"Ken Estridge was my executive coach from September 2003 to July 2004. Ken was very helpful to me in identifying how to be more effective in my communications with my direct reports and peers. He was able to understand my role and the issues I faced. He provided me with a good sounding board and thought partner for my ideas. Ken is very bright and a quick study. He has a good command of technology and finance. I always felt that Ken was on my side, even when he had to deliver difficult feedback to me. He was clear, helpful and supportive of me in making important changes. The result of our work together was much more effective relationships with my direct reports and peers and ultimately a more high-functioning team. At the end of our work together, I received feedback that people had observed dramatic positive changes in my behavior and effectiveness. I consider our work together to have been very successful and I would recommend Ken as a coach for a C-level officer in a public company."

Mike Abbaei, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer, Legg Mason

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Our Work Together Has Been A Game Changer

"Ken has been my Executive Coach for the past five months and every moment of it has been time well spent.  In terms of insight into my management style, attitudes and approach, our work together has been a game changer.  Ken has helped me look more deeply into myselt and I have become a better executive and person for it.  He is quickly able to understand your business, determine company culture and best practices.  Ken then develops trenchant strategies with you that enable you to function at peak performance within that environment.  Ken is challenging and direct and will not settle for less than your best.  Working with Ken is a learning experience and rewarding both professionally and personally."  Ken Shuler, VP GMM, TJX Companies.

Tailoring Professional Development to Support Strategic Goals

"Ken and I have worked together on personal and professional development. He was instrumental in working with me to ensure my skills were developing to support an overall strategy that helped me and the people in my organization. It is easy to understand a strategy but ensuring a team has the skills to execute the strategy becomes an important aspect of transformation. Ken has the unique ability to pull these aspects together to support the individuals and the company." - Patrick Finn, VP, Cisco Systems

Onboarding Executives

"Ken is an excellent leadership coach, especially for senior executives. He brings deep business acumen and financial expertise coupled with an understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader. He also brings strong insight to executives in transition helping them move up the learning curve to success quickly." - Nancy Atwood, SVP, Lore International Institute

Identifying Critical Success Factors

"Because of Ken's ability to cut to the point, we can identify issues quickly and set achievable goals. . . Most importantly, Ken and I can identify guideposts or aspects about myself that impede my ability to reach my goals. These barriers can easily be missed when my thoughts and ideas move faster than I can put them into writing. . . . My work with Ken has added value, not only in my specific business environment, but also in the way I live my life day in and day out with my family and friends." - CEO, Large Insurance Agency

Goal Clarification

"I want to thank you for helping me clarify priorities and set clear goals. Most of all, I appreciate your ability to ask insightful, thought-provoking questions that help me find my own answers. Our work together has made a HUGE difference as I find greater balance, effectiveness, and satisfaction in my personal and professional life. Finally, I am starting to sense a real confidence that once I know what's really important, I can set my goals and go for it! Thank you, again, for sharing your experience and many talents with me." - Nick Karris, Gomez.com

Challenging Status Quo to Promote Business Growth

"I have worked with Ken for close to ten years. Ken has been great in helping me to see the forest for the trees. He has an excellent way of challenging the status quo in order to promote business and personal growth. Ken is especially strong around financial and management issues. I would recommend Ken to any company leader who seeks personal and professional growth." - Chris Collias, Founder, Owner and CEO, Progressive Gourmet, Innovative Foods (#63 on Inc. 500 list in 2008) and World Class Canapes

Great Results Confirmed By Pre- & Post- Interviews

"Our company is an investor-backed, growth company. Ken has been working with me as CEO coach since June, 2007. At the completion of our initial one-year contract, I re-hired Ken to continue working with me. The pre and post interviews conducted with my management team and board indicate that I have made measurable progress as CEO. Ken is kind and considerate, but firm and clear-eyed in his commitment to helping me improve. One of our board members said Ken is among the best executive coaches he has ever seen. I have referred Ken to a number of other CEOs, who have reported similar experiences." - William Herp, Founder and CEO, Linear Air

Value of Business Experience

"After deciding that executive coaching would be useful, I wanted someone who knew what it was like to be an executive. Ken is extremely qualified having a PhD in business, working for a top mutual fund, running a medium sized business, and working as a management consultant. Because of this background, Ken's sessions have been very useful and enlightening." - Todd Anderson, Strategic Decision Group

Effective Communications and High Functioning

"Ken Estridge was my executive coach from September 2003 to July 2004. Ken was very helpful to me in identifying how to be more effective in my communications with my direct reports and peers. He was able to understand my role and the issues I faced. He provided me with a good sounding board and thought partner for my ideas. Ken is very bright and a quick study. He has a good command of technology and finance. I always felt that Ken was on my side, even when he had to deliver difficult feedback to me. He was clear, helpful and supportive of me in making important changes. The result of our work together was much more effective relationships with my direct reports and peers and ultimately a more high-functioning team. At the end of our work together, I received feedback that people had observed dramatic positive changes in my behavior and effectiveness. I consider our work together to have been very successful and I would recommend Ken as a coach for a C-level officer in a public company." - Mike Abbaei, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer, Legg Mason

Understanding Team Dynamics

"Ken was my executive coach in 2005 and 2006 when I was employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb as Vice President of Global Marketing. Ken is an expert in leadership coaching. He understands the challenges of executives and complexities of team dynamics in the corporate world. Ken taught me simple techniques to apply every day. They made a difference and 3 years later, I'm still benefitting from his suggestions." -
Lode Debrabandere, VP and GM of Inflammatory Diseases, Osiris Therapeutics

Bottomline Results In Revenue Growth

to Softworld for over five years including executive coaching, sales & marketing, financial management, and organizational efficiency. During the five years Ken has worked with us our revenues have increased from $6.5M per year to over $45M per year. I consider Ken to have played an important role in our success and would highly recommend his services." - Dave Teitelman, CEO, Softworld Inc.

Bottomline Results In Business Size

"Our company has more than doubled in size since we began working with Ken in 2006. He has provided us with tremendous guidance and advice to aid us as we continue to expand our business." - David Barbato, Founder, Owner and CEO, Talent Retriever

Incisive Thinking and Sensitive Human Touch 

"Ken is a remarkable person who achieves the uncommon combination of incisive thinking and advice with a deft and sensitive human touch. His business support is based on both considerable training and experience in a wide range of business settings over many years while his understanding of people and how they're wired serves his ability to makes his assistance grounded in the realities of the human condition. I strongly recommend Ken to people looking for sound business advice." - Bruce Anderson, Owner, IGNITE!, CEO, Wilson TurboPower, Inc.

Strategic Insights and Accountability

"I have worked with Ken for many years and consider him an integral contributor to the success for our business. Ken provides insightful advice, helps us evaluate all our alternatives, and holds us accountable to the mission, goal, and strategy we set for ourselves." - Alexander Beletsky, Co-Founder and CEO, Sentri

Unquestionable Integrity and Great Motivator

"Ken has advised me in my business ventures for about 7 years. He is a very good executive coach and business advisor. He has a tremendous amount of hands-on experience running his own businesses and advising numerous other CEO's and a strong academic background in management and finance as well. His connections in industry are very broad and strong. In addition, he has a warm personality and a great way with people. His integrity is unquestionable. He really wants to make you the best you can be. As a coach and an advisor, Ken has been a terrific asset to me and my business endeavors." - Nova Spivack, Founder and CEO, Radar Networks, creator of Twine.com

Thought Partner to Take Company to Next Level

"I've worked with Ken for several years now. Ken has helped me to become a more effective CEO, and the results have been outstanding. I recommend Ken to any CEO and executive that is serious about finding a thought partner that can help them take their company to the next level." - Scott Smigler, Founder and CEO, Exclusive Concepts

Inspirational Group Leader

"As a member of Ken's Executive Peer Groups I found Ken to be an inspiring group leader. It's been a privilege to be exposed to the wealth of information that Ken brings to the table regarding marketing, financing, business strategy, and HR. I would highly recommend him to leaders of businesses of any size." - Glen Hawkins, Art Director, 451 Marketing

Rapport, Trust, and Confidentiality

"I want to first of all thank you for our discussion on Friday. I believe that your advice and counsel was very pure and I felt that our conversation was extremely helpful to me on many levels. During our discussions we always touch on confidential information but I really feel that during Friday's discussion we broke into the "relationship & trust phase" of our work together and I value and have a lot of trust in the relationship so Thank you." -Patrick Finn, Global Director, Cisco Systems

Staffing and Development Insights

"Thanks for the coaching engagement we have just completed. I appreciate the mentorship and the added insight into my business. I believe our interaction has given me the additional perspectives on a number of complex topics in the areas of staffing, coaching and development and staff work that have allowed me to become smarter and more productive.The various books you referenced were all quite useful and added to my knowledge and thought process. Thanks again and good luck to you." - Lou McElwain, VP, Cisco Systems

Improved Listening Skills

"I've grown professionally and personally over the course of our relationship. Our discussions have encouraged me to balance my work/life activities without experiencing the expectations of a drop off in value in any work or family. I have a greater sense of who I am and I am able to participate in deeper discussions through improved listening skills and timing in meetings, conference calls, with customers and internally. I have improved in areas I wanted to as a result of our coaching sessions over last six-months." - Bob Gault, VP, Cisco Systems

Strategic Planning for New Ventures

"Ken has provided advice and guidance for my company, Bravo Life Coach, Inc. in variety of important ways including: evaluating business strategy, review and development of the business plan and financial projections, and assessment of potential business partners and candidates for key leadership positions. His keen intellect, grasp of business and financial realities combined with an understanding of human nature and interpersonal dynamics is unique and invaluable for companies at any stage of development, but particularly for fledgling new ventures." - Tana Pesso, CEO, Bravo Life Coach

Positioning to Raise Investment Capital

"Dr. Ken Estridge was instrumental to Marathon in its earliest stages in helping us position the company and raise needed cash to launch us. He is a conscientious professional who has extensive management experience as well as an ability to raise investment capital." - Robert M. Glorioso, Ph.D. President and CEO, Marathon Technologies Corp.

Business and Financial Plan Development

"Your efforts in creating our business plan and in revising it over time and your success at finding us an "angel" willing to invest in Sales Temps on reasonable terms have allowed us to build the infrastructure and hire the people we need to expand our operations. Your role as adviser, sounding board, confidant, board member and shareholder have been equally valuable." - Ed Katzenberg, President, Sales Temps, Inc.

Board Governance and Equity Investment

"Ken introduced me to an angel investor who led a $3.5 million equity investment in Harmonix. Following the investment, Ken participated informally in the board governance of Harmonix and made valued contributions to the company's growth." - Alex Rigopulos, President and CEO, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (Harmonix was sold to MTV. They were the creator of Guitar Hero and Rock Band)

Business Strategy and Follow Through to Achieve Best Results

"GreatBay Aquafarms, Inc. had the good fortune of having Ken Estridge work as a management consultant and executive coach to our company. Ken worked intimately with our senior management and Board of Directors and was a key player in developing our business strategy, our business and our financial plan. Ken's significant strength is his diligent and thorough approach to all projects. He was a great help in pushing all of us to achieve our best results." - Christorpher G. Duffy, President, GreatBay Aquafarms, Inc.

Knowledgeable, Efficient, Decisive, and Organized

"In the two years that I have been dealing with Ken, I have found him to be a tremendous help. I always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and his guidance was always appreciated. I relied on Ken's expertise to get us through some very difficult times. He is efficient, decisive and extremely organized." - Jill Filkins, Business Manager, Empire State Report Magazine, Inc.

Excellent Intuition and Analytical Skills

"Ken's intuition, excellent analytical skills and advice have been invaluable to me in selecting investments and in the development of new business opportunities." - Stan Goldstein, General Partner, Tower Partners and Managing Member, Innovative Medical Solutions, LLC

Improved Profitability

"Ken has been a great help in improving the profitability of our magazine and in helping me to make important decisions about the future of our magazine." -Elizabeth Carey, President, Visitor Marketing, Inc. and Publisher, Where Boston Magazine

"Without Ken's help, The Giving Back Fund would never have come into being." - Marc Pollick, Founder and President, The Giving Back Fund

Negotiation Skills

"Thanks for the extraordinary work you did in negotiating the HealthFit deal. You accomplished the impossible by satisfying the needs of the investors, the bank and myself." - John Atwood, President, HealthFit

Vision, Role, and Learning to Dream Bigger

"Thanks for your wonderful listening skills, analyses and gentle kicks in the ass! You've greatly helped me change my thought process, my vision of my role in my company and my ability to dream bigger. It takes a special talent to help someone see their own talent." - Robin Brenner, President, Billie Brenner Ltd.

Focus for Efficiency and Profitability

"Ken's coaching helped us focus on the key elements that drive our business and direct our energies towards making them more efficient and profitable." - Jill Greenberg, Managing Partner, Financial Strategy Associates

Presentation Skills

"Ken was great in helping us to identify savvy investors who brought relevant experience and connections to the table in addition to money. He also was a great help as a coach in honing our presentation. We were very pleased with Ken's tact and tenacity and retained him for a larger ongoing role within our growing company." - David Owen, CEO, WebPresence, Inc.

Group Facilitation for Focusing on Critical Success Factors

"Thank you again for the superb job you did helping the VIS management group get focused on the important issues standing between us and tangible success. I was very impressed with both your insights and your skill as a facilitator. I know that we will need you to help us again in the near future to complete the process we started this week. I look forward even more enthusiastically to working together with you on the next stage of growing VIS into a significant company." - Andy Snider, CEO, VIS Corporation

Invaluable Partner For Any Business Leader

"Ken is an extremely insightful executive coach who helps keep leaders focused on what matters and working toward their personal and professional goals. He is uniquely skilled at helping leaders 1) think through complex business problems, 2) distill them down to the core issues, and 3) make the best decision possible. By making sure that you are focused on the activities that you are good at, enjoy, and that fundamentally drive your business ahead, Ken is an invaluable partner for any business leader." Mitch Solomon, CEO, VDC Research Group, Inc.