Prior to founding HPC, David was the President of RSI, an award-winning employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm that grew to become one of the largest and most successful independently-owned agencies in the country. RSI was named one of the Best Places to Work in the region seven times, and was four times named one of the Fastest Growing companies. In 2006, RSI was the only company of any size in any industry to win New Jersey’s highest award for quality – the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence – Gold Level.
In 2011, he published his first book, Fundamentally Different, which is based on the insights he learned and taught throughout his leadership career, and in 2018 he published his second book, Culture by Design, the definitive “how to” manual for building a high-performance culture.
Today, in addition to leading HPC, David does more than 100 workshops and Keynote talks per year, sharing his experiences and wisdom with thousands of leaders across the country. Read more about David.
To inquire about David as a keynote speaker, click HERE.
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Sean is the former Founder/CEO of CramerSweeney, a digital/web design, branding, social marketing and instructional design firm, founded in 1990. The firm grew to become one of the most highly-regarded marketing communications agencies in the region and gained national prominence for its instructional design work with such clients as Intel, Lancôme, JCPenny and the American Management Association.
While at CramerSweeney, Sean worked with HPC’s founder, David Friedman, at his former company, RSI, for nearly a decade. During that time, they collaborated on countless communications initiatives in support of David’s renowned corporate culture. Many of those initiatives would eventually form the very foundation of CultureWise. Today, Sean is responsible for product development, branding, corporate communications, digital design and social marketing.
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VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
Prior to joining HPC, Bill worked for 20+ years in the employee benefits industry. 13 years at RSI (with HPC Founder & CEO, David Friedman) followed by 7 years with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG). Bill started in direct selling and later moved into leadership positions as Area President of Gallagher’s Mt. Laurel, NJ office and then MidAtlantic Region VP of Sales & Marketing.
Having lived and breathed the Fundamentals at RSI and championing the Gallagher Way at AJG, Bill can speak experientially to the impact a high performing culture delivers. Bill has worked with nearly 100 organizations helping them to build high-performing cultures.
To inquire about Bill as a keynote speaker, click HERE.
Connect with Bill:
Toll Free: 877.HPC.5050, x704
Al has over 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. His diverse experience includes facilitating employee engagement, corporate training, product development, sales, and sales management. Al has spoken at numerous events on the topic of culture and has worked with more than 80 organizations helping them design and sustain incredible cultures. In both his professional and personal life, Al is a consummate coach. He enjoys nothing more than bringing out the best in his corporate clients as well as the youth basketball teams that he coaches. Al is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island. He’s also completed graduate work in Business Administration at The University of Missouri at Kansas City.
To inquire about Al as a keynote speaker, click HERE.
Connect with Al:
Toll Free: 877.HPC.5050, x703
Jake is a former U.S. Army paratrooper, teacher, and coach who joined High Performing Culture in 2016. As a consultant, he’s worked with key leaders from more than 30 organizations and facilitated training for thousands of employees. Jake is a graduate of the University of Florida and lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and two kids.
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Toll Free: 877.HPC.5050, x708
Digital Marketing Manager
Logan is a United States Army veteran who joined High Performing Culture in 2020. Prior to joining HPC, Logan worked with numerous companies to help them grow their business by creating and executing high level marketing plans.
Logan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and resides outside of Lexington with his wife Samantha and their two daughters. Logan was elected to the Midway city council, serves on the board of The Toy Chest children’s charity, and volunteers on numerous committees and within his church.
Director of Videography
Before joining the HPC team, Rolando worked as a video director and producer for 8 years in the non-profit world helping organizations promote their missions through effective video storytelling. His most recent experience at a boutique brand strategy and design studio provided him with excellent opportunities to dive deeper into business strategy, content marketing, and account management for these same mission-minded organizations.
Influenced by his independent filmmaking background, Rolando brings a high level of production value and a deeply relational approach to his video production process. The HPC mission and vision resonates strongly with Rolando as he is passionate about helping to build cultures that can help creatives thrive and do their best work.
Rolando holds a BA in Film and Media Arts from Messiah University and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.
Rob’s career prior to joining the HPC team focused on key sales and operations management roles at two Fortune 50 organizations in the healthcare space. In each of these organizations, Rob’s specialty and focus was in turning around under-performing teams through a focus on leadership, personnel development, and the creation and application of success-driving processes and procedures. Rob led teams ranging in size from 10 to over 400 people, and continues to have a passion for helping teams and team members attain the highest levels of success. Rob is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a B.S. in Business Logistics.
To inquire about Rob as a keynote speaker, click HERE.
