I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the years. Here is their experience, in their own words:
Working with KC has been the literal definition of a life changing experience. Through his guidance, insight, intellect (and endless patience in my case), I have identified the past trauma that prevented my personal growth, come to terms with it – and am a better person, a better leader, and just plain happier than any time in my life. I'd recommend KC to anyone seeking, peace, change, and balance in their personal and professional life.
Garr Larson, President, Dogeared Inc., Executive Founder, Hot Topic Inc.
KC has been (and continues to be) an amazing asset to both my company and me. I was hesitant to engage with him at first because I felt like working with an executive coach might be considered a cop out – that is, until I learned that virtually every Chairman and CEO I admire also work with executive coaches. I’ve now become a believer, and KC gets all the credit. His expertise is just the right balance of tactical guidance, corporate strategy, company culture, people management, and, most importantly, self-management. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.
Rich Hull, Chairman, Pongalo
For the past 2 years KC has helped me build a business plan, raise money and expand my business. He is supportive and insightful, and always available to talk me off the ledge! His guidance on management and personnel issues is especially helpful. Bottom line: I now have a successful, thriving business and the confidence to handle anything that comes my way!
Rachel Katz, Owner, Rachel Katz Jewelry
Working with KC has been life changing. Working in the technology startup community is ridiculously complicated. I started working with KC in late 2014. We agreed to meet periodically to discuss all of the hurdles related to being the CEO of a startup. From dealing with overbearing anxiety to balancing my work / home life schedule, KC had a huge role in helping me keep it all together. Regardless of the outcome, I felt like I was doing the right thing and working with KC made me realize that I was more than just a late night workaholic. I was an entrepreneur. It's likely that I would have given up on the things I was passionate about if I didn't have his support. I know for a fact that I will take the lessons I learned from KC with me for the rest of my life.
Patrick Gorrell, CEO, Worksfire
KC has helped me discover and own my leadership style. He has helped me implement strategies that have greatly improved my effectiveness as a leader. KC is very responsive and does an amazing job of tailoring his coaching to best meet my needs. I have learned so much as a result of my work with KC.
Robert Gloria, Principal, Environmental Charter Middle School
For most of us, our business and personal lives are woven pretty tightly together. The skills I learned and wisdom I’ve gleaned from KC has helped me be a better business leader. In the wake of applying what KC has taught me, I’ve become a better husband, father and friend. Simply said, I’m a better human having worked with KC (and I thought I was pretty good already).
Merlin Clarke, Owner/Head of Happenings, Dogeared Inc.
KC is one of those rare individuals who not only has the experience and real-world knowledge of what it takes to succeed, but also the ability to communicate it in a way that is both understandable and actionable. I have relied on KC’s wise guidance on a variety of topics pertaining to the success of my business. In a world where anyone can put up a sign and call themselves a ‘consultant’ or a ‘coach,’ KC is the genuine article. My business would not be where it is today without him.
Sugata Biswas, Principal and Founder, Cadence Research & Consulting
KC has helped me to begin to answer the fundamental questions what do I want and what would I do if I wasn't afraid? His careful challenges and thoughtful probing helped me to reach deep within in myself and begin to make fundamental changes. Changes that required rewiring and repair.
Chris Donahue, President, Paulist Productions
I have worked with KC for the better part of ten years and I can absolutely say that he has been imperative in my personal and career growth. I was lucky to meet and work with KC early in my career and a lot of what I have learned helped me excel faster than I believe I would have had I not met him. His coaching has helped me become a better leader, facilitator and coach to my own team. The ability to help my own team grow has been crucial to the success of my business groups over the years. I would highly recommend working with KC.
Jeff Sellinger, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Mobile
I feel extremely fortunate to work with KC. He has helped me grow in so many ways from bringing awareness to and overcoming personal obstacles, improving my communications skills, to advancing my aptitude in business development. He has helped me to discover what fulfills me professionally. I look forward to our time together and it never fails to come at just the right time. I have learned so much from him and what I’ve learned will benefit me for the rest of my life. Without sounding too dramatic, his coaching has been life-changing.
