BBJ Presenters

BBJ Presenters

BBJ Presenters are professionals and business owners specializing in career management and job search strategies.  They represent an ongoing commitment and resource to the BBJ community and are deeply involved in the St. Louis business community.  The following links to their websites will afford you a better understanding of the scope of their expertise and services.


David Hults

David Hults

Activ8 Careers | Career Coach | Author | Speaker | Community Advocate                 

David’s Website

David speaks from experience! He has spent a career mapping out success strategies for employees as well as job seekers. His leadership in the field of Human Resources led him to work with Express Scripts, as well as BJC Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare providers in the nation. Through these experiences, David realized a higher calling in his career – which required a significant change. That change? Starting his own business, Activ8 Careers. Now, David loves being able to assist individuals and organizations to reach their potential – to help them “make their 8-hour workday work for them.”

David’s clients benefit from his experience in human resources, employee relations, recruitment and training, and development for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. He knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the interviewing desk – an experience that translates in helping his clients articulate their real value apart from their resume, target a specific career niche, interview well and negotiate the best offer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University where he also completed graduate courses toward his MBA.

David is a firm believer in paying it forward to the community, serving as president of the board for a local nonprofit. He also hosts an annual fundraiser, with past recipients including Paws For Consideration (animal rescue), St. Patrick Center (homelessness), and Susan G. Komen (breast cancer).


Frank Danzo

Career Networking Pro | Executive Coach | Author | Speaker | Owner and Founder

Frank’s Website

Frank is skilled at helping clients identify and find the success they are looking for. During his career, Frank has coached, mentored, and influenced thousands of employees and developed and implemented a leadership development program for senior-level employees. He has individually coached hundreds of clients and business leaders to improve their performance and trained over 4,000 additional clients on the process of networking and job search. He is the author of the job search book, “People Hire People – Not Resumes,” in which he shares his proven process to conduct a successful job search or career change.

Frank is a seasoned executive with over twenty-five year’s experience leading a $1 billion division for Anheuser-Busch and developing a clinical business unit for BJC Healthcare.

While at Anheuser-Busch, Frank led the implementation of a customized fully integrated operating system for his division, which became the standard for the entire Anheuser-Busch distribution system. 


Jack Martin

President, BBJ | Business Leader

Jack Martin is the President of the Board of Businesspersons Between Jobs, Inc.  He leads job seekers in transition, providing speakers, resume advice, interviewing practice, counseling, and training to thousands of St. Louis residents.

A seasoned business executive with over 40 years of leadership as the Controller/CFO of four different organizations including for-profit, non-profit, and a charter school, plus general management as the President of a B2B manufacturing company and running his own business.
He also was a consultant/project manager implementing large-scale integrated ERP systems in large and medium manufacturing companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Jack has also served as an elected local government leader.

Jack has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where he grew up.  He earned an MBA in Management and Finance from Drexel. He taught accounting courses as an Adjunct Instructor at Fontbonne University, Webster University, and Concordia-Wisconsin University at the Bachelors’s and MBA level.       


Kathy Bernard

CEO | Public Speaker | LinkedIn Expert | Trainer | Coach

Kathy’s Website

Kathy trains companies, career groups, and college classes to use LinkedIn for their specific needs – whether that’s for selling, recruiting fundraising, or job search.

She is also the creator of, a site that helps the unemployed, miserably employed, and college students, land the jobs they want. She is also a highly experienced career coach, resume creator, and career presenter who presents training sessions on every aspect of the job search. She leads popular weekly LinkedIn and job search webinars on Job Transition TV and has conducted hundreds of presentations that have helped thousands of people find satisfying work.

Additionally, Kathy is the author of Game-Changing Interviews and 50 Fast Fixes to Improve Your Job Chances.

Kathy has received 27 awards for communications excellence as a corporate and employee communication leader at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (aka Enterprise Holdings), Brown Shoe (Caleres), CBS Radio (KLOU), and a global nonprofit.



Dwayne Miller


Dwayne worked for 24 years before he was laid off in 2008 during the height of the recession.  Caught unprepared for the job market, Dwayne had to relearn many of the skills for his job search.  As he honed his job-hunting skills and strategies he began to share his newfound knowledge with others in transition.