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Toll Free: 877.HPC.5050, x702
Board of Ambassadors
Founder and CEO of The Addis Group
F. Scott Addis
Scott Addis is a servant leader, author and coach. As the CEO of The Addis Group and Addis Intellectual Capital, Scott has been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential business leaders as well as Inc. Magazine “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist. The award was based upon “ingenuity, hard work and perseverance which created a successful, growing business venture”.
Scott has served many of Philadelphia’s most prestigious companies and institutions including Comcast Corporation, Aqua Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
A graduate of Princeton University, Scott is a Certified Risk Architect (CRA) and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He is the creator of the Intelligence Quotient for Risk Management (IQRM) author of Summit ..Reach Your Peak and Elevate Your Customers’ Experience.
Scott is quite active in the Philadelphia community, sits on numerous boards and has been inducted into The Haverford School “Athletic Hall of Fame”. He resides in Bryn Mawr, PA with his wife Bobbie. Scott has three sons, Andrew, Jeff and Will.
Partner, CEO Coaching International
Cynthia is an expert in developing, translating and monetizing intellectual property rights into major global consumer brands and new businesses across diverse industries. Generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales across consumer product, entertainment, and publishing brands.
• 5 time CEO/President
• Experience serving on 10 Advisory Boards
• Digital Technology expertise, monetizing new markets
• International scope in both business and board experience
As CEO/President of five companies, Cynthia has a track record of identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends to create new businesses. She has successfully navigated Fortune 500 companies, run a venture backed business, and launched an entrepreneurial digital business.
With over 20 years of product development and marketing expertise, Cynthia successfully directly introduced over 1,000 products with over $4 billion in sales volume for well-known companies such as Universal Studios, Carnation Foods, Mattel Toys, Teleflora floral gifts, and Imaginarium toy stores.
CEO, Fernley & Fernley
Mr. Fernley is CEO of Fernley & Fernley and is a recognized leader in the field of Association Management field. Founded in 1886, Fernley & Fernley is a Philadelphia-based, fifth generation family firm with the distinction of having founded the association management company industry. Today, it represents 20+ National and regional trade associations and professional societies and remains one of the most recognized brands in the industry.
Former Chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America.
E. Alex Gregory
Alex Gregory is the former Chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America.
Until he retired in 2018, Gregory oversaw the strategic direction of YKK Corporation’s North and Central America Group, which consists of almost 3,000 employees at 12 operating companies located in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. Gregory began his career with YKK in 1973. He was named the first non-Japanese president of YKK Corporation of America (YCA) in 2001. In 2004, Gregory became the first non-Japanese group officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. From 2008 to 2010, he served on YKK Corporation’s Board in Japan. In 2011, he was named chairman of YCA’s Board of Directors. In 2017, he promoted Jim Reed to president, but retained the titles of chairman and CEO.
Independent Licensed Consultants
Teresa Hall Bartels
Teresa Hall Bartels is the owner and principal of Hallbart Consulting, LLC, focused on leadership effectiveness and strategy for commercial businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is passionate about servant leadership and helping individuals and teams to become high-performing, high integrity leaders.
Currently Bartels serves as chair for a Vistage CEO peer group and two Vistage groups inside a client company. She has served as interim CEO four times during her career, most recently as Interim President, Newman University, where she also served on the Board of Trustees for nine years. Bartels was the founding chair of the board for the University Center of Lake County, IL, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities offering degree completion and graduate level courses.
Bartels and her husband, Chuck, owned and operated two Manpower franchises in Northern Minnesota and Northern Illinois. Subsequently, she was president and CEO for both United Way International and Gateway for Cancer Research.
Bartels graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) where she earned a degree in public relations/journalism. She later earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Dominican University. In 2010, Newman University awarded Bartels an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Most recently, Bartels was selected to the NAU President’s Hall of Fame and honored as one of “Who’s Who in Healthcare” by Crain’s Chicago Business. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Chicago and the State of Illinois Executive Ethics Commission.
William F. Bladel
Having spent more than forty years in the Health Care and Employee Benefit industries, Bill founded
Integrative Health & Benefit Solutions, LLC with the purpose of sharing his unique multi-disciplinary professional background, perspective and vision that centers around service and a simple concept:
“Organizational Culture … the Foundational Employee Benefit”
Bill believes that there is a significant and reciprocal relationship between Employee Benefits and Organizational Culture and that when structured properly, Employee Benefits can support and enhance an organization’s culture and ultimately, a high-trust Organizational Culture can and should be recognized as an Employee Benefit.
His approach places employees at the center of the employer-customer relationship with a focus on HEALTH – the health and quality-of-life of an organization’s employees, the health of their Organizational Culture and as a result, the health of their customer relationships and ultimately, the health of the organization itself.
