Who We Are
Risk Neutral is a bespoke Integrated Risk Management (IRM) advisory firm. Our mission is to enable organizations to achieve maximum growth by optimizing risk for competitive advantage.
“Our clients are committed to building mature ‘risk-aware’ cultures. They dedicate themselves to deliver the highest levels of transparency, integrity and demonstration of sound corporate governance for all stakeholders. Implicitly they know that effectively mitigating the effects of potentially disruptive events are table stakes for remaining market leaders in their respective industries.”
How We Help
Our engagements align strategic, operations, financial, compliance, and reputational risks for competitive advantage enabling our clients to unlock growth, accelerate value creation, and extend market leadership.
Jeff Sauntry – Founder & CEO
Jeff Sauntry is the CEO and Founder of Risk Neutral. Jeff has led professional services and engineering organizations at multiple publicly traded Fortune 500 companies as part of executive leadership teams. His operational and technical experience spans strategy development, technology, enterprise software, risk, compliance, fraud, cyber, and physical security. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur who has founded four private companies in his home state of Florida.
Jeff is the CoPresident of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Professional Directors Association (PDA). Jeff is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) member and is recognized as a Leadership Fellow and Certified Director. He completed the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) program at Carnegie Mellon University to complement his numerous professional, technical, and cybersecurity certifications. Jeff is an AM&AA Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor and EPI Certified Exit Planning Advisor.
His ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) passions focus on preserving the world’s oceans and increasing board of director cognitive diversity. Jeff is a US Coast Guard certified Captain in the US Merchant Marine (Master 50GT) and has 20 years of active participation with PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors), where he holds a rating of MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer). He is a licensed Florida unlimited electrical contractor & qualifier (EC13008900) and an active member of the Comm-ISAC (Communications – Information Sharing and Analysis Center). Jeff brings an informed and balanced perspective to private/public critical infrastructure, diversity-equity-inclusion, data privacy, cybersecurity, environmental, and sustainability corporate governance programs.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.
We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.
Over time, there is only one alternative to risk management, and that is crisis management, and crisis management is much more costly, time consuming and embarrassing.
The pace of change is so great; there is always something else going on. What that says to me is that you have to have strategic vision and peripheral vision. Strategic vision is the ability to look ahead and peripheral vision is the ability to look around, and both are important.
You can never protect yourself 100%. What you do is protect yourself as much as possible and mitigate risk to an acceptable degree. You can never remove all risk.
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
All events in your life are neutral until you label them. Nothing has meaning until you give it meaning.