About Ruth Krishnan



We want to be the most resourceful and well connected Mastermind group in San Francisco. We build relationships with whales, house managers, and EA’s, one thing to keep in mind is value. People may not show up to hear us speak about our specialties but we can always help them solve their problems by using our connections, relationships, and knowledge. For example, we can hire a firm that does placement testing for schools.

Mission Statement

Serve as trusted advisers, bringing our collection of expertise and resources to private wealth clients.

About Mastermind Groups

Mastermind groups are relatively new to most people, even though Napoleon Hill created the concept around 75 years ago with his book, Think and Grow Rich. A mastermind group is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others.

How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It’s very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business. –Forbes

Meet the Members

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Ruth Krishnan
(415) 846-4571

Ruth’s sales are in the top 1% of all Real Estate Agents in San Francisco. She will not leave a dollar on the table when selling your home and she is known for getting buyers into contract in multiple offer situations when they were not the top offer. Her design background helps people visualize home improvements for buying and helps market a home for selling it.Ruth has an extensive network of interior design consultants, architects, lenders, contractors, plumbers, electricians, and inspectors to help make the experience of buying or selling as seamless as possible.She loves working with buyers and sellers alike to help the through the complex process of purchasing or selling a home. Ruth’s great communication skills, high level of integrity and die hard work ethic set her apart from her peers.

Superpower: Marketing, leadership, and team building

Jenny Rios
Professional Services
(510) 867-5267

Jenny Rios, Construction Consultant for luxury residential projects in the Bay Area. I am a California native, living in San Francisco since 2000. I provide pre-construction and construction services to architects, builders and owners on large residential projects throughout the Bay Area.  I have over 17 years of experience in architecture, construction and management. I understand the process and teams required to build residential projects – I have a talent for organization and the design vision that fits well for these project types. I have a collaborative management style, working with design, construction and executive teams and a proven track record and reputation for high-quality service to my clients.

Superpower: problem solving and organizing; thinking and strategizing complicated problem.

Aaron Gordon

Our clients aren’t customers. They’re partners. We believe that building relationships is just as important as building things with our hands. From start to completion, we make sure each client is a meaningful part of everything we do. Welcome to Aaron Gordon Construction, Inc., remodeling San Francisco one home at a time. Aaron Gordon is the Owner of Aaron Gordon Construction, Inc.  AGC focuses on high end construction in the SF bay are from small high rise condos to large estate projects.

Superpower: Creative thinking and being open-minded

Alison Heather

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Alison Heather arrived in New York in 1984 with a strong desire to get to work. Before long, Alison had found her way out to the West Coast and onto a painting crew. “That crew is where I learned I had the foundation of the craft. How to run a job. The importance of paying attention to the details and the big picture at the same time. And most importantly, how to establish and maintain client relationships.” It was on that same crew that Alison first met Jill French. The two bonded through their work ethic and love of the trade. “We were (and still are) very different people, but we find common ground in our core values: respect, responsibility and communication. Today, those values are the cornerstones of our business,” says Alison. Dedicated to providing clients outstanding customer service while delivering exceptional results, Alison is known for her calm demeanor and ability to keep things running smoothly even while resolving problems. Outside of work she is passionate about meditating, Ocean Beach and local art and design.

Superpower: Self-awareness, mirroring, and reading people

Marc Armstrong

Shea Labagh Dobberstein (SLD), one of the oldest and most well-respected accounting firms in San Francisco, provides a full spectrum of professional accounting. Marc Armstrong, CPA, CFA, MBT, has nearly fifteen years of tax experience in both private and public sectors, serving diverse clients, from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. He specializes in working with clients in the real estate, manufacturing and technology industries. Prior to joining SLD, Marc’s career included six years within the Big Four public accounting industry at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over his career, he has transitioned to smaller firms where he has had the opportunity to make a greater impact on his clients and their businesses. Recently, he headed the tax department of a business management firm in Beverly Hills, performing all aspects of the tax function for entertainment clients, and small businesses and their owners.

Christopher West
Bespoke Services

Bespoke Private Service specializes in personalized high-end real estate and lifestyle management in San Francisco. Our tailored support ensures our client’s most precious commodity is given back to their lives, time. What We Manage: Real Estate / Households / Lifestyle / Staff Relocation / Construction / Vendors . Sincere, on demand. I believe life should be simple, excellence is the standard and that time is the most valuable possession any of us will ever own. Superpower: Emotional connections, millennial and whale networking, creative thinking

Bill Vlahos
Banker, Trust
(415) 203-3350

Experienced investment management professional well versed in investment strategy, asset allocation and direct investing. Twenty plus years of experience working closely with high net worth and institutional investors.

