About Us

Our Mission

 It Is About Intentional Leadership & Leading With a Purpose

At Crisp Consulting Group our mission is to use our talent and expertise to help others find and live their “why” with purpose. It’s why Dean created the Intentional Leadership: Leading with a Purpose class and why he’s so passionate about transforming the lives of others.
Since 2009, President Dean Crisp has been using is experience and knowledge of leadership to transform the work and personal lives of others. 
Our goal is to be the best leadership development training and consulting organization for our clients whether they be in law enforcement or a related industry. 
Inspirational Training:  
It all starts with inspirational leadership training… Our dynamic approach to leadership training through an engaging, interactive teaching style sets the tone for a unique classroom experience.  We require of all of our instructors to demonstrate that they have the classroom skills to train at our level.   A list of some of our more dynamic and popular services are listed below:
Motivational Speaking:  
Our president, Dean Crisp, is TedTalk Veteran, but he’s been providing inspirational leadership speeches for most of his career. Whether it’s on the topics from his book, his new class Intentional Leadership, or any leadership or law enforcement topic of interest to his audience, you can be sure that your audience will not be disappointed. Book Dean today by contacting Kelle at kcorvin@lhln.org 
The LHLN Network:  
Leaders Helping Leaders Network is a one-of-a-kind community of law enforcement leaders committed to helping each other. Whether it’s through information sharing to become better technically in their job OR through developing a mentoring partnership with another network member, the LHLN Network is transforming lives every day.
Leadership Program Development:  
While we have designed live and online classes that provide leaders with cutting edge information and techniques that make the best leaders in their work and personal lives, CCG has the ability to customize leadership development programs for organizations. We consistently work with our clients to integrate the concepts CCG has designed with the needs of our clients creating a seamless flow of leadership development programming for them.
Some of the concepts we have trademarked include:
  • Intentional Leadership
  • Defining your GPS Moment 
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Strategic Self Discovery
Leadership Coaching:  
Our instructors often take on personal coaching clients. When they do, an individualized plan of action is co-developed with the coaching client with the intent of growth both in self and as a leader. We will soon add master classes and coaching groups to allow for exchange among LHLN members. It is through dialogue that some of the best learning occurs.
Often CCG is asked to provide consulting services to agencies looking to implement internal leadership development programs, coaching and mentoring. 
In addition, we have been asked to help a multitude of organizations address some of the critical issues facing law enforcement today such as the officer safety and wellness; community policing programs; and other challenges facing the law enforcement community. 
We look forward to working with you and/or your organization to help you put your leadership into action.

Dean Crisp

lead instructor


Dean is a 38-year veteran of law enforcement including 21 years in command leadership positions and 17 years as a chief of police. He has received a number of awards for innovative leadership in law enforcement at all levels as well as the prestigious Jefferson Award.  He is a graduate of the FBI-NA #172 graduate as well as a FBI-LEEDS, and U.S. Secret Service DPS. Dean also had the honor of training with the Israeli National Defense.

Dean is a true self-starter having attended night school while working full-time as a law enforcement officer still on shift duty eventually earning three advanced degrees: associate of arts degree in criminal justice; bachelor of science in criminal justice; and a master’s of public affairs from Western Carolina University.

After his retirement in 2009, Dean became and Instructor and eventual National Training Director for FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) with whom he is still an active instructor.  Dean was instrumental in creating the Trilogy program that is taught by FBI-LEEDA.

Following the publication of his first book, Dean committed to bringing a new message to law enforcement leaders and related industries called Intentional Leadership by starting his own company.

As President and CEO of Crisp Consulting Group, Dean is the chief curriculum developer of CCG’s Intentional Leadership Program and Signature Mentoring Program.  New classes and online courses are being developed all the time.

Dean is the author of “Leadership Lessons from the Thin Blue Line” and is passionate about building great leaders in all industries, but most especially in his chosen field of law enforcement.  In addition to training and consulting, Dean enjoys giving keynote addresses and other public speeches to organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is sought after for his engaging, humorous, keep-it-real kind of style. 

