President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim clearly understands the issues facing businesses today. Competition has shown the need, more than ever, for companies to differentiate themselves. His background and success of building companies through relationships allows him to share his insights providing real change to companies and organizations desiring to excel. He routinely works with key executives developing short, mid and long range strategic plans for relationship, productivity and business development.
Jim has a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University, has served on local, state and national industry boards and organizations and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International. Additionally, he is actively involved with the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University teaching two sessions.
Jim believes strongly in giving back and routinely works on international charitable grants and is active with youth leadership.
Jim lives in Escondido, California and has been married to Carol since 1981. He has two grown children and enjoys triathlons, marathons and recreational biking, snow skiing and running.
Executive Vice President
Sharon’s experience allows her to assess the most strategic, results-oriented action plans needed to work though challenging personal and professional issues. Clients appreciate her direct approach, objectivity and mentoring style. She is a graduate from Coach University and a member of the San Diego Professional Coach Alliance.
As the former owner and Executive Vice President of the twenty-two store retail chain, Bill Gambles Menswear, Sharon has extensive experience in the areas of finance, operations, warehousing, employee recruitment and retention and team training.
Because Sharon has worked in all areas of a very successful multi-facility business, clients benefit from her hands-on, realistic and relevant knowledge-base. Sharon understands and has herself applied her processes to everything from establishing a mission statement and business plan to hiring and training the best and brightest employees to implement them.
Sharon is an accomplished trainer who uses two different training methods – one-on-one mentoring and formal leadership training workshops. Both involve performance-based processes that improve individual and team performance. She is a facilitator of DiSC® leadership training and assessment programs.
Sharon has lived in San Diego for over 25 years. She enjoys life with her husband, including traveling, skiing, and being with family and friends.
Senior Director of Coaching and Development
Julia’s consulting roles allowed her international experience, working in the US, Canada, and Europe. This led her to volunteer as a consultant to the United Nations in Chile, where she made recommendations on technical proposals for the Economic Commission. She was also a founding coach for a non-profit dedicated to coaching entrepreneurs in Africa.
She has enjoyed being on the Board of Directors for non-profits, including the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Julia co-created and led Women in Leadership programs for the Organizational Development Network. Her professional associations also include the San Diego Professional Coach Alliance and Toastmasters International. Having written a workshop series to assist job seekers, Julia facilitates for dozens of EDD and non-profit locations.
Julia received her Technical MBA from the University of San Francisco and her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She also completed a program at Coach University, with advanced curriculum in corporate coaching. Julia is certified as a coach for the International Coach Federation, and a facilitator of the Coaching Clinic Program for managers. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, team dynamics, communications, conflict management, change management, career mobility and process improvement.
Julia is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for triathlon’s, SCUBA diving, kayaking, horseback riding and skiing. She is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. When time permits, Julia enjoys traveling internationally with her husband.
His passion is to empower organizations and “High-Altitude” individuals to define and accomplish their personal missions, both in business and in life.
As a kid growing up in Boise, Idaho, JT’s dream was to fly in the ranks of the US Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team. However, most people in his life–including people of influence (teachers, coaches, friends and family members)–told him he wouldn’t make it to the cockpit.
Even the US Navy turned him down 6 different times.
He eventually realized his dream of becoming a US Naval Aviator on September 7, 2001–just four days before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. JT worked his way through the ranks from Enlisted Aircraft Mechanic to combat-decorated Naval Aviator, an accomplishment even the US Navy said he would not achieve. JT served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Today JT is passionate about helping people connect with their passions and empowering them with the structure and strategy to accomplish their most important missions in business and life.
JT is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, JT loves mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. He is married to his soul mate, Mia, and the proud father of Callie and Maximus.
Learning Specialist, Facilitator and Coach
She has over 20 years of executive management and consulting experience, and has worked for such Fortune 500 companies as Turner Broadcasting, Cox Communications, American General Corporation (AIG) and GTE/Verizon, leading and facilitating organizational effectiveness initiatives. With a background in psychology and organizational behavior, Deborah incorporates substantial best practices research into her writing, coaching, training and facilitation.
