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.
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Sean is the former Founder/CEO of izzia Design (formerly 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.
In his capacity at izzia Design, Sean worked with HPC’s founder, David Friedman, at 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 High Performing Culture’s Fundamentals System™.
Today, Sean is responsible for High Performing Culture’s corporate communications, digital design, social marketing and product development.
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As an experienced Sales and Operations Executive with a long history of turning around under-performing teams and functions, Rob is passionate about bringing his skills and experiences to organizations through a focus on an often overlooked area of strategic importance – corporate culture.
Through utilization of a simple 8-step framework, we can help provide clarity, consistency, and organization-wide engagement in order to help optimize any organization’s performance.
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Al has over 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. He has had diverse experiences including sales, corporate training, product development and sales training. The bulk of Al’s career was spent helping to grow the businesses of the benefit professionals he worked with. Al also had several years of experience running his own business.
Al is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island. He has also completed graduate work in Business Administration at The University of Missouri at Kansas City.
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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. Understanding the importance and the challenge of creating lasting differentiation, Bill is excited and passionate to help business owners build their high performing cultures.
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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.
Debra is an accomplished C-level executive with experience in more than a dozen sectors. Her perspective gained as both an equity investor and an executive makes her adept at guiding leadership teams while aligning strategic, human and operational considerations.
As an HPC-Certified Consultant, she teaches organizations how to turn culture into a competitive advantage in today’s commoditized marketplace. Her experience in management of an international portfolio focused on Asian manufacturing takes the cultural conversation beyond US borders.
Debra brings immediate and practical solutions for organizational transformation. Her clear integrity has made her a trusted advisor in both for-profit and non-profit settings.
Alward Executive Advisory
Bonnie Artman Fox works with leaders who want to master the interpersonal skills needed to build a high-performance team.
As a Certified Consultant of High Performing Culture, Bonnie equips leaders with strategies to be more systematic and intentional about creating an environment in which employees are motivated to perform at their best.
With a 25-year background as a Psychiatric Nurse and Marriage and Family Therapist, she brings to her clients a deep understanding of how to prevent and resolve conflict, change unproductive behavior patterns, and build healthy relationships. She specializes in working with leaders to gain competitive advantage by developing interpersonal skills that complement business strategy.
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.
Marlene Clark helps executives and organizations find the best in themselves. As a
highly trained, experienced business consultant, she knows how to listen, and she’s not afraid to ask the tough questions to get to the core of an issue and find solutions. Marlene works with all levels of leaders in companies, but she specializes in working with C-level executives, giving them perceptive feedback to help accelerate their performance. She looks past the title and into the person, giving them the support they need to grow themselves, their people and their companies.
Marlene has spent the past 22 years working with leadership teams transforming how they work together using accountability-based communication and collaboration tools. Through hundreds of team programs and one-to-one executive coaching she has witnessed the enormous influence culture has on how people behave and perform, whether by default or by design. As a Certified Consultant of High Performing Culture, she works with top leadership using the proven 8-step Fundamentals System to intentionally define, drive and sustain cultural behaviors.
With a major in sociology, Marlene received her formal education from Texas State
University. She has over 5,000 hours of professional industry education and is Yoga
Alliance Certified. As president of Momentum Consulting, her practice includes an
impressive client roster of C-level executives of corporations in the U.S., U.K. and
Canada. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and business-partner, Craig
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 has over 30 years of executive experience with family owned companies and has served on the Executive Teams of several companies, large, small and in between, including as President of three companies. John has a strong background in strategy, finance and sales leadership, helping his companies develop and improve organizational focus, sales and profits. John’s experience spans a wide range of industries.
As a certified High Performing Culture Consultant, John combines culture and strategy to provide a dynamic formula for organizational success.
John graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, is a CPA and a CGMA, and serves on Boards of for profit and non-profit organizations.
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.
Charles Gounaris & Associates, LLC
Martha Lynn Mangum is an executive business coach and consultant who instinctively listens to what’s most important to you. She is passionate about supporting and guiding leaders and business owners to reach higher levels of success through performance and provides the tools and insights to get them there. With over 15 years of experience in executive coaching, management consulting, and 1:1 coaching, Martha Lynn has a wide range of knowledge across multiple levels of corporate structure, the dynamics of large corporations, and the challenge of growing small to mid-size businesses.
While experience is key, Martha Lynn is well trained. She holds a B.S. degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas Austin and a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. As an HPC Certified Consultant, Martha Lynn also teaches and supports organizations to create high performing cultures, which gives clients the most effective competitive advantage.
