Christopher P. Ice

Christopher P. Ice is the CEO & Founder of Ice Executive Coaching & Consulting based in Winter Park, FL. He has led numerous organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors with revenues as high as $100M and assets over $280M. He has owned his own healthcare company, was CEO of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and most recently, the President and CEO of Ave Maria University in Florida. In addition, Chris has consulted with private equity firms across the country with revenues in excess of $20B and now shares his vast experience of successfully rebuilding organizations through Ice Executive Coaching & Consulting.

Leadership starts at the top and Christopher Ice is very skilled at getting the right people in the right place at the right time. He understands how to clearly communicate the vision and mission of each organization and creates cultures of innovation, inspiration and a strong sense of purpose to allow employees to flourish. He has built successful boards that work together as he knows a dynamic culture starts at the top. His leadership brings a spirit of collaboration and high productivity to every organization he serves.

While Christopher was serving as the president of Ave Maria University in Florida, he successfully led the University through the global pandemic even in the midst his own major personal tragedy. As president, he and his team established new University fundraising records by a whopping 160% over the previous best year in history. He also established a historical best ever new student enrollment while increasing retention to record highs and reducing the overall tuition discount rate. His creative approach to leadership, marketing and great interpersonal skills made him the recipient of the prestigious Naples Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in the community. The town of Ave Maria further recognized him by honoring him with a commendation for outstanding service to the University and community.

Chris’s will share his past experience of building and transforming previously fractured and financially challenged organizations showing how he gave each of them a sense of mission and purpose and why they exist as an organization. Chris firmly believes that too many leaders think the only way to turn organizations around is to cut expenses to the detriment of the employees and the customers they serve. Being fiscally responsible, casting a strong vision, building a strong sense of mission through the whole organization and focusing on new and innovative ways to grow revenue are the keys to his success. These concepts are not an “ideal” for Chris, as he has proven his methods to be effective time and time again with numerous organizations. He is excited to share his passion, knowledge and experience with others through Ice Executive Coaching & Consulting.

On a personal note, Chris still holds the NAIA Baseball Career Batting Average record with a .480 career average while in college. He is also the proud father of 7 children and grandfather of 2.