Midwest with advanced professional degrees. He was also active in teaching and training new hires.

Prior to consulting, Chris worked in Washington, DC in law and public policy.

Chris holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University. He is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona. Chris lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children.

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