Dwayne volunteers for the local PMI Chapter by teaching several sessions of the PMP Prep Course and is a founding member of the Chapter’s Mentoring Committee.  He specializes in mentoring those that are preparing to take the PMP Exam.  Dwayne has been a member of Toastmasters since 2000.  He mentors new members to the club as well as new Toastmaster clubs that are just starting out.  He co-started the RGA Toastmasters Club and is VP of Education and is also a member of the Crossroads Toastmasters Club.

During his career transition in 2009, Dwayne attended Businesspersons Between Jobs, Go! Network, Beyond Networking, and many other job search organizations, seminars, and career fairs and served on or headed several of the Social Media, Practice Interview, Resume Review, Network, and Program Committees.  In 2014 he joined the Board of Directors for Businesspersons Between Jobs.

His current position is as a Project Manager of Information at BJC.

He continues to Pay It Forward by coaching individuals in the job search, helping them with their interviewing skills, resume building, networking skills, and how to use LinkedIn as a powerful networking and marketing tool.  Dwayne gives several presentations a year on everything related to the job search for organizations all around St. Louis. 

He organizes a casual Networking Happy Hour for those new to networking, those looking for their next adventure, recruiters looking for great candidates, and those who are currently employed.  Those currently employed should always keep their network warm and growing because you never know.


Nicole Meyer

BBJ Board Member | Leader | Mentor | Relationship builder  

Nicole has extensive experience as a sales manager who excels at building high performing teams through recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining top talent.  She is equally skilled as an account manager, adept at developing and executing sales strategies to gain new business, grow an existing business, and ensure profitable outcomes for all stakeholders. She has won the President’s Circle Award, the highest sales award from Hertz Global Holdings, a Fortune 500 Global Organization, three times.  Additionally, she has earned sales awards for team leadership and sales goal achievement in a variety of industries including transportation, IT, hospitality, and the Missouri Lottery.

After her departure from Hertz, Nicole became active in networking organizations to learn about professional opportunities for herself and to help others.  She is an active Board Member for BBJ and volunteers with the Beyond Networking STL organization.  To keep her presentation skills sharp, she frequently leads BBJ meetings and is an active participant with the BBJ interview committee.

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Vic McCool

McCool Financial Group | Financial Services Specialist

Vic’s Website

Vic entered the Financial Services industry in 1996 in Wichita, KS after six years working as a claims adjuster. He worked for Prudential Securities, AG Edward), H&R Block Financial Services, and a brief stint at a bank.  All of those firms were purchased by larger corporations.  In 2009 he took his practice independent with the idea of not only helping clients develop and maintain a financial plan but to do so without any type of corporate agenda dictating which products are used. 

As an independent, Vic has the ability to access different products and strategies previously unavailable.  His success is now completely aligned with the success of his clients.  Vic’s main focus is to create retirement plans that cannot be outlived and to make sure that life-changing events (such as job losses) do not destroy the end plan.

Vic resides in Wentzville with a daughter and son along with a son in the Kansas City Area.  He looks forward to helping BBJ members avoid many of the financial mistakes he witnessed over his career while navigating through a period of job transition.



Mike Hoffey

Mike Hoffey

BBJ Board Member | UX Researcher | Presenter

Mike’s Website

Mike joined BBJ in 2006 after experiencing a traumatic downsizing.  He worked daily with a BBJ Leader who counseled and mentored him on better ways to become more successful in his job search efforts.  As a result of this new learning, Mike formulated a speaking approach called “Creating Competitive Separation” which he shares at BBJ Meetings and Beyond Networking support group meetings.

  Christi Nix Bloomer

Christi Nix Bloomer, career coach, is the founder of In The Arena Coaching and Consulting.  Remember when you used to be connected with your why you enjoyed your work and knew your impact?  Christi works with high performers, driven and intentional professionals to help them figure out how to do great work again and reconnect to the work they love! 



Trish Dervin

Career Conversions | Career Management | Leadership and Development

Trish’s Website

Trish Dervin, Founder of Career Conversions, LLC, is a Certified Career Management and Executive Leadership & Development Coach specializing in helping Business Owners, Mid-Level managers up through C-Suite Executive individuals and teams, get clear on what their goals and visions are, create alignment and champion execution that will improve performance and get the results they desire.

