Our consultants are equipped with the knowledge and state-of-the-art technology to coach and train your employees, implement new marketing strategies, and help you and your team succeed. We employ and are affiliated with experts in psychology, business, education, sales, marketing, and management. We use a variety of assessments, including the widely-recognized personality and behavioral DISC® assessment, to help individuals, teams, and leadership achieve more through improved communication strategies.


Our Vision: To offer comprehensive business solutions for profit and nonprofit organizations, using our highly educated and experienced team of consultants.

Fred M. Afshar

Co-Founder, Caspian Group Consultants, LLC

Certified Master Behavioral Analyst (CMBA)

Certified Master Motivational Analyst (CMMA)

Certified Emotional Intelligence/Emotional Quotient (EI/EQ) Interpreter


Fred Afshar is the Co-founder of Caspian Group Consultants, LLC. He is an accomplished Marketing and Business Coach professional with extensive experience in both profit and nonprofit fields. Fred is skilled in sales, negotiating, recruiting, coaching, and training, and he is ready to guide you and your team to becoming the best you can be. As a Certified Master Behavioral/ Analyst (CMBA) for DISC® since 2012, and more recently a Certified Emotional Intelligence/Emotional Quotient (EI/EQ) Analyst, Fred offers individual, couples and team assessments that lead to improved communication, teamwork, and productivity.


After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Marketing Management, Fred attended Suffolk University for his Master’s in Business Administration. In addition to his DISC® and EI/EQ certifications, he is also a long-time licensed real estate consultant.

Mona Afshar

Co-Founder, Caspian Group Consultants, LLC

Health and Wellness Consultant

Mona is a professional educator with over 30 years of classroom experience in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her teaching experience has proven valuable in developing and facilitating DISC® workshops with Caspian Group Consultants, and in leading health and wellness classes in her new hometown of Clemson, SC.


Mona holds a Bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Education from Notre Dame College, New Hampshire. She is certified as a Health & Wellness Coach by American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA), and enjoys helping people revitalize their lives through simple behavioral changes. Her hobbies include reading, studying scripture, cooking, gardening, yoga, and traveling with her husband.

Dr. Michael Abelson

CEO/President, The Ableson Group

Master Consultant / Trainer

Dr. Michael Abelson is CEO/President of The Abelson Group.  He is an organizational consultant, an award-winning educator, a trusted advisor, and a developer of people. He is respected and sought-after worldwide for his ability to identify real business issues, challenge people to find solutions that work, and facilitate effective staff hiring.  His understanding and use of assessment tools, leadership talent, and team dynamics make him a highly valued expert.


He is Emeritus from Texas A&M University where he served on the business faculty for over 30 years and was the director of the Texas A&M’s Master’s degree program in Human Resources. He has been on educational stages on four continents, delivering over 1,000 keynote speeches, seminars, and training programs. The author of two books, he is also the creator of the acclaimed Abelson DISC Behaviors Wheel™. 

Greg Wales

Independent Financial Advisor

Owner, Keowee Financial Group, Inc

Greg Wales offers a broad spectrum of financial services to his clients. As the owner of Keowee Financial Group, Inc., he specializes in wealth management, retirement planning, private equity opportunities, and tax-efficient strategies. A Registered Representative and an Investment Advisor Representative through the Strategic Financial Alliance, Inc. (SFA), Greg also provides brokerage and investment services.


Greg graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. Prior to becoming the owner of Keowee Financial Group, he worked in property insurance, retirement insurance planning, and advertising.

Ryan Heard

Branding, Web Development, and IT Consultant

Ryan Heard has over a decade of experience in communications, web design/development, graphic design, and IT. The former Director of Communications for Generation LINK and Crosspoint Church in Clemson, SC, he currently serves on Crosspoint’s staff as Director of Small Groups and Men’s Ministry.


Ryan is a native of Greenville, SC, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a Master’s of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married his beautiful best friend, Spencer Caroline, in 2019, and they welcomed their daughter, Audrey Beth, in 2021.

Grace Teal

Software Engineer, Web Developer, and IT Consultant

Grace Teal joins Caspian Group Consultants with an expertise in the fields of programming, back-end web development, and information technology. She is skilled in various technologies such as .Net Framework, C#, Java, Javascript, HTML,  Postman, Delphi 7, and Microsoft SQL.


Grace graduated Phi Kappa Phi from Colorado State University Global with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and earned a second degree with a Bachelor of Administration in Management Information Systems from Francis Marion University. She is currently working as a Software Engineer for HealthEdge Software Incorporated, and finds great joy helping people find solutions for their software needs.

Susan Mason

Writer and Editor

Susan Mason has wide-ranging experience as a writer and editor for profit and nonprofit organizations, in both print and online media. She has written extensively for the insurance industry, has developed grants and fundraising materials for nonprofits, and has written and edited both general interest and academic materials. 



Susan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a degree in Anthropology and Religion, and earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of South Florida. She later gained a Master’s degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University. She is the former director of the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program, which operates the largest essay contest of any kind in North America.