"Doug helped me and my Board Officers design and facilitate a really powerful daylong retreat involving the full Board, senior volunteers, and the AADE executive team. This turning point event laid the foundation for the AADE High-Impact Governing Initiative, which has resulted in an AADE Board that involves its members more meaningfully and proactively in making critical governing decisions and has transformed Board members into strong owners of their governing work."
Lana Vukovljak, CEO
American Association of Diabetes Educators
"The new committee structure that Doug helped us design and implement has transformed the Astor Services for Children and Families (formerly the Astor Home) Board of Directors into a more effective governing body while also helping us build a better Board-Executive Director partnership. Doug’s approach of working with a governance task force involving me and several board members created a high degree of board ownership of the recommended new committee structure, which the full Board unanimously adopted."
James McGuirk, PhD
Astor Services for Children & Families
"Doug has helped me, the CDTA Board of Directors, and our senior executives to clarify our organization's strategic directions and its strategic change targets, and his assistance has also proved invaluable in fine-tuning the Board's governing structure and processes. Serving as the facilitator of two highly successful Board retreats over the course of two years, Doug has been a powerful resource to CDTA."
Steve Bland, Chief Executive Officer
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Former Executive Director, Capitol District Transportation Authority
"Doug's work with the Partnership's Governance Task Force has taken our Board's leadership to the next higher-impact level."
Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM , President & CEO
The Charlotte Regional Partnership
"Doug's High-Impact Governing Model is a powerful and very practical approach to building board-CEO partnerships that make a real difference and are fundamentally sound."
Sue Buchholtz, President & CEO
"With Doug's help, we have transformed the CIAB Board into a much more effective governing body for the association with a more focused leadership role, clearer functions, and a committee structure that makes full use of volunteers as a resource while enabling serious governance."
Ken Crerar, President & CEO
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
"With Doug's assistance, our School Board's Governance Task Force came up with a number of concrete improvements in Board governing structure and processes. These improvements have helped the Board focus on being a far more effective governing body that has included strengthening the Board-Superintendent partnership."
Paul Dugan , Superintendent
Washoe County Public Schools
"Doug's presentation at IEDC's Leadership Conference provided participants with a fresh view of the board-CEO partnership and lots of practical counsel that they could put to good use in their economic development organizations."
Jeff Finkle, President & CEO
International Economic Development Council
"Doug's work with me, my Board and Executive Team — facilitating and following up on two board-CEO-Executive Team retreats — laid the foundation for both a much higher-impact, more creatively involved Board of Directors and Lutheran Homes' phenomenal growth over the past five years. Doug was a superb retreat facilitator — energizing and engaging participants while leaving them thoroughly satisfied."
David Gehm, President & CEO
Lutheran Homes of Michigan, Inc.
"Doug's presentation at AASA's conference of state association executives on building board leadership and leading innovation was a real hit with the audience. Doug's dynamic style and powerful content made for an outstanding session."
Dr. Paul Houston, Executive Director
American Association of School Administrators
"With Doug's help, we've laid the foundation for a rock-solid Board-CEO partnership at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc."
Virginia A. Jacko, President and CEO
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.
"Doug's presentation on leading change at our annual volunteer leadership conference excited and inspired the audience."
Linda Kloss, President & CEO
American Health Information Management Association
"Doug helped us plan and conduct a board-staff retreat that was exciting, fun, and productive from beginning to end, and the positive impact is still being felt."
Gregory Maciag, President & CEO
Agency-Company Organization for Research and Development
"The Strategic Development Program that Doug helped us design and put into practice has in a short time produced powerful results in terms of board leadership and agency innovation."
John Milam, General Manager
VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio
"Doug was a powerful resource to me and the KSBA Board in updating the Board's governing role, structure, and processes in the interest of higher-impact governing. Doug facilitated a really energizing retreat that kicked off our governance improvement effort."
Bill Scott, Executive Director
Kentucky School Boards Association
"Doug's work with me and the SCRRA Board has resulted in higher-impact Board leadership and the implementation of a more powerful approach to strategic planning. The 1 1/2-day Board-CEO-Senior Manager retreat that Doug facilitated got the whole process off on the right foot."
David Solow, CEO
Southern California Regional Rail Authority
"The workshop Doug provided Colorado association CEOs on building high-impact board leadership and a close, productive board-CEO partnership was a real winner; substantive, insightful, and entertaining. Participants found their time with Doug professionally useful and deeply satisfying."
Joan Tezak, Executive Director
Colorado Society of Association Executives