The Acumen Team

Mike Colosimo – Chief Operating Officer & Senior Business Advisor

Mike Colosimo graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a degree in business management and possesses over 25 years of business ownership and executive management experience including President/CEO, Executive Director, Vice President of Operations, Regional Director and Senior Business Advisor.

Over the years Colosimo has owned several businesses. In 2009, he launched Acumen Business Solutions, an organizational and business development firm specializing in business start up’s, corporate growth and enhanced, sustainable profitability with a goal of instilling a culture of intrinsic respect for all.

Colosimo is driven and passionate with regards to cultivating a learning environment, entrepreneurship, developmental, strategic growth and sustainable profitability.Colosimo’s commitment to entrepreneurial excellence is conveyed throughout every action and is the core foundational belief of what Acumen stands for.

It is Colosimo’s intent to make a difference in business, society and in life as he believes a true leader is not in place to merely lead a company.Colosimo believes that leaders must lead with a purpose that is more in-depth than productivity and profitability.They must possess passion and a commitment to leading with integrity and a regard for all.

Colosimo has directed a number of corporations in becoming more profitable, effective and efficient while fostering an environment of respect. A sample of these companies include, Vantage Point Partners, Kass Clinics, Quad Graphics, Mundahl and Wagner Law, Move One Degree, InFit of Albertville, Concrete Treatments Inc., Minneapolis North Hilton, Get It Sold on EBay, St Croix Telecom, Minneapolis Eagle, Starwood Brand Hotels, Matty B's Restaurants, Four Wise Guys Hospitality, Star Tribune and International Market Square’s Hospitality Division.  

Alissa Daire Nelson - Success Coaching

Alissa Daire Nelson - Success Coach Alissa Daire Nelson works with entrepreneurs that are already successful in their businesses. However, their lives feel like they're rowing a canoe perpendicularly across a river.... Alissa uses a program that helps them reclaim time, balance, and harmony in their lives, while producing growth in their businesses they didn't know was possible. Alissa's greatest joy is seeing people reach their greatest potential, while not sacrificing what's most important to them.

Kelly Colosimo, M.A. – Founder/Human Resources Advisor

Kelly has over nine years of Human Resources and Recruiting experience.  Kelly’s Human Resources experience includes managing the Human Resources department for a firm of 115 employees with multiple offices in the state. Kelly’s responsibilities include recruiting, employee relations, policy and procedures, auditing, compliance, benefits administration, formalizing organizational structure, payroll and staff training.  

Kelly is an expert and developing, implementing and facilitating Leadership Training Programs that ensure strengthen operations and increased profitability.  

Kelly has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts Degree in Education, and taught eighth grade Mathematics for two years.  Kelly has completed the Dale Carnegie Training Effective Communication and Human Relation course and the Leadership Training for Managers Lab Program.

She is also in the process of becoming an adjunct Trainer for Dale Carnegie Training in the Effective Communications and Human Relations Program.

Ben Olson - Business Solutions Consultant

Ben Olson is a Certified Business Finance Consultant.  He holds an extensive background in business development, sales & marketing, team building and training.  Over the last decade, Ben has directed the profitability and growth of local, regional and national organizations.  He has served as a Business Owner, Business Consultant, National Foundation Director, Area Director and Certified National Trainer.

By overseeing and implementing operational strategies, Ben is able to lead the production efforts both internally and externally, while ensuring efficient and superior service.

Matthew Majkozak - Business Solutions Consultant

Matthew Majkozak is a 17 year broadcast media and business marketing professional. He has extensive experience in radio and television advertisement conception, writing, creation and production. His passion for business growth has been demonstrated through leadership as a BNI Chapter President and Education Coordinator, CAI-MN Communications Committee Member, Operations Manager, MMHA Ambassador, Major Market Radio Personality, Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Sales Person.

Over the last 5 years, Matthew has focused on business development, operational systems implementation, sales, employee training, multi-platform marketing and marketplace branding. He has a keen sense of public perception and how businesses can reach their target market(s).

Matthew has been responsible for the implementation and execution of promotional and advertising campaigns for a wide range of products and services giving him versatility that transcends industry borders. He has managed advertising budgets in excess of $200,000 as well as being directly involved with company growth that increased more than 150% annually for three consecutive years, and has managed the operations of a company that exceeded $6.5 million in annual revenue.

Matthew is an expert at creating new ways of business image presentation to consumers and other businesses highlighting the best an organization brings to a marketplace.

Kris Jacobson – Marketing Strategist

Kris Jacobson’s marketing career and passion for helping businesses of all sizes succeed began in 1986 while in high school as a graphic design intern at one of Kansas City’s largest ad agencies. Over the last 20 years, she has worked for large corporations as well as small business owners providing strategic marketing planning, consulting and branding expertise.
Her diverse experience working with industries including manufacturing, financial, and real estate for both large and small companies directly benefits clients by integrating the right mix and a variety of marketing vehicles with the RIGHT WORDS, the RIGHT IMAGE, and AT THE RIGHT TIME.

Kris specializes in Comprehensive Marketing Consulting, Integrated Marketing Planning, Public Relations, Graphic Design, and Event Production and Management.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Management from Concordia University, St. Paul and attended art and design classes at the Kansas City Art Institute.
“Each marketing strategy represents a link in a chain. Whether it is a logo, a brochure, a coupon, a website, signage, trade show, radio ad, an ad on a bathroom door or an ad in a glossy magazine or a hundred other marketing mediums – if they are not linked by similar branding, images and messages, they will not create a strong, effective marketing chain in the minds of prospective clients.” - Kris Jacobson                                                           

Bernie Mullen - Sr. Vice President, Organizational Development

A graduate of Biola University and Argosy University with a degree in Accounting/Business Administration and Master’s in Organizational Development. Bernie began his career as a tax accountant at one of Los Angeles’s well known and respected accounting firms, Bonilla CPA Firm.
While working as an accountant he was recruited by the owner of a Maplewood Hotel Corporation to reconcile the balance sheet due to mismanagement and cash flow inefficiencies. The project was designed to last one month but turned into seven years and ownership, hence started a wonderful career in hospitality. 

Bernie held several positions, including VP of Hotel Operations, Asset Manager & Organizational Developer, General Manager, Regional Controller, and Hotel Controller. Currently managing partner with Encompass Hospitality Group responsible for management contracts and consulting services. With Wischermann Partners Hotel Management Company, Bernie opened upscale properties, and Bernie is an adjunct instructor at the collegiate level teaching business which allow him to continue mentoring, guiding and coaching students and to stay current on business practices, plus Bernie finds it’s simply fun!

With over 20 years experienced Bernie developed and patented a robust business planning process called the Triple Bottom Line Hotel Performance System® implemented at property levels.Bernie describes his abilities as a three legged stool: cash management, operational efficiencies, and organizational development. That produces greater financial performance, an engaged associates and improved guest loyalty. This system is proven and works in all industries!



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