Team

Jim Van Eerden
Co-founder and CEO

BIO

Jim was a Co-founder of GoodXChange Corporation, which was acquired by 5th, and was later named the company’s CEO. In that role, Jim has helped lead the firm’s strategy and operations as it has emerged as a global flagship brand for investors, donors, brand executives and NGO solution-makers who are working to align KPI-driven performance with SDG-aligned impact.

Scott Lewis
President

BIO

Scott is President of 5th Element Group. He served as Executive Vice President and COO/CDO for three multi-million dollar, global non-profit organizations. Scott’s background in global development provides breadth and depth in strategy, operations, finance, and impact consulting driving the fulfillment of 5th’s impact as a Public Benefit Corporation.

Pratik Gauri
President (India)

BIO

Pratik is President of 5th Element Group India. In this role, Pratik has setup 5th’s subsidiary in India and run good exchange solutions which have helped brands like Reckitt Benckiser, Tata Trusts, d.light amongst others align their KPI-driven performance with SDG-aligned impact.

Elissa Fisher Harris
Chief Impact Officer

BIO

Elissa is partner and Chief Impact Officer for 5th Element Group. She directs the company’s impact initiatives and amplification. She brings 29 years of experience as a global leader and executive at the intersection of the impact and well-being sectors. With a blended background in marketing, branding, communications, business development and strategy creation, Elissa uses her unique voice and skill sets to help amplify the impact for 5th partners and lift omniwins for aligned clients, partners and causes.

Scott Rehmus
COO and Chief Family Impact Officer

BIO

Co-Founder and Principal at Impact Journeys. Strategic philanthropist and activator of capital for cause who has made a career in developing practical solutions to complex problems.

Ed Martin
Chief OMNIWIN Officer

BIO

Ed was a Co-founder of GoodXChange Corporation, which was acquired by 5th, and was later named the company’s Chief Omniwin Officer. In that role, Ed has helped lead the firm’s strategy and partnerships globally and has helped to further expand the broad adoption of omniwin thinking and activation across sectors as diverse as corporate, UN, Nobel peace, entertainment, faith-based communities, and many others.

Mark Sadovnick
Chief Human Element Officer

BIO

Mark has the unique title of 5th Element Chief Human Element Officer.
By engaging with Leaders Who Care®, he is able to best represent our clients to attract, develop and retain the very best talent, who are selectively seeking to only join leaders who do care about their financial, physical and mental wellbeing, and the global sustainable development goals.

Natela Mikiasvili
Outreach Manager

BIO

Previously Director of Communications at Ovanova, where she helped raise global solar energy awareness. A student of STEM education, Natela is especially passionate about the fields of medical research and applied genomics.

Jeff Sparrow
Chief Innovation Officer

BIO

CEO of Geocommerce and Co-Founder of InCircl, where he applies frontier technology and big data for the purposes of marketing, digital payments, and business development.

Jamie Gold
Strategic Partner and Rainmaker

BIO

Philanthropist, Strategic Advisor, Poker Champion Mr. Gold has been many things over the last 30 years and has joined 5th Element as a Strategic Partner and Rainmaker to fulfill the SDG focus of the company.

Vincent Molinari
Co-founder and Principal

BIO

Founder of Molinari Media, ImpactTV and Templum Markets, Vince is a globally recognized leader in the impact investing community. Co-founder and Board Member, Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development and Blockchain for Impact.

Col. Ron Garan Jr.
Co-founder and Principal

BIO

Fighter Pilot, Astronaut, and Humanitarian who flew the US Space Shuttle and Russian 
 Soyuz spacecraft and Co-Founder of Constellation.



Jim Van Eerden

Co-founder and CEO

Forbes recently called 5th Element “an outstanding global braintrust” and Real Leaders magazine referred to the company as “a Maestro of the Omniwin.”

Jim began his career as a corporate brand strategist, as a principal consultant for Coca-Cola, M&M Mars and American Airlines as well as for the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee and the 1996 Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

In 1996 Jim founded a national consulting firm that specialized in the launch of internet business units inside Global 2000 and fast-growth companies – including Southwest Airlines, GM, USA Today and Pearson Education. Following an exit in 2001, he became Managing Director for Helixx, where he has focused on investments in social good companies in the CPG, media and tech markets.

In that role, Jim has directed a portfolio of social impact companies including MISSION Athletecare (with Drew Brees, Mia Hamm, Dwyane Wade, Serena Williams and others); the international fashion brand Sevenly; and global non-profits like H2O Africa (now water.org, co-founded with Matt Damon). He has also served as senior counsel for corporate philanthropic projects like Refresh Everything for PepsiCo, and has helped start cause-based educational movements like Thinker Education.

