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Don's Key Qualifications:

Experience: Over 20 years as an Executive Leadership Coach
Client Industries: Professional Services, Technology, Healthcare, Education, and many more
Levels of Service: All executive leadership levels
Expertise: Leadership and organizational effectiveness including executive assessment, leadership coaching and development and talent planning
Coaching Style: I support senior leadership teams who seek to increase their effectiveness in selecting, developing, and advancing talent through innovative and yet, pragmatic approaches to enhance organizational performance and growth with my key insights and perspectives

Don has served organizations by conducting third party assessments for staffing key jobs, for profiling talent in newly acquired businesses, for executive development, and for succession management. He has over 20 years of experience coaching professionals and executives from a variety of fields and industries in pivotal career situations including: assimilating quickly into a new leadership role, working through strengths and development needs in a current role as well as for future growth, and in managing personal and organizational transitions. Don brings a results-oriented perspective to his consulting and has coached hundreds of line managers, executives, and human resources professionals in North and South America, Europe and Africa in developing assessment skills for selecting and developing top talent.

Central to his partnership with leaders, Don works closely with management to identify opportunities to improve the alignment of critical organizational functions and talent with changing business needs and priorities, develop and implement performance management programs, and facilitate leadership development programs. His work has included: consulting to identify critical factors for leader and business success and designing and implementing high potential leader development programs.

Don’s prior roles include human resources management assignments in Fortune 500 information management and insurance firms at both the corporate and field levels. Later, Don held several line operations management roles in health care services including customer service, medical review, and claims administration. He also was Director of Healthcare Systems for a systems solutions firm where he worked with channel vendors and medical staffs on electronic data transfer solutions.

Don holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Lafayette College. He is an adjunct instructor of Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention for the Executive MBA Program at Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, where he is also Chair of the EMBA Coaching Advisory Board.

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I am very indebted to Dave Brookmire and Corporate Performance Strategies. Faced with any talent quandary, Dave brings not only his wealth of experience and industrial psychology background, but also a practical tailored approach that is appealing to both HR and business leaders. Through our continued partnership with Dave and Corporate Performance Strategies, we have made significant progress in both our talent pipeline processes and outcomes here at The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

- Dina Barmasse-Gray, SVP Human Resources, HR Group "Celebrate the CAKE", The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

We first engaged CPS about five years ago to assist with integration planning and execution. At that time we looked for a partner that fit our unique methods, philosophy, style and culture, and was capable of helping us achieve our business goals. Over the years we have valued CPS’ professional expertise and high quality work. Dave and his team are preferred providers who have been able to meet our aggressive time schedules for starting and executing complex and large transactions across different industries. They quickly frame our requirements, execute project plans, meet deadlines and effectively translated our deal objectives into action plans. We receive positive feedback on their effectiveness from the sellers leadership team and from our senior partners in the firm. Their work has contributed substantially to the successful transitions of companies into the Platinum Equity portfolio.

- Mike Scott, Acquisition leader, Platinum Equity (Global with $27.5B in aggregate revenue acquired)

Corporate Performance Strategies and RARE Hospitality have shared a long-term business relationship because they make a practical difference for our people and our shareholders. Corporate Performance Strategies has been integrally involved in every phase of our talent management process, which is the lifeblood of our ability to successfully grow our company.

- Tom Gathers, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Atlanta-based RARE Hospitality International, Inc.