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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
Translator and Spanish language Facilitator
Arturo Wolf has forty years of experience in the food industry both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University. His experience includes Operations, Marketing, Product Development and Sales.
A native of Costa Rica, his professional career spans across several countries mostly in the custom manufacturing of cooked food products serving major national and multi-national food brands and restaurant chains. He has served on several boards and has been active as an industry consultant and speaker.
He co-founded Five Star Custom Foods in 2000, with 2 plant locations in Fort Worth, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and a team of over 400 employees. Early on, the management team at Five Star recognized the importance of creating a winning culture. They re-created the best practices learned from the companies where they had worked. They were successful, but they wanted to take it to the next level.
After meeting with David Friedman, Five Star Custom Foods made the valuable decision to introduce “The Five Star Way” and its set of 29 Fundamentals to its team. It was a very wise decision. It truly made the company rise to the next level. The name Five Star is intended to indicate your level of commitment to service. The implementation of the Fundamentals made the Five Star team fanatical about service!
Five Star Custom Foods was sold in 2016 to Cargill Corporation.
Arturo Wolf is currently CEO of the Peacock Military Academy Alumni Association, a non-profit organization which among other activities raises funds for College ROTC Scholarships for needy students. He is also involved in the agricultural family business in Costa Rica.
Arturo collaborates with HPC as a translator and Spanish language presenter. He lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife of 33 years, Giuseppina. They have two sons, Arturo and Eduardo.
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.
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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.
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
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
Craig Clark as dedicated over three decades to helping individuals and organizations find their best performance and then capture it in a model of Cultural sustainability. His track record for generating measurable results in his work with executives and organizations spreads over five continents. His unique background combines marketing, business management, strategy, training, and development. Craig is an expert in understanding the human dynamics required to mobilize and engage leaders and the workforce to perform at a high performance level.
His in-depth background in transformational and breakthrough technology, has taken Craig to many different companies and countries to assist clients in building High Performance Cultures and Teams. His consulting approach has proven effective across diverse groups and cultures from Moscow to Hong Kong, Bogota to London, Johannesburg to Singapore as well as throughout North America.
Receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, Craig continued his education, specializing in management evaluation, work force engagement, and neural behavior. Craig’s ability to articulate and teach the distinctions between competent versus High Performance in a Culture has assisted CEO’s and leaders in significantly raising employee engagement and gaining competitive advantage through how people work together. An experienced speaker with trade groups and business associations, Craig is known for his energy, sense of humor, expertise, and ability to mobilize people to reach higher to produce unexpected business results. Craig lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two daughters.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.