Jim was the executive in charge of media investments for Helixx as well. Credited as one of the pioneers in what is now known as “filmanthropy,” he served as Executive Producer for several award-winning feature films including the Academy Award-nominated short film MOST, Bobby Jones (Stroke of Genius), The Ultimate Gift, and The Perfect Game – and educational documentaries such as the critically acclaimed films Running the Sahara (which he produced with Damon) and WarChild (with Emmanuel Jal) – all of which carried a philanthropic mission and raised millions of dollars for charity. Jim was also executive consultant for Stephen McEveety (Braveheart, Passion of the Christ) on Bella, the #1-rated film on Fandango and Yahoo Movies.

Jim has been a speaker on business and social entrepreneurship at forums including The National Press Club, Nobel Peace Prize Forum, The United Nations, FinTech Week in London, and at Harvard University (where he spoke on “Philanthropy 2.0”). He writes about the intersection of purpose and business, with essays published by World Economic Forum, USA Today, Real Leaders magazine and other publications, and is currently co-authoring the book, GREAT TO GOOD: How For-Profit Business are Re-Making the Future of Philanthropy.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from Grove City College, Jim has completed graduate school programs at Wake Forest University, Trinity, Oxford, and is a candidate for a doctoral degree in global education. He and his wife Rachel have 11 children and live on a family homestead near Greensboro, North Carolina.




Scott Lewis

President

As the Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer for Leadership Foundations, he led collaborative initiatives between those in the faith, public, private, and non-profit sectors around the world, including partnerships with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and the NBA Retired Players Association. He also served as Chief Development Officer for Landesa, ranked #10 in the world by NGO Advisor, to secure land rights for hundreds of thousands living in extreme poverty with an emphasis on equality for women. Scott led strategy and operations as the Executive VP/COO for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of human trafficking, slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Scott’s leadership in business operations, communications, marketing, and fund development has led to significant growth and impact for each organization. He has done this in a way that aligns efforts across several disciplines resulting in greater impact.

Prior to IJM Scott had a distinguished 21-year career with Young Life, an international faith-based organization, with regional and national responsibilities. As the first Senior Campaign Director for Malibu, a Young Life camp property in British Columbia he led the design effort to rebuild that 50-year-old property as well as launch and lead the $14.3 million fundraising campaign at the time.

Scott was also the Executive Producer for the film Blue Like Jazz; has managed multi-million dollar construction projects; and was co-founder / COO of a tech start-up company called RedPen, with the intent to help users better discover, understand and engage in the chaotic internet world of news, information and misinformation utilizing AI and blockchain technologies.

The Lewis family recently completed the 30/30 Project, a five-year initiative in partnership with the nonprofit, Construction for Change. The 30/30 Project, founded by Julie Lewis, and further fueled by their Grammy award-winning son Ryan Lewis, successfully raised critical funds to construct thirty medical facilities in nine countries as well as in the US. The new or added infrastructure enables organizations that focus on HIV care/prevention, maternal health, and comprehensive healthcare to increase their capacity, outreach, and extend.




Pratik Gauri

President (India)

Pratik is a serial social entrepreneur and has founded a portfolio of companies in the 5th Industrial Revolution space championing UN SDGs in India. He ran a US $50M business unit for TATA Sky and is also the founder of a prominent youth leadership movement called India Needs You. He is also the Global Youth Lead of Dream Tank - worldwide 1 billion youth movement.

Pratik sits on the board of #LetsDoThis - india’s flagship GTM engine, Alt Ctrl - a blockchain enabled PAAS (platform as a service ), #LetsGoSocial - a creative marketing agency, GlassTick - a zero waste B2B glassware solutions brand, and is on the advisory board of purpose-startups across India / USA / Europe / Africa.

Pratik has been invited to prestigious convenings like WEF Davos, United Nations, Skoll World Forum, Nobel Peace Prize Forum and has been recognized as GreenBiz Global "30 under 30", BP Scholar, Asian Youth Inspiration by Nepal’s Vice President, Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, Climate Reality Leader trained by US Vice President Al Gore, Winner of UNLEASH 2019 - an innovation lab for UN SDGs, Ambassador at One Young World, Fellow at Startup Leadership Program, Changemaker at Global Action on Poverty, REX Karmaveer Chakra Global Fellow, and Asia’s top 50 voices by Earth Day Network.

