A Team of Experts

Our team is composed of dynamic individuals committed to driving positive change and maximizing community impact. Each member brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives, united by a shared mission to empower organizations and philanthropists to conquer their challenges and achieve their goals. Get to know the faces behind our success, and discover how their diverse backgrounds and unwavering dedication contribute to the transformative work we do every day.

Meet the Team

Ethan Bush

Founding Partner

Ethan left a 20+ year career in non-profit leadership to broaden his scope of impact in the non-profit sector. His passion for people and community drives his pursuit toward the intersection where strategic philanthropy meets missions ready for greater ascent.

Career Highlights
  • Raised over $100 million for various organizations
  • Led transformational giving initiatives, generating $50 million of immediate impact
  • Named one of Baton Rouge Business Report’s Forty Under 40 in 2016 

Alex Byo


As a former professional athlete, Alex applies his drive and work ethic to making those around him better. He believes non-profits are essential to healthy communities and finds energy in solving complex problems that stand in the way of sustainable and scaled success.

Career Highlights
  • Led the development of Revive225, a non-profit home repair startup 
  • Raised over $2 million in support of students and faculty at LSU 
  • Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft

Marilyn Starks

Office Manager

Marilyn’s commitment to serving others and community ultimately led her to Thirty Three Strategies. Her exceptional career as an office administrator, along with her interest in giving back, uniquely qualifies her to support the mission of 33S and its clients. 

Career Highlights
  • Serves, and has served, on numerous boards and committees
  • As President, led the Karnival Krewe de Louisiane Board of Directors in generating over $300,000 of support to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Office Administrator of Preis Gordon APLC (Baton Rouge) for 17 years

Partners in Impact

Stuart Gilly

Partner, Trility Partners

A self-labeled serial entrepreneur, Stuart’s passions revolve around business coaching and community service. He believes in the power of people networks, regularly looking for ways to connect like-minded executives and missions. Stuart always has an eye on how the for-profit sector can uplift, and better partner with, the non-profit sector. 

  • Guides CEOs through pivotal transitions and strategic growth
  • Builds organizational alignment toward greater company success
  • Orchestrates powerful conversations among CEOs to scale leadership effectiveness 

Phillip LaFargue

CEO, LaFargue

Phillip is a seasoned executive-turned-entrepreneur whose life’s work runs in parallel to his desire to serve others. His expertise in marketing and branding is shaped by his unique ability to have thoughtful, meaningful engagements with people to discover the essence of who that person or entity is.

  • Deep engagements that define purpose, vision and mission clarity
  • Strategic planning collaborations 
  • Company culture and branding

Erik Sampson

CEO, Second Consulting

Committed to continuous learning and personal development, Erik is a visionary and passionate advocate for individual potential. Seeking new perspectives and insights to expand his understanding, he takes great pride in his ability to bridge departmental boundaries and create effective connections between teams and individuals. Erik's ideal role is serving as a collaborative intermediary, enhancing organizational alignment and implementing high level strategic initiatives.

  • Process creation and data analysis
  • Mission and impact architecture
  • Operational strategy and clarity

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