Our Story

CareerPath was founded in 2014 in order to help more students engage in the career planning process. Since that time we have had the chance to work alongside some amazing people and institutions. Solving traditionally difficult challenges takes time, but the team at CareerPath has resolved, and proven their metal, ensuring the company finds a productive way to bridge the gap between learning and doing.

We are a dedicated and determined group, and we welcome those who share our resolve to help as many young people as possible find their way to fulfilling and meaningful life’s work.

The future is bright and exciting. If you’re a student, an employer, a school, a workforce board, or anyone else who shares in the vision, we would love to hear from you!

Rich Portelance Founder & CEO

Rich had the original vision for CareerPath, and continues to serve as the company’s big picture thinker, chief strategist, front man, and cheerleader. He assembled the original team of technologists, designers, career services luminaries and investors that helped create CareerPath.

With a background in graphic design, digital program development, client services and strategy, Rich is a natural entrepreneur, leader, and spokesman for the company. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University, which he is proud to say is also a CareerPath client.

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Ben Grinnell Co-Founder & COO

Ben is the operations guy at CareerPath, making sure the finances are managed well, systems are running, and clients are happy. Without Ben behind the scenes, we would be in trouble!

Ben has a degree in Environmental Studies and Government from Bowdoin College, and a Masters of Regional Planning and Economic Development From University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His background includes academic planning and advisement, entrepreneurship, and management of a business incubator. Ben loves to golf and hike, and is at the ready whenever a game is brought out. Ben spent a number of years coaching boys baseball and soccer, including a stint as a varsity soccer head coach. He is the proud father of two, and husband to Trish, a business owner and veterinarian. Ben is President of the Board of Directors for the Village Center of Arts, and also served as a board member of the New Milford Soccer Club.

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Our Mission

CareerPath seeks to fill the gap between education and the workforce, by developing innovative tools and services that educate, inform and enable career confidence.

Advisors & Investors

CareerPath is proud and grateful of our outstanding group of advisors and investors who have helped us craft the company from inception to present day, with the purpose of helping young people gain understanding, develop skills
and enabling career confidence.

  • John Creaton, Founder & CEO, Vegan Arborist Ltd
  • Gil Carey, Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Vegan Arborist Ltd
  • John Rose, Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group
  • Herbert Allen Jr. Businessman
  • Adam Richichi, CEO, Dental Associates
  • Michael Nicastro, CEO, Continuity
  • Kathleen Lindenmayer, Director, Career Success Center at Western Connecticut State University and Captain, USN (Retired)
  • Kevin Bouley, President, NERAC Inc.
  • Jesse Bardo, Director, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Tyler Carey, CRO Westchester Publishing
  • Tara Spain, VP Travelers Foundation & Community Relations
  • Lisa Gavigan, Director, Career Services, Wheaton College


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