Unity in Expertise: Consultants Join Forces, Embracing Differences for Success

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 13, 2023) — CME Consulting LLC, previously a 12-year solo consultancy, recently expanded to meet increasing demand for strategy management consulting services in driving regional growth.

“With the U.S. economy surpassing analysts’ expectations and Texas leading in new business growth, the conditions were ripe for us to embark on an expansion of expertise and service offerings,” said CME Consulting LLC Founder and Principal Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE. “The chosen team embodies locally esteemed, diverse and seasoned individuals with a wealth of knowledge and proficiency.”

  • John Hernandez, MBA, joins the firm as a partner and senior strategist with a strong track record of helping businesses scale. He brings more than 25 years of experience in business strategy, construction, entrepreneurship, wealth management, and nonprofit management.
  • Renika Atkin, LMSW, CNP, joins as a senior associate and collaborator. As the founder of Atkins Powerhouse Consulting, LLC, she has a proven track record cultivating the success of startup nonprofits and securing sustainable resources.
  • Scott Morikawa joins as lead analyst and associate. Morikawa is a strong business advisor, efficiency guru, and information technology expert with experience in numerous market sectors including food service, military and government, entrepreneurship and technology.
  • Chris Smith, MBA, an international marketing, communications and strategic management expert with more than two decades of experience, serves as the team’s senior advisor.

“These consultants uniquely increase CME’s capacity for taking on bigger projects and initiatives,” Eckler said. “Each of these individuals has a proven record for making strong impacts in Fort Worth-Dallas and beyond. Each of them is mission-driven, aligning well with CME’s mission to ‘help those who help others.’”



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