Who we are

We are a Michigan-centric middle market consulting firm focused on bringing incremental GDP growth to the Midwest, starting in Michigan. We bring decades of world-class commercial, operational, and execution excellence experience; and a proven value creation track record from the world's best advisory firms.

our team

David Hamilton

CEO and Founder
David@kickpoint-ventures.com

David is the CEO and Founder of Kickpoint Ventures. He is a strategic partner to executive teams, with deep expertise and experience in all things related to "how the place is run".

David brings a world-class approach to transformation and operational excellence, having played leadership roles in transforming 30+ of the best global organizations, across sectors. Over his near 15 years with McKinsey, he held many leadership roles, most recently co-founding and convening the Next Generation Operational Excellence Practice.

David has led several efforts within the Michigan community - economic development, workforce development, education, support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and efforts related to equity. He was a founding member of Detroit Means Business. David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and a BSE and MSE in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. David and his wife, Maureen, live in the Detroit area with their three kids. They enjoy travel, golf, hockey, pickleball, sailing, and skiing.

Zack Crisan

Chief Client Officer and Director
Zack@kickpoint-ventures.com

Zack is a founding team member of Kickpoint Ventures. He is a capability-builder, passionate people leader, and a valued counselor to executives and working teams.

Zack brings extensive experience in designing and executing growth transformation programs leading to sustainable, above-market growth, across various sectors. In his 8 years at McKinsey, Zack held leadership roles within the Sales & Channel Practice, spearheading the B2B Commercial Excellence and B2B Strategic Growth global workshop series. Most recently, Zack served as the People Lead of the Detroit office and for the North America Advanced Industries Practice. Prior to McKinsey, Zack held multiple sales leadership and business development roles with digital media SaaS startups.

Zack's deep-rooted connection to Detroit started with his grandfather, a small business owner in the city for over 50 years. Motivated by the opportunity to create a lasting impact in the area, Zack and his family returned to Detroit in 2018. Zack holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Zack and his wife live in the Detroit area with their two children; he is a passionate Wolverine, enjoys golf, reading, flyfishing, and any excuse to be on the water.  

our purpose

To help people recognize and pursue what they are capable of

our mission

To help business owners drive profitable, inclusive, and sustainable growth; and to help people pursue their dreams - building confidence, finding courage and taking agency

our values

Own it. Know your purpose. Set a high aspiration. Lead with passion. Take agency in your growth.
Make it matter. Build something that lasts, beyond yourself.
Think scientifically. Prioritize. Use facts. Build standards. Try it. Learn from it.
Leave people an inch taller. Make a difference. Invest in others’ potential. Help others, every time.
Leave it on the ice. Work hard. Persevere. Get better every day.