- That culture is one of the key elements of competitiveness and success since it is the one component of any organization that can never be duplicated by a competitor
- That the level and quality of service that an organization is able to provide is a direct reflection of their own organizational culture
- That values shape culture and culture drives behavior
- That culture must be the result of specific intent rather than the outgrowth of a random hiring process
A graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT with a BS in Marketing, Bill continued his education and earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Throughout his broad-based career in the Health Care Provider, Health Insurance Payer and Employee Benefit Broker/Consultant market segments, Bill has actively served in a variety of business development, marketing, sales, product development and strategic planning roles and is recognized for his team-based approach and collaborative leadership style. Most recently, he served as a key member of the leadership team that was responsible for the development, implementation, marketing, sales and oversight of the first Hospital-Based Health Plan of its kind in New Jersey.
Bill, his wife Patti and their three married sons and grandchildren all reside in central New Jersey.
William F. Bladel, CEBS
Integrative Health & Benefit Solutions, LLC
Steven has an extensive business background with a specialization in the Landscape-Snow industry. Steven’s expertise is in organizational and operational business structure, business systemization and process improvement, revenue growth and market positioning strategy. His expertise includes cross-cultural collaboration, business consulting and coaching for wide systematic business change.
Steven has been a ‘C’ Suite Executive, business owner and consultant for his entire career. Steven has developed an adaptive coaching approach while working with his clients over the years. Steven partners with leaders to increase their “behavioral awareness and flexibility”, helping them achieve breakthrough business results. This approach has allowed business owners and leaders to enhanced their individual performance, team productivity and organizational profitability.
Here is the problem: Too many leaders don’t know what they want. They seek money or prestige—they chase a succession of unfulfilling dreams. I pose a question: Can anyone significantly influence their business or their life and leave a lasting legacy when they are uncertain about where they are going or what they want to accomplish?
What’s missing is purpose — a true compass setting that guides all decisions. My objective at Dame Management Strategies is to help leaders discover and connect with their purpose — real magic happens when this connection is made. Utilizing the proven Fundamentals System, I am able to help companies drive a high-performance culture which connects with their purpose.
I am a proud alum of Penn State University and my background is in Operations, Data Security, and Executive Leadership. I have led companies in the healthcare and technology industries for the past ten years. My experiences dealing with technology in the business space as well as product and project management give me a unique experience as a leader who has led teams that developed and deployed a variety of innovative products to make businesses more productive. In my own life, I find purpose being with my family outside and helping at our church and my son’s Boy Scout troop.
Ed Dame, President
Dame Management Strategies
Greet De Saeger
I wake up every day looking for dragons to slay. As the founder of Vision Achievers and fractional COO/EOS Integrator, I help visionaries and leadership teams clarify vision (where are we going), create focus (what needs to happen), and build endurance (creating lasting value for the business and its people). With a diverse experience in professional athletics, as an entrepreneur, and small business executive, I know the key to winning is culture. Since 2018 I’ve been using the CultureWise 8-step framework, alongside the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), to build great cultures in growing businesses. Helen Keller said, “life is either a great adventure or nothing at all.” If you’re ready for the adventure of making your compelling vision happen then let’s get to work!
Josh Elmore, Founder
As a business owner of three very profitable companies, Gary experienced the joys and frustrations of owning a business. Not knowing where to get the mentoring he needed, he enrolled in many classes, attended seminars. What he learned is that applicability and sustainability was lacking in this type of training. Owners, leaders, and managers would go back to the way they always did things after the excitement of the program wore off.
This interaction brought him in touch with community leaders. This lead to involvement and directorships in many community organizations including several Chambers of Commerce, Building Industry Associations and the March of Dimes among others. He also became Small Business Leader of the Year from the University of South Florida among other awards.
Although this interaction helped in the maturity of his businesses, he knew more was needed and started attending Dale Carnegie Courses and eventually became a 7-course instructor and consultant. This evolved to his current practice working with leaders of a variety businesses. He works with them to help transform the business through process development and people development and growth. He believes that it isn’t what you say or do, it’s about how you say and do it.
As a Certified Consultant of High Performing Cultures, Gary uses proven Fundamentals System™ to help companies create, drive, and maintain high-performance cultures to accomplish the above.
With a background as a 30-year training and development leader, Gary also earned his BA from Ohio Northern University, SPHR and CSP- SHRM Certifications. He has several insurance licenses and certifications. In his past life he earned a Certified Lighting Designer designation.
Eskin Business Solutions, LLC
John P. Foster has 30 plus years of executive leadership and management experience in multiple industries including; finance, business consulting, distribution, healthcare, commercial real estate and publishing.
