Partners and Affiliates


Brian Anderson

San Francisco, CA
Brian has spent more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, line executive and human resources executive, he has helped companies reach higher performance through strategies that optimize business processes and leverage human capital. He has worked in many leading companies to drive organizational transformation, execute strategies and improve leadership effectiveness. Brian has worked with many Fortune 500 companies including Accenture, Agilent, Apple Computers, Barclays Global Investors, Bechtel, Blue Shield, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Sun Microsystems, Transamerica, TRW and Wells Fargo. He has an MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University.

Walter E. Boehm

Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX
Walter (Wally) Boehm has over 30 years of experience in developing human capital strategies inclusive of succession planning, organization design, bench strength analysis, executive coaching, leadership development and leading cultural change initiatives in mergers and acquisitions. He has established human capital experience which encompasses the components of organization effectiveness, executive coaching, talent, and performance management. Wally works extensively with senior executives on their key talent and organization issues.


Marilyn Buckner Ph.D.

Atlanta, GA
Marilyn specializes in leadership development and is a coach for leaders and managers in such companies as Siemens, Disney, Lockheed, Delta Airlines, Darden and DexMedia. Her unique focus is providing customized coaching materials that leaders can apply directly to improve their operations in areas of strategic planning, process improvement, leadership skills and coaching others for high performance. Marilyn has her Ph.D. in Counseling and Management from Georgia State University. She currently teaches at the Leadership Institute at the University of Central Florida and is active in the Human Resource Planning Society where she was the past national Chairperson and taught many of their workshops.

Matt Durfee

Orlando, FL
Matt specializes in outplacement/career transition, leadership development & executive consulting. Matt held Senior Vice President, Vice President and executive-level Human Resources positions in a number of the world’s most admired companies including Pepsi Cola, Nestle, Frito-Lay International, Hard Rock Cafe, Bank One, Cendant and Centex Homes. His expertise in career and leadership transition, change management and executive development is supplemented with extensive experience in roles ranging from the business unit level to the Board of Directors. Matt earned his Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and subsequently completed an executive program in Financial Analysis at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Mark Haas, CMC

Gaithersburg, MD
Mark’s primary expertise is in organizational assessment, strategy development, performance measurement and managerial decision support for the public and private sector clients. To help clients understand their organization, markets and customers, Mark uses traditional as well as proprietary methodologies, including the Baldrige quality assessments, systems dynamics models, workforce management, process analysis, decision support and performance improvement programs. Mark is a Certified Management Consultant, the highest professional designation in management consulting. He received a graduate degree in planning from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and his undergraduate degree in biology from Colgate University. He has completed additional course work in quality management, mathematical economics, engineering, financial and program evaluation and systems sciences.

Joel Katz

Philadelphia, PA
Joel specializes in leadership and performance management. He serves as the architect for the design of best practice leadership development tools, processes and content. He personally delivers consulting engagements for leaders in the public and private sector enabling them to transform their vision to action by anticipating change and building more adaptive capabilities. Joel has held senior level human resources development positions at ARAMARK Corporation, GE Aerospace, RCA Service Company and Vornado Corporation, a major retail chain. Joel holds a BBA in Marketing and Economics from the City University of New York-Baruch School of Business, an MS in Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (Ph.D. without dissertation) in Instructional Design from New York University.

Steven Krempl

Seattle, WA
Stephen Krempl has many years of experience related to development and training around the world. He helped build international people capability through roles in organizational development, training and education and succession planning. Stephen has worked for Fortune 500 companies, Starbucks Coffee Company, Yum Brands, PepsiCo and Motorola as well as being a consultant at the Singapore Institute of management. Senior training and education roles in these companies have enabled him to participate in the development and training of leaders in 25 countries. He has been associated with several organizations including being past President of the Association of Psychological Type, Singapore, Vice President Asian Regional Training and Development Organizations (ARTDO). He is now a member of the National Speakers Association and American Society for Training and Development in the US.

Kozhi Makai, Ph.D.

Spring, TX
Dr. Makai is the founder of Kozhi Makai Worldwide, a strengths-based idea studio focused on aligning professional and personal goals to generate sustainable performance. With more than 19 years of experience in human and organizational behavior, Kozhi partners with companies, organizations and individuals with the desire to thrive and become more effective leaders using both practical and research-based tools to lead and advise clients.
Kozhi earned his Bachelor’s in Speech Communication in three and a half years from Sam Houston State University, his Master’s in Leadership and Influence in eight months from Jones International University, and his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences in 18 months from Walden University. He’s a Senior Professional in Human Resources® and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance®. And because that simply wasn’t enough, Kozhi also just completed his second doctoral degree, a Doctorate of Psychology, with a focus on Positive Performance Psychology.
He lives out his motto of bringing others From Potential to Performance® through his simple mission – to use behavioral science to help others thrive, both in and outside of the workplace.