Pratik is a public TEDx speaker, a social media influencer with more than 200k followers, and his works have been covered by World Economic Forum, Real Leaders magazine, NASDAQ, Earth Day Network, The Climate Reality Project, Business Today, Times of India, several IITs/IIMs, among others.

He is an established writer and contributes to Real Leaders, WEF, MIT Technology Review, Thrive Global, among others. Pratik holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a Certificate in Strategic Management of Non Profits from the University of Chicago.

Pratik stays in Delhi with his beautiful parents and grandmother and loves traveling, swimming, and playing badminton.





Elissa Fisher Harris

Chief Impact Officer

Elissa’s rich career path includes owning her own strategy consulting company for two decades as well as career highlights as CMO and VP of Communications for a stem cell technology company called Cell Health Institute, and Director of Consumer Communications for the 40-year health brand, Source Naturals.

Elissa also holds dual certifications in Corporate and Individual Wellness Coaching, which she utilized to create well-being strategies internally for corporations and individuals in their daily lives. She worked as an integrative health coach for 10 of those years, advocating and educating cancer patients and their families about integrative care and healthy living while fighting cancer. She also directed them to the most experienced and credible integrative healthcare professionals in her skilled network of colleagues.

One of Elissa’s most proud accomplishments was playing an instrumental role in California Bill SB907, which granted Naturopathic Doctors licensure in the state of California, by advocating for the bill and fighting to save the new bureau from budget cuts. Her efforts lead to an esteemed appointment to the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004 and the honorable unanimous election as chair of the bureau by naturopathic and medical doctor peers.

Elissa sits as an active member on the President’s Council for the U.S. National Women’s History Museum. She also is part of the ideation and advisory group for 100% Human at Work, a global workplace initiative founded by Richard Branson and partnered with Virgin Unite and the B-Team, and sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles based Community Healing Gardens. She also supports/has supported in an advocacy/advisory role such non-profits as 1% for the Planet Foundation, Sustainable Life Project, and Playing for Change.

Elissa’s extraordinary knowledge of all things health, wellness and purpose combined with her warm, genuine and inviting personality that connects so well to all audiences led to a regular monthly expert guest spot on nationally syndicated radio shows and live stream shows and she was recently asked to be a contributing writer for Arianna Huffington’s THRIVE Global platform to write about the intersection of purpose and well being. She is also Host, Creator and Executive producer of a new exciting podcast/VOD focused on purpose called A World On Purpose, set to launch June of 2020.

Elissa’s passion for all things well-being, healthy living and social impact was a direct result of growing up homeless for the majority of her first 13 years of life, as well as self-resolving health issues she had acquired in her 20’s then later by the age of 34 losing 2 husbands to the same rare cancer that only affects 10,000 per year in the U.S..

In 2018 Elissa was awarded the prestigious The Canalas Project called "Hear Her Song" Award alongside Michele Obama, Malala, Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem and others.

Elissa is an active, avid outdoor athlete enjoying and excelling at a variety of sports and fitness activities, including rock climbing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, running, yoga, tai chi, hiking and backpacking to name a few. Mindfulness and meditation are a way of life for her. She also loves writing, speaking, volunteering and being a champion for the underdog and causes for the greater good of humanity.



Scott Rehmus

COO and Chief Family Impact Officer

Scott is a strategic philanthropist and an activator of capital for cause who has made a career in developing practical solutions to complex problems. A passion for the oceans led him in to international conservation and then to dedicate himself to supporting coastal communities working to develop economies that maintain their culture and the environment. He has deep, hands-on experience in making lasting change. Most notably, he spent 13 years building a sustainable future for the 19-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest, first with the Packard Foundation and then co-leading two foundations that partnered with 27 First Nations to use $120M to create thriving communities and a thriving environment. The project won the 2016 Fuller Challenge and was cited as “one of the most extraordinary conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights victories in recent memory”.

In 2014, Scott shifted to apply his knowledge and skills to unlock capital for cause, focusing on making it easy for families to maximize their positive impact by integrating ALL their capital—financial, human, social, physical etc. To this end, Scott participated in 50+ events as he researched the state of the impact ecosystem, authentically engaging as a sustainable development / collective impact expert, philanthropist, impact investor, and a member of two HNW families. He has also taken a learn-by-doing approach, engaging in a diversity of projects including: launching a peer learning community and a social enterprise startup; helping high-impact nonprofits pivot to more diversified funding streams; transforming the finance and governance of his church; and engaging with his Atlanta- and San Francisco-based families on their individual and collective impact journey.

