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 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, a Fortune 25 company, 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 – 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 and Speaker,Founder of Career Networking Pro, 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. During his career Frank has coached, mentored and influenced thousands of employees and developed and implemented a leadership development program for mid and senior level employees.
Kathy Bernard, WiserU
Kathy Bernard, CEO of WiserU, is a public speaker, LinkedIn expert, corporate LinkedIn trainer, and coach.
She 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 WiserUTips.com, 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, MBA, CLSSMBB, PMP, ITIL v3
Dwayne Miller worked for a company for 24 years before he was laid off at the end of 2008 during the height of the Recession. Caught unprepared for the job market, Dwayne had to relearn many of the skills for the job search. As he honed his job hunting skills and strategies he began to share his new found 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 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 committees: Social Media Committee, Practice Interview Committee, Resume Review Committee, Network Committee, Program Committee, etc. In July of 2014 he was asked to join and accepted a position on the Executive Board of Businesspersons Between Jobs.
His current position is at RGA as Director of Process Engineering.
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 6 times a year. These Happy Hours are 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.
Vic McCool, McCool Financial Group
I entered the Financial Services industry in 1996 in Wichita, KS after six years working as a claims adjuster. I worked for two large firms (Prudential Securities and AG Edwards), one smaller firm (H&R Block Financial Services) and a brief stint at a bank. All of those firms were purchased by larger corporations. In 2009 I took my 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, I have the ability to access many different products and strategies previously unavailable and my success is now completely aligned with the success of my clients. My 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.
I currently reside in Florissant with my 6 year-old daughter and 5 year-old son. I also have a 21 year-old son living in the Kansas City Area. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help BBJ members avoid many of the financial mistakes I have witnessed over my career while navigating a period of job transition.
Karen Gabriel, MA, LPC
Education: Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Saint Louis University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois. Post-graduate program completion in psychodynamic, systems, and pastoral psychotherapy
Professional Accreditation: Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor
Clients: Adults, couples, adolescents, and children
Insurance: Anthem BCBS, Value Options
Specialties: Karen has worked in the field of child abuse/neglect prevention and crisis intervention and has led grief and care giving ministries in her church. She enjoys working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children with a broad range of concerns. Her special interests include parenting, stress management, grief and loss, depression, and spiritual concerns. Using a psychodynamic foundation, she uses an integrative approach with clients to promote their growth and healing. Karen considers it a privilege to walk with her clients on their journey toward greater understanding and peace.
Mike Hoffey, Narrow Door Coaching
Digital Strategist, Website Developer
Mike is a marketing leader helping companies grow, mature, develop and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. As a team player. Mike helps companies create new growth, energize their brand, improve engagement, and generate leads. He specializes in digital, web, social, and online marketing and is a proponent of the Blue Ocean marketing strategy – to chart a course in to uncontested waters.
Trish Dervin, Career Conversions
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. Trish 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
Barbara Deters, Deters Consulting
Barbara Deters, a resume writer and career coach, offers 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 bachelor of arts degree in journalism from California State University Fresno
Connie Fisher, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri
I have a BSW from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lindenwood University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 26 year experience in private practice and 11 years experience teaching psychology, social work and human services courses at the college level.
I am currently Director of Mental Health Promotion at Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri where I give Wellness Seminars on topics such as Address Stress, Busting Burnout, Care of Self/Care of Others, Compassion Fatigue, Reaching Resilience and Live Your Life Well. All of the seminars are focused on promoting mental wellness by giving the attendee information and tools to be mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually healthier.
Rahna Barthelmess, President of Beacon Marketing
She 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 gasolines.
She is author of the book, Your Branding Edge: How Personal Branding Can Turbocharge Your Career
Gary Maher, Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Group, Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, LAP Leadership, LLC–Learn, Apply, and Pass It On
People hire me 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. http://Email: email@example.com
Paul Steensland, Industrial Strength Research
Paul Steensland is the Owner and Principal of Industrial Strength Research, a full-service industry research and analysis company that provides answers to pressing business questions. He is an information professional with over 15 years 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
Bob Ramsey is the owner/founder of Bob Ramsey Seminars, and is an experienced Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer.
“Ultimate Coaching Formula” 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.
James Lehman, Manuevering Your Career
James Lehman is an author, professional keynote speaker, transition coach, and entrepreneur. He has more than thirty years in corporate America, working for large consulting and Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, MasterCard International, and TIAA-CREF.
James grew up in the Kansas City area, and he attended Kansas State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later earned his MBA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He began his career in public accounting with the “Big 8” public accounting firms. He worked in several accounting positions before he transitioned into consulting and Human Resources. James 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’ 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.
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).
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 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.
You can learn more about Mary- and yourself, too, at www.MCKCoaching.com
Tony Reusing, Aim Your Sights
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 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. She is excited to be able to offer her clients transformational coaching programs that help them get to new heights in their success and help them lead a more fulfilling life. Kelly 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. She 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 surround them. So 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 I can help you create a life that you would love living. I specialize in helping people gain clarity and confidence to build their dreams, accelerate their results and create richer more fulfilling lives. I coach clients through transformational success principles during my workshops and coaching programs, and it helps people breakthrough limitations and achieve greater results than they have ever known before.
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, Mark 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. Mark’s 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 www.twofeetinthesand.com, “Like” on Facebook or “Follow” @twofeet_sand on Twitter.
Dale Furtwengler, Furtwengler and Associates
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. helping 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 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 Missouri
Chris Frey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 35 years’ 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, 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 is a career consultant, coach, and human performance technologist with a focus on helping individuals and organizations deliver the results they desire. Neil began his career in operations management and has always brought that bottom-line, customer-first perspective to both 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).
Terry L’Ange, President of The L’Ange Group, iHire Smart Inc. and Career Wise manages one of the nation’s leading Research. Search and Recruitment firms specializing in the ever growing world of Information Technology. Terry has helped shape the sales and technical leadership teams of some of the most innovative and dynamic Technology Companies. The L’Ange Group can facilitate a Research, Search and Recruitment Plan using our unique Client inspired Twenty Five Step Process that brings key talent into your organization with a solid Return on Investment. 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. Terry 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, 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 University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) with a 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 technology know-how. This is especially 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 1960’s 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 start leveling the technology field of play.”
As a speaker on social media and on-line 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? How do you find them? How do you encourage them to communicate with you?
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 offer workshops on Medicare to the public and give free private consultations to individuals concerning Medicare choices.
Nick Behnen, Edward Jones Co.
We provide highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our clients’ unique goals and needs. I look forward to helping you meet your financial goals.
Brandon Reuther, Edward Jones Co.
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
As a facilitator for the Missouri Workforce Development Business Services, Functional Leadership Teams, ESGR and WREAP Teams within the St Louis Region, outreach to the community this year, involved presentations to over 1,800 individuals from all walks of life including Veterans and VSO’s, Faith and Community Based Organizations, Networking and Professional Groups, Post Secondary Educational Institutions, and In-service Training programs.
Topics include, Veteran Programs, Labor Market Information, Local Employment Dynamics, Developing a Social Media Strategy and the many Missouri Career Center Training Programs. You can follow Frank 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 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., ucpoming networking events, recruitment events, and job leads).
And, once a month I develop and distribute a monthly calendar of networking events whcih includes a comprehensive list of networking events scheduled throughout the greater St. Louis area.