Chief “Edutainment Officer”
My role is to help business leaders strengthen their business success skills, to create positive results. Through my experiences in business and my training in improvisational comedy, I bring a fresh perspective on how to develop non-technical, professional skills training like Presentation Skills, Business Development Skills and Leadership Skills. With every client my goal is the same: Using Improvisation To Create Positive Results.
During the past 30 years in business I have managed, recruited, developed, hired and even fired individuals – I’ve developed successful teams. I have sold products ranging from bank loans to corporate incentive certificates. In addition, I have created compensation matrixes; analyzed financial statements; designed and delivered accounting and professional skills courses. And I’ve performed stand-up and improvisational comedy!
Recently I released my first book, Improv Is No Joke, to share what I’ve learned. Improv is No Joke teaches business professionals how to become more effective, sharpen their creativity, and develop leadership skills needed to succeed and improve business results through improvisational techniques. Focusing on strategies such as replacing negative phrases and listening to understand, will help you successfully relate to and communicate with clients and colleagues.
As a speaker and trainer I have delivered hundreds of seminars, conferences, workshops, and keynotes on both technical and non-technical topics to clients that include Fortune 500 companies, large and national regional accounting firms, state CPA associations and the American Institute of CPAs. In addition, I currently teach select courses for the American Institute of CPAs and The Mind Gym.
My credentials include a BA from University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University. I am a CPA and Certified Global Management Accountant with a certificate in IFRS from the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England in Wales. I have worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (not as a model), Gap Inc. Direct, Barnett Bank, C & S National Bank, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus State Community College, Franklin University and the University of Maryland at University College.
I am a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs, Georgia Society of CPAs, and the National Speakers Association. I am a former member of the American Institute of CPAs governing council and a past chair of the executive board of directors of the Ohio Society of CPAs.
Bottom line, my education and experience have taught me that every business benefits from ongoing skills development.