With over 30 years of experience as an accomplished professional, recruiter, career management & executive coach, and entrepreneur, Trish is a leader in career change management and people development.  She brings over 30 years of experience as an accomplished corporate professional, recruiter, coach, and entrepreneur.  She is a Certified Career Management Coach and Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach based on the Co-Active Coaching Method through The Academies; Certified 360Reach Personal Brand Analyst; Authorized Partner Everything DiSC; and Authorized Partner of The Five Behaviors of a C0-Hesive Team. 

Trish is also a member of the International Coach Federation- St. Louis Chapter; she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a minor in Marketing and Human Resources

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Barb Deters

Barb’s Website

Resume Writer | Career Coach | Owner

Barbara Deters, a resume writer, and career coach offer custom career communications that make clients job-market ready. Barbara’s unique background in journalism, corporate communications, and human resources enables her to help job seekers realize their unique skills and abilities, and prepare them for the job market. Equally important is that, through working with her, clients gain confidence through every step of the job-hunting process, from applying through interviewing and finally in salary negotiations.

She works to position clients for success in the marketplace by providing customized career-search strategies, and powerful resumes and online profiles that get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers. She is an expert networker who teaches clients how to meet people and build professional relationships.

Barbara has more than a dozen years of experience in working with and in human resources. She has a deep understanding of the job market, critical skill sets in demand, interview techniques, and the salary negotiation process. She is an accredited business communicator, has a certificate in change management from Cornell University, and has a BA in Journalism from California State University Fresno.

Deb Gaut, PhD, CPC, and COR.E Dynamic-Transition

Career and Transition Coach and author of Morph, Pivot, Launch.



Bernie Frazier, founder of CAREERCompass

Bernie’s Website

Founder | President | Career Coaching

Bernie has spent almost 25 years recruiting talent to six organizations across four industries and led the Talent Acquisition function for four of those organizations, including one global team.

Bernie is a sought-after speaker, career strategist, job search, and recruiting expert. She has coached professionals from around the globe, from Chief Executive Officers to recent college graduates, on the fine art of career development and job search effectiveness. As a sought-after speaker, Bernie has presented for businesses and numerous organizations including Fortune 50 financial services companies, Ameren UE, Wells Fargo, Scottrade, the National Association of Health Services Executives, National Black MBA Association, and the Public Relations Society of America.

She has also shared career-related knowledge multiple times on KSDK, NewsChannel 5, and has been profiled in the St. Louis Business Journal.

Bernie holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources. In her spare time, she volunteers as the Board President for It’s Your Birthday, Inc., and is a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the W. Florissant Great Street Project in Ferguson, MO.

To learn more about Bernie and CAREERCompass please visit her website and follow her on social media.

Dale Kreienkamp

Human Resources Professional

Dale has served for 40 years in the health care industry and led a successful consulting practice.  Dale served as a volunteer on numerous boards of directors, as well as in his home church.

He has experienced a personal journey of unemployment twice when, each time, his positions were eliminated in organizational restructuring. These personal experiences created a desire within him to help others.

Dale is the author of How Long O Lord, How Long? This book is for people experiencing unemployment.  The book contains 80 devotions, each with scriptures to provide help, healing, and hope during the journey through unemployment.


Julie Hudson, BBJ Member

Julie Hudson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Saint Louis University. A jobseeker herself, Julie has honed strategies to handle the stress and combat the anxieties job seekers face.

Rahna Barthelmess, Beacon Marketing (President)

Branding | Consumer Engagement

Rahna turns branding into business and has dedicated her career to building brand equity and nurturing consumer engagement for some of the world’s most beloved brands, most notably LEGO toys, Miracle-Gro Plant Food, Build-A-Bear Workshops, and Texaco gasoline.  She is the author of the book Your Branding Edge: How Personal Branding Can Turbocharge Your Career

John Meyer

Senior Counselor | Business Manager

John has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in international and US companies.  He has held senior management positions in Human Resources, Corporate Education, Sales, and Marketing with Walgreens, and Iams Pet Food.

With Iams, John was the Senior Worldwide Vice President of Human Resources. Over his career, John has spent thousands of hours mentoring individuals from all levels of business. Helping them to network and manage their careers both in the US and Europe. In addition to his consulting business, John has experience as a counselor with Lee Hecht Harrison and is currently involved on a volunteer basis helping many individuals in career transition through a west county Christian counseling agency in the St. Louis area.

John has been involved with outplacement since the early 1970’s when he installed an outplacement program at Walgreens.