John is the Managing Member of PathFinder Group, a Tampa based advisory firm serving Family Business and focused on driving profits through Enterprise Risk Management around, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, and Development of High Performance Cultures.
John is a life-long entrepreneur and served as Chairman and CEO of Alliance Computing Technologies, Inc. (ACT), a national distribution company that was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal Pacesetters, as the fifteenth fastest growing company in Tampa for 3 years in succession.
John earned his BA in Psychology from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Tampa in 1991 and taught Family Business as an adjunct professor at UT’s John Sykes College of Business, Center for Entrepreneurism.
Mary Hall is a Workplace Culture Consultant who believes that when you build a better workplace, you build a better world. Mary works with companies who want to build sustainable people-centered cultures that result in happier people, higher performance and improved financial performance.
Mary’s experience includes over 25 years of leadership as a company co-founder and COO. Her experience includes being part of the team that grew a company from 5-500 employees who served over one million clients nation-wide. A strategic effort to build a meaningful culture resulted in three BBB Ethics awards, four Best Place to Work awards and two Presidential Points of Light for Volunteerism awards. The commitment to culture resulted in multiple measurable improvements in performance, cost savings and customer satisfaction.
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Mary is a CultureWise Certified Coach, a Conscious Capitalism Ambassador, a Best Companies AZ Strategic Partner, Most Admired Companies Judge and has served on local nonprofit boards. Her academic record includes a BS in Business/Accounting/CPA from Montana State University and a Masters in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University.
Brian joined Dame Management Strategies (DMS) as a leadership consultant in August 2020. DMS helps leaders and organizations improve through coaching, peer groups, strategic planning and culture-development initiatives. Founded in 2002 by John Dame, DMS enjoys an unparalleled reputation for integrity and excellence. Brian’s began working with John in 2011 on the client side of DMS services.
Prior to joining DMS, Brian worked for Soccer Shots Franchising where built and led a team of franchise business consultants, helping 140 franchisees across North America grow their businesses. The team also helped franchisees use strategic planning tools, leadership development and organizational development resources from EOS and GiANT Worldwide.
From 2012 through 2016, Brian served as the manager of culture development and associate publisher for Journal Multimedia. He installed a variety of training and culture-development programs which decreased turnover, increased profit and improved employee satisfaction. Brian facilitated a leadership development program and coached managers individually. He served as a subject matter expert for the company’s employee and organizational assessments.
Prior to this, Brian led sales, marketing and operations teams as well as culture-development initiatives in technology and transportation industries.
Kelly Hunter is a futurist and a culture advocate. As an Executive Coach and Mentor, she helps C-Suite Executives, Leaders and Entrepreneurs to be the best version of themselves to succeed in life, business and worldly impact.
Kelly has a varied portfolio of leadership experience spanning from a non-profit, to a publicly traded Fortune 10 and a private $9 billion corporation, giving her the knowledge of the unique dynamics associated with each types of these corporations. She has spearheaded strategic planning, capital development, operational management, innovation, and customer experience ecosystems for best in class brands such as McKesson and Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the healthcare, healthcare IT and the hospitality industries.
Kelly earned dual Masters from Georgia State University in Business Administration and Health Administration, as well as, a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and holds certificates in Design Thinking and Risk Management.
Kelly Hunter, Principal
Kiers Rhys, LLC
6300 Powers Ferry Rd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30339
Stephanie started her speaking and training career when she was the Director of Human Resources for Tops Corporation, where she trained 40,000 staff members nationwide in their new diversity-training program.
For the last 10+ years, Stephanie has led Atlanta based, Cornerstone Training and Consulting. Her vision is to be the training resource and partner of choice to her clients by providing stellar training, solutions, and consulting. She has 15 years training experience and has multiple Microsoft, train-the-trainer, business skills, and Franklin Covey certifications. Her friendly upbeat training style has been highly requested from the references provided.
Cornerstone Training and Consulting, Atlanta, GA
Inspirational Speaker Master MOS Certified Trainer
Certified Business Skill Instructor
Franklin Covey Certified Instructor
Cornerstone Training and Consulting, Atlanta, GA
Jason Knight is an experienced leader with over 30 years creating and managing companies in Information Technology, Software Development, Construction Technology, and Aviation industries. Jason has a proven track record of consistently establishing vision and achieving organizational goals. He now focuses on bringing this success to his clients, helping to clarify who they are, what they do, where they are going, and how they will get there.
