Brian Kridler

Senior Consultant


Prior to joining Triangle2, Brian enjoyed a YMCA career that spanned 32 years and began as an archery instructor and cabin counselor at YMCA Camp Speers in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. 

Most recently, Brian served as the Executive Vice President for Strategy & Innovation at the YMCA of Greater Houston where he led strategic planning and real estate development efforts within the Association.  With the great COVID-19 “pivot” of 2020, Brian was asked to lead Houston forward into producing virtual offerings and facility innovation while at the same time working with the senior leadership team to move down the path toward a reinvention of the Y’s membership model in light of the pandemic.  Between mid-March and his departure at the end of July, the Houston Y had published more than 500 videos, completed three major facility renovations and five facility refreshes, transformed four day-camp pavilions into attractive, engaging outdoor venues for group exercise and youth programming, re-developed a plan for a new YMCA open air facility, and launched a new Impact Membership product.

Prior to joining the Houston team, Brian served for 6 years at the YMCA of Central Ohio as both the COO and as a VP for Strategy and Innovation. During that time, Brian developed partnerships with two local municipalities that resulted in two fully-funded new Y facilities while at the same time leading a state-wide coalition of Ys into an innovative and collaborative membership partnership with one of Ohio’s largest and most progressive health systems, OhioHealth.

Brian’s work as an innovation consultant began in 2008 at YUSA where he served for four years as a national Project Director for Strategic Innovation. Working with his colleague Maura Shea, Brian developed and published for YUSA, The Big Picture DeckTM, a serendipitous offshoot of their first innovation project at YUSA.  The deck became a critical tool in Brian’s next project, the creation of the Y’s Living Our Cause strategy to support organizational behavior change across the movement in the wake of brand revitalization.  

Brian works from his home in Lewis Center, Ohio where he lives with his two children, Bailey and Cole, his partner Stacey and her two children, Grace and Lucas, a dog and two cats. Brian has a liberal arts degree from Mercyhurst University and two years of graduate work at Ohio State. 

In his spare time, Brian plays as much soccer as his old legs can handle!