Since 1988, Eve Abbott has pioneered brain-based performance systems for executives, business owners and their teams. Eve combines the latest in brain research with best practices on streamlining offices, paper and computer information so everyone can work 25 percent more productively while reducing stress. Eve is the author of How to Do Space Age Work with a Stone Age Brain and A Brain New Way to Work.
Mike Baldus was assimilated into the BACN Borg in March 2014. He brings extensive experience with non-profit organizations, including, Sonoma County Grape Growers Association, Toastmasters International, and Rotary.
As a consultant, Mike helps clients solve problems that keep them awake at night. He is recognized for his skills in insightful questioning, understandable explanations, and collaborative team building. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience providing personalized solutions for business owners in professional services, agriculture and construction.
Barbara Chan’s career experiences give depth and range to the expertise she brings to her role as executive coach and organizational consultant. Since her first independent consulting engagements back in 1986, Barbara has developed and grown her expertise and trusted reputation by helping hundreds of executives and their teams increase their effectiveness and personal satisfaction. She earned several credentials, including the Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) certification from the highly respected Institute for Management Consultants USA, whose Code of Ethics she adheres to strongly.
Alice Collier Cochran, M.Ed has been consultant in the field of organization effectiveness for over twenty years. She currently focuses on developing college leaders, facilitating inclusive strategic planning, increasing collaboration in groups, improving meetings and facilitating “ Done-In-a-Day” planning retreats and off-sites.
She has been a board member of the Bay Area Organization Development Network and the American Society for Training and Development. She’s past president of the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society and a convener of the Marin Advisory Council of the American Cancer Society.
Alice wrote Roberta’s Rules of Order for nonprofit boards and other teams (published by Jossey- Bass/Wiley in 2004). The book was nominated for the 2005 Terry McAdams nonprofit book award by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Karen Colligan, founder and principal of PeopleThink, is an industry-recognized leader in the field of leadership, team and career development. For more than 20 years, she has been helping companies achieve competitive advantage by improving team performance, employee engagement and organizational excellence.
Karen was one of BACN’s founding board members. Between 2003 and 2007, she co-chaired the Programs Committee.
Sanford Friedman literally grew up in a small business. His business career began at the age of 10 when his father decided he would take over the family business. He works with businesses of 100 or fewer employees in all business sectors whether they sell expertise, services or products. His niche is complementing his client’s professional expertise with his business management know-how.
Sanford served on the BACN Board from 2004-2010, including two years on the Programs Committee and valuable service in strategic planning.
Rich Friesen is an innovator of trader training systems, financial software design and development, and intellectual property creation and management. He founded Friesen Consulting in 2001 in response to the needs of floor traders to thrive in an electronic environment. His background in psychology has been instrumental in his development of the training programs that produce profitable traders and trading systems, and in making behavioral finance practical for his clients with his innovative Mind Muscles™ training program.
Bill Gage is a senior business practices and information management professional with strong capabilities in operations and financial management. He is particularly skilled in bridging business needs with systems solutions by understanding strategic objectives and existing environments, and in developing operations and financial management systems and processes. Though a founding member of the Bay Area Consulting Group, Bill now works at Savitar Consulting.
Bill maintained the BACN membership roster and managed the mailing list and registration system for many years. He retired from the board in 2011.
Terry created, led, and managed The Henderson Group’s outsourced Executive Communications practice. This initiative expanded their existing consulting, 1:1 coaching, and training communication services business. Terry served as an outsourced Consulting Executive Communications Director at Xamarin (Acquired by Microsoft), MarkMonitor (Spun off by Thomson-Reuters Spinout), Prezi, and Climate Corporation (Acquired by Monsanto), and Serena Software (Acquired by Micro Focus).
Terry was the VP of Services from 2002 through 2008. In that role, he oversaw all operations, curriculum, and services. In addition, he managed a team of 11 professionals. This entailed the selection, training, and development of all consultants. Terry has been a consultant with the Henderson Group since 1997.