Jill is the founder and owner of Energize HR, a Houston based HR Consulting firm that focuses on strategic solutions to drive performance and energize the workforce. Before starting her company, Jill served as a VP for a Houston based Professional Employer Organization, where they received numerous awards, including Best Places to Work and Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Jill has over twenty years of strategic HR experience working directly with small and medium-sized businesses, helping them achieve their goals. She is passionate about assisting companies to become a “Best Place to Work.” Jill believes an engaged workforce is a happier, more productive, and ultimately more profitable place to work.
JILL KOOB, SPHR, SHRM – SCP
Let’s connect! https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillkoob/
Laurie Kuzneski is the Director of Client Development and Culture Guru at Kuzneski Insurance Group (KIG). Headquartered in Indiana, PA, KIG is a firm focused on Employee Benefits, Insurance and Corporate Culture as part of their Human Resource Solutions for growing companies throughout Western and Central PA.
Laurie’s first objective when she joined the firm in 2013, after she and her husband Andy bought out the prior partners, was to change the culture. This process included, adding to and turning over staff, changing policies and procedures, abolishing the phrase, “That’s how we’ve always done it,” and ultimately buying the building next door to their current offices and moving to a new space after 50 years.
A prospective employee asked, if your culture is so important, what is it? That’s when she realized they needed to define it. Now, every employee, client, prospect, and partner know the behaviors that drive how we run our business and how we define our culture.
Laurie enjoys public speaking and spends time outside of work as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is on the Board of Directors of Indiana Regional Medical Center, and is the Secretary of the Executive Board of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active angel investor and mentor who works with start-up companies in the region and women-led/founded companies across the country.
Laurie lives in Indiana, PA with her husband and business partner, Andy, and their three children.
Director of Client Development & Culture Gur
Kuzneski Insurance Group
Amy Newbanks Letke
Amy Newbanks Letke is Founder & CEO of Integrity HR, a human resource consulting firm in Louisville, Kentucky. Integrity HR has over 20 employees and provides outsourced HR services to small to mid-sized companies as well as conducts Human Resource Audits, provides Executive and Professional recruitment services, creates Compensation Systems, provides Training and Leadership Development services, and delivers coaching for executives and leaders to support organizational growth.
Prior to the startup of Integrity HR in 2007, Ms. Letke has served in the field of human resources for 20 years. She began her career in HR positions with Fortune 500 companies including Delta Faucet and HON Industries. She has also served as a lead consultant in one of the nation’s largest Accounting and Consulting firms in Chicago, providing clients around the globe “HR Help” in the areas of human resources excellence and organizational development, and training her team to provide programs for improved productivity, and higher performance.
Amy’s undergraduate degree is from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and she also holds a MBA from St. Ambrose University in Moline, Illinois. She’s a national speaker and authority on Human Resources and Improving Workplace Performance, and is often consulted by national news outlets, including NBC news, for commentary on current events impacting the workplace. She has authored several business books alongside Deepak Chopra, Ken Blanchard, and Bob Proctor.
At home, Amy’s the proud mother of two fine young men, William Stuart and Kyle Christopher who are 20 and 18. Will is a Sophomore at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and Kyle is a Senior at Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN. They are, of course the apple of her eye!
Amy N. Letke, SPHR,GPHR,SHRM-SCP
Founder & CEO IntegrityHR
Rob Lisama has over 20 years as an Executive Coach, Business Leader, Facilitator, Trainer, and Mentor. He has impacted many lives in the business world and that has also crossed over to the academic world as he is honored to be an associate faculty member. Rob is a retired college volleyball coach and has been involved in coaching athletes for over 30 years.
Rob defines his coaching and training style as a blend that includes personal and professional development, with a dash of athletics and Zen. He challenges his coaching clients in four areas: mentally (make them think), physically (makes them work), emotionally (make them steady), spiritually (make them believe). When working with Rob, he only asks two things from his clients: be open and be ready.
“We will celebrate the small victories
and delight on the journey we are on.”
– Rob Lisama
San Diego, CA and Honolulu, HI
Kenneth Majer is the author of four books on corporate and leadership values. He has been a successful management consultant and senior executive for over 30 years. He is an effective strategist with proven ability in coaching executives and managers at multiple levels. His specialty working with executives and managers on Change Management, Values-Based Leadership, Values-Based Corporate Culture, and Values-Driven Strategic Planning.
Majer is also a Resource Speaker and a former Group Chairman of Vistage International. Vistage is the world’s largest member organization of CEOs, business owners, and key executives with over 20,000 members dedicated to increasing their effectiveness and enhancing their lives. Ken has addressed over 250 Vistage audiences on topics related to values-based leadership, change management and corporate strategy. In addition, Dr. Majer has been invited to address White House-sponsored conferences on two occasions.
