Alex Drost is a growth-minded entrepreneur with a proven track record of success in driving innovation and leading strategic initiatives. He has nearly two decades of entrepreneurial experience and has demonstrated his ability to navigate consistently changing environments and is adept at managing complex projects and motivating teams to achieve their best work.
As the Founder and CEO of Connection Builders, Alex is at the forefront of digital transformation in the professional training and coaching industry. Since its inception, Connection Builders has revolutionized how essential career success skills are taught and reinforced, significantly increasing individual contributors’ trajectories and driving sustained growth for organizations.
Alex believes simple principles and consistency over time are the keys to long-term success. He is committed to fostering growth for himself and those around him and is adept at breaking down complex issues to make them easy to understand and comprehend.
Beginning his career in financial services, Alex most recently served as Vice President of Middle-Market Investment Banking with Cascade Partners. He has successfully led capital raise, buy-side, and sell-side transactions in the consumer-healthcare, multi-site retail, and manufacturing industries, with a total transaction value of nearly $1Bn.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University, with a concentration in accounting and finance. He also holds an M.S.F. from Walsh College, with an emphasis on corporate finance, and is a registered CPA in the State of Michigan.
As a recognized professional growth and development expert, Alex regularly contributes to top trade publications and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and corporate events. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge, experience, and expertise to help others reach their full potential.
Alex also hosts Branch Out, a popular podcast dedicated to professional growth. With more than 100 episodes, Alex has interviewed experts and thought leaders from the accounting, legal, and consulting industries, who have shared their unique perspectives and practical lessons learned throughout their professional journeys.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Alex Drost enjoys mountain biking, listening to music, and taking photographs. Alex, his wife Denise, and their goldendoodle Henry reside in the suburbs of Metro Detroit.