VOLTA Executive Director – Lead Coach
Christian draws on more two decades of experience in Higher Education and College Athletics working with individuals, teams, and organizations to identify and escalate performance and create organizational, personal, and career growth. He guides individuals and teams to design their leadership potential and clarify unseen obstacles to their effectiveness. He trains leaders and team members how to recognize their potential and collaborates in a way that allows them to unlock opportunities, achieve new results, and gracefully produce needed changes. Leaders and teams are very different and dynamic, all which require a unique and focused approach for success. From the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants coach to the drill Sargent, to the team filled with lovable teammates, to the dysfunctional family unit, Christian is expert in designing and creating innovative solutions and approaches that combine a business focus with personal development, leadership creativity, and interpersonal relationships. His work consists of designing and leading programs, seminars, and one-on-one coaching sessions that inform and inspire people, leading them to produce unimaginable results.
Particular areas of expertise include program and leadership development, compliance, human resource management, and facility planning and management. Special focus on empowering future leaders. Christian uses a dynamic practicum-to-practice approach. He is a devoted partner who stays focused on results and who can motivate others to go the extra mile.
Christian has collaborated with coaches across the country and has presented at State, Regional and National events across the country including the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s AMG and the South Dakota Youth Soccer Association’s AGM.
Prior to VOLTA, Christian served as both men’s and women’s Head Soccer Coach at the intercollegiate level including NAIA, NCAA II, and NCAA III schools. He also served as the Compliance Officer for two athletic departments and was instrumental in the development and teaching of the Sports Management curriculum at a Public Liberal Arts University. He enjoys light construction has spent his last few summers in Jamaica with an organization that builds houses for those in need. He lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and three kids.
Director of Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching, Corporate Workshops, Mentoring
As an altruistic community leader and humble servant with a strong desire to give back, Brian Wagner co-founded the 501c3 ARK Angel Network in 2009, helping needy, under-resourced and At Risk Kids, with our foundations in service learning and social justice in the Jamaican mission field. Brian’s volunteer work also includes advising individuals and organizations including Care-Inc (Arizona) on Compassion in Commerce, and connecting and sharing best practices for organizations including Illuminate Community Church, IsleGo Missions and APEX Academy.
Over his 25+ year professional career, Wagner is recognized as an entrepreneurial business and technical leader, building brands and helping clients achieve profitable growth. Following a powerful sabbatical in 2016, Wagner joined The Mighty Shed with a focus on expanding their experiential innovation business, and VOLTA as Director of Executive Coaching. He also serves on the ASU, WP Carey Business School, Executive Connections program, mentoring full time MBA students. Wagner cofounded PTIS in 2001; Havi Global Solutions acquired PTIS in 2011, where he led consulting services. Current Board member at Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business, he is a member of the Arizona State University President’s Club, Michigan State University (MSU) School of Packaging Hall of Fame and was recognized as 2008 Western Michigan Business Review – Thought Leaders. In 2016, Wagner was honored with the Reister-Davis-Brody Lifetime Achievement Award by the Food Packaging division of the IFT.
Wagner is a John Maxwell Certified coach, Trainer and speaker. He has authored numerous articles, contributed to books, co-developed and taught an online Masters course for MSU and is a frequent speaker at corporate events, seminars and sales meetings on many subjects including Innovation, Business Strategy, Leadership, Consumer Insight for Design, Omni Channel Trends, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and opportunities across the Global Value Chain.
Lead Coach - Sports Leadership
Student Athlete Experience, Sports Leadership, Program Development
This Devils Lake, N.D. native established and developed the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) women’s soccer program in 1995. One short year later, Rollie guided the Dragons to their only Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championship crown. During his tenure, 33 players received All-NSIC honors, one All-American and two All-Region and was also honored as NSIC Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998. Rollie left MSUM in 2000 and served as an assistant at Northern State (2000 and 2001) before serving as head coach at Wayne State in 2002 and 2003. He was the NSIC Coach of the Year in 2002. He returned to MSUM in 2004, retired from his position in 2015 and is currently the winningest soccer coach in MSUM history.
As a partner in the educational process, Rollie knows that sport is a remarkable vehicle for leadership learning and development. As such, he is committed to providing student-athletes, coaches and teams with the best resources, meaningful experiences and intentional training to catalyze leadership awareness and skill development in order to maximize personal effectiveness and overall team success. Rollie’s focus is on leadership development that provides education and training for college athletes, coaches and administrators to not only assist with the transition to life after college sports, but to foster the growth of the next generation of leaders and to encourage athletics administrators to translate lessons learned through competition.
Rollie creates experiential learning and involvement opportunities which complement the sport experience of student-athletes, teams and coaches, providing the chance to learn, practice and refine critical leadership skills.
Rollie graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1975. Early in his career, he served as assistant women’s coach at Concordia College Moorhead for seven years and also produced a stunning 81-6-7 record with four North Dakota State prep titles in six years as head coach at Fargo South High School from 1989 – 1994. In his spare time, Rollie looks for activities that will take him outside, currently he enjoys hiking, camping, biking and when he can’t be outside is a reader of many books. Rollie lives in Fargo, North Dakota.
Lead Coach - Corporate Leadership
Corporate and Personal Leadership, Executive Coaching, Corporate Training and Workshops
Matt DeVries is a Shareholder at Burr & Forman, LLP, where he is the Chair of the Construction Service Group of the law firm. He is also the author of www.bestpracticesconstructionlaw.com, a construction-related blog that focuses on transportation, project management and claims, technology and legal trends. Matt is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2013-2016. Matt represents companies of all sizes in construction, corporate, employment and other business litigation matters.
Matt is part of the John Maxwell Team and he regularly speaks on work-life balance and leadership principles, and he blogs on these issues at www.TheSameAsYou.com. He is married to Courtney, a lovely lady from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they have seven young children. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.