He holds an MBA in Marketing and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bradley University.  He also was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Extended Services. the John Maxwell Group, Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, LAP Leadership, LLC–Learn, Apply, and Pass It On

Ben Terrill, Partner and Franchising Specialist with FranNet of Missouri

Franchise Consulting

Ben consults with those who are exploring business ownership in the realm of franchising. Ben utilizes a personalized assessment to introduce entrepreneurs to businesses that uniquely match their experience and goals. Ben has had a varied, 20-year career in sales for small and large organizations.

Gary Maher 
Gary Maher, Founding Partner 

Career Coach

People hire Gary as a Coach so they can come up with a Game Plan which will move them from Good Intentions to Living Intentional Lives in their strength and gifted zone. The key is overcoming your existing mindset and replace it with a perspective of growing and learning daily.  Please keep in mind this is a process.

By taking a step to grow daily, you are not only making a deposit in your leadership growth potential but you are investing in others through your ability to influence those around you. This in turn will have a direct impact on your bottom line. Email:

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Paul Steensland, Industrial Strength Research

Paul’s Website

Owner and Principal of Industrial Strength Research

Paul’s company is a full-service industry research and analysis company that provides answers to pressing business questions. He is an information professional with over 15 years of experience in researching a diverse mix of industries, products, and services.

Paul is skilled in corporate, entrepreneurial, and consulting roles within the public, private, education, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

Bob Ramsey, Bob Ramsey Seminars

Owner/founder | Executive Coach | Keynote Speaker |Corporate Trainer

Bob has created the “Ultimate Coaching Formula” which produces results like none other. Based on the science of human behavior, this is a unique system that creates predictable, tangible, and long-lasting changes. The Ultimate Coaching Formula starts with a rigorous assessment of key behavioral metrics.

Pat Mathias. Mathias Resume & Editing Services

Pat served as an adjunct instructor at Harris-Stowe State University. While teaching the Corporate Communications course, covering resume writing, interviewing techniques, and the job search, one or more students obtained a job interview or a job offer before the eight-week course ended.

She owns and operates Master It! Seminars, LLC, and Mathias Resume & Editing Services. One of her greatest joys is hearing people share their experience in obtaining a job in which she customized their resumes. She has customized resumes for clients throughout the U.S.

Pat holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications and an M.A. in Training and Development from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

Anne Brackett | Strengths University (CEO)

I have worked in student affairs and residence life for almost 20 years. With a Master’s in Education specializing in Student Affairs from TTU, I am in the dissertation phase of my doctorate in the Philosophy of Education Leadership at UM-St. Louis. Also, I’m a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a Gallup Engagement Champion.

In 2017, I started a Strengths Coaching and Consulting business, Strengths University, to help spread the power of Strengths to students, parents, staff, administrators, and faculty around the St. Louis Area and the country. Whether you’re prepping for college, looking to be more successful in college, looking for jobs because you’ll graduate soon, or you’re a college administrator who wants to create a more successful staff or student body, we can help

Be sure to join Anne on My Circus, My Monkeys weekly podcast (available on Apple podcasts. Google podcasts, and Amazon Music)

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James Lehman, Maneuvering Your Career

Jame’s Website

Author | Professional keynote speaker | Transition coach | Entrepreneur

James has more than thirty years in corporate America, working for large consulting and Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, MasterCard International, and TIAA-CREF.

 He grew up in the Kansas City area, and he attended Kansas State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  James earned his MBA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.  He began his career in public accounting with the “Big 8” public accounting firms. James worked in several accounting positions before he transitioned into consulting and Human Resources. He has worked in manufacturing, hospitality, financial services, healthcare, non-profit, government, and retail industries. James has experienced all types of career transitions while moving through his more than twenty jobs.

 Today, James’s passion is to help you be prepared so you can successfully maneuver your career. He enjoys coaching people through life and career transitions and helping them achieve their dreams. James is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR). He resides with his wife, Debbie, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Patreece Broadus, Missouri Job Center

Patreece Broadus serves as a workshop facilitator for the Missouri Job Center in St. Ann, MO.  Her professional background includes nearly 20 years of experience as a professor of communication in higher education where she has taught courses in Nonverbal Communication, Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Business Communication and Communication, and Race. 

She has held appointments at various universities throughout the South and Midwest including Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.  Recently, Patreece has served at St. Louis University as an assistant professor and Basic Couse Coordinator and Director of TA Training and Development for the Department of Speech Communication. 

Jeremy Hodess, Capstone Consulting

Franchising Due Diligence

Capstone Franchise Consulting is a full-service franchise consulting and development firm.  Jeremy helps simplify the franchise search and save franchise candidates valuable time by identifying those opportunities that provide the best match for an individual’s skills, goals, and budget. Then, Capstone provides the tools needed to evaluate a franchise opportunity and make an informed decision.

Prior to his work in franchise consulting, Jeremy had a career in healthcare, where he gained deep experience leading large teams, developing programs, and helping others navigate complex and sometimes confusing systems (like our modern healthcare system).

Mary Kutheis | Career Coach
Mary’s Website

Networking is important in every facet of life. Whether changing jobs, building relationships on the job, or anytime you need to collaborate. How do you make certain introductions and connections go beyond the superficial? How do you cultivate meaningful connections?  Join us for this fun, interactive, insight-building program where Mary will share…

  • How understanding your own behavioral style can lead to more beneficial interactions
  • What you should avoid doing to prevent creating a negative impression
  • Tips for making networking easier for introverts

Mary spent 17 years in corporate America and an equal number of years in her own coaching and training practice. She works with executives and business owners to help them use time wisely and effectively manage on-the-job relationships. Her focus is there because it’s usually those two things (time and people) that make a job challenging — not the work itself. She combines science (assessments), experience, empathy, and keen insight into human behavior to help her clients deliver their best performance every day.





Steven Jones

Director | Institutional Investment Services & Private Investment Research Greater St. Louis Area Capital Markets at Clifton Larson Allen Wealth Advisors

Steven has over three decades of experience in a broad array of disciplines: investment strategy, financial forecasting, strategic planning, traditional and alternative investment research, trading & operations. He performs many of the same tasks as a Chief Investment Officer, development of the firm’s investment platform, asset allocation analysis, and manager due diligence. He is a thought leader, having written numerous white papers, and is the driving force behind CLA’s institutional consulting practice. He also works with clients to review and help develop their strategic plans and financial forecasts.

Steven earned his MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and earned a BSBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Professionally, Steven has earned the following designations: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®). He is a member of the CFA Institute and a past President of the CFA Society of St. Louis.

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Tony Reusing

Aim Your Sights

Tony’s Website

Tony is a successful entrepreneur and the author of “Better Questions, Better Answers” as well as his popular “Like A Pro, Personal and Career Essentials.” Tony is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) with the National Speakers Association.

In addition to speaking, Team Tony consults with people-based businesses. Almost every group is struggling with interpersonal relations, communication, or motivation when Tony walks in the door. The Team discovers existing talents and abilities, and rejuvenated people with great attitudes walk out of the room.

Tony’s presentation style combines:

  • career-building skills
  • participant involvement
  • mind-bending tricks and humor
  • thought-provoking storytelling

When people do something they love, it shows; Tony loves what he does. He values people and likes to expose the special qualities that exist in everyone.


Kelly Kimberlin

Life Mastery Institute

Kelly’s Website

Kelly Kimberlin is a Certified Life Mastery Coach with the Life Mastery Institute. She can help you design and manifest a life that is in harmony with your soul’s purpose. She specializes in helping people who feel stuck or dissatisfied with their lives, or people who are at a turning point in their lives and need a vision and direction.  

Kelly offers her clients transformational coaching programs that help them get to new heights in their success and help them lead a more fulfilling life. She feels that her purpose in life is to help others find their purpose in life and try to ignite the fire that is in every one of us. Kelly loves to teach people how to plug into the universal laws that exist, and to get them to understand that the power within them is stronger than any circumstance, situation, or condition that surrounds them.

If you are looking for more clarity, confidence, and the tools to get to your next level of success, Kelly’s coaching programs can get you to achieve your dreams and create a life you truly love living.

As a Life Mastery Consultant with the Life Mastery Institute, Kelly can help you create a life that you would love living. She specializes in helping people gain clarity and confidence to build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer more fulfilling lives. Kelly can coach clients through transformational success principles during my workshops and coaching programs, and help people breakthrough limitations and achieves greater results than they have ever known before.


Mark Greenspahn

Two Feet In The Sand

Mark Greenspahn is the Founder of Two Feet in the Sand, LLC, a personal branding resource helping clients create effective resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles.  He is an experienced and well-respected marketing executive who excelled during his previous, long-term career at Anheuser-Busch.

With experience recruiting, interviewing, and hiring thousands of employees, He has personally written more than 1,500 resumes since 2009, enabling clients throughout the U.S. to land interviews and great jobs at all levels in diverse industries.  His client base consists of recent college graduates to C-Level Executives, who have utilized Mark’s experience, knowledge, and strategy to develop effective personal branding solutions to meet their specific needs.

Mark is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.     For more information, visit, “Like” on Facebook, or “Follow” @twofeet_sand on Twitter.


Jenny Beilsmith

The Prosperous Path

Jenny, M.S.Ed., is a certified Coach who founded ELEVATION Professional Consultants where she empowers her clients to find their inner power so they can live amazing, authentic, and purpose-driven lives. She supports her clients to Be in their life, get clarity, reach goals, and experience fulfillment and joy.

Working with a coach is a great way to brainstorm ideas, get a reality check, experience unconditional support, be held accountable, and see your best self. That’s the support that Jenny provides for her clients

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Dale Furtwengler

Dale’s Website

I’m often asked how I gained the ability to live a life free of fear, anxiety, and frustration.

As with many of you, these insights came from having dealt with personal challenges. Despite the advantage of a very nurturing, encouraging home environment, I was a very shy, insecure child.

Lead a Life of CONFIDENCE highlights my journey from insecure child to gregarious, carefree adult including the missteps along the way.

A CPA by background, I’ve spent 3 years with a national firm, 17 years in CFO positions in a variety of industries, and the past 25 in Furtwengler & Associates, Inc. help businesses improve their bottom line.  Raising prices is one of the simplest, most effective strategies I’ve employed.

I’ve had the good fortune to participate in the Missouri Quality Award program, Missouri’s version of the Baldrige Award, and am an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

I believe strongly in an eclectic education.  With every field I explore I ask myself “What will I learn that will help my clients?”  I’ve gained useful insights from Brian Greene’s Fabric of the Cosmos, James Gleick’s Chaos: Making a New Science, Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and Joseph Badaracco, Jr.’s Leading Quietly.

My clients often express amazement at the insights my education affords, the clarity with which I communicate those insights, the relevance to their particular situations, and the contribution those insights make to their success.


Chris Frey

Mental Health America of Eastern MissouriChris Frey

Chris Frey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 35 years of experience as a therapist, educator, and author. Chris has presented nationally and regionally on a wide range of topics including, healthy relationships, balancing personal and professional life, stress management, men’s issues, and psychosocial cancer care.

Chris is the author of four books and several articles including the books, Men at Work: An Action Guide to Masculine Healing and I’m Sorry It’s Cancer: A Handbook of Help and Hope for Survivors and Caregivers.

Bob Kalal  

Bob Kalal

Workplace Learning Specialist, Talent Development Leader at Kalal Training

In July 2007, I started Kalal Training Associates to help people adapt to change and each other. My business grew out of 13 years with Magellan Health Services, where I taught people in a variety of industries about behavioral health issues and compliance topics.

Smart skills are our specialty. These are the skills people need to work and communicate effectively with each other at work. I model the skills and engage learners quickly so they can apply the same skills on the job.

My best customers are organizations that (1) value employees as people with lives outside of work; (2) have a history of training on a regular basis as a key contributor to business success; (3) engage employees and managers in ongoing conversations about how they use their learning on the job; (4) have a sense of humor company-wide


Neil Glaser

Neil Glaser is a career consultant, coach, and human performance technologist with a focus on helping individuals and organizations deliver the results they desire.   He began his career in operations management and has brought a bottom-line, customer-first perspective to the creation and execution of his workshops, training programs, and performance improvement initiatives.

Neil is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds a graduate certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD).  He has a BS in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Neil is a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is an active member of the St. Louis chapter (HRMA).  He is a past board member of the St. Louis chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).  Contact information:


Terry L’Ange

Terry L’Ange, President of The L’Ange Group,  iHire Smart Inc., and CareerWise manages one of the nation’s leading research, search, and recruitment firms specializing in the ever-growing world of Information Technology.

He has shaped the sales and technical leadership teams of some of the most innovative and dynamic technology companies. The L’Ange Group can facilitate research, search and recruitment plans using our unique client- inspired Twenty Five-Step Process that brings key talent into your organization with a solid ROI.