Majer consults with national and international companies and government agencies for which he has designed, facilitated, and implemented initiatives in key strategic and operational areas. A partial list of Majer’s clients includes: AT&T, Citibank, GTE, Intel, Jack Morton Worldwide, Motorola, Navigation Technologies, Inc., Netscape, Nissan Corporation, State Farm Insurance, Toyota Financial Services, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery, and the US Government.
Ken has an AB in Psychology from Stanford University and earned MS and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology and Instructional Design from Florida State University. He has been a professor and academic administrator at Indiana University and the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Lynette, and enjoys sailing, tennis, novels, and exploring the California wine regions.
Kenneth Majer, PhD
As a Newport LLC partner, Bob combines the Newport Value Accelerator Methodology with the principles of peer advisory groups to create the Newport CEO Advantage Group. Newport specializes in CEO advisory services for small to mid-market companies that are looking to accelerate growth, improve profitability and address their capital readiness position.
Prior to joining Newport, Bob has held senior leadership positions in Executive Learning and Leadership Development, Business Development for professional service organizations, and Civil and Environmental engineering consulting. Bob was recently a senior Business Development Partner for Vistage Worldwide. At Vistage, Bob was responsible for reorganizing the field training, group start, and member acquisition process for new Vistage Chairs. Prior to Vistage, Bob co-owned AES Management Services. AESMS specialized in business development consulting for professional service firms as well as providing engineering services in the Industrial Wastewater market.
Partner, Newport, LLC
David McGlennen works with leaders who want to be intentional. Intentional with their company, their culture and personal achievement. They know that to create a sustainable advantage in the marketplace, deliberately developing their people and themselves is what will put them on top.
David creates a framework for his clients success as a High Performing Culture Certified Consultant so that their team can become world class in their industry.
With a background of over 30 years in the employee benefits and wellness industry, he brings his clients tools to unlock their full potential through leadership and culture development.
Kirk McMillan, Co-Founder, PeopleSurge, is a CEO, Vistage Chair, certified talent optimization consultant, board facilitator, executive coach and business advisor whose entrepreneurial spirit and proven aptitude have earned him the reputation as a seasoned leadership strategist. From being promoted to CEO of his family business at the age of 26, to spearheading numerous companies, his vision is set on creating a ripple effect of positive change across local and global communities that continues impacting people for years to come. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Family Business from Kennesaw State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel where he sits on the Advisory Board for the Baker School of Business. Residing in Charleston, South Carolina, Kirk is happily married and the proud father of three children.
Kirk McMillan, Co-Founder
For over twenty years, Randy worked in the information technology, information security, and cybersecurity arena, working across multiple verticals including Healthcare, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Consulting Services.
In 2019 Randy founded CyberSecurity Enterprises providing HIPAA Security, Privacy, and Risk consulting services.
Following the mass shootings in California and Texas in July 2019, Randy authored the book, The Kindness Givers’ Formula: Four Simple Steps for Restoring Light, Hope, Love, Unity, and Peace to Our Troubled World. He then pivoted away from Cybersecurity/Information Security to focus full time on kindness advocacy for individuals and within organizations. He co-founded Kindness Hunters International to produce a kindness driven Reality TV Show, The Kindness Hunters.
With the onset of Covid 19, Kindness Hunters was shelved for the foreseeable future and Randy pivoted. Randy loves people and has always been a passionate advocate of kindness and the effects of kindness on individuals both personally and professionally. He firmly believes in both the positive engagement and economic power of kindness and the amazing ability kindness has to strengthen personal and professional relationships which are the key to success in business and in life. To that end he recently founded the PEPOK Institute specifically to provide cultural transformation solutions for organizations and has created the Kindness by Design – Personal Culture Creation System for individuals.
Randy is married to the amazing Kimberly McNeely. They are blessed to be the parents of five children—four daughters and one son.
(304) 620-8380 (cell)
Dean Minuto is a Speaker, Coach and Author who helps CEOs and their Teams apply the brain’s own shortcuts to get to yes faster and more often with clients, vendors and each other. Through his sales and influence training workshops he has trained 60,000 professionals since 1994. Dean received the Vistage Speaker of the Year Award in 2015 for his YESCALATE® Program (the most requested and highest rated program that year in Vistage, presented to more than 900 Vistage-related CEO groups since 2007) , his first book The One-Page Sales Coach® (with it’s tools and models) has over 30,000 copies in print, and his new workshop series STARTING DIFFERENT™ focuses on how Teams and Individuals will achieve exponential improvement through a simple process (using brain science).
