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Practice Leaders

Scott Hamilton

Chris L. Brown
Practice Leader, Customer Centricity

Jeffrey Knakal
Practice Leader, Value Management

Lauren Ellermeyer
Practice Leader, PR & Social Media

Henry DeVries
Practice Leader, Publishing

Diane C. Buckley-Altwies
Practice Leader, Project Execution

John Davern, Jr.
Practice Leader, Virtual Workforce/Virtual Talent

Jim McComb
Practice Leader, Strategic Planning

Jayson Duncan
Practice Leader, Media and Video

Jeff Duncombe
Practice Leader, D-4 Media

John Wentworth
Practice Leader, Talent

Thought Leaders

Sabrina Pagano, PH.D.
Thought Leader, DignityTRAC®

Paul David Walker
Thought Leader, Mastermind Group Lead

Michael Bonfils
Thought Leader, Reputation Management

Tom Reiger
Thought Leader, Performance Optimization and Communications



Scott Hamilton is a well-known leader in the successful improvement of executive and workforce performance for global “Fortune 500” through mid-market companies. With a multi-functional background as both an internal corporate executive and external trusted advisor, Scott has helped leaders and organizations be more effective in how they execute strategy. His executive and organizational coaching expertise includes the use unique organization strategic execution programs, global workforce planning methods, internal branding projects, leadership team performance sessions and the pioneering use of “collective intelligence” alignment programs. He has worked with leaders at all levels in building on their strengths to maximize team commitment, capability, focus and results in both start-up and established businesses.

Scott’s industry exposure has been both broad and deep. He has held key marketing, strategy, human resources and organization development executive roles and lead global strategic initiatives for such companies as McDonald’s, Nestle USA, Bergen Brunswig, AlliedSignal, ARAMARK Distribution and DirecTV. Scott has also founded several businesses and top advisory practices that have coached hundreds of C-level leaders through strategic planning, large-scale change efforts, teambuilding, merger and acquisition/integration activity teams, and developed in-house executive development programs.

Hamilton is also the CEO of NextWORKS (Allign), a premier provider of strategy, alignment, talent management, board effectiveness and executive performance programs to emerging and established mid-market companies(

He is a frequent keynoter and panelist to CEO groups, trade associations, private company functions and global conferences. Hamilton serves on the board of several organizations, including the (Medical) Device Alliance and the Global Business Association.

For a full list of Scott’s speaking events and information click here.

To visit Scott’s personal blog click here.

Practice Leader, Customer Centricity

CHRIS BROWN is a Practice Leader of Customer Centricity and the CEO of MarketCulture Strategies Management Consulting Practice. In carrying out this role Chris oversees the development of new programs and services, as well as new business development. Leveraging from his extensive experience in marketing management, Chris is also involved in the delivery of MarketCulture Strategies training programs and marketing and culture change consulting projects that require unique operational insights and experience.  He is an expert in market-driven business strategies.  He has specific expertise in helping companies measure the return on marketing investment (ROMI).

Chris and his colleagues have conducted extensive research on the topic of customer centricity and published articles in Strategy & Leadership, BtoB Magazine, The Ceo Refresher, The CMO Council Program On Market Sensibility and other journals.

Chris specializes in working with companies to create customer- focused cultures. His previous post as Marketing Director for Hewlett- Packard, South Pacific Region provides him the firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing leaders trying to create a stronger external focus. Chris’s finance background and roles in marketing enable him to evaluate the profit-impact of culture initiatives and business strategies.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney with a major in marketing and a sub‐major in financial management. He also holds a Master of Commerce Post‐Graduate Degree (University of New South Wales, Australia) with an Advanced Specialization in Marketing. Chris is currently the Executive Vice President of the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association, the premier Chapter of the World’s Premier Marketing Association.