In 2010 responding to client requests, Terry launched a video production company named EinsteinFilms.com which produces short, hi-impact video clips to help companies “illustrate your complex message in a simple, fun way so that anyone can understand it in 3 minutes or less.”
Prior to becoming a consultant, Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with “sketch”) translated, directed, produced, and was sometimes forced to act in Greek and Roman plays, as well as founding an electronic journal. Sallie suffers from multiple business personality disorder, but has been concentrating her efforts on her WordPress web development business for the last few years. In addition to serving on the BACN board, Sallie organizes the East Bay WordPress Meetup and has just been recruited as a director of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce.
Sallie presents many BACN Bits & Bytes segments, chairs the website redevelopment committee, and maintains the BACN website.
Jim Harrison was an early member of the BACN board. He ran Lincoln Engineering, an independent consulting firm that works for electronic manufacturing companies who want to gain a competitive edge by having the best possible components in their product — components with the best availability, best reliability, best performance, and lowest cost. He is now West Coast Editor for Hearst Media.
Janet Moore has worked in both business development and recruiting. She served on the BACN Board in 2006-2007, before leaving to take up a full-time job. She is now a direct hire recruiter at Nelson Staffing. You can still spot Janet at the occasional BACN meeting.
Michael North is a principal at Emergent Horizon, which provides strategic executions solutions for small businesses. He has been engaged in Sales, Project Management and Sales Operations for 30 years. Most recently, he has been working with small businesses and leadership teams to convert their strategic planning process into a strategic execution methodology. This connects the customer’s desires to the company’s strengths and uses Agile Management skills to rapidly adjust the company’s approaches based on internal and external feedback, creating improved momentum and synergy.
Michael handles coaching the monthly BACN speakers, as well as co-facilitating the BACN Board’s own strategic execution process.
Ted Prodromou started working with the internet since 1991, long before Al Gore invented it. His company NetBizExperts specialized in helping people get more web traffic and earn more money online. He has just released a new book about LinkedIn.
Ted acted as resident geek, built a Joomla 1.5 website for BACN, and presented many Bits & Bytes tips before taking a day job at Sitecore and stepping down at the end of 2009.
Marla Rosner, principal of Instill Leadership, has excelled as an organizational development and training professional for twenty years. As consultants and working internally, Marla’s team has a proven track record in guiding and executing employee development initiatives to produce bottom-line business results. Marla is a vibrant and engaging speaker, group facilitator and instructor as well as a seasoned project manager. She is a book author and writes for SFExaminer.com about topics such as digital citizenship and netiquette.
Marla sits on the BACN program committee and leads Members Forum sessions at meetings.
Penny Schultz, Principal of Schultz HR Consulting, LLC, has over 20 years of experience in the human resources/training management field. Drawing from years of senior level experience in the corporate environment, Penny and her team provide HR services to a wide variety of small businesses in California. They take the fear out of legal compliance and the mystery and challenges out of employee relations.
Penny was an early board member, helping to organize programs for BACN.
Tom Ucko is a seasoned executive coach and organizational consultant with a unique blend of tough-minded business sense and psychological savvy. His work helps leaders and leadership teams resolve the troublesome dilemmas that keep them from meeting their business goals and reaching their potential. He brings to his work a passion for working with bright, competent leaders who are committed to their own learning as well as the development of their teams.
Tom attempted to civilize the board meetings during his tenure on the BACN board.
Gary White started Pacific Crest Marketing in 1986 after seven years on both the agency and client sides of the advertising business. With over 20 consecutive years as a consultant, Gary is valued not only for his strategic vision but is recognized as an innovator in the field of facilitated meetings. He has personally designed and conducted over 1,000 such meetings including everything from focus groups and customer advisory boards to brainstorming and strategy sessions.
Gary serves on the board’s sales and marketing committee, chairs board meetings, and helps find star speakers.