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Organizational References

“David began working with us in 2016 and facilitated a six month strategic planning process for our organization, culminating in a new strategic plan for 2017-2020.  He was then asked to work with us on a succession planning process to find a new CEO and helped the board identify appropriate executive search firms to choose for the search process.  In the last year we have asked him to coach our executive team and senior managers on developing their leadership skills and is now working with us on a new strategic plan for 2020-2023.  His coaching skills and positive attitude have helped to make our organization better able to meet its mission of maximizing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We look forward to continuing to work with him in the years to come.”

Maureen O’Brien
President and CEO,
The New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (“NYSID”)

“David facilitated a day-long strategic planning retreat for my organization in January 2014. His energy and enthusiasm were crucial to getting us to a concrete set of goals and next steps by the end of the day. We greatly appreciate all that he and colleagues were able to do for us.”

Monika Boeckmann
Executive Director,
Senior Services of Albany

“David facilitated a six month strategic planning process for my department, culminating in a final retreat for all faculty and a report and implementation plan in January 2015. His organizational skills and “can-do”attitude were significant factors in helping us complete this important project, which we could not have done without him. I saw his work with another organization and am glad that we were able to hire him as well.”

Dr. Benjamin A. Shaw
Immediate Past Chair,
Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior
School of Public Health
University at Albany

“David facilitated a two-day retreat in Berlin, Germany in March 2015, for Bard College and four international partner liberals arts colleges. The workshop focused on the design of an implementation plan for a complex performance measurement methodology that required buy-in from a diverse, multicultural set of participants. His organizational skills, high energy and enthusiasm were crucial to getting us to a concrete set of goals and next steps by the end of the two days. We greatly appreciate all that he was able to do for us to move the liberal arts agenda forward.”

James P. Ketterer
Dean of International Studies
Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

“David facilitated a day-long staff retreat for my organization in September 2015, where he led a conversation about strategic planning goals and did a team-building exercise.  His energy, enthusiasm and good humor were very well received by the 45 staff members attending. We greatly appreciate his work which will help us shape our work for the year to come.”

Dr. Martin Wortman
Associate Dean
School of Liberal Arts
Excelsior College
Albany, NY

Individual References

“Working with David has been such a wonderful experience! I initially went to David with a difficult work situation that I was looking for guidance on. After going over many options and trying out tactics I hadn’t before and not getting anywhere, I began to see the situation wasn’t improving. David coached me through the process of resigning, looking for a new position, and entering a new organization. He uses a good mix of his extensive leadership & nonprofit knowledge & experience, humor, and questions that lead to self reflection to help you come to the solution that is best for you. I would recommend coaching with David to anyone who is feeling a little lost in their career, needing guidance navigating a difficult work situation, or needing assistance to pump up their leadership skills. Two thumbs way up!” S.A., Albany

“David was an excellent life coach for me. He helped me apply some successful professional organizational skills to my personal and professional life and helped me use them to set better relationship boundaries. I appreciated his positive attitude and strong support for me. It has been a real life changer for me, and I feel more centered throughout the day.” EM, Albany, NY

“David is an expert at driving strategic thinking to bring out the best in organizations and individuals alike. His passion for a great discussion inspires both experienced and younger colleagues to jump into the conversation. Personally and professionally, working with David is always an experience to value and enjoy.” Bob WardFormer Deputy Director, Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY