About Us

Dr. Axel Meierhoefer — Founder and CEO

Dr. Axel Meierhoefer has a PhD in Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management.

He completed a 22 year career as an aviator in the Air Force, followed by executive experience in the IT industry and then founded his axel transparent backgroundfirst company. By now he has evolved into a multi-entrepreneur, resulting in the launch of StilumSmart. Many years of study, getting qualified in multiple assessment tools and taking hundreds of people through the analysis of their style made him an expert in management, leadership, and communication styles. The result is a model that helps customers to refine their style to become successful.

In the past few years Axel has worked as a facilitator and lecturer for universities in Europe and the United States, in addition to managing projects for corporate clients in manufacturing, services, incubators, R&D, alternative energy and utilities, pharmaceutical, and education. Clients span from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 100 clients like Bayer Healthcare, Merck, State Farm, Boeing, Verizon, and Johnson & Johnson.

Axel invented the StilumSmart Assessment Model allowing anybody to become smart about their style and use available StilumSmart services to improve themselves on their path to success.

Axel holds a Bachelors degree in Aviation and Management from Hamburg College in Germany, a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA, and a PhD in Leadership from Antioch University in Columbus, Ohio

Axel is a certified Performance Coach, a Master Life Coach and holds a long list of other certificates related to learning, facilitation, and project management.

Axel, and his wife Heidi live in Sate Fe NM and daughter Sarah resides in Santa Barbara CA.



Rekhaa Gopinath — Business Associate

Rekhaa brings two decades of business management, and business operations experience with roles as diverse as training, facilitation, rekhaa2business analysis, business administration, traffic co-ordination, and back office functions. Her forte is providing business support, resolving conflicts with management and employees, training and hiring process, orientation programs for new hires, new business acquisition, handling much of the written communications with clients and team members alike.

Rekhaa is an Indian National with an ability to communicate to all levels of the organization, including executives, managers and staff.

She manages all client interaction for Stilumsmart in alignment with the company’s goals. Identifies and helps to develop strategic relationships with partners or potential customers. Assists in the development of a strong pipeline of new customers and projects in accounts through direct or indirect customer contact and prospecting. Works with marketing, sales, and product development teams to implement business development initiatives.

She graduated in Bachelor’s in Business Administration, holds Diploma in Personal Secretarial in administrative as specialization. She is currently acquiring knowledge in Business analytics using SAS and R Studio polishing her already existing analytical skills. Her multitasking capabilities integrates well with her detail oriented ability to organize projects and manage all levels of a project, including generating reports and working within a team environment.

Rekhaa has been instrumental in the ground-up development of three companies in India, two of which were training organizations. She finds human behavior and relationship studies fascinating and often writes snippets on the subject. She has a passion for getting the details right. Her determination, spunk, and cheerfulness are all employed to make the “trains run on time”, ensuring a world-class service level.

Being a communicative and social person and always keeping an eye for potential opportunities, she is learning the full use of Social Media Management and has successfully served clients in these regards for the past year.

She speaks English fluently in addition to five other languages. She has travelled extensively on her client engagements all over India, Australia and Middle East.

Rekhaa lives in Pune, India with her family including her Mother and daughter Ishika.