My Flight Path to Business Coach
My work as a business consultant, author, trainer, and facilitator evolved from a banking foundation. As a commercial loan officer, I made Small Business Administration loans for start-ups and expansions. I saw that adequate financing didn’t guarantee business success – good leadership did. After that, I built and managed a group of tourist attractions. I could only offer part-time jobs and pay minimum wage to my 55 young employees. So, I invested in their professional growth and developed their management skills, which increased their motivation, built their loyalty, and boosted my bottom line. Later, I was the COO of a medical device manufacturing business, where job stability, pay, and benefits were much better. However, these people still needed my interest and investment in their professional development.
Since I’ve been a business consultant, coach, trainer, and facilitator, I’ve delivered results to a wide variety of clients. My passion, preparation, work ethic, and determination ensure that you’ll be satisfied. I love identifying opportunities and meeting challenges in organizations like yours. And I’m flexible! I’ve worked in board rooms, training rooms, living rooms, on stages, in greenhouses, and in gymnasiums. There was the time I served a business when the power was out. And another time in a 911 dispatch center – while they were working! Oh, and one more – I gave a leadership training speech with laryngitis. (They were Head Start teachers, and really appreciated me going the extra mile to deliver, instead of canceling!)
All of the attendees at our conference enjoyed your presentation because you speak from experience. You’ve run businesses and are faced with these problems day in and day out. Your enthusiasm and knowledge sent us away with tools we can use at our own locations to improve our level of customer service.
Bob Masterson, President, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! World Headquarters
Business Consultant, Author and Speaker
As a business consultant, I’ve published four books: How to Fly by the Seat of Your Pants, Leadership In Change, Updrafts, and Misty Memories. The e-book versions are available on Amazon. I also contributed a chapter in Speaking of Success, along with best-selling authors Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, and Stephen Covey.
Inspiring audiences through keynote speeches is rewarding. Three of my popular topics are Building an Aerodynamic Organization, How to Fly by the Seat of Your Pants, and Flying in the Face of Conventional Leadership.
Business Consulting and Hang Gliding Experience!
I logged hundreds of hours flying hang gliders, so I can show you how to soar through the turbulence and succeed in an uncertain world. Hang gliding provided an aerial perspective. I learned to literally fly by the seat of my pants (and I wrote the book on that!)
As a leader in today’s business climate, you have to be adaptable and nimble like a hang glider pilot. You have to “be aware, prepare, and dare.” In my business consulting, I’ll share how the analogy of hang gliding applies to leadership and life. It will give wings to your success.
Chris is a natural leader who sees people’s unique abilities and can guide them towards projects where they will shine and be valued.
Involvement in community service and associations is important to me. I’m an active member of the Chambers of Commerce in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, and also Travel Lane County. I’ve served as President of the Chambers of Commerce in Newport and Lincoln City, Oregon, the Newport Rotary Club, and the Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club. I currently serve as the Rotary District 5110 Membership Chair and support 65 clubs with their membership challenges. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to impact my communities through leadership work with directors and committees.