Meet our team!

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Dr. Louis F. Carfagno /CEO

"Servant leadership is all about establishing boundaries, empowering people to take charge, and then getting out of their way!”–Dr. Lou Carfagno


Dr. Lou Carfagno is a veteran who launched “The Smart Executive L.L.C.” to empower individuals and organizations to grow above and beyond their expectations. Dr. Lou holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and an Masters of Aeronautical Science (MAS) in Aviation Management.  He also has extensive experience includes being a professor in an Executive MBA Leadership program, a Global Executive Director in oil and gas, an Astronaut Training Director for the Space Program, commercial pilot, technical consultant for  Hollywood , and Executive Coach. He delivers the foundation for personal and professional development with tangible results. Dr. Lou focuses on developing leaders that are technically strong, competent, and emotionally intelligent. A champion and connector of people, Dr. Lou recognizes potential and knows how to cultivate it.


With over 25 years of leadership experience, Dr. Lou keeps your business goals in mind. He believes that it is important to have effective leaders in your workplace that empower and influence your people to achieve business and team goals. He applies in-depth knowledge of people, processes and procedures to deliver only the highest-qualified results. Simply put, he is dedicated to helping businesses succeed by effectively training the leaders of today, tomorrow, and beyond. 

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Jackie Castaneda MBA/Director of Operation

Jackie has a strong background in woman leadership development, team building, career management, and training. She has worked with some of the biggest names in several industries and with Jackie’s help, her clients have unleashed their potential and have become valuable contributors and leaders in their organizations.  


Jackie holds an MBA from Texas Woman's University with an emphasis in Management, and Woman in Leadership, a Bachelors of Science from University of Houston where she graduated Cum Laude and received the Deans Award for her excellence in academics, mentoring, and leadership. Jackie has mentored many results-driven leaders who continually met and exceeded organizational performance targets. Jackie has training in coaching and administers some of the most widely used leadership development and team building assessments.  Jackie believes that serving others in a leadership capacity is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have in life.

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Dr. Don Savell /Divisional Vice President

Dr. Don Savell has over 30 years of law enforcement, mentoring, and leadership experience. He began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in February of 1987. He attended the Basic Peace Officer’s class B1-89 at the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy. He earned his  Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in December 2005. Don holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate, as well as an Instructor’s License.  


Dr. Don is also Professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership and criminal justice. His expertise includes entrepreneurial start-ups, seasoned corporate executive, or an entire team with the development of the person being foremost for any organization to succeed.   With experience in leadership and team building, Dr. Don has consistently exceeded expectations and is uniquely qualified to assist any organization with the challenges of leadership development and managerial performance. With many years of experience and his specialties in Leadership and Personal Development, Dr. Don has become a rock in the industry.