Our co-founder, Andy is an executive leadership coach and leadership development facilitator. His passion is driving business results by focusing on the leader’s strengths and ability to lead authentically.

He’s also a marathon runner, and avid hiker in the Colorado mountains.

Speaking of running, Andy’s experience with both Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations has shown him one universal truth…

Especially in small businesses, things change fast and people have to be agile.

That’s why Andy designed Upside Partners and the Ready2Lead program to fit into and compliment your daily work flow, rather than presenting yet another intrusion.

You can find specific details and certifications below. What all of these things mean to our clients is, you get to reap all the benefits of Andy’s 20+ years in corporate executive positions, and 12+ years of coaching and growing leaders. When you engage us, you can do so with the full confidence that you can leverage Andy’s expertise at leader development and coaching to get the best results possible with your team.

Andy has delivered executive coaching and leadership development in a wide array of industries including:

  • technology
  • government
  • non-profit
  • hospitality
  • communications
  • finance
  • education

His goal is to drive improved organizational effectiveness through:

  • increased clarity
  • increased engagement
  • performance improvement
  • values-driven leadership

Certifications include:

  • Executive Strengths Coach and StandOut Facilitator, Marcus Buckingham Company
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute: an ICF-accredited organization
  • Administrator and interpreter of the TILT365 Leadership Predictor suite of individual and team assessments
  • Brain-based coaching from the NeuroLeadership Institute
  • Fred Kofman’s Conscious Coaching program
  • College-level instructor in management and marketing

Andy brings to the table not only leadership facilitation and coaching, but also a comprehensive knowledge of communications, strategy, research, and financial analysis. These spring from his over 20 years of experience in corporate senior leadership roles, including:

  • executive
  • strategy
  • marketing
  • business development

Education includes:

  • MBA/Marketing, Emory University
  • Graduate of Harvard’s “Strategic Planning: Formulation to Implementation” program
  • BS/Management, Clemson University

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“I’d like to bottle Andy’s style and sell it to all! He listened, asked curious questions and led me to find my own solutions. The fact that we build out plans together rather built my confidence and reaffirmed that with some effort I have what it takes. I am a more confident leader for having spent time with Ready2Lead and I’m very grateful.”

Chuck, Virtual/Augmented Reality Executive

“Andy was a great sounding board for helping me talk through what I consider a foundation for my management philosophy, and what success looks like for how I support people.”

Kevin, Engineering Manager

“[My coach] helped me to have a better understanding of myself. Instead of telling me what I am doing wrong or what I need to focus on or develop, he continuously helped me figure out the things I need to work on. He did a very good job on this. He asked questions and helped me find the answers. He helped me to manage my stress, build self-confidence, and build good relationships with others. I would definitely recommend him to others.”

Archana, Product Manager