When Dean’s not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his family that includes his wife, Kim, his two sons and daughters-in-law, his father and stepmother,  his dogs and most especially his grandchildren. All live in or around the Asheville, NC region.

Dean’s an avid fitness buff and consumer of all information related to leadership and self-development.

You can reach Dean at dcrisp@lhln.org

Kelle COrvin

Operations Manager

Kelle brings more than 25 years of executive level and management consulting experience to CCG. She’s served as an Assistant City Manager for three jurisdictions where her responsibilities included budget and finance management, special projects, economic and community development and human resource management.

Kelle was instrumental in receiving the GFOA Budget and Financial Reporting Awards for the cities of Maplewood, Missouri and Mauldin, South Carolina.

She was named one of Greenville, South Carolina’s Best and Brightest Under 35 and has been given numerous other awards for her professional and volunteer work.

Kelle holds a bachelor of arts degree in both American History and American Politics as well a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Edwin O. Stene school all are from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. And yes, she’s a Jayhawk fan.

Kelle is a graduate of Leadership Missouri 1993, Opportunity Greenville 1994, Leadership Greer 1995, Leadership Golden Strip 1996 as well as a graduate of the South Carolina School of Economic Developers through the College of Charleston. She is also certified in DISC and PIAV individual assessments.

Kelle brings extensive experience in project management and general municipal administration to CCG along with expertise in writing and program development.  Kelle lives in the Greenville, SC region with her husband, John, their two daughters, her cat, Jack, and dog, Mocha.

When Kelle isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and pursuing her many craft hobbies.  She’s also a passionate school volunteer committed to helping students achieve success in reading at an early age. She’s been active in PTA and has served as president at several local chapters and was the SC District 1 PTA President and a member of the SCPTA board of directors.

You can reach Kelle at kcorvin@lhln.org 

                                                    Our Instructors

earle ‘Mac’ Marsh

active shooter mitigation and prevention instructor

Captain Earle Marsh began his career at the Columbia Police Department in 1991 as a Police Cadet. After graduating the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1993, Captain Marsh was assigned to the North Region as a Patrolman. In 1998 he was assigned to The Organized Crime Narcotics Unit as a Narcotics Case Agent and Narcotics K-9 Handler. During his time in the Narcotics Unit, he was attached to the FBI Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the North Region Community Response Team as the Unit Supervisor. Captain Marsh achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 2010 where he served at the Executive Officer in the North Region and the city wide Watch Commander. In January 2011, he was tasked with officially opening the East Region where he served as the Acting Captain until July of 2011 when he was appointed to rank of Captain and assigned to the Metro Region as the Metro Region Commander until the end of 2015. Captain Marsh is currently assigned to Special Operations as the Division Commander.

Captain Marsh was selected to the Columbia Police Department’s SWAT Team in 2001 as a SWAT Team operator. In 2007 he was appointed to the SWAT Team Leader position. In 2010, the Chief of Police appointed Captain Marsh to SWAT Team Commander. In 2015 the Columbia Police Department centralized their critical response teams (SWAT, Negotiations, Mobile Field Force, and Bomb Unit) into an Emergency Response Unit (ESU). Captain Marsh is currently the Commander of ESU.

You can reach Earle at emarsh@lhln.org 

tim plotts

Master trainer & Presenter instructor

Tim began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He retired in April of 2012 as the Troop Commander of Troop B, with over 300 sworn and civilian employees in his charge. As a Troop Commander, he had sole responsibility for the NCSHP’s response to events that occurred in southeastern North Carolina. Tim remains a sworn law enforcement officer with the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Office.

He has an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management from Montreat College. He is a graduate of the 101st session of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

Tim received the first annual William Hyatt Leadership Award from Western North Carolina University. He was selected by his peers at the University of Louisville to serve as a class officer. He also received the Meritorious Service Award from the NCSHP for service above and beyond the call of duty.

Tim has been instructing with FBI-LEEDA since 2011.

Tim will join Dean as a co-instructor for the Master Trainer & Presenter Class in February 2020.