Offices in both Philadelphia, PA and St Pete Beach, FL
Robb has been building cultures for 38 years. Robb has been involved with Retail, Non-Profit, Senior Living and, most recently, in shipping logistics. He brings a plethora of diverse business backgrounds to the table. His number one passion is building cultures that are then equipped to deliver a world class Customer Experience. Robb will meet the client where they are in their cultural journey and help them take it to the next level. Everyone’s job gets so much easier when the culture supports the mission and vision of the organization. Robb’s first mission is to help others achieve their goals. Robb holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and has personally directed large organizations in culture building. He co-authored standard operating procedures guiding an organization of over a thousand business units teaching them about culture and customer experience.
Robb volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for his homeowner’s association, and on various boards at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where he also is the Technology Director.
Robb loves boating and camping in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.
“Sleep is for the Unimaginative”
“Positive is How I Live”
Patrick O’Neill is the CEO and Chief Culture Officer at O’Neill Insurance, a risk management and insurance firm located in Wadsworth, Ohio. As a servant leader, Patrick is invested in driving his organizational culture “The O’Neill Way”- and using workplace culture at the core of his company- informing the organization’s strategy and vision, and guiding his interaction with employees, clients, prospects and the community. By using CultureWise in his company, they have transformed the culture in a very short period.
A graduate of The University of Akron, Patrick obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and later earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant. Patrick is currently a Certified Risk Architect, Certified Risk Manager, and Certified Insurance Counselor.
He is an active member of the community, volunteering for numerous boards including the Summa Health Foundation and St. Sebastian Parish Foundation. In addition, Patrick is an alumni member of Leadership Akron, and current member of Portage Country Club.
Patrick resides in Akron, Ohio with his wife Pamela. He is a proud father to four, and grandfather to five. In his free time he enjoys watching his grandchildren, SCUBA diving, golfing, boating and going on vacation with his family, using his “scuba diver certification” to swim with sharks.
Liz Parker founded LT Consultants Inc. 21 years ago in Hong Kong. She is a seasoned facilitator, performance coach and a Vistage Speaker from Greer, SC. Liz is a certified analyst for Behaviors, Motivators, TriMetrix HD and Stages of Growth through TTI International. She is also an Implementation Specialist for Culturewise.
Liz has worked with multi-national organizations in worldwide leadership development, cross-functional team dynamics, strategic planning and coaching across Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe and the UK, the Middle East, South America and the U.S. Liz relies on her honesty and integrity to address sensitive issues that others are afraid to discuss. She helps leaders at all levels and across all industries become more self-aware to uncover the hidden potential in themselves and their businesses.
Warren Quinn believes that everyone should find fulfillment in their work. He works with owners and executives to help them get clear on what that means to them personally and then cascade a fulfillment culture throughout the organization, resulting in higher productivity, loyalty, and profitability. As the CEO of HUMANS AT WORK, Warren provides private executive advisory, leadership and organization development consulting, and INSIGHT Leadership Group facilitation. He is the Executive Director of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Baltimore, a CultureWise™ Licensed Consultant, and a Certified Practitioner for The Leadership Circle 360 Profile™. In the exit planning space, Warren focuses on the business owner’s need to develop a new skillset to transition to their next phase of life. As a speaker, his mission is to help others understand how positive human relationships in the work environment contribute to business success and personal growth.
After starting his career in the landscape construction trade following his undergraduate work in Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College, Warren received his Doctor of Law (JD) degree from Emory University and practiced general corporate law for several years. He then spent 18 years at the American Nursery & Landscape Association learning non-profit best practices from his mentors and peers in the association executive profession. While with ANLA, he led the development and delivery of elite education and business services to over 1,700 closely-held companies and mentored the leadership development of the CEOs, presidents, and owners of those firms. Starting in 2013, when ANLA merged with another organization and moved its headquarters to Ohio, Mr. Quinn began his executive leadership coaching practice, including two years as a Vistage Chair.
In the non-profit sector, Warren is a merger specialist and is recognized for his work in developing and maintaining the association management “body of knowledge” through his service for several years writing exam questions as a member and chair of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Item-writing Committee and serving as a member of the CAE Commission and the CAE Appeals Committee, and through his presentations as a speaker at ASAE educational events.
His unique journey, combining executive and hands-on operational experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, in addition to his legal background, informs a powerful approach to leadership and organization development.
Carlos Quintero is the founder of Sales Effectiveness, Inc. He is a change agent and strategist for senior leaders who seek to drive growth with their organizations. Carlos has over 20 years experience in sales, sales management, and consulting. His consulting projects include:
- Helping Senior Leaders who want to transform their teams and build a culture where growth is consistent and a way-of-life
- Implementing Management methods to create rhythm and cadence that drives collaboration and accountability
- Designing learning initiatives for organizations to improve front-line effectiveness
- Launching methods and practices to acquire elephants
- Analyzing sales processes to reduce cycle time and streamline sales / service / operations
- Developing company-wide methods to improve the Customer Experience.
