Chris McGoff is the author of THE PRIMES and founder of The Clearing, Inc., a management consulting firm that supports large scale problem solving and transformation projects. His clients include agencies of the U.S. federal government as well as a wide range of organizations including IBM, AARP, Consol Energy, DuPont, the UN, and Boeing. Chris has facilitated strategy sessions for over 10,000 government and industry professionals. Prior to launching The Clearing, Chris founded his first company, Touchstone Consulting, in 1991, which grew to $40 million in revenue and 200 employees and was bought by SRA International Inc. in 2005. Prior to Touchstone, he designed and built IBM’s Decision Support Center and initiated the commercialization of work group technology. Chris has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy.