Meet our team!


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 to make better career choices through professional branding, resume optimization, and effective job seeking strategies. 

Dr. Lou holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and an Masters of Aeronautical Science (MAS) in Aviation Management.  He also has extensive experience including being a professor for an Executive MBA Leadership program, a Global Executive Director in oil and gas, an Astronaut Training Director for the Space Program, a commercial pilot, technical consultant for Hollywood, and Executive Coach. He delivers the foundation for personal and professional development with tangible results. Dr. Lou recognizes potential and knows how to cultivate it.


Jackie Castaneda MBA/Director of Operations

Jackie has a strong background in woman leadership development, team building, professional resume development, and career coaching. With Jackie’s help, her clients have unleashed their potential and have become valuable contributors and leaders in their organizations or transitioned to better career choices. 

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 is also a career coach and a professional resume writer. She helps many job seekers get the job they deserve by developing professional resumes that get noticed! 


Dr. Savell /Divisional Vice President

Dr. Savell has over 30 years of law enforcement, mentoring, and leadership experience. 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. Savell 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. Savell 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. Savell has become a rock in the industry.