Amy Lickey, Senior Account Manager, Cadence Research and Consulting
KC is an exceptional development leader and facilitator. He led my team at NBC Universal in a day-long offsite that produced clear, lasting results in areas of communication, teamwork, coaching and resolving conflicts. My team members enjoyed their time with KC and felt it was an important milestone in their own personal and career development. His excellent prep work combined with his natural gift for leading a group in a shared coaching and development experience made for a truly wonderful experience. We are excited to be planning our next team session with KC.
Jon Dakss, Vice President, NBC Universal
Founding a startup while pregnant is not an easy task and KC has helped and continues to help me and my company prepare for the challenges ahead. I started with KC after realizing I needed the help of someone who has “been there” before. Startups present their own unique set of obstacles. KC is not one of those coaches who is all about telling you what to do without actually having ever done anything themselves. Each tactic he suggests or business strategy he puts forth is based on his own experience. KC is the real deal!
Kelly Straub Hull, Founder and CEO, Hizzy
My relationship with KC has been an essential part of my personal and career life. KC's social intelligence and ability to see people’s potential is amazing. With KC’s help I have improved my attitude, changed my personal approach to situations, and learned to understand my environment. He has also helped me realize that learning and growth are an integral part of both my career and my life. Without KC’s ability to understand my make-up, tap into my strengths, and identify and improve my weaknesses, I would not be where I am today.
Ed Skolarus, Vice President, Fox Reality Television
I have had the pleasure of working with KC in growing my business and overall getting a business plan in place. When I first met KC I was just trying to keep my head above water. Now I have the skills to not only grow my business but enjoy it along the way. KC is so great to work with…he is professional, talented, smart and truly wants you to succeed. Since working with KC I have been able to double my rates with my ideal clients! I have a coach for life and would recommend him to anyone that wants to take their business to a higher level. Thank you KC you truly are the very best!
Kristen Thomas, Founder and Principal Designer, Studio Thomas
Coming from the software engineering background, it was a little intimidating at first to manage a team of people. Learning (with KC) about how to communicate with team members and how to deal with people in general has helped me ease into the position. The "Manage people and tasks will be taken care of" mantra is something I try to live by every day. It helped us build a very strong, committed, and productive team
Yoichi Yamamoto, Senior Director of Engineering, Tandberg Television
The executive offsite sessions that K.C. facilitated for the GoldPocket management team were critical to the development of the most effective and cohesive management team I have ever been a part of. I continue to apply the principals I learned from K.C. in my current role. K.C. is also a gifted coach and many of our team members developed into managers and leaders with his guidance.
Chris King, VP Finance, Chief Compliance Officer, MRV Communications, Inc.
I worked directly with KC for 4 years while founding a company. KC was instrumental in helping us form a strong corporate culture, and had a very positive impact on the morale of the employees. People who worked with KC were more productive, better managers, and almost always went on to do great things. I strongly recommend KC to any person or company who is interested in success!
Scott Newnam, President and CEO, AudioAdvice
KC was instrumental in helping me become aware of the power of focused development for individual and team potential, both as it applies to specific business dynamics as well as in application to everyday life. His passion for helping people recognize their own strengths and development opportunities, and his unique ability to encourage and develop people in a way that is cognizant of human emotion while being focused on tangible results, was a turning point in how I viewed my potential and how I apply that learning to everything I do. His no-nonsense approach and wealth of familiarity with many techniques, strategies and schools-of-thought, make him an ideal catalyst for dynamic growth for those that are willing to take up the challenge.
Joe Franzetta, Sr. Vice President, Tandberg Television (Ericsson Group)
Over the last 6 years, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with KC as my business coach. The work with KC has helped me grow into a better leader for my company, but more importantly, it has helped me in my personal life. Through my work with KC, I’ve learned how to deal with challenging situations in both work and personal life. KC’s guidance over the last few years has shown me how to find solutions within myself without telling me what to do, but by just listening and pointing me in the right direction. I truly believe that thanks to my work with KC, our company has been able to grow from a start-up company into a business, who can count the biggest leaders in the industry amongst its clientele.
