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Russ Shumaker, President of On Belay Management Consulting



A sought-after consultant, Russ works with CEOs and business leaders around the world who are seeking clarity and improvement in their organizations.

His deep knowledge of strategy, marketing, organizational health and human behavior is paired with strong business acumen and a propensity to catalyze creative solutions.

​He has led teams to back-to-back years of 49% revenue growth resulting in $310M+ in annual revenue. Before getting into consulting, was a writer producing over 1 million words per year at a media agency in Los Angeles.

He earned his MBA at Pepperdine University and holds a MA from Fuller Theological Seminary.

An avid traveler, Russ believes that cross-cultural travel is a source of innovation and growth and has experienced 5 continents, 26 countries, and 47 U.S. states. He and his wife, a psychologist and Army veteran, have two children and an Aussie and reside in Indianapolis.

Brooke Krzyston


Sr. Writer, Consultant

Brooke has been in accounting since 2011. Her work experience includes property accounting for organizations that service both commercial and multi-family tenants. Brooke also has experience in construction and manufacturing accounting. She enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and takes pride in being able to wear “multiple hats.” Her career goals include being able to help streamline processes for maximum efficiency.


Brooke grew up in Lombard, IL, and returned to the area in 2019 after a ten year stay in North Carolina.  She currently resides in Clarendon Hills and enjoys spending her free time traveling or simply visiting with her friends and her daughter.

A business consultant



Kaela has led initiatives for government and aeronautics and healthcare organizations, and is an expert at both operations and marketing.


In addition to her business acumen, she is an internationally published children's book author. 

A business consultant



James is an inventory, procurement, and supply chain guru with in-depth experience in aerospace and manufacturing.

His critical insights are valued by clients and peers alike.

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