Who We Are

Chris Moeller

Founder, President Orion Growth

In recognizing the need for a firm with a comprehensive understanding of strategic physical growth, Moeller founded Orion Growth in January of 2010. His passion for private business turned into a penchant to help growth-phase organizations achieve successful market penetration and exit strategies across the United States.

To date, Chris has led his clients through the selection and negotiation of over $80M in commercial leases and $42M in construction projects. Representative markets include: New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, Houston, Denver, Charlotte, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Louisville among others.

Moeller has assisted across multiple industries: Established Tech, E-Discovery, Logistics & Distribution, Manufacturing, Education, Financial, and Legal as well as providing a supportive role to Corporate Services Departments, Buy-Side M&A, Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms.

Chris measures Orion's success upon the success of his clients. Recent client awards include: Inc. 500, America's Best Small Businesses - Forbes, E&Y Venture Capital Award, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Dunn and Bradstreet top ITES and BPO Companies, NOVA Award OPEDC and CBJ Fast 50.

Moeller has served on numerous public advisory committees and private boards and continues to support his local community through outreach, sponsorship, and volunteer involvement.

 


Mark Coleman

Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Mark Coleman graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as well as a concentration in Professional Golf Management. Upon graduation, Mark followed his passion and worked under the tutelage of Bill Hughes and the PGA Tour for several years as a golf professional. After a few seasons of golf lessons, and the daily grind of a club professional, he chose to hang up his golf shoes to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity in the security industry. Although the change of pace from golf to electronic security was what some would say “drastic” – Mr. Coleman was up to the challenge.

After the sale of his security company in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Coleman and his wife Michelle relocated to Charlotte, NC to pursue fresh opportunities and warmer weather.

Mark’s success throughout the years has been a product of his self-motivated and growth-oriented personality. He has consistently built relationships, trust, and value through effective communication and leadership-by-example. His colleagues would add that his extreme detail-oriented behavior accompanied by his aggressive problem solving skills separate him from the pack.

To that end, Mr. Coleman was recently awarded the 2011 Economics and Business Alumnus Award by the Center for Entrepreneurship and now serves on the advisory board. Furthermore, Mark is a founding member of the Charlotte MU Alumni Chapter where he drives awareness and support to his alma mater.

With an extraordinary love for life and others, Mark forecasts many years of continued growth and accomplishment.

Mark lives in Cornelius, NC with his wife, Michelle and son, Carson. Their dogs, Jazzy and Hewey enjoy UPS deliveries and long family walks.

 

 


Cary Rhodes

Construction Management / Estimate Consultant

Mr. Rhodes graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Construction Science Management. He started his carreer as a as Estimator for FN Thompson, a consistent Top Ten performer in the rankings of North Carolina’s largest general contractors/construction managers. In 1998, Rhodes was assigned to the Special Project Division where he estimated and managed projects both technical and complex in nature. Rhodes’ left FN Thompson in 2005 to join Etheredge Construction, a tenant up-fit specialty company in Charlotte, NC. While with Etheredge, he delivered over 475,000 SF of Class-A office space totaling $9M on schedule and within budget.

Some of the projects Cary has worked on include: TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund) $110M, Project Manager. Lowes World Headquarters CSC Phase II, 5-Story Office Expansion, Ameriprise Financial, AutoTrader.com, and The Remi Group.

Mr. Rhodes currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Alicia, and their daughter Madden. Their Yellow Lab, Cooper, runs the house.

 


Douglas DiFranco

Access and Security Systems Consultant

Doug’s extensive knowledge of security systems integration, closed-caption tv, and access control has helped multi-national companies create efficient systems control platforms across the world. Mr. DiFranco joined Atlanta-based Systems Distributors Inc. in 2000. SDI specializes in the design and distribution of integrated technology solutions for the security industry.

During his 10 years in the industry, Mr. DiFranco was responsible for the specification, sale, and distribution of simple and complex security sytems. His experience within the industry has proven to be an invaluable asset when evaluating scalable growth platforms, national purchasing agreements, and client distribution lead times.

Doug currently lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Sarah, and their baby girl, Gabrielle Rose.