Chautauqua Consulting
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Our Team

Our Consulting Team

RICHARD SIPPOLA, founder and President of Chautauqua Consulting, has completed over $250 million in transaction value for his clients and has over twenty years of experience in sales, finance, operations and management.  Prior to Chautauqua Consulting, Rick was President of Carnegie Body, North Coast Truck Body and Bond, Sippola, DeJoy & Co.  He began his career at Ernst & Young in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked on the initial public offering for STERIS Corporation.

Rick graduated from Miami University with an Accounting Degree.  He is a Councilman for Kirtland Hills Village and is Vice Chairman of Andrews Osborne Academy.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Truck Equipment Association and on the Vestry at St Hubert’s Episcopal Church.


ELLEN PRILESON has over 16 years of global experience in accounting, data management and finance.  She has managed several internal communication centers and is experienced in dealing with budget reductions, client service improvements, contract negotiations, and human resource development. Prior to joining Chautauqua Consulting, Ellen was the Office Manager for Cornerstone IT.  She began her career at Lubrizol where she held positions as a Lab Technician in Research & Development, Financial Data Specialist in Corporate Finance, and was the Manager of the Facility Services Group.

Ellen graduated from Lake Erie College with a degree in Business Administration.  She previously served on two faith-based women’s steering committees. She volunteered at Convoy of Hope, a community outreach program for underprivileged families.  Ellen has also made public presentations on behalf of Project Hope to help bring awareness about the needs of Lake County’s homeless shelter.


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