I BECAME A CEO AT 33 BECAUSE I GOT RESULTS. I also learned a lot the hard way. Early mentors helped me smooth out many rough edges by encouraging me to join YPO (the Young Presidents Organization). My intense drive to increase the top and bottom lines also drove me to understand how to engage and motivate people. I became a leadership junkie and remain one today. Like the leaders I coach, being in control of my destiny was essential. Without the capital to own controlling interest in a startup or existing business, I turned to consulting and coaching.
Building trust, learning the multi-faceted dimensions of genuine honesty, and being open to appropriate vulnerability are the cornerstones of leadership that attracts and inspires others. There’s no way to fake it. It is built on a foundation of relentless curiosity about oneself. Who am I? What is my source identity? What has shaped me? What makes me react the way I do? How many unexamined and untested assumptions are driving me?
My clients are all time-starved, over-achievers, who rarely have a second to breathe, let alone be self-reflective. I help them with an accelerated process that rapidly improves their self-awareness and self-regulation. We build leadership skill sets for life that work well in a fast-moving world. As a facilitator and coach, I remain passionate about YPO and WPO. I’ve been a featured presenter at their annual Global Leadership Conferences and have worked with various chapters and worldwide forums in North America, South Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. I have worked with large corporate clients including Parker Hannifin, Mastercard, Sprint-Nextel and Anthem, in addition to numerous closely held private companies spanning generations. My industry experience includes technology, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and financial services to name a few. I was trained in board governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors and I served on the board of directors for Jack Cooper Transport where I chaired the Comp Committee and served on the Audit Committee. I have been a guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. In addition, I have extensive training and experience in behavioral assessment and several psychotherapy models.
My heart soars as Chair of Trustees for True Freedom Enterprises. Our mission is to revolutionize prisoner reentry to society to reduce recidivism. TFE provides job skills training and placement to prisoners during their final year of incarceration. We integrate them with employers before their release date and have a job waiting for them. Our vision includes creation of transitional housing with an emphasis on dignity and character development programs. When I’m not helping business leaders address the issues and tensions of the C-suite, I’m riding my Harley-Davidson motorcycle, traveling the globe with my wife, Mary, and spending time with our six kids and 13 grandchildren.