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Seth Balsam

Seth is a global operations executive with 15+ years of experience in leadership roles at strategy consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies.  After many years of helping guide various organizations, he wanted to guide and own. In 2018, he made the decision to transition to a more entrepreneurial role and purchased Priddy Chimney Sweeps, a mid-sized services company based outside of Washington, DC.  He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Having lived both in the US and in Europe, his depth of experience includes both the strategic and execution aspects of operations, strategic sourcing, business process re-engineering (BPR), as well as developing and coaching high-performing teams.

From 2010 to 2018, Seth held executive operational roles of increasing responsibility at Ciena Corporation, a $2.6B global supplier of optical networking equipment, software and services that support the delivery and transport of voice, video and data services.

Prior to Ciena, he worked as a strategy and operations consultant at firms including Gemini Consulting and Ariba, supporting clients in the energy, chemical, retail, mining, metals and pharmaceutical industries. He also chaired the Takoma Park Economic Restructuring Committee and was an active member of the board of the Old Takoma Business Association, both focused on revitalizing downtown Takoma Park, Maryland.

Seth holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. 

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