Scott's degrees in science and policy focus on coastal systems, esp. in N. America and Honduras. He has served on numerous non-profit, religious, and corporate boards that work towards a more just and sustainable world.



Ed Martin

Chief OMNIWIN Officer

Ed was elected to the board of the Peace Research Endowment focused on academic and policy research and implementation to mitigate global conflict and is Senior Advisor to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Martin is also Chair Emeritus to Association of National Advertisers Research and Measurement Council - an organization whose members spend over $250 Billion each year in advertising.

Mr. Martin has held key positions in top Fortune 500 organizations including The Kellogg Company helping to lead new products innovation, Coca-Cola running insights for all youth brands in US, Citigroup heading the Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Research Process connecting all consumer metrics to in-market financial results, Ford Motor Company as Director of Global Consumer Insights and head of Mobile Marketing for the Hershey Company.

Ed has served as Executive in Residence at Georgetown University, and has been an advisor to the Millennium Project and to the Ambassador from Uganda to the US.

Martin has also been on many advisory boards/advisory roles over the years including; The Pack Shack, Health Store Foundation, Malaria Foundation, Health People in the South Bronx, Harvard AIDS Prevention Project, Look To The Stars (www.looktothestars.org), Chamber of Commerce BCLC, and Co-chair of the Parade All American Volunteering Initiative at the White House.

He has also served in key board roles of organizations focused on championing women and girls, from Athena International to The Canales Project. And lifting top women leaders in history as Executive Director of the Florence Nightingale 200th anniversary celebration and transmedia campaign.

Martin was also an Advisor to the State Department and USAID on the Global Diaspora Initiative and on the Executive Board of the Congressional Coalition For Adoption Institute (ccainstitute.org) working with members of the Congress and Senate to shape policy to best fulfill the needs of children around the world for “forever families”.

He holds a BA, from the University of Michigan, MBA, from Wayne State University and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Elizabethtown College for his work to advance business growth while elevating communities and people all over the world




Mark Sadovnick

Chief Human Element Officer

Quoting Maya Angelou often, "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"

Recognized by Business Week as one of 150 most influential headhunters in the world, Mark gained business and international awareness and relationships, from his experiences with Deloitte, Jaycees International, and two search firms, boutique and global.

Mark was the only executive search consultant invited to the United Nations to celebrate International Women’s Day and be a Founding Signatory to the “Decade of Women” in 2018.

Mark has worked with many large and middle-market companies, as well as start-ups, advising what it takes to be recognized as a preferred employer and how innovative recruitment of exceptional individuals, will impact their financial results as well as the organization’s reputation and brand.

‘Right Fit’ does not mean the same, yet rather and more so, to be ‘Culture Add’.

Mark has had hundreds of video interviews with executives and now continues his authentic conversations on the Leaders Who Care® channel. He proactively introduces and recommends clients and strategic partners to each other, for mutual benefit of all their resources, a clear omniwin. With extensive cross-industry, international experience and relationships, he recognizes the value of understanding and respecting culture diversity, and most importantly inclusion and women leadership, and the impact on people and business. “It’s all about people, inclusion and trust, to win some championships and always have consistent winning seasons.”

Mark sits on the Boards of World Trade Center Los Angeles, Athena International, Million Peacemakers (“Nonflict”), World Language Communications, and VerdeXchange Institute. He has been involved in many sports & entertainment projects, including SportsFund, and owning professional cycling and roller hockey teams. Mark has interviewed He is a CPA, graduating from McGill University in Montreal. is most proud of his three sons, and when given a chance, will certainly tell you about them.


Natela Mikiasvili

Outreach Manager

Previously Director of Communications at Ovanova, where she helped raise global solar energy awareness. A student of STEM education, Natela is especially passionate about the fields of medical research and applied genomics.

Jeff Sparrow

Chief Innovation Officer

Talented, results-producing professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive strategies in support of business goals and objectives.

I focus on the toughest problems faced by my clients and the niche markets I am connected with. I serve as a resource in a variety of direct and indirect ways.

Present Activities: consulting, information products/services for niche markets, and business development. I pride myself in developing smart, effective marketing and brand strategies based on an in-depth understanding of a client’s mission, goals and target audience.

I draw upon my experiences as an entrepreneur, technologist, private investor, and, of course, a regular person who has had to make my own mistakes and discoveries to get where I am today. I rely heavily on my personal and professional networks. I am an avid reader and enjoy exploring new avenues where knowledge and ideas can be found. I also set aside a lot of time every day to think and reflect.

