Welcome to the personal website of
business leader, author, and speaker

Nick Gausling


Business Development & Corporate Development

Creates forward-thinking strategic plans, partnerships, and initiatives to compete within a changing business landscape, capitalize on trends, and drive sustainable long-term growth.


Finance & Analytics

Utilizes financial analysis, economics, analytics, market research, and business intelligence to solve problems and identify opportunities.


General Management

Structures and leads cross-functional teams to optimize processes, drive revenue growth, reduce expenses, and generate bottom-line profits.

About Nick Gausling

Nicholas Gausling is a business development & operational leader / general manager who promotes profitability and growth through optimizing structures and processes, strategic initiatives and partnerships, and responsible change management.

He is also an author & speaker who covers topics such as digital strategy, organizational design, investments and capital markets, and the future of business.

Nick’s industry experience includes omnichannel retail & e-commerce, financial services & venture capital, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturing and distribution. His background includes startup, small business, large company ($1B+ revenues), and non-profit leadership.

Areas of expertise include:

● Organizational Leadership, General Management, Change Management
● Business Development, Corporate Development, Strategic Partnerships
● Financial Analysis, Analytics & Business Intelligence, Venture Capital
● Sales Operations, E-commerce / Digital, Process Improvement
● Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations, Board of Directors / Governance

Highlighted experience:

✔ GENERAL MANAGEMENT, TURNAROUND / CHANGE MANAGEMENT, OPERATIONS: leadership in large company turnaround / change management, as well as startup, small business, and large company growth environments. Leadership roles helping to take companies/business units from net losses to EBITDA positive, leading through organizational restructures and crisis response, and streamlining operations to improve sales, profitability, and long-term growth.

✔ BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING: creating and/or scaling companies, business units, teams, products, and market segments. Sourcing, due diligence, negotiation, and/or implementation of joint-ventures, strategic partnerships, mergers & acquisitions targets, and venture deals.

✔ FINANCE, VENTURE CAPITAL, INVESTOR RELATIONS, GOVERNANCE: raising capital, board of directors membership, board recruitment, bylaws / operating agreement formation and amendments, revision and implementation of governance standards, shareholder and board executive reports.

Nick accepts a limited number of speaking opportunities. If you would like him to speak at your event, please contact him via LinkedIn with details.

Key Professional Experience

Mattress Firm (2018 – present)
Largest specialty mattress retailer in the United States.

Director of Omnichannel Innovation & Research (2021 – present)

Director of Omnichannel Optimization (2020 – 2021)

Divisional Director, Field Optimization (2020)

Divisional Director, Strategy & Analytics (2018- 2020)

Joined the company in late 2018 just before Chapter 11 bankruptcy / restructuring.  Held multiple senior leadership roles during turnaround and helped bring the company to record profitability and public readiness (pre-IPO) by 2021.

Currently leads business development research and program management / project management (blending Lean/Agile/Kanban/Scrum methodologies) for the Omnichannel Innovation group, leveraging strategic partnerships to bring cutting-edge sales and CX technologies to both brick & mortar stores and e-commerce / digital.

Previously held roles/functions include:

  1. Oversight and leadership of the E-commerce Operations, E-commerce Customer Retention, and Omnichannel Project teams.
  2. Leading cross-functional support for revenue generation (web/cart sales, chat and phone-based inside sales, and third-party marketplaces), CX, digital merchandising, and digital marketing.
  3. Divisional brick & mortar leadership supporting books of business ranging from $700MM – $1B+ across 600-900+ retail stores. Acted as de facto division Chief of Staff and CFO, exercising direct responsibility for field-facing financial & KPI analysis, finance vendor relations, special projects, and serving as a divisional liaison to the corporate office.

Select major accomplishments:

Emerald Risk Solutions (2014 – 2018)
Boutique financial services firm specializing in venture capital / startup incubation.

Managing Partner

Co-founded and led the firm. Sourced deal flow, conducted due diligence, trained personnel, interfaced with regulators, and provided services B2B and B2C.

Real Water (2013 – 2015)
A nationally-distributed CPG company operating in the premium functional beverage category.

Chief of Staff (2013 – 2015)

Manager, External Affairs (2013)

Key member of the executive team who helped lead the company from negative EBITDA into positive EBITDA.

As the principal cross-functional executive,  led coordination and special project management across all departments, including: sales and distribution, marketing and PR, finance, HR, manufacturing and logistics, and QA/QC. Direct oversight of business development, corporate development, investor relations, Board of Directors affairs, managing engagements with outside legal counsel and investment bankers, contract negotiation, regulatory affairs, and facilities management. Directly reported to the President/CEO and previously to the Executive Vice President.

Select major accomplishments:

Publications & Presentations


Jamin Hübner and Nicholas Gausling, “A Reconsideration of Corporate Monarchy: Evaluating the Literature and Logic Surrounding Co-CEOs.” (working title; publication pending)

Nicholas Gausling, “A Review of Mark Spitznagel’s The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World,” Christian Libertarian Review, vol. 2 (Jul 2019): R61-R68


North American Homegoods eCommerce Summit (June 23, 2021). Retail Summits. Panel speaker: “Utilizing Technology to Enhance the Customer Experience.”

Texas eCommerce Virtual Summit (August 12, 2020). Retail Summits. Panel speaker: “The Importance of Omnichannel Integration.”


Nick’s answers to business questions on Quora

Nick’s business articles on Medium


The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania. Executive Education topics studied: Leadership in the 21st Century, Managing the Global Firm, Managing and Motivating Talent, Strategic Management (Competitive and Corporate Strategy)

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Executive Education topics studied: Digital Innovation Strategy and Management

Knox Theological Seminary. Master of Arts

University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Bachelor of Arts