Superpower: Master networker

Lewis Heathcote
Interior Designer
Nicole Hollis
D 415 278 9457 x112

NICOLEHOLLIS conceives timeless interiors that elevate the human spirit. This award-winning collective of more than forty interior designers, interior architects, and furniture designers is led by creative director and principal Nicole Hollis in partnership with her husband, CEO Lewis Heathcote. NICOLEHOLLIS offers a holistic approach to the art of living through residential, hospitality, and product design. The studio’s portfolio of clients includes global leaders and notable innovators who appreciate the ability to create a home that supports and enhances their family’s chosen lifestyle. A belief in the meritocracy of good ideas underpins NICOLEHOLLIS’ desire to channel the spirit of collaboration both within the firm and when working with clients, architects, and artisans. Curating paired down spaces with great attention to their context and purpose reflects the studio’s design philosophy.

Susan Ott

Susan specializes in structuring Personal Insurance portfolios for affluent individuals to protect their homes, autos, watercraft, collections and umbrella liability. She has over 25 years of extensive risk management experience, delivering tailored solutions that help protect wealth as well as physical assets. Susan is passionate about helping her clients with everything relating to risk management, from insurance to disaster recovery planning. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Susan holds two degrees from USF. She also holds the designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America.

Superpower: Strategic thinking and team leadership  

Jarrod Baumann

Jarrod Baumann
Landscape Architect Staging
(415) 691-2166

Jarrod‘s role at Zeterre and Equus Nobilis is that of founder and principal Landscape Architect. As such, he has been responsible for the design and creative direction as well as the overall operation of Zeterre since it opened in 2007 and Equus Nobilis since 2018. Licensed Landscape Architect (California License #5613). Jarrod draws upon his 15 years of experience developing projects ranging from jewel box cottage gardens to expansive estates, massive civic parks and boutique luxury resorts. 

Superpower: Unique and intriguing concepts  

Alessio De Francesca

Alessio De Francesca
(415) 339-5810

Born in Brindisi, Italy, Alessio has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management. Passionate about art, photography, and design, he started working in the architectural materials supply industry in 1997, after he arrived in the US. “My main goal is to source and to produce what the client is looking for and work with clients on all stages, from the initial phase throughout installation.” Alessio builds deep and trustworthy relationships with manufacturers, architects, designers, artisans, and builders, and he is always looking for authentic and sustainable values in every aspect of his work.

Superpower:  Specifying unique European building materials for high-end residential project.

Meeting Details

The Mastermind B2B group meets fourth Thursday of the month 9AM at Compass 1400 Van Ness Avenue.

7 Reasons Why a Mastermind Might be Right for You

1. Exclusive Community

You’ll be part of an exclusive community. Joining a mastermind typically involves you being invited by the members or going through an application process. The other members need you just as much as you need them, so quality of experience and knowledge is crucial to all involved.

2. Advisement

Once you are involved in a mastermind, that feeling of “being alone” while running your business is gone. The other members of the group turn into business advisers of sorts and vice versa.

3. Collaboration

You may find someone in the group that is a perfect fit to work on a project with you. Or, you may be the perfect person to help another member as well. The group works together collaboratively, to achieve more together.

4. Extended Network

Joining a mastermind expands your network exponentially and rapidly. If you are in business, you know how important your network is. By joining a mastermind, you instantly add to your network and typically gain the networks of those in the group with you.

5. Learning

Everyone in the mastermind is unique in skill, experience and connections. By interacting and sharing your challenges, it’s almost certain that someone in your mastermind will have a solution for you and you may also be able to offer a solution, connection or tactic to help another in the group.

6. Cross-Promotion

When you join a mastermind, you will most likely find ways to help each other by utilizing cross promotion. Finding ways to help each other through promoting to your respective networks.

7. Think Bigger

Being in a mastermind will truly give you a Master Mind! You can’t help but think bigger and stretch beyond your boundaries when surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.


Masterminds are incredible and can do wonders for your business as well as for you, personally. Growing in a group is not only more effective, it’s quite a bit more fun!


Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

per Forbes.com Article