Tom Marin

Raleigh, NC
Tom Marin is the founder and president of MarketCues, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and organizations. Tom serves as a senior advisor and change-management consultant with 35 years of experience advising CEOs, Executive Directors and Senior Pastors on a wide range of leadership and strategic issues. He has worked for some of the world’s largest corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and churches including First of America Bank, Rand McNally, CNA Insurance Companies, The Word Among Us, The University of Texas at Austin and Roper/Whirlpool Corporation. Tom’s passion is to identify the hidden inhibitors and accelerators to growth and apply strategies that cause major breakthroughs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Carlos Perea

Atlanta, GA
With nearly four decades of senior-level executive career experience in Human Resources and Business Operations, Atlanta-based Carlos Perea is using his experience to help organizations leverage their most critical asset, people. As Founder & President of CGP Organizational Consulting, his specialties include Change Leadership, Business Strategy, HR Strategy Alignment, Talent Management and Executive Coaching.  As a seasoned executive, Carlos has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for BJC, as well as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta. Additional Human Resources career stops include Aeroquip-Vickers, Werner Co, and Alfa Laval Separation.  Carlos launched his HR career with 14 years at GE, progressing from an entry-level position to integral senior management roles in Human Resources and Community Relations throughout numerous divisions, including Aerospace, Power and Aircraft Engines. He also gained extensive experience through his participation in key change initiatives employed by GE to transform itself during the renowned Jack Welch era, while earning certification in Work Out, the Change Acceleration Program and Six Sigma.  Born in Mexico City, Carlos moved to the U.S. at age 11. Now a U.S. citizen, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Philadelphia’s Temple University. He is married, with two sons.


Robert K. Prescott, Ph.D., SPHR

Winter Park, FL
Dr. Prescott has spent 20 years in industry and 18 years in teaching and consulting roles.  He is currently Associate Professor of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  His personal teaching expertise and research focuses on strategic planning, human resource management, leadership, succession planning, organization development, organization behavior, training & development and enterprise consulting.  Bob is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.  He ha worked for such companies as AAA, ARAMARK, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive Systems, Estee Lauder, Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin EIS, The National Basketball Association, Olive Garden Restaurants, Walt Disney World and the U.S. Army.


Hal Richman, Ph.D.

Nova Scotia, Canada
Dr. Hal Richman helps build the capacity of people so they can perform in a stellar manner to support business results. He has more than 15 years experience in the design and implementation of over 60 projects at the intersection of learning, performance and evaluation. He has provided services to provincial and federal government in Canada, the Republic of Macedonia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Since 1996, the focus of his work has spanned areas including creating of training and development strategies; learning needs analyses and competency mapping; design and implementation of e-learning methodologies, programs and content; marketing analyses for the design and positioning of eLearning products; and evaluation of training and development initiatives. Hal received his BA from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science.

Steve Royal

Steven T. Royal

Greensboro, NC
Steve is an innovator in the development sales organization and building unparalleled sales performance. During his career, he has helped hundreds of organizations develop their staffs to achieve outstanding performance and put in place the infrastructure to maintain the momentum. Steve works on the belief that success comes from having the right people, in the right jobs, pursuing the right sales strategy PLUS having individual players, teams and the organization be AGILE and understanding that the new normal is a time of unending turbulence and movement that constantly and randomly introduces new demands on our world!

Steve has more than 30 years of experience in sales, consulting, leadership and management development. He is a sought after speaker and presenter having worked with numerous charitable and civic groups including the Georgia Hospital Association, Leadership Howard County, Leadership Baltimore, and Leadership Fairfax. He has served in executive positions in some of the most innovative firms including Omega Performance, Pinnacle Performance Strategies and Farr Associates.

A native of North Carolina, Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from Guilford College. He is a graduate of the Young Executives Institute at the University of North Carolina’s School of Business.

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Sofia Rufin

Paris, France
Over the past 20 years, Sofia Rufin has supported organizations in their growth strategy in EMEA.  She is specialized in implementing change management at different levels though an approach in Consulting,  Coaching and Training to increase personal and professional values of the human capital.

Sofia’s expertise is based on the development of all the dimensions of Leadership, Managerial skills, Talent, Expertise and Personality of each individual to get measurable benefits. She is also using the unique methodology Process Communication to improve interrelations skills, manage stress drivers and develop efficient communication among teams.

She is also leading the Leadership MBA program of Telecom-les Mines, one of the top ranked universities in Europe.

Mark Saxton

Bath, England
Mark is a strategic, commercial, customer and delivery focused Director with experience up to group Board level and a track record of success in HR and general management roles, including acquisitions and disposals, across transport, food, clothing and housing industries in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India. He has lived and worked in eight countries speaking German, French and Spanish and has operated within both the strategic development and implementation environments, with a specialty in cultural change. Mark has held positions in Arriva PLC, Cadbury Schweppes, Haven Management Services and Blue Bell. He received his MSc in Industrial Relations from the University of Bath.

Hank Steinbrecher

Chicago, IL
Hank Steinbrecher is an internationally renowned leader and gentleman. He is the President of Touchline Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in international sports marketing, management and strategic planning. Hank’s accomplishments and contributions to the world of sports management, marketing and education are innumerable but include Director of Sports Marketing for Gatorade and Secretary General of the United States Soccer Federation during the visionary 1990’s when he also was in a key leadership role making the 1994 World Cup hosted in the US one of the most memorable and successful ever.

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