Prior to becoming a coach, Andy worked in sales, marketing and general management. As brand manager, director of marketing, vice president of marketing and product development and president at various multi-national corporations and entrepreneurial companies, Andy developed expertise in strategic planning, team facilitation, product ideation, development and launch, and executive leadership. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Andy has over 20 years of experience as an ICF Certified executive coach, helping hundreds of individuals and teams achieve their goals through deeper collaboration and greater leadership effectiveness. He has also extensively developed and conducted leadership development programs for many private and public sector organizations. Andy is a credentialed facilitator in the tools of Relationship Awareness Theory, including the Strength Deployment Inventory and the Portrait of Personal Strengths. He is a certified team coach by Team Coaching International and is qualified to administer their Team Diagnostic Assessment. He is also certified to administer the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment.
Andy views his role as helping his clients discover and adopt practices that bring forward their best selves and meaningfully contribute to success in their work and throughout their lives. He deeply believes this potential already lives within each person. To paraphrase the renaissance artist, Michelangelo Buonarotti, he sees his clients as the sculptors of their own lives, needing only to chisel away stone in order to reveal the polished statue that already exists within. Andy facilitates this discovery and adoption process through inquiry and honest, compassionate dialogue. He helps his clients hold themselves accountable to their visions for themselves and their work.
Andy believes it takes courage to change and that, in the words of social science researcher and author, Brené Brown, there is no courage without vulnerability. He is inspired to work with leaders willing to embrace discomfort and challenge the status quo in order to achieve their highest goals and visions.
Andy’s clients have said they value his ability to listen deeply. They appreciate when he draws on his own management experience to guide them to excel and strive for their full potential as leaders and agents of positive change. Clients have been pleasantly surprised at seeing that change was possible in a shorter timescale than they had expected.