|Meet Our Team|
|Meet Our Team|
The 10 Most Important Things You Should Know About ACTION Business Coach…Kevin Weir
As a licensed Business Coach with ActionCOACH Business Coaching, Kevin has personally studied under multi-millionaire Business Entrepreneur Brad Sugars as a Business Coach, Seminar Presenter and Business Trainer. He was awarded the prestigious “Action Man” award in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 for his continued excellence in coaching.
Having completed a Masters of Business Administration at Washington State University, Kevin successfully worked as a General Manager and Regional Marketing Manager for Taco Bell, where his region achieved the highest growth rate in the company for two consecutive years
Kevin has a passion to see all businesses become thriving enterprises and has a love for small to medium sized businesses.
Kevin has a strong desire to give back to his community, having participated in Spokane Christian Center’s “Saturday Sunday School outreach ministry (1993-1996), served as an Ambassador for the Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and directed “One Step Up,” aa training seminar for low income, single women to redevelop their skills both in life and in their jobs (2002).
Prior to being chosen to become an ActionCOACH, Kevin was a Career and Executive Coach with Bernard Haldane Associates, the world’s oldest and largest career marketing and management firm. He was named “Top Ten” coach of the year in 1999 for his excellence in coaching and mentoring.
With two Personal Mentors at the moment, Kevin regularly studies, and his business experience and understanding is considerable.
The success of his own business is not due only to his management and leadership qualities but also to the championship team and systems that he has put in place.
He has a love of learning, reading at least three business/personal development books a month. Kevin is passionate about sharing what he learns with the people he comes in contact with.
He strongly believes in the benefits of every business working with a Business Coach. Kevin Provides non biased advice and will be your Training Co-ordinator, Marketing Manager, Sales Director, Partner, Confidant and help make your dreams come true…for less than the cost of your Secretary.
Kevin is also a Coaches Coach for ActionCOACH in Asia, mentoring 15 junior coaches in their businesses. He has been featured on Tape of the Month, and has presented dozens of seminars for local business leaders and executives on business development topics.
Kevin is looking forward to helping you achieve your business and personal goals!
The 10 Most Important Things You Should Know About Action Business Coach…Chris Dirkers
Chris served a total of 8 years with the United States Marine Corps and is a combat decorated Marine Forward Air Controller with honors. His duties included coordinating, assessing and executing hundreds of precision US and NATO air to ground support missions and lifesaving medical evacuations during Desert Storm.
After his military duty he was a consultant via the Department of Defense to Hughes Aircraft Corporation and Aero-Tech Corporations implementing first-hand field data and analysis to improve development and process control during manufacturing.
He was a key supervisor in R&D Plastics, custom pressure injection molding facilities providing statistical process control analysis to Ford, Chrysler, GM, Volvo and BMW. He was responsible for tracking and maintaining crucial manufacturing specifications processes from raw materials to finished product for fortune 100 automotive manufacturers.
In 1994 Chris started a business as a micro-franchise business broker developing home-based business solutions for burned out corporate executives and high to middle income moms who wanted to spend more quality time with their families.
Chris became a student of human potential mentoring with top minds in the field of personal development and business growth. He formed strong relationships with top business coaches and personalities such as Bob Proctor, Les Brown Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hanson, Top Hopkins, Michael Oliver and John Kalench.
He also worked as a small business broker and trainer for Nikken, the fastest growing company in Japan by developing a large domestic and international organization of business owners. He personally developed the ‘Winners Circle Coaching’ program assisting the growth and development training hundreds of small businesses in the U.S. and abroad.
Chris left international business training to pursue his family’s passion for horses by establishing a working horse farm and bed and breakfast in Tryon, North Carolina. He maintained a registered breeding farm and opened a 14,000 square foot 1883 Victorian inn with 22 bedrooms and an 85 seat 3-star restaurant. He also co-owned and operated two golf resorts in Gramling and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Joining ActionCOACH in October 2007 Chris served as the business development manager. He is now a trained and certified ActionCOACH Business Coach. He is also a member of the International Business Coaching Institute.
Volunteering much of his personal time to Daybreak of Spokane, Chris mentors at-risk youth to stay in school and helps them eliminate the use of drugs and alcohol in their young lives.
Chris has always had a passion for helping others and believes by helping business owners realize their full potential and fulfilling their own dreams, desires and passions it not only helps with their own families but the families of their employees and other support companies. Coaching grows stronger and healthier communities and home environments.
Chris is committed to helping you achieve your business and personal dreams and goals!
Some Things You Should Know About Spokane Action Coach... Jim Munro
WINNER - North America Coaches’ Choice Award - Team - 2010
FINALIST - North America Coaches’ Choice Award(s) - 2010, 2009, 2008
Raised on the East Coast, Jim ventured west to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and ultimately served over 27 years with the Air Force and Washington Air National Guard. As a Command Pilot, he was the recipient of numerous combat and achievement awards/decorations. He’s (still) married - over 35 years - and has two grown children.