Terry’s leadership also extends into the local community with volunteer work for the NCADA, (National Chapter for Alcohol and Drug Abuse).  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia. He was drafted and played in the New York Mets Organization for three-plus years. He has been inducted into the St Louis Baseball Amateur Hall of Fame the Missouri University Sports Hall of Fame and recently the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

He is a dynamic, engaging speaker who speaks on a multitude of topics including, Building Your Sales Team, and Career Dynamics, Today Not Tomorrow. “I am a business person first that understands your desires for growth through increased sales, technical support, and cost containment. My passion is sales and I strive to help you grow your company by sharing what we have learned over the past twenty-seven years.”

Barry Hammond  

Barry Hammond

Cirrus Solutinz


Barry Hammond’s vision for a world of accessibility through technology compelled him to create Computracks and then Cirrus Solutinz, a boutique consultancy for the solopreneur, home-based businesses,  and the small business to make fitted social media decisions. 

Barry has worked in the IT business for more than 30 years in roles ranging from sales, Business Analysis, consulting, Research Information Systems, and IT Asset Management, in environments varying from storefronts, start-ups, consulting firms, and a Fortune 100 company. 

Once graduating from the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) with an MPA he moved to St. Louis at the right time to participate in the PC boom. In those years everything seemed possible. The optimism from those times has stuck!

“I believe we can accomplish whatever needs to be done as an individual or community, but sometimes the individual, especially starting a small business (or working a small business), requires coaching to point them in the right direction to get things done.”

He has noticed that this was often the case with the businesses too small to support a dedicated media department, who then calls him in as a consultant to solve their ad hoc social media problems.

Barry sees regular folk thwarted in their goals by lack of technical know-how. This is true without access where his desire to help these groups led to training modules in either a volunteer capacity or by working one-on-one with people to solve their problems, then seeing their faces light up when the “light bulb” goes off and they suddenly understand.

Barry has great optimism for the future. “To me, the information age is like being back in the 1960s again with so much opportunity”. But opportunity is restricted to those who have knowledge and resources. By putting the pieces together (explaining Twitter, for example) you begin to start leveling the technology field of play.”

As a speaker on social media and online marketing, Barry uses plain English to explain social media marketing, networking, and online relationship building. His speaking style is open and honest, humorous, and information-rich. Barry can customize each presentation to the audience and their needs and can speak on a variety of topics including:

Social Media and how it can create new relationships with people you didn’t even know you needed to know. How do you connect with people efficiently and effectively through social media channels, find them, and encourage them to communicate with you?

Kathy Kessinger  

Kathy Kessinger

Since 2007 I have been working in business development and insurance sales for Palazzolo & Associates.

I love helping businesses and families find the right health and disability insurance. The senior market is also a joy to work in.  I’m here to offer workshops on Medicare to the public and give free private consultations to individuals concerning Medicare choices.

Nick Behnen

Edward Jones

We provide highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our client’s unique goals and needs. I look forward to helping you meet your financial goals.

Brandon Reuther

Edward Jones


As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. 

It’s also important to understand the level of risk you’re comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Whether you’re planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, we can work together to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals.

We can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, we’re dedicated to providing you top-notch client service.


Frank Alaniz

Missouri Career Center Regional Workforce Liasion


A facilitator for the Missouri Workforce Development Business Services, Functional Leadership Teams, ESGR, and WREAP Teams.  Conduct presentations to over 1,800 individuals from all walks of life including Veterans, VSO’s, Faith, Community Based Organizations, Networking, Professional Groups, Post Secondary Educational Institutions, and In-service Training programs.

Topics: Veteran Programs, Labor Market Information, Local Employment Dynamics, Developing Social Media Strategies, and the many Missouri Career Center Training Programs.

Follow me on Twitter @St8Wkr

Joel Reinert

Missouri Career Center Business Liasion


As a Business Liaison, I have split duties.

First, I work with the local business community to make sure they are aware of the business services available to them through the Missouri Career Center and to encourage them to utilize these services.

Second, I work with clients who are currently involved in a job search. I primarily work with mid-career professionals who have been working but find themselves temporarily unemployed.

I maintain an active email distribution list of businesses and clients. I use this list to distribute updated information about the job market (e.g., upcoming networking events, recruitment events, and job leads).

I distribute a monthly calendar of networking events which includes a list of networking events scheduled throughout the Greater St. Louis area.