Susanne Blassingille, Principal, Cadence Research and Consulting
During the three years we worked together, KC provided invaluable guidance and coaching to me as I developed my managerial skills. His insights into the human aspects of leadership remain important assets in my toolkit. I have been successful in passing along the techniques I learned from KC to other managers, who have also benefited from them.
Ron Tache, Vice President, Visible Measures
In life, there are only a few people who profoundly affect who you are. KC is such a person for me. As a CEO, social entrepreneur and father, I have faced difficult times over the past 2 years. KC somehow helped me remain objective, committed and inspired to lead every step of the way. What sets KC apart from any other human being I know is his ability to see the positive in everything without being unrealistic. He helped me find my personal strength and purpose to do what I needed to do without ever losing sight of who I am. I feel blessed to have KC in my life.
Michael Cant, President and CEO, MarketTiger Inc.
I worked closely with KC for 16 months during the inception and launch of MarketTiger. He's quite simply an outstanding coach/mentor and a superb motivator. For someone who has been involved in a number of successful start-ups during which he's amassed wealth, knowledge and many influential contacts, he remains humble, approachable and yet extremely focused on achieving success. In a very hands-on way, KC taught us to be lean, mean and hungry - essential qualities for any leadership team in today's competitive world.
Alnoor Jiwani, COO, MarketTiger Inc.
KC has the ability to positively affect your career no matter what role you have. He helped me better understand my strengths and hone my talents before I entered the role of CEO for the first time. He is a thoughtful coach who will take your success personally.
Eric Conley, CEO, Mixed Signals Inc.
KC is the best coach for success that I've ever engaged. His experience gives him the ability to make accurate assessments and inspire confidence. He interacts in a dynamic yet unassuming manner, and his recommendations yield remarkable success. I've become a better sales executive as a result of his guidance - and that's improved my bottom line as well as my company's.
Dan Kendall, Senior Director of Sales, Tandberg Television (Ericsson Group)
In addition to a deep comprehension of our global marketplace, KC's most outstanding gifts are compassion for others, effective communication, and intellect. His experience combined with his humble character result in a unique and highly effective leadership resource to educate and train others. KC has positively affected my life both professionally and personally.
Corey Jenkins, Television Host
KC is one of the most important people in my life. He is a true friend to those who are fortunate to call him such. He has an ability to connect with all different types of personalities and life philosophies, and considers all equally valid. He is one of the finest listeners, real listeners, I know. And though he has great awareness and knowledge on a myriad of subjects his humility and knack for self-deprecation inspires those who possess less of those traits to confide in him. He's as bright and insightful as they come.
Jim Staples, CEO, Orbridge LLC
I had the privilege of working together with K.C. for over 5 years as co-founder of GoldPocket Interactive. K.C. was key in the development of a committed and high-performance team. He has a unique talent for coaching and developing people. It was inspirational to see people grow in their roles under his guidance. I highly recommend K.C. and cannot state enough how much people can benefit from working with him.
Izet Fraanje, Senior Vice President, Tandberg Television
I am not sure KC would describe himself as a healer, but that is what he is to me. After one session with him my beliefs about what I can do with my business and how far I can take it completely changed. For the better! KC is very gifted at channeling the specific energy and information needed for me to open up to my potential. He is very intuitive and very pragmatic at the same time. After our session I have experienced a dramatic increase in energy available to me and it is like I have stepped into a freedom that I never knew was there. I highly, highly recommend KC.
Jeroen DeWit, Owner, Source Energy Therapy. www.source-energy-therapy.com
There are a lot of gimmicks out there today but my experience has been that nothing trumps dedication and hard work. I love working with KC because that is exactly what he teaches. He helps you build the solid foundation that has been shown to work over and over and in every situation.
Josh Ross, Owner, Josh Ross Creative