Nick Des Lauriers
Chief Operating Officer
As the President of Opus Consulting, Jacques brings years of leadership experience in the entertainment, tourism, financial services and technology industries. His expertise lies within business strategy and management, new business ventures, due diligence, accounting, process improvement, financial systems, planning and analysis, and sales and marketing strategy.
Prior to founding Opus Consulting, Jacques began his career at Ernst & Young and Universal Pictures in Paris, France. Since moving to the US in 1999, Jacques has held several executive positions and engaged in an array of consulting assignments. In his free time, Jacques enjoys riding his motorcycle, skiing, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Jacques is a member of the board of directors for the Turnaround Management association’s (TMA) Northeast Chapter. Jacques holds a degree from EDHEC School of Management in Lille, France with a concentration in Finance.
As an Opus Consulting partner, Connor has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s emerging markets division.
Connor’s expertise is in creating financial projections and business plans for specialized manufacturing nationwide. Connor is a lead consultant on process revisions, regulatory compliance, and technical application writing. Additionally, he guides clients through municipal rules, regulations, and processes to better advance their projects.
Prior to joining Opus, Connor spent time in both the consumer lending and mortgage industries. When he is not in the office, Connor enjoys the outdoors, including snowboarding and golfing.
Connor holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in accounting from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.
Nick Des Lauriers
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Nick’s main focus is to oversee projects and team performance to ensure the team is providing quality deliverables within the project budget. His primary functions are to onboard new projects, understand client needs and delegate projects internally based on team members unique skill sets and forecasted capacities. Nick also helps strategize and plan for company growth while acting as an agent of change.
Nick has over 10 years of experience in various industries for companies providing a range of professional services. During his career, he has gained hands-on experience building companies from the ground-up with expertise in solving a wide variety of issues common to any businesses, particularly around business plan preparation, financial modeling, investor deck presentation, operational strategy formulation and execution, sales/marketing, human resources and more.
He has specialized expertise in working with start-ups to take companies from an idea to operation to realizing profits, with a niche specialty of Native American cannabis businesses. A graduate of Bryant University, he has worked at ProVerde Laboratories, one of the leading testing facilities in New England and has assisted numerous businesses with their business and operational challenges.
Alice’s experience is in management, operations, and strategy. At Opus, Alice supports clients in developing and implementing strategic plans to improve internal operations and overall performance. With years of experience managing people and overseeing operations, sales and service teams, Alice offers a solutions-focused perspective to partnering with clients in these key areas of business.
Prior to joining Opus, Alice worked for a large international nonprofit organization, where she developed programs and launch strategies in expanding markets, and managed domestic program sales, operations, and support.
Alice has earned professional certificates in management, sales management and training, and fundraising and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology and Society from Colby College. Alice currently sits on the board of two Portland- based organizations and in her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
As the lead financial controller for Opus, Casey onboards new accounting clients and oversees various accounting processes ensuring compliance with internal controls and procedures. Additionally, Casey handles ad hoc accounting requests for clients, such as forensic accounting issues, budgeting and planning, and variance analysis. Casey is also adept at loan assistance having helped clients obtain multimillion-dollar financing for their projects.
Casey has broad business and accounting expertise from his 13 years in various positions with a large multi-national IT corporation, including six years as a project controller. In his free time, Casey can be found on the baseball diamond, umpiring local college and high school teams, or enjoying the great Maine outdoors.
He earned his MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he also graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics.
As a senior advisor with Opus Consulting, Cliff Miller leverages his operational, startup, lending, technology, and real estate expertise to help businesses across the U.S. optimize their business performance. He also serves as CEO of a real estate and private equity company, and has developed and led some of the largest and most technologically advanced cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facilities in the industry.
Cliff’s experience building and leading innovative and efficient businesses means he understands the finances, politics, technology – as well as the opportunities and challenges – of funding, strategizing, siting, building, and running a successful entity. His focus on real estate development, technology and automation, and mobilizing goal-driven teams made him a recognized visionary and standard-setter for the emerging cannabis industry from Maine to Michigan.
Cliff received both an MBA and an M.S. in teaching from Purdue Global. With over a decade of experience in IT lifecycle development, contract procurement, real-estate management, construction, and multi governmental project management, Cliff’s perspective and leadership motivates his colleagues and positions his clients for long-term success.
As a consultant, Mike helps businesses start strong, create positive work environments, and drive long-term success and profits by creating operational efficiency solutions in the automotive, financial services, collectibles, and horticultural industries for more than ten years.
Mike understands the commonly shared challenges that small businesses must quantify and overcome, as well as the positive and negative nuances that can arise in specific industries. He is passionate about aligning himself with his clients’ vision of ownership, forecasting and anticipating various challenges and opportunities that may arise in meeting that vision, and providing tailored business plans to optimize the business and achieve goals.
When not working, Mike enjoys boating on Sebago Lake, skiing the slopes of Sugarloaf, hiking, traveling, and enjoying some of Portland’s fine restaurants. Mike holds a B.S. in Business Marketing with a focus on Administration, Management, and Writing.
Max comes to Opus with a background in real estate and finance. With over five years of experience, sharp attention to detail, and a strong passion for problem-solving, Max has developed a reputation for delivering strategic insight and driving business growth.
Max also brings to Opus a comprehensive understanding of financial markets and the small business sector. From financial analysis and investment strategy to market research and project management, Max provides valuable guidance and support to help his team and clients make informed decisions that maximize their potential for success.
Max received a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College where he majored in finance and minored in small business and entrepreneurship. When not working, you can find Max spending time outdoors, preferably in front of a grill or a body of water.
Michael is an experienced analyst who works with government agencies and small business clients in multiple industries. He is primarily focused on compiling industry research, analysis and forecasting, technical writing, and financial modeling.
Prior to joining Opus Consulting, Michael worked as an analyst in the commercial real estate industry and as an investment analyst conducting economic and investment research.
In his free time, Michael enjoys playing softball, watching college basketball, and spending time outdoors. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Garrett works with clients in operational strategy, industry research, financial modeling, and accounting. He specializes in developing state cannabis market reports, as well as cannabis product education & investor slide decks. Garrett also has hands-on experience hiring dispensary staff and coordinating employee training.
Mikayla Zordan works with Opus Consulting’s senior management, consultants, and analysts to support the firm’s marketing initiatives. Before joining Opus Consulting she worked in various operational support, marketing, and client service roles in the ecotourism, hospitality, retail, and higher education industries.
Mikayla has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from The University of New England. In her free time, Mikayla enjoys skiing, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathleen supports the team at Opus Consulting with operational and administrative matters. She is responsible for monitoring client accounting records, compiling financial reports, and conducting market research and analysis.
Prior to joining Opus, Kathleen worked in product research consulting, real estate development, education, and financial services. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys skiing, bowling, golf and running along the Maine coast.
Kathleen holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bates College.
“Working with Opus has always been a great experience. We personally enjoy the ability to be fully transparent and feel comfortable bringing any problem we may have.”
– Justin Hafner, CEO & Founder at Kinotek