Carlos has worked with organizations in many industries, including high tech, hospitality, health care, retail distribution, utilities, building materials, coatings manufacturing and financial services.
Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Clemson University, and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School. He is the author of three books:
- Catalyst5 – Making the Leap from Sales Manager to Sales Leader
- Mindsets! – Discover and cultivate the 12 essential mindsets of a Rainmaker
Carlos and his wife Carla, live in Greenville, SC. They have two sons, Evan and Christopher.
Carlos Quintero- President
SALES EFFECTIVENESS, INC.
Leah Roe, Co-Founder of The Perk, is a Life & Business Coach, Company Culture Consultant, & Remote Work Expert. As a Coach, she celebrates people for who they are & who they want to be, while also holding their feet to the fire to take action & achieve incredible results. As a Consultant, she will help you operationalize & optimize your culture with her high-energy & high-impact services.
If you’re ready to innovate, take your business to the next level, & have some fun while doing it – she’s who you need to work with
Steph Richter is the Director of Operations & Company Culture Consultant at The Perk. She will help you think strategically & focus on the big picture while operationalizing & optimizing your culture. The Perk is the place to go, the shoulder to lean on & the ‘kick in the pants’ their clients need to get the culture job done right!
Steph believes that the actions & behaviors that make up your culture don’t just stop there. Identifying, growing, & constantly improving your actions & behaviors will benefit you both professionally & personally. Steph enjoys working with companies & individuals who have a growth mindset & are committed to creating a positive impact.
Sharyn L. Spitznagel, MA, SPHR, grew up on stage and in the performing arts (music and drama). This exposure at an early age (6 years old) developed her view of professionalism and poise. However, performing was not her passion, so when graduating from college, she began her career in non-profit higher education administration (1990) and then moved to human resources (1998); in 2002 she transitioned to the for-profit world by joining an employee benefits consulting firm in New Jersey.
Sharyn served on two Executive Leadership Teams for over 14 years; she was the chief human resources professional on each team bringing her 20+ years of experience with supervision, management, and leadership to the table. She is well-respected by her peers and often sought for counsel by the executives and other senior leaders.
Sharyn completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northwestern St. Paul and her M.A. in Counseling from Eastern University. She completed an Employment Law Certificate Program and has maintained her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) designation since 2003. In 2013, she augmented her coaching skills with 21 hours of training specifically in corporate coaching models.
Sharyn L. Spitznagel
Abana Coaching LLC
Igniting possibilities. Unleashing potential. Illuminating pathways. Discovering purpose.
As a consultant, Vistage Chair, strategic planning facilitator and leadership coach, Sheryll works with leaders on themselves and their companies to gain clarity on where they want to go and then get there. She also supports future leaders through youth mentoring and volunteer leadership of organizations dedicated to helping our youth thrive.
Sheryll calls Winston Salem, NC home and is grateful to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and great aunt to the best family ever.
CEO, Leading with Vision
Robert “Cujo” Teschner is retired Air Force officer and high-performance team leader. Among other accomplishments, “Cujo” served as an F-15C instructor at the USAF Weapons Instructor Course—the Air Force version of “TOP GUN”. During his time teaching at this school, Cujo became the US Air Force subject matter expert on team accountability, something high-performance teams refer to as a “Debrief”. Cujo eventually commanded one of America’s very few operational F-22A “Raptor” squadrons, leading his team to success flying missions both home and abroad.
Cujo is now the Founder and CEO of VMax Group. VMax Group has grown quickly and helped companies in a range of industries embrace the potential of teamwork done right. Some of his clients include Northwestern Mutual, TEC Canada, Eaton Corporation and Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Cujo is the national bestselling author of Debrief to Win: How America’s Top Guns Practice Accountable Leadership…and How You Can, Too! Cujo now speaks regularly at large conferences and summits on the lessons he learned flying high-performance fighters at the edge of the performance envelope.
Cujo is passionate about culture and is excited to join the HPC team as an independent Implementation Specialist helping companies gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Robert “Cujo” Teschner
Linda S. Wilkins
Linda started her career as a labor and employment attorney, representing management exclusively. In her legal practice, she counseled both public and private employers about legal compliance and the full range of Human Resources topics. Since 2005, she has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. In 2016, Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Linda has worked as an in-house HR professional in unionized environments since 2012. She currently provides leadership development, coaching and Human Resource consultation services to employers through her consulting firm, PositivelyHR.
Linda S. Wilkins, Esq., MSPOD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP