Courtney Varner - Chairman & President

Courtney provides the day-to-day operational and strategic oversight to the company. As Chairman of the Board, she is the ultimate decision maker for the company. As President, she oversees compliance of the company’s framework with corporate and management best practices and ensures that the company investments and assets are consistently aligned with its vision and mission. Courtney takes an active role in engaging with our clients to ensure that we continue to meet our clients’ expectations in delivering services and products. She is directly responsible for all operation support functions including marketing and business development, talent acquisition and human resources.

Nick Aria - CEO & Managing Director

Nick is responsible for formulating and executing long-term strategies aligned with the company’s vision and mission. He is responsible for setting the tone for the company’s values, ethics and culture, with an emphasis on its mission to deliver the best results for its clients. Nick directs all company business practices ensuring that they conduct company operations aligned with the values of the company.
Nick also leads the firm’s focus on growth strategies, and in creating long-term social and economic value.

Jeffrey Hila - Senior Vice President

Jeff is responsible for overseeing the growth of our Engineering, Project Management and Construction Management (E/PM/CM) practice. In this role, Jeff steers the development of projects and staff, enhances corporate process and procedures, and ensures the successful engagement and growth of our customer base. Jeff has managed engineering, construction and financial aspects of complex capital project portfolios, including executive leadership of a $2.2B annual transmission program for one of the largest U.S. utilities based in the Northeast.

Herschel Baxi - Managing Director

Herschel is responsible for expanding the firm’s footprint, by ensuring that business practices stay focused on developing and maintaining robust, long-term relationships with its existing clients and by diversifying its customer and services portfolio through new professional relationships and opportunities. Herschel develops and executes operational strategies and solutions within the company’s framework to ensure its processes, people and tools are aligned with, and are delivering the company’s vision and mission.

About Us

The CARIAN Group is a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE), with offices in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and we continue to expand nationally. The CARIAN Group offers Consulting, Advisory, and Technology solutions to support our customers in delivering their capital project portfolios. Our Consulting Services focus on providing expert services to our customers looking to improve delivery of capital infrastructure while meeting their enterprise portfolio and program objectives. Our Consulting Services include Project Management and Controls, Portfolio/Program Management, Portfolio/Project Risk Management, Cost Estimating, and Implementation of Project Systems. Our Advisory Services are built on the foundation of the in-depth consulting experience and expertise of our Advisory experts who leverage their experience to advise capital portfolio owners on strategic, technical, organizational, delivery and contractual strategies. Our Technology Services offer products & services that enable strategic and operational business decisions. We work closely with our industry partners to combine our advisory and consulting expertise with their innovative, leading edge features to offer our customers technology products & services that enable strategic and operational business decisions.