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.
Vice President Strategic Leadership
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.
Vice President - Business Development and Sales Performance Consultant
Ted Peña is a consummate entrepreneur, business and sales executive. He started his career with IBM. Over his 17 years there he held positions as a Marketing Manager, Sales Executive and Instructor for the Data Processing Executive Institute. At IBM Ted was recognized as a sales leader with eight 100% clubs and the prestigious Golden Circle award. Ted represented IBM at United Way as a sales training instructor.
After leaving IBM Ted went on to develop successful business development strategies for many companies including SDG&E and CSI Leasing. Ted founded The Visio Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm, in 2011 guiding for-profit and not-for-profit clients in sales and product strategies to improve business performance. Ted then joined forces with Turnkey to further “Unlock the Potential” of individuals and companies.
Ted is big believer in giving back. Through his volunteerism, Ted provided leadership, strategic planning and event management to various community-based organizations including the San Diego Jaycees, the La Costa Youth Organization, and the prestigious La Jolla Festival of the Arts produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis. He is past chairman of the Business Executives Council and current President of ArtsBusXpress, a nonprofit funding transportation for K-12 students to take a ride to the arts and sciences. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. Ted resides in Encinitas, CA with his wife Laura.
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.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Kelly supports the President and CEO as well as the other company executives. She plays a significant role in the strategic planning and overall vision of the company as well as manages office operations. In addition, she manages our client contracts and global logistics.
She has a passion for volunteering and does so at her church as well as with Rotary. She has been a Rotarian since 2007 and is a past President of her Rotary Club. She is on the Rotary District Committee of RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and will be Chairwoman from 2020-2023. Kelly is a Paul Harris Fellow and Sustaining Member.
She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and enjoys going back to visit. Kelly has passed on her love of servant leadership to her son who is also a Paul Harris Fellow and attends Rotary service projects with her. She enjoys the outdoors and time with her friends and family.
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.