In 2009, our founding partner offered to help friends in Atlanta's startup community secure funding to launch a nonprofit catering to professionals in the music industry. This followed Erik's efforts raise angel capital for his own web-based startup, CollectCentric. After meeting a handful of entrepreneurs through the networking process, he began to help them with their Capital Formation strategies. Soon, he was also assisting a handful of startups with their marketing and business analytics needs as well. One thing led to another and, before he knew it, Chi Rho Consulting was born.
What started out as a local consulting business soon turned into a national effort through the referral process. We picked up clients in Mississippi, Maryland, Tennessee and Colorado in short order and expanded our staff to accommodate the work load.
In 2013, our firm experienced an unexpected tragedy. While visiting family in Colorado, Erik fell 40 feet from an elevated construction platform at Denver International Airport. The prognosis looked very grim. The fall placed him in a coma and he was not expected to live.
Miraculously, he awoke from the coma after nearly 3 weeks. Despite severe brain trauma, he was able to speak and retained his cognitive functioning. He spent the next four months in the hospital undergoing numerous surgeries to repair the damage caused by the fall.
Physical therapy took nearly a year and a half. Erik remained with family in Colorado during this rehab period. He slowly returned to work, focusing on existing client relationships. Two and a half years later, his recovery has been miraculous and nearly full.
Although we had to let go of our most of our staff during the rehabilitation, we've picked up where we left off with a handful of clients. We've also added a couple of news ones. In January we returned to the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area. We've begun to reintroduce ourselves to the Atlanta startup community and we look forward to a fantastic 2016. The best is yet to come!