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Shelby’s Key Qualifications:

Experience: Over 30 years of corporate experience including Leadership Development and Executive Coaching
Client Industries: High Tech, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Insurance, Financial Services, and Consumer Products
Levels of Service: Primarily at the Director and VP levels
Expertise: Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Career Transition Coaching and Career Development
Coaching Style: Client-centered approach partnering with clients to optimize key strengths, build emotional intelligence, and provide honest and direct feedback

Shelby Challenger is a certified professional coach who partners with leaders primarily at the Director and VP level to enhance their business performance. From a foundation of 30 years of corporate experience, she challenges individuals in a pragmatic way to align their daily behaviors and actions with their personal goals and the goals and culture of their organization. Shelby has earned a reputation for high credibility and integrity. Her client-centered approach focuses on:

  • Creating collaborative thought partnerships

  • Identifying and optimizing key strengths

  • Exploring potential areas of development

  • Building emotional intelligence competencies
  • Providing relevant, honest and direct feedback

Professional Accomplishments

  • Provided transformational coaching to hundreds of executives navigating change and repositioning their careers
  • Designed corporate organizational and employee career management solutions during affiliation with two global career management firms
  • Developed and led high performance teams in both sales and operational support organizations
  • Pioneered and structured an alternate sales distribution channel for a Fortune 10 firm
  • Served as Advisor/Adjunct instructor for AT&T’s advanced management program


  • MBA, Marymount University

  • Master’s equivalency, Education, West Virginia University

  • BS, Education, Lock Haven University

  • Certified Professional Coach—College of Executive Coaching, ICF accredited
  • Georgia Coach Association

  • International Coach Federation

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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.