Leadership Team

Nick Araco AchieveNext

Nick Araco, Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of AchieveNEXT®.

He is considered one of the nation’s most prominent business, career and life ‘Connectors,’ as well as the ‘Voice of the Middle Market CFO.’ Nick has spent over 20 years educating, inspiring and empowering his ever-growing c-suite and professional network. Before launching AchieveNEXT® and The CFO Alliance, Nick served in various leadership roles for global accounting, tax, advisory and law firms helping clients work through strategic issues and connecting them to other c-suite executives to accelerate their individual and enterprise performance. Prior to that, Nick established and led a number of specialized human capital management practices. Nick began his career as a practicing attorney.

Nick has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Finance, from Loyola University in Maryland. He earned his law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School and lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three children.

Todd White

Todd White is the Chief Operating Officer of AchieveNEXT®.

Todd brings his entrepreneurial spirit to AchieveNEXT® as an experienced and efficient finance and operational leader. Having spent 20 years in venture capital and private-equity organizations, Todd has raised more than $300 million in private debt and equity financings, directed numerous merger, acquisition and joint venture activities, and initiated and directed the strategy and business development plans for international business activities while also managing key strategic relationships.

Todd’s operational responsibilities include strategic insight, comprehensive financial analysis and comprehensive operational implementation to drive extensive and sustainable growth across the enterprise.

Todd has a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics from the University of Richmond and now lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and 3 children.

Greg Wood

Greg Wood is the Chief Strategy Officer of AchieveNEXT®.

Greg has led organizations through transformation processes, critical business issues, and their implications for human capital during his 15 plus years of experience in human resources, operations, technology tools, communications, and team management.

Greg is a results-driven leader with global experience in developing and managing the strategic direction of various functions for multiple business categories – from start-up to large scale, managing full-cycle projects with a watchful eye on top and bottom line performance.

He previously served as Practice Leader for a national firm’s business and strategy division. Greg provided strategic and operational leadership for the firm’s business consulting solutions offerings, focused on maximizing ROI for each client’s people, processes, and technologies. Greg has a dual BA from Cornell University in Business and Biology and now currently lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three children.


Ed Wallace is the President of AchieveNEXT®-Human Capital.

Ed Wallace is President of AchieveNEXT®-Human Capital. He consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last, and his most recent #1 Bestseller The Relationship Engine. In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.

Joel Lindenberg

Joel Lindenberg is the Director of Corporate Development Services of AchieveNEXT®.

Joel Lindenberg is a dynamic leader with extensive corporate development experience. As a career investment banker, he has facilitated over $500M in middle market M&A and capital formation transactions in both buy and sell-side capacities.

Joel is currently the Director of Corporate Development Services at AchieveNEXT® where he recently chaired and published an M&A Readiness, Special Task Force Report and leads several industry specific CFO strategy groups. As a member of The CFO Alliance, Joel hosts quarterly thought leadership events and regularly advises CFOs on corporate development strategy.

In addition to core expertise in middle market transaction advisory services, Joel has been instrumental in founding, funding and exiting several early stage companies as an angel investor, operating officer and/or board member. Joel is passionate about helping companies grow, and adds significant value in every phase of the business life cycle.

Joel is a graduate of Singularity University’s Executive Program in Exponential Technologies, and holds a Master’s in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He serves on the Board of Education Plus Nicaragua, and enjoys reading, tennis and snowboarding in his free time.

Brian Yeagley is the Director of Business Development.

Brian is an accomplished business development executive with more than 15 years of experience working with organizations across the United States, with particular emphasis on those headquartered in the Delaware Valley. Brian is recognized by his clients as someone who understands their business goals and objectives, and who designs solutions to best fit their needs.

At Kelleher Associates, Brian is responsible for representing Kelleher’s (an AchieveNEXT® company) suite of career services to both existing and prospective clients. Prior to joining Kelleher, Brian held a variety of sales and account management roles at Iron Mountain where he worked for over a decade. He was consistently a top performer and was recognized as a Chairman’s Club winner. Preceding that, he spent just under two years at Archway Marketing Services assisting enterprise customers with their eCommerce business needs.

Brian graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He is on the Board of the Spring-Ford basketball alumni group, and is active with several other organizations in the Philadelphia area. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Brian resides in Montgomery County with his family.

Grace Rajewski is the Director of Business Development.

Grace has 20 years of sales experience in the professional services industry at the Executive/C level. Her entire career has been devoted to selling complex business solutions, insurance products, and consulting services at firms such as The Graham Company, USI, Marsh and Arthur Gallagher. Her clients range in size from mid-market to Fortune 500 and include both privately held as well as publicly traded companies.

For several years, Grace has successfully managed her own consulting firm, providing outsourced Risk/Insurance and Human Resources services to mid-market companies within the tri-state area. She has a solid, consistent track record of organic sales generation combined with a service style rooted in integrity and results. She is a dedicated advocate for her clients to ensure they receive tailored solutions, measurable results and exceptionally responsive service.

Grace graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Food Marketing, as well as a Master of Science in International Marketing. She completed her Master’s Degree with an international study tour in Southeast Asia. She also served as an adjunct professor within both the Food Marketing and Marketing Departments of Saint Joseph’s University for 5 years. She has completed 9 marathons, 21 triathlons and served as apprentice under her father, an executive for H.J. Heinz and David’s Cookies, learning industrial baking. Grace has served on the board of her church, taught Sunday school for 20 years, and has adopted 26 rescue animals. She currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children.