The Executive Team

Jerry Conti, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board

Jerry began his career as an Operational Executive with Conti Corporation, a Family-owned business enterprise, where he learned invaluable personnel and management skills. Seeking more independence and autonomy, Jerry moved into direct sales and now brings over 16 years of experience in executive roles within the direct sales industries to Compassion Happens. He has run several multimillion dollar direct sales businesses, including an international team of thousands of consultants in U.S. and Canada as a National Vice President for Arbonne. Jerry co-founded a Telecomm Network Marketing company called Wealthnet Inc. - now a publicly traded company known as inContact located in Utah, which is a successful a call center and software provider. He also launched several educational companies in the direct sales industry, including Effortless Networker University- a coaching and mentoring company. In 2010 is Co-Founded MasterUAcademy, an elite Joint Venture speaker's platform that generates hundreds of thousands of emails. Jerry serves on the advisory board for The I AM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit located in San Diego, CA. He was also featured in the popular recent documentary film "The Compass".

Jessica Conti, Founder, President and Board Member

Jessica Conti, Founder, President & Board member, is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, with a strong background in sales, marketing, team building, leadership and personal motivation. As a national award winning senior sales executive in the automobile industry, she was recognized for building long-term relationships to meet the needs of her clients. She also headed the sales department for a national Home Automation company, and managed automation projects for new construction and multi-million dollar residential estates. In pursuit of fulfilling a desire to leave a legacy, Jessica and her husband Jerry have successfully partnered in two direct sales companies, most notable for providing outstanding leadership. Jessica’s extensive training and experience in the MLM industry contributes to the implementation of Compassion Happens vision to create a world-wide network of conscious entrepreneurs.

Jessica views her role, as President of Compassion Happens, to be fulfilling her divine plan and is gracefully taking on the important responsibility to create necessary best practices in the company that will inspire/empower each of the stakeholders to always operate from grounded principles of Conscious Capitalism®. Jessica serves on the advisory board for The I AM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit located in San Diego, CA. She is also featured in the upcoming documentary film "The VOW" (Voices of Women). Jessica resides in San Diego county with her husband, Jerry, and is a proud mother to their four year old son, Jayden.

Rick Arthur, Chief Financial Officer

Rick has more than 35 years of experience as a CFO or controller. Rick brings his unique background to assist entrepreneurial, growth and mid-market companies achieve financial growth and profitability. His experiences as a CPA, controller, CFO, management consultant, entrepreneur and business owner bring a comprehensive perspective to help resolve the challenges faced by his clients. Rick has obtained vast and valuable knowledge of the construction and development industries where he has spent the majority of his career. The complexity of these industries allows him to easily integrate his knowledge to other businesses.

Those that know Rick think of him as a business man who happens to be an accountant and CFO. He is comfortable working not only with owners but all levels of an organization. His experience allows him to be effective in both financial and operational issues. Rick is an excellent problem solver and is comfortable rolling up his sleeves to implement workable solutions. His experience as a CFO and business owner have honed his skills in strategic planning, leadership development, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and cost accounting, financial modeling, cash forecasting and management, budgeting, banking, system & process development and improvement, and human resources. Rick is a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills that help him interface with all members to gain their trust and respect. Rick’s passion is to share his experience and knowledge working with clients to achieve superior results in a positive, supportive work environment.. After graduating from The American University in Washington D.C. with an Accounting major, Rick began his career in public accounting where he became a Certified Public Accountant. As co-owner of a successful homebuilding company for 15 years, Rick functioned primarily as its CFO. Rick moved to Jacksonville in 2005 after spending much of the previous 30 years in Colorado. He has three children, enjoys golf, reading and relaxing at the beach.

Barbara Wainwright, Founding Member - Master Coach Trainer

Barbara Wainwright, the CEO and Founder of Wainwright Global, Inc., has dedicated her life to helping others. Barbara’s life experiences have led her on a path of self-discovery and higher learning in her personal quest to make the world a better place for her family, her friends and her clients. Barbara believes that every person has a life purpose. And, that once a person discovers their purpose and begins taking steps towards actualizing that purpose, that a new level of confidence slowly unveils itself, many different forms of abundance become realized, and inner-peace begins its evolutionary process.

Joseph N. Casas, General Counsel

A business owner himself, Joseph is "the entrepreneur's lawyer." He regularly advises business owners on a wide variety of topics including corporate structuring and organization, corporate transactions, strategic alliances, and protection of business ownership. His wide-ranging trial experience includes the defense and prosecution of complex matters including business and commercial torts, personal injury, contractual disputes, fraud, and securities claims. Prior to starting Casas Law Group, Joseph was a litigation attorney for the national firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP where he defended various Fortune 500 companies in complex matters including wage and hour class action employment litigation and securities litigation. Joseph has also taught courses on Evidence and Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Casas was recently selected as one of San Diego Metropolitan's eighth annual "40 Under 40" exceptional young business and civic leaders.


Michael Assum:

Michael Assum, Senior Consultant, is a successful entrepreneur and businessman with a strong background in startups, mergers and acquisitions, organizational development, continuous improvement, rapid sustained growth, and improved competitive effectiveness. Mike's background includes management positions with Procter & Gamble, Raychem, and as an officer in the US Navy Nuclear Power Submarine Program. Mike has served on the Board of Directors of five different companies, and taught graduate courses in Management of Productive Operations. He holds an undergraduate degree focus in Math and Physics, with additional graduate education in nuclear engineering, organization development, and business.

Burke Franklin:

Burke has a very strong background in sales, marketing and business development with both technology and consumer products. He worked for companies like Texas Instruments, CPT and a number of start-ups. He was also the electronics buyer for The Sharper Image catalog.Burke was elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business held in Washington, D.C., in June, 1995, where he met with entrepreneurs from across the U.S. to discuss issues every small business owner faces. (With appreciation for the support of the National Association of Women Business Owners.) In April, 1996, Burke was nominated for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In May 1996, and again in 1997, the Brazilian software council flew Burke to Belo Horizonte to teach business planning to Brazilian entrepreneurs; in 1999, he addressed the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs group; and since 2000, Burke has presented an ongoing series called The Thinking Behind Your Business Plan for Income Builders International (IBI) and other organizations. A second-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, Burke authored Business Black Belt, a book rapidly gaining popularity because it draws parallels from the martial arts to teach about building and running a business. Burke is also an instrument-rated pilot.

Dr. Rita Lustgarten Ph.D.:

Rita Lustgarten, Ph.D., is a psychologist, organizational consultant, seminar leader, facilitator, and executive leadership coach. She has worked in the field of personal growth and human and organizational development for thirty-seven years, with an emphasis on the humanistic and transpersonal dimensions of experience. Her expertise is in visionary leadership, women’s leadership development and the application of transformational technologies to individuals, businesses and organizations. She currently maintains a thriving practice in business and executive coaching and owns her own consulting, training, and executive coaching firm —Women on The Leading Edge— in San Francisco, CA. Rita has worked successfully through the years with Fortune 500, 300, and 100 companies, along with a number of non-profits; her partial client list includes Exxon, General Electric, Motorola, The Gap, Citibank, Smith Barney, Google, Williams-Sonoma, Chicago Tribune, and Lucent Technology.


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