Chris Steely

Experience As:

Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Managing Director

Based In:
San Diego, CA.
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Chris Steely

Chris Steely is the CEO, Founder and Managing Director of GPS Business Group, an Organizational Development and Management Consulting firm established in 2005, specializing in business development, strategic planning, team building, and results-oriented execution. Engaging decades of leadership and experience from various industries and serving global markets, Chris has a reputation for his ability to help growth-oriented businesses that want to increase their sales, profits, and cash flow, as well as develop focused performance optimization strategies.

Chris has been a professionally certified business coach and facilitator since 2003. He's trained business coaches in 26 countries, worked with Fortune 500 and major business consulting companies, and has a reputation for his ability to help growth-oriented businesses develop focused strategies that work for them. Chris' background includes international management consulting, business ownership, corporate vice president in the technology sector, extensive corporate business development, operations and project management, service as an active-duty United States Marine Corps logistics officer, and NCAA national rowing championship and coach.

Chris has shared the stage with numerous world-class presenters, facilitators, and business leaders, was featured in "GPS For Success: Goals and Proven Strategies," and has authored several essays on business success and personal empowerment. He has worked with clients in diverse industries across the planet, delivering multi-day workshops and events. Chris has served with some of the world's most esteemed leaders on global dialogue for social transformation and change.

Chris earned his MBA from Boston University, holds a Marketing undergrad from the University of Central Florida and a secondary diploma from Culver Military Academy. He’s received certifications in business coaching, professional facilitation, and Neurolinguistic Programming, and has trained countless professionals on the nuances of effective leadership and business success.

Chris’ personal mission is to positively influence others through open communication, empathetic understanding, idealism, and contagious commitment to success.

Professional Accomplishments:
  • Generated $10M+ of annual revenue through diligent and diverse business development campaigns and initiatives gained from exposure to international strategies
  • Drove $4M+ top line growth by establishing and developing requirements for new automation systems; integrating mobile systems with client/server and web-based technologies
  • Created innovative management consulting firm based on demand for services and connecting key executives with companies seeking the best talent
  • Subject matter expert in change management strategies, methods, and disciplines, continuous process improvement, and solid project management expertise from inception to execution
  • Served as foreign customs and government liaison in dealing with complex missions and several commands within multiple geographic locations
  • Developed and managed the teams that implemented integrated logistics operations in joint forces environments, employing automated information management systems in four countries
  • Commanded several United States Marine Corps logistics units over a 24 year period
  • Spearheaded complex operations involving hundreds of employees and 20 direct reports, supported by strategic alliances; resulting for $3M cost savings and positive relations with diverse groups of executive leaders
  • Delivered face-to-face, onsite, and remote consulting services, team building, and training to guide, support, and influence business owners with concentration on exponential ROI, optimizing top-line, and doubling profits for companies, attaining results across a broad spectrum of industries and operational scenarios
  • . Aligned business goals with technology solutions by leading the implementation of CMMS enterprise asset management system for numerous companies, including Nextel, Alcoa, and Vistakon (Johnson & Johnson)

Awards and Commendations:
  • Certified Professional Facilitator (INIFAC) in 2020
  • Recipient of 2020 Facilitation Impact Award (IAF) in 2020
  • NCAA Rowing Champion 1987

Professional Certifications:
  • Accelerated Learning Certification in 2017
  • Certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner in 2011


Thanks, Chris. This is some of the best training I have been on. Your ability to facilitate a group and gain 110% participation is inspiring – I have learned so much from you. You are an example of best of breed, but more importantly, you let the group teach by personal example, which just blew the room away. Can’t wait ‘til the next time I get a chance to experience your presence again.

Gregory Barron, CEO, Profit from Action Ltd, London

I’d like to thank you for your brilliant presentation in Paris. Your expertise made a real difference for our team here and for my business. Great job, Chris. Take care

Jerome Goumis, XAPACO SARL, Aquitaine, France

The introspective discussions and exercises sent my thoughts to how I can develop and expand as a business owner. I was focused on material (systems) and marketing - my “Do.” I was short-changing my “Be.” Thank you, Chris! Great job of being a catalyst for thought improvement. Mindset! Confidence!

Dear Chris: In the one and a half year I have had the pleasure and honor to know you I have been most impressed by three things in you. Any one working around you or with you gets an incredible positive energy. Even if the glass is more than half empty, you always seek the way for all to see that what it all means is increases opportunities. You bring a level of communication and specially trust that was not there before. Any question, any need, you were always there to assist and support. Any one I know that was exposed to you grew to a new level of motivation, knowledge, and performance.

Juan Floch, Ontario, Canada

Chris: It was a pleasure spending time with you recently in Las Vegas. The way you expertly delivered and facilitated allowed me to get many ideas, BFO’s and distinctions. Just the soles section will help me increase my conversion rate. Thanks, mate. You are truly inspirational.

Andy Hemming, Chameleon Business Coaching Limited, West Midlands, UK

After 9 1/2 years in business, it was great to have my thinking challenged and some real and practical tools to build me and my business. Thanks, Chris.

Bruce Wilson, Business Mentoring Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand

Brilliant communicator. Shows a lot of confidence and 100% present with each of the participants. Thank you, Chris!

Chris: Massive gratitude for the last two days. Taking the time out to enthuse, inspire and activate us to move to the next level. Great facilitations skills, and a role model for the community. You are a huge inspiration.

Neale Lewis, The Business Practice Ltd, Central Midlands, UK

Obrigado, Chris. Today was an eye opener for me to see my full potential, provided me easy to use tools for me to unleash that potential so that I can be closer to being the best I can be. Thank you, Chris.

João Mouga Vieira, Medpro Consultores Lda., Portugal

Great 2 days, Chris. It will strongly help Spain to move forward with a better/stronger team. And it was fun!

Thank you for your passion and energy. You really act as you say “visionary”. You got the objective: reinforce my personal commitment to my own original vision about my business. Thanks!

Begoña Pabón Cuadrado, ACTUA AHORA S.L., Madrid, Spain

Every time I’ve had the pleasure to listen to Chris Steely speak, I walk away feeling a renewed sense of passion and energy. His ability to be empathetic, yet firm, makes him a tremendous coach and mentor. Thanks for helping and encouraging my personal breakthroughs! Thanks, Chris!

I thank you, Chris, for helping me learn so many important things/principles in my life. I really intend to work properly, with all my strength to help my team to increase our goals. I will try not to be so negative with myself...trusting more on my potential. Now I really feel committed with the spirit of my business!

Helen Burns, CEO, Helen Burns and Associates, Ireland