Deborah resides in La Jolla, California and enjoys spending time in the mountains and Baja. She is active in expanding wellness and personal transformation programs locally and globally. Her grown son is a tennis professional in Texas.
Learning Specialist, Facilitator and Coach
Jennifer was the Chief Operations Officer of a Tier-One consulting firm in Southern California where she led a Center of Excellence specializing in the custom design, delivery, and facilitation services of performance and development solutions. She has nearly 10 years of experience in designing and deploying custom leadership development solutions for managers through Senior Executives. Notable custom projects include:
• Developing the performance management and succession planning system for a healthcare system of hospitals across the Southern California region that has been used year to year to mitigate risk in talent sourcing.
• Designing an internal university with focus on leadership development for managers through executives for a company representing annual $5B in revenues with a focus on tools used in daily work environments by leaders.
• Working with the executive team of a nation-wide home-building to develop their leadership philosophy focused on driving alignment, strategy, and execution.
• Leading a nation-wide coaching network.
Jennifer holds a Ph.D. from Alliant International University, specializing in leadership development and performance. Jennifer thrives on providing solutions to issues related to leader and team performance.
Director Social Media, Events and Projects
Kelly excels at taking a project from concept to completion.
Kelly is active with her Rotary club, is past President. She is actively involved in youth leadership and serves on the Rotary district committee for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Kelly graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. She enjoys skiing, fitness, travelling, and time with friends and family.
He has a strong focus on revenue growth, productivity and profitability. Garrett has a professional enthusiasm that generates an attitude of growth as well as a dedication to high performance and goal attainment. He embraces a philosophy of continued learning and development with regard to business and in the personal arena. His collaborative work style provides for the best possible outcomes.
Garrett believes that the key to business success is through relationships. With this philosophy and focus, Garrett has become a consummate builder of successful business and personal partnerships.
He is a graduate of Towson University in Health Sciences, where he taught for three years. Garrett and his wife Judy live in Carlsbad, California. Their daughter, Cassandra, has recently left the corporate world to pursue her PhD. in Psychology. After growing up on the East coast and spending 25 years in the Midwest, Judy and Garrett are delighted to be living in San Diego.
Ana M. Christopher
She is a graduate of the world class sales training at Xerox, has been an Executive recruiter placing C level through middle management level talent primarily in the high tech component market and an entrepreneur.
Ana is a certified business coach and has her advanced leadership coaching certificate, Coaching Excellence in Organizations. She has also completed a certification program with Emotional Intelligence through Learning in Action.
Ana is motivated and committed to help individuals and organizations gain awareness, explore possibilities, develop strengths and achieve goals. Through this insightful exploration, resilience is cultivated, perspectives expanded and new possibilities are created.
Ana received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and enjoys the outdoors, cooking and dancing.
Director of Incentives and Rewards
For the past 12 years, Bill has developed and managed numerous individual group incentive programs in the corporate sector. Bill worked on the operations side of many high profile events including the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, The Masters, ADT Golf Skills plus corporate hospitality programs at the U.S. Open, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro AM and The Super Bowl.
Bill’s attention to detail and total focus on customer satisfaction allows him to consistently deliver beyond clients expectations.
He is a graduate of Villanova University, served in the U.S. Navy and currently lives in Carlsbad, California.
In 1979, Tom formed National Decision Systems based in San Diego, California. The company became the largest provider of technology to help marketers know who their customers would be. Customers included Lexus, Acura, CVS pharmacies, Marshalls, and Dunkin’ Donuts as well as all of the region’s banks. In 1988, Tom sold the company to Equifax.
In 1990, the entrepreneurial itch was again felt by Tom so he founded Vista Environmental Information which became Vista Information Services. The business grew to over 1,000 employees and was listed on NASDAQ. In 2000, at $100 million in revenue, Vista was merged with five other companies that also managed property information under the name Fidelity National Financial.
Tom soon found a calling in South Africa and began to apply his entrepreneurial skills with the founding of Monte Christo Ministries. He and his wife Patti travel routinely between South Africa and the United States. Tom continues to embody the entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys spending time with his two sons and daughter.