With this combination of training and experience, Martha Lynn is the catalyst in her clients’ growth. She has a deep level of engagement and commitment to not only make a difference, but deliver real measurable results. She is personable, honest, and has proven to be an invaluable confidante to her clients in the pursuit of their goals.
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.
The business world has shifted.
What made a good “leader” years ago no longer applies today. The modern executive must be willing to bring more, and an experienced coach can support them in doing just that. Since 2002 Brett has worked with hundreds of executives looking to get the most from themselves and their people. The results speak for themselves:
- BU “Employee turnover reduced from 100% to 0% in one year.”
- CO “$5000 in unexpected profit from one, hour-long coaching call.”
- BS “Doubled my client base and lost 50 pounds!”
- ST “Replaced a hidden B player with a great A player.”
- DR “Went from #4 to #1 in sales on my team in 6 months.”
- DB “Stopped being an automatic YES man and doubled my productivity.”
Whether you’re a CEO, middle manager or entrepreneur be ready to take a close look at your leadership style if you hire Brett. Brett will put you to work.
You are setting the standard for your people if you like it or not. Brett’s clients work at a high level of accountability for what they say, what they do and who they are. This WILL be a transformation. Through this process you can expect to get more effort, production and results from your team and from yourself.
Even the best-laid plans are often executed in a dysfunctional environment. Problems occur quickly, because human beings have emotions and preferences that often go unseen. Brett calls these blind spots, and they have an unintended but powerful impact on emotional intelligence of your enterprise.
What if the culture in your organization was based on collaboration and trust? Brett trains companies to systematically recover from breakdowns and conflict. Trying to avoid them deters creativity and innovation. Dealing with contentious issues head-on creates a confident, safe and trusting workforce.
Patrick O’Neill is celebrating his 26th year as President of The O’Neill Group, 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.
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, Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Workers Compensation Advisor. 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 Copley, Ohio with his wife Pamela. He is a proud father to four, and grandfather to two. In his free time he enjoys watching his grandchildren, golfing and going on vacation with his family, using his “scuba diver certification” to swim with sharks.
The O’Neill Group
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
Steve Van Valin is CEO of Culturology. He is a culture shaping strategist, and innovation expert. Steve works with leaders who believe healthy engaged cultures are their ultimate competitive advantage. His breakthrough approaches challenge people to work collaboratively in ways that drive ideas, and performance.
Steve played a key role in shaping the culture at the multi-media shopping giant – QVC for 14 years. QVC’s collaborative culture became their secret sauce and ultimate strategic advantage in creating a remarkable customer experience and brand. QVC grew to over $10 billion in annual revenue with that philosophy.
Steve has an upbeat, positive, and creative style that brings out the best ideas in others. Steve is a passionate teacher, and advocate for the creative process. He’s also an inventor, and master level horticulturalist.
Steve Van Valin
CEO of Culturology
Anita Elias is an expert in leadership development, business and interpersonal communications. Her humorous and straight forward approach to human performance improvement has been perfected through 25 + years of training executives, actors, healthcare providers, military personnel, teachers and business owners at many Fortune 500 companies worldwide and institutions such as New York University, Citibank, The AIDS World Foundation and McCann Erickson.
Anita has worked extensively throughout the globe in varied roles from leadership and career development Coach for a global cosmetics corporation, to Executive Trainer of leadership, management and presentation skills to companies ranging from pharmaceutical and manufacturing giants to the largest advertising agency in the world.
Additionally, Anita served as Senior Strategic Advisor for Professor Luc Montagnier and his World Foundation for Medical Prevention and Research. Prof. Montagnier was the 2008 Nobel Prize recipient in medicine for his discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). In 2013 Anita joined the committee of the International Symposium on Critical Care and Emergency Medicine held annually in Bali, Indonesia lecturing on Communication skills for Clinicians. These experiences have given her an invaluable inside view of leadership and human performance development.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Anita’s credits in her native country include work in theatre and TV, as well as radio appearances as an actor, director and commentator. Anita holds a BFA in Theatre from Tel Aviv University, Israel and conducted graduate studies in Interpersonal Communication and Speech at New York University. Among her many certifications are the NLP Master Practitioner, Emotional Intelligence Coach, Life Coach, Motivational Coach and others. A true citizen of the world, Anita is fluent in English, Hebrew, and Spanish.
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