Neeley & Associates | Directors

Ed2.jpgEd Riefenstahl co-founded Neeley & Associates Consultants (N&A) in 2006 and currently serves as a Director of the program.  Prior to joining TCU’s Neeley School of Business Ed was a Global Alliance Director for KPMG Consulting/BearingPoint.  Before joining KPMG, Ed was the Central U.S. Sales Director for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Consulting Services.  In 1992, Ed formed ROI Associates, a boutique consulting firm focused on organizational planning and process & operations improvement for entrepreneurial entities.  Upon leaving BearingPoint in 2005, ROI Associates was re-focused to work exclusively with small business owners.  In addition to growing N&A to one of the premier MBA consulting programs, Ed has been hands-on as a team leader or team member:

  • Implementing the first A.I.D.S (HTLV-III) blood test in the U.S.;
  • Introducing the sales methodology in one of the “Big 4” global professional service firms;
  • Conceiving and launching the world’s “first winery at an international airport,” LA BODEGA WINERY at DFW International Airport;
  • Bringing to market the first on-line business consulting service – a Smithsonian, Computerworld Business Services Category Finalist – ERNIE;
  • Assessing a health system as a nominated Baldrige Award - also known as the President’s Quality Award - National Examiner; and
  • Conceiving and launching IDEA-Works FW, a multi-industry business accelerator in Fort Worth, Texas.

He received his B.A., Economics, University of Pittsburgh, his MBA from Emory University, and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Manchester (U.K.) School of Business.


Abbie ShippDr. Abbie Shipp is an Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director for ‘The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and executive audiences on topic such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: the trajectory of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, how time is spent on work tasks, and how individuals think about the past/present/future. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments, and her research on time earned her an exclusive invitation to Google headquarters to brainstorm about the cutting edge of human resources. She is currently an editorial board member of four primer journals in management and she is on the board of directors of ZOE, a North Carolina based non-profit focusing on the empowerment of orphans and vulnerable children around the world. Prior to joining TCU, Dr. Shipp taught at Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina, and Oklahoma State University and she was employed by The Boeing Company and TV Guide. She also has consulted for Ernst & Young, Marriott International, Halliburton, Texas Transportation Institute, Inspirus, and AT&T, most recently through her boutique consulting firm, Adapt! Consulting in which she is Managing Director. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.