In 1981, Jim began a financial planning practice with a national provider. He achieved recognition for both his initial award-level sales and his successful field training of other representatives (including another award winner). Jim was also among the first dozen practitioners within the Spokane market to earn the industry-standard Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Jim expanded his business efforts by accepting a District Manager position with the company and, starting with only two-part time representatives, quickly developed a 13-person regional team nationally recognized for their performance and professional development (1986).
Returning to a personal practice to better meet the needs of his growing family (1989), Jim’s business development was interrupted by his military service recall (Desert Shield/Storm), but he returned to assume a key operational role within the organization he had helped expand. As Division Operations Manager, Jim developed numerous systems and practices that aided in both the recognition of the division as a “best practices” exemplar and its ability to temporarily absorb two, adjacent division operations, expanding its area presence to include western Montana, central Washington and eastern Oregon.
In 1995, Jim accepted a corporate VP position with a Spokane-headquartered investment advisor with a nationwide presence to continue to challenge his operational skills development. Over the next 5 years, he not only contributed significantly to the high marks received during four regulatory compliance inspections, but assisted with the company’s growth from overseeing assets in the range of $250 million to over $700 million - with fewer than 40 team members - during this time.
After 20 years in the financial services industry, Jim stepped away from that more structured environment to assist other businesses with attaining their goals through the sharing of his experiences and passion for success. Prior to joining ActionCOACH, he contributed as both a business consultant to regional operations and as a contracted appraiser and litigation researcher for commercial and residential real estate properties.
Jim discovered ActionCOACH and recognized the opportunity to further develop - and share - his attributes through an approach and value system consistent with his experiences and beliefs. Since joining the fledgling Spokane operation, Jim has contributed significantly to their 40% annual growth rate; has been consistently in consideration for national - and international - recognition; was awarded a coveted North America Coaches’ Choice Award for 2010; and is celebrated as one of the area’s top presenters on business success.
Jim is passionate about assisting owners and teams with their business goals and results!
Things You Should Know About Coach… Greg Anderson
Greg was born and raised in the Spokane area. He Graduated from Eastern Washington University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. He later earned his second Masters degree from Walla Walla College while working full time in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Greg has lectured extensively both as Graduate Level Teaching Assistant and as a Guest lecturer in his fields of study.
Before entering into a career in Pharmaceuticals he held several managerial positions with local Companies.
During Greg’s 20 year career in the Pharmaceutical Industry he served in many positions, a sales representative calling on physicians, to being in the procedure suites with physicians in the hospitals. He also was trainer on the local, regional; and national level. He designed educational programs for medical professionals as well as sales representative. He also served as a District Manager. In these positions he focused on enhancing product knowledge, business organization and systems; not only earning numerous awards for his knowledge and ability but also growing the business by over 200% in six months.
Greg also did private counseling for 15 years before furthering his education with additional classes on Personal and Executive coaching and starting his own firm.
Greg discovered ActionCOACH through networking and recognized the opportunity to develop further and assist others in achieving their dreams through an approach and values that are consistent with his beliefs.
Things You Should Know About Coach Ted Schmidt
Ted was born and raised in Spokane. He Graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also completed the Dale Carnegie course on “Effective Speaking and Human Relations”. Ted started his business career in 1978 with an entry level position at a local Spokane Tool and Equipment Rental Company. He then moved to the Seattle area to complete his college education where he began working for a unique co-operative group of companies in the Tool and Equipment Rental Industry at their North Seattle location. After completing his degree in business he was offered a full time management position with the co-operative group of equipment rental companies he had worked for while going to college.
Within a year after graduating college Ted became a Branch Manager and within 5 years became a partner in the co-operative group of companies. He was also elected to the group’s governing council.
Ted has an extensive background in business growth and development having taken an empty building and transformed it into a Tool and Equipment rental store that produced multi-million dollar revenues and had over 20 employees. He also played a significant role in the expansion of the co-operative group of companies which grew from 3 locations we he started with the group to a total 22 locations when the businesses was sold in February 2000.
He also has a strong background in employee development having interviewed, hired, trained and mentored team members for various management and other positions. Ted also conducted new employee orientations, drafted and produced the employee handbook, safety policy and branch manager training exams. Ted also conducting employee training workshops in rental contract writing, customer service, and phone answering skills.
After selling his business in Seattle, Ted started a new residential real estate investment company in Spokane. With the down turn in the economy and housing market he decided to make a career change after being introduced to a business coaching opportunity through a business associate in a networking group.
Ted’s passion for business and his extensive business background allows him to help other business owners to overcome the challenges they face and achieve their goals, both professional and personal. His business philosophy is simple:
Take care of your team, your team will take care of your customers, your customers will take care of the business and the business will take care of you.