Meet Our Coaches

Jim Brasher, CPA

Experience:  35+ years of coaching, with majority of career as a tax partner in a Big Four CPA firm


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  Professional services, especially CPA firms, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution


Interests:  Reading, golf, walking for exercise, and watching baseball and hockey

Aaron Brow

Experience:  Business executive with more than 20 years of global experience and expertise in the areas of Leadership coaching and Organization Effectiveness consulting. Has dedicated himself to helping senior leaders understand their behavior, enhance their relationships with key stakeholders and transfer their learning into results.

​Location:  Chicago

Industries:  All industries and sectors, including customer insight, distribution, financial services, retail, utility, and wholesale industries.

Interests:  Family, friends, running and volunteering


Mike Delaney

Experience:  7 years leading his executive coaching and leadership development practice, 25 years as a leader in Human Resources as a member of executive teams leading organizations through significant change including M&A, turnaround, governance.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  Manufacturing and professional services, including consulting and financial services


Interests:  Sports, cooking, reading, and travel

Sherry Duda

Experience:  Trained through Coaches Training Institute (CTI), Sherry has 20 years of coaching and has spent the majority of her career as an executive leader within Fortune 500 companies leading transformational change and organization effectiveness.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  Consumer goods and services, oil and gas, chemicals, healthcare, high tech, basic materials and industrial industries


Interests:  Skiing, fine dining, cooking, traveling 

Phil Gafka, CBC

Experience:  8 years as an executive coach. Previously, 31 years in the kitchen/bath industry, CEO of two Midwest, high-end, residential appliance distributors.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries. Specializing in professional services, distribution, manufacturing, health care, city and county government.


Interests:  Golf, reading, cooking, wine and travel

Angel Gomez

Experience:  8 years as an executive coach and over 20 years of professional experience in Law, Diversity, Learning and Development and Human Resources, with a focus on Management and Leadership Development. Coaches executives at all levels from Directors to the C-Suite.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries including communications, insurance, retail, manufacturing, CPG, and logiistics


Interests:  Travel, cooking, wine, guitar, and improv

Lawrence Hedblom, PCC, CPCC

Experience:  Prior to founding the leadership development firm Springboard Unlimited 10 years ago, Lawrence had over 25 years of business management and consulting experience.  More than two decades of that experience was working in marketing and sales management roles with large companies such as Time Warner, Ziff Davis, and the Economist Group as well as smaller, more entrepreneurial dot-com start-ups.


Lawrence holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation, the governing body of coaching.  He earned his Certified Professional Co-Active (CPCC) accreditation through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the world’s largest in-person coach training organization.  He also completed CTI’s yearlong, intensive leadership development program and, on invitation, returned to assist that program.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries, including banking, insurance, publishing, and non-profits


Interests:  Tennis, golf, and fly flshing

Scott Herbst

Experience:  15 years of experience coaching executives and managers in strategic alignment, organizational culture, communication, and teamwork.  Scott works with leaders to leverage the application of behavioral principles and transformational leadership to help businesses grow margins while decreasing turnover and improving employee satisfaction. 

Location:  Chicago


Industries:  Design & Construction, Education, Food Service, Manufacturing, Media


Interests:  Personal growth and development, backpacking, stand-up comedy, writing, science, riding his bicycle and resisting calling it “cycling"

Mary Nelson

Experience:  12 years as an executive coach.  Focuses on senior executives and those with the potential to achieve senior leadership levels.  Experience in financial services, consumer package goods, and family business leadership in a manufacturing company.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  Large portfolio of diverse companies and industries.  Family business expertise working with next generation of leaders for the family and/or family business.


Interests:  Avid reader and traveler.  A fan of Chicago and all it has to offer.  Enjoy time with friends and family to bring joy and laughter.

Vince Racioppo, Ph.D.

Experience:  For over 20 years, Vince has provided innovative appreciative coaching, education, facilitation, speaking, and consulting for individuals and organizations.  He has had extensive study in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and is a Certified Practitioner and Modeler of NLP.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries, including health care, manufacturing, financial services, and technology.


Interests:  Classicaly-trained singer, participates regularly in musical activities, and his chuch's foundation board.

Tiim Ressmeyer, Ph.D., ACC

Experience:  Leading own coaching and leadership development practice for 3 years, 20 years as a corporate senior executive, and 5 years as a university professor. Works extensively with senior executives and future professionals.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries, marketing, market research and analytics, academia, technology


Interests:  Travel, hiking, bicycling, brewing beer, exploring new restaurants

Ron Rooth

Experience:  Served over 33 years as a business executive (CPA, CFO, CEO) in various industries, sizes and ownership structures. Trained and practicing as a coach and facilitator philanthropically for over 10 years – commercially for almost 3 years. Works extensively with senior executives and future executives – as an executive and/or career coach.

Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries – including professional services, technology, manufacturing and not-for-profit – publicly or privately owned


Interests:  Family, friends, travel, dining, tennis and volunteering

Guy Summers

Experience:  Leading his own executive coaching and consulting practice for 16 years, plus 24 years experience in the financial services industry.


Location:  Chicago


Industries:  All industries, includng financial services, manufacturing, and not-for-profits


Interests:  Travel and reading

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