Rick Thomas, CEO, has always been intrigued by business, innovation and leadership. When an opportunity transpired to be part of the emerging "digital economy" in 1999, he took a visionary leap to step into a new space and lead. The Chariot Group was founded in the spare room of his house. Fast forward 20 years and his original. straightforward goals remains: build a company committed to the time-tested fundamentals of good business - respectful relationships, quality work and profitability.
The audiovisual industry has changed significantly since its early transaction-focused days to embrace a solutions approach to AV. Evolution continues and what once was a technology experience is now human-centric; an enhanced user-experience that fosters a new type of sophisticated interaction. The Chariot Group mission in this creative space is simple – Connect people and ideas.
Chief Financial Officer
Denise Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, never backs down from a challenge. When The Chariot Group opened its doors in the fall of 1999, she was committed to ensuring this fledgling business had efficient accounting protocols and key financial strategies in place to help the organization thrive.
As the business grew, so did her interests in process, quality and continued progress. Thomas oversees the finance, accounting and administration departments for The Chariot Group. She leads a strong team responsible for quality improvement and works diligently to advance procedures and service standards. Her talents and keen eye for detail have been a catalyst in the organization’s success offering both clients and employees value-added experiences. Utilizing data and analytics to identify vulnerabilities and trends, she continues to leverage The Chariot Group as an industry leader.
Vice President, Sales
Jeff Shutt, Vice President, Sales, for The Chariot Group provides design and consultation services.
Specializing in digital communications solutions, collaborative technologies and visual communications, Shutt has been in the audiovisual industry since 2004 and brings more than 30 years of sales experience to The Chariot Group. Understanding that technology and efficiencies are vital to the success of a business, Shutt offers consultation services from concept to construction by identifying opportunities with compelling value propositions.
Shutt is committed to providing innovative and pragmatic solutions to his clients, while promoting and partnering with leading manufacturers in the industry. Shutt embraces innovation and enjoys having conversations with his clients about how to better connect people and ideas.
Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Communications for The STRIVE Group and serves as Managing Editor for STRIVE Magazine and The STRIVE Project.
With extensive capabilities spanning a wide range of industries and world-renowned brands, Larsen brings more than two decades of strategic communications, public relations and multi-media experience to The STRIVE Group. Innovation, creativity, thought-leadership and authenticity are keystones of her work.
Globally recognized for her expertise in crisis communications, brand architecture, storytelling, media relations, corporate positioning/messaging and reputation management, Larsen is dedicated to creating opportunities for collaborative communication that supports an informed public.
Eliseo Barrera, Director, Operations, The Chariot Group, manages a team that specializes in delivering videoconferencing systems, design, installation and integration solutions.
Barrera’s expertise in leadership and operations is guided by 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army. Since joining The Chariot Group in 2009, Barrera has cultivated a deep understanding of the industry and what it takes to enable both his clients and team to thrive.
Barrera is dedicated to fostering an authentic team environment, where both professional and personal needs are balanced. He understands that taking this same approach with clients ensures a successful outcome.
Bill Barnes, Regional Manager for The Chariot Group, specializes in consultation, design and services for government agencies, higher education and enterprise organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Managing a team of educational consultants, installation technicians, contractors and support teams, Barnes is dedicated to problem solving with unique resources while connecting people and ideas. With nearly two decades of experience in the technology sales industry, Barnes frequently exceeds his client’s expectations by anticipating and addressing their needs, finding custom solutions and providing professional development after implementation to help leverage their business.
Barnes thrives in the ever-evolving industry and the ability to leverage technology to bring people together.