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Curtis Bakle

Mt. Pleasant, SC
A driven executive in the Energy industry with an ability to transform individuals/teams to achieve goals, enhancing profitability, and advance strategies with over 25 years global business experience. Bringing his background in operations leadership, influence, and direction, Curt works actively with an organization to successfully improve performance and create strategic mindsets for sustainable performance. He is well versed in demonstrating management best practices and a serving leader in operational leadership working with front line people and board executives. This unique ability to understand how culture, mindsets, and dynamics can change an organization and forge a new path that leads to breakthrough achievements. He can coach leadership teams to manage ambiguity and complexity to create direction and simplification ending in systematic operations.

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.

Jason Callaway

Atlanta, GA
With nearly three decades experience building talent capabilities and leading Human Resources functions in top public and private companies, Jason brings a unique blend of Corporate, Field, and Consulting experience to understand the nuances associated with successfully coaching and developing top talent and teams across a broad spectrum of industries and organizational levels.

Following his graduation from Purdue University, Jason started his career with Cooper Industries (now Eaton) in their management training program and ultimately advanced into Senior and Executive HR leadership roles in companies including Aramark, Acuity Brands Lighting, Republic Services, and Oldcastle. During his career he has helped hundreds of leaders and organizations improve their effectiveness and reach their fullest potential through the use of proven assessment, coaching, and development processes.

Jason is not only passionate about helping clients meet their business goals, but through the establishment of the Callaway Family Charitable Fund, he is an active contributor to several national and local philanthropies that provide support to children and families in need.

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.

Jeffrey S. Gill

Houston, TX
Jeff has been a learning and development executive for 30+ years coaching individuals, unit leaders, and executive teams to create conditions where employees can work at their full potential and deliver maximum value to shareholders. Jeff provides insight and guidance based on neuroscience (rather than HR gut-feel) for increasing capability in individuals and teams, large scale change management, creating sustainable employee engagement, building cultures of accountability and high performance. He asks the difficult questions to help people grow and master new areas of work and discover and overcome their blind spots and unconscious biases. He has successfully completed projects in 16 countries.

Stephen 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.

Oliver Matar

Newport Beach, California
Oliver Matar CMC® is an International Speaker, Global Management Consultant and Multiple Books Author specialized in sustainable success. His experience include successful execution of more than 100 Large International Consulting Projects in the Public and Private Sectors (in the Police, Judicial, Tourism, Municipal, Roads and Transport, Civil Aviation, Culture, Humanitarian, Media Free Zones, Foreign Trade, Rehabilitation, Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Services, Retail & Trading Sectors) in 12 North American, European, African and Asian Countries. (To view Oliver’s audiovisual profile, follow this link

Oliver is a frequent speaker in international forums in the USA, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, South Korea, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Oliver is the author of four books shown below.  His books have received in excess of 90% satisfaction rating in surveys run by Google.

  • “How to Achieve Sustainable Success?” – a book that contains his worldwide pioneering copyrighted methodology about how to achieve happy and durable success
  • “Counselors Beyond Knowledge”. A book on the best selling book list that contains millions of US dollars in career value for those who choose to adopt its unique career positioning strategy.
  • “Eudemonia Redemption” – a novel that reshapes humans’ approach towards their eternal quest for happiness.
  • “Fuel of Life”- a novel that introduces “DAARR”, a unique yet simple model (developed by Oliver) that helps people improve their personal happiness.

Oliver served as an International Business Fellow of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK where he also supervises since the year 2011 the final MBA thesis and teaches the flagship MBA course Strategic Consulting in Practice

From 2013 to 2015, Oliver represented the Institute of Management Consulting USA (IMC USA) in the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI). He is a Certified Management Consultant

From 2015 to 2017 Oliver served as Vice Chair of the “International Council of Management Consulting Institute” representing the USA”


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.

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.

Qmark Danısmanlık A.S.

İstanbul, Turkey
Regardless of the work we do, we want to add more people and meaning to this journey. We are passionate about being “fellow travelers” of individual developments and organizational changes. In the spirit of Village Institutes, we accept producing, understanding and sharing as our compass.


Be Agile

Bryanston, Gauteng, South Africa & London, England
Be Agile is a boutique consulting company that prides itself in guiding and enabling our clients to thrive in a highly disruptive and evolving world. We partner with organizations to develop clear, cohesive, actionable and adaptive strategies that drive accelerated innovation and time to market.

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