Strategic CEO is a program offering of Lumina Consulting Group, a corporate venture advisory firm serving middle market leaders.

Our principals and consultants have advised leaders of companies of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries to grow their leadership and their businesses.


Leary Gates
Leary GatesVenture Coach
Leary Gates is an entrepreneur, business creative and venture coach. As founder and CEO of Lumina Consulting Group he consults with and coaches clients on vision development, strategy, market development and new venture assessment. He is also the creator of the Strategic CEO programs, where he enjoys helping CEOs reimagine growth options for their business along with increasing their strategic capacity.

For the past 20 years Leary has helped technology start-ups and Fortune 100 companies alike create greater clarity about their business leading them to discover new opportunities for their products and services. Leary currently serves on the board of directors of Innovance, a manufacturing holding company, Vocabra, a technology firm, and several non-profit organizations.

Leary and his wife Anna, of 35 years, enjoy spending time together with their four adult children. They also enjoy taking a spin the dance floor to show off their waltzing moves. During the warmer months of Minnesota, you’ll find Leary adventuring down new roads on his beloved road bike, taking time to get away and experience margin in his life.

Jack Nicholson
Jack NicholsonLeadership Coach
Jack is the Founder and President of SageQuest Consulting and a leadership coach for Strategic CEO. For the past 15 years, Jack has helped growing businesses navigate the human side of executive leadership.

Having spent his entire career in leadership and organizational development, he has consulted with entrepreneurial and mid-size businesses as well as non-profit organizations to build emotionally intelligent leadership teams and culturally sound workplaces. He specializes in equipping executives in the core competencies of effective leadership including leading constructive change, transforming organizational conflict, building relationships of trust and releasing creativity and innovation.

He has three Master’s degrees in Human and Organizational Systems, Counseling and Theology and has a life-long professional interest in how deep change and transformation occurs for individuals, teams and organizations. He has been married for 25 years, has three adult children and enjoys living in Nashville, TN.

“I finally feel like I’m working on my business, not just in it.”

“Leary has an ability to see the whole picture; to dissect and drill down into areas of my business and personal life that need change in direction. I finally feel like I’m working on my business, not just in it.” – Mark Wheatley, CSI Onsite

Leary took time to understand my restlessness and frustrations as a CEO. He’s one of the few that I’ve worked with that can take on a business challenge and also consider personal goals and wiring as part of the process.
Scott Lien, CEO, Lifescale Analytics
Jack and Leary are incisive and superb coaches. They understand firsthand the challenges executives face and the need to maintain strategic margin.
David Dirtzu, CEO, Gluewe Doors
Jack has a rare and unique ability to help leaders connect with themselves and become the most effective they can be in their workplace. My leadership training experiences with Jack have helped me become a more strategic leader, CEO, and visionary.
Ben Wellons, Founder & CEO, eMed Healthcare, Inc.