I have a solid background in the technology industry as an entrepreneur, executive, manager, and technician. I have been an active private investor (in publicly traded securities) since 2003, which has broadened and re-enforced my business strategy, marketing, and financial analysis skills. This has made me not only a better investor but also a better businessperson.

I've been a problem solver since I can remember, able to break down problems and see through them to their real essence. Of course, I have my circle of competence -- where I tend to be best at tackling problems.

I work best with self-employed persons, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial-minded organizations. I also assist individuals in niche markets where I have particular expertise or experience -- or can gather it through research -- that is relevant to tackling their frustrating or complex needs.

Jamie Gold

Strategic Partner and Rainmaker

Talent manager, event producer, poker icon, TV, Film and Video game packager, VC advisor, angel investor, marketing and PR specialist, content financier, and most importantly a philanthropist. Jamie and his team have produced hundreds of world-class events for The ALS Association (Ice bucket challenge), Variety Children’s Charity, JDRF, LLS, United Nations and 75 other renowned organizations. He has been instrumental in raising and helping to donate 600 million dollars to date. Co-hosted with: Richard Branson to launch Virgin America Airlines, President Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Michael J Fox, and hundreds of other philanthropic celebrities. He and his team have included over 4000 luminaries in their events.

Jamie is recognized worldwide by 150 million poker players and gamers as a legendary icon having won the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. With 8773 entrants, the total prize pool of 87 million dollars is still the largest in the history of poker.

Ran an entertainment company for 15 years representing the early careers of James Gandolfini, Donnie Wahlberg, Jimmy Fallon, Felicity Huffman, Jeffrey Wright, Brandy and 50 other notable artists. He has appeared on 150 original hours of TV and film content and his YouTube content has garnered 300 million views.

His mission is focused on impact, in all business and charitable works. His marketing models are based on his trusted circles and network partners which reach the masses with purpose.
As a board member, advisor and marketing specialist, he and his team have been instrumental in the launch, expansion, marketing and financing of a portfolio of companies in the gaming, media, and tech sectors.

Member of the Haas/Portman family office.

Col. Ron Garan Jr.

Co-founder and Principal

Vincent Molinari was a Co-founder of Templum, Inc., and formerly the CEO of its subsidiary, Templum Markets, a FINRA registered broker-dealer and Alternative Trading System (ATS) providing a registered solution for raising capital and trading private digital securities.

Vince has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Throughout his career, he has been a true entrepreneur founding and leading multiple companies committed to advancing market infrastructure, capital formation, impact investing, and digital assets. He has participated in the development of blockchain patents, is a creator of thought leading technology solutions, and hosts the Digital Asset Report, which brings visibility and education to market innovation and its global impact.

Vince’s experience, reputation, and belief that actionable knowledge drives investments and that technology can close the gap between traditional and emerging alternative markets has made him a globally sought-after speaker at venues such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of State, and United Nations. Vince has been called to provide testimony to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Fintech Advisory Committee. He has also authored numerous comment letters to the SEC and FINRA, participated in Petitions for Rulemaking, and advised on necessary amendments to securities laws to achieve a regulated and sustainable digital securities market.

Beyond leading the way toward a more effective and efficient private market, Vince is passionately and deeply committed to impact investing and humanitarian issues, which he believes blockchain technologies can significantly help address. Therefore, he has co-founded Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, Blockchain For Impact, Decade of Women, 5th Element Group PBC, SDG Impact Fund--all committed to the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Col. Ron Garan Jr.

Co-founder and Principal

Keynote speaker and corporate consultant Ron Garan is a highly decorated NASA astronaut, combat fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Orbital Perspective.

Ron Helps Organizations:
⁠— Foster Collaboration Across Teams
⁠— Adapt to Change in Times of Transition
⁠— Build Trust Within Their Organizations
⁠— Embrace the Bigger Picture to Achieve a Greater Goal

Ron works with his clients to transform big ideas into real progress, all while maintaining a strong ethos of planetary stewardship.

Ron has spoken or consulted for the following organizations: Google, Nike, BMW, Facebook, IBM, The United Nations, Dell, Harvard, National Geographic, USAID, Microsoft, Duke Global Health and many more.

Speaking & Consulting topics include: collaboration, innovation, leadership, risk management, corporate responsibility, embracing change and technology, social entrepreneurship and exploration.

Ron believes strongly that business enterprise is the most powerful force on the planet to affect real long term change. Ron partners with leading organizations around the world seeking to make positive change, demonstrating that improving the world is good business.

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