Practice Leader, Value Management

Practice Orientation

Should you require advisement, guidance or execution assistance in regard to 1) taking your business to the next-level, understanding your company’s spectrum of development opportunities and the optimal modification option, identifying acquisitions, and modeling synergies, etc., 2) determining the optimal timing and form of a liquidity event, understanding the pluses and minuses of different types of alternatives, diversifying the wealth of the owner(s), developing a definitive exit plan, etc., 3) understanding the topography of the capital market, inclusive of gaining insight into which form of financing or capital might be optimal, raising financing or capital, etc., and 4) obtaining a valuation of your company, developing an understanding of the key value drivers and value detractors, gaining a sense of the marketplace’s sentiment regarding value, etc., then please contact the Practice Leader.

Leader Background

Jeffrey Knakal is a well-experienced C-Suite advisor having worked with Fortune 100, Fortune 500, middle market and lower middle market companies over his career. Jeff founded Growth Partners in 1994 to provide a next-generation offering to C-Suite executives based on the integration of strategic engineering and investment banking. The firm specializes in the entire continuum of value management, via “Value Creation” and “Value Realization” activities based on a turnkey set of M&A, capital formation and strategic development capabilities. Growth Partners is thought to be the only resource of its type domiciled in Southern California

Value Creation pertains to defining and executing the optimal modification to a client’s offering or model to create greater Enterprise Value and wealth (Jeff founded two $100 million companies based on horizontal integrated theses and acquisitions). Jeff is considered a center-of-expertise and a developer of new best practices in regard to building companies. Value Realization pertains to determining the optimal time for, and optimal form of a liquidity event, and then executing the transaction in a manner to maximize the harvesting of existing (and future) value. Jeff has developed new best practices associated with the value realization function.

Prior to founding Growth Partners, Jeff had a distinguished career on Wall Street in New York building practices for JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Daiwa Securities. His experience is hallmarked by achieving a number of “first-time” transaction events for many Fortune 500 companies like Aetna and Colgate. Jeff has degrees from the Wharton School (Penn) and NYU (Stern School). He is an active speaker regarding an integral set of subjects for CEO’s and owners (the “Core-Four”), and has given presentations at MIT, Duke University, the Conference Board, Institutional Investor, Euromoney, the Strategic Research Institute, the Boeing Company, etc.

Practice Leader, PR & Social Media

Lauren Ellermeyer, co-founder and director of account development for Beyond Fifteen Communications, is an accomplished public relations specialist known for her ability to blend traditional public relations campaigns with trendsetting new ideas to keep her clients ahead of the game.

A review of Ellermeyer’s career would reveal two defining qualities—a true spirit for entrepreneurialism and a passion for taking her clients to the forefront of the media and allowing them to shine. In-the-know and enthusiastic, Ellermeyer’s ideas are forward-thinking and progressive.

With well-nurtured media relationships, targeted yet creative pitching techniques, and a mastery of the evolving world of social media—Ellermeyer guides companies into the media spotlight, generating well-deserved recognition on their behalf. She is fluent in Spanish and possesses the uncommon ability to blend mainstream English media campaigns and tailor them to the unique needs of the Spanish media market. A connector at heart, she also belongs to numerous networking groups and boards enjoys connecting people to people with shared passions.

Practice Leader, Publishing

Best-selling author and “marketing with a book” expert Henry DeVries is an authority on typing and talking: how to maximize revenues by writing books and making speeches.  He speaks to thousands of business leaders, professionals, and consultants each year, teaching them successful tactics that shine a spotlight on their company, cause, or career. In the last eight years he has written or edited more than 150 business books.

Along with his best-selling books — Self-Marketing Secrets, Client Seduction, Pain Killer Marketing, and How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett — the buzz-building tools of Henry DeVries have been used to dramatically increase revenues and leverage marketing budgets for two decades. He speaks to thousands of professionals and consultants each year, teaching them scientifically proven tactics that bring them new clients.

He is the founder of the New Client Marketing Institute, where he has worked since 1999 with professionals and consultants who want to position themselves as experts, grow their business, and explore the possibility of what could happen if they were the author of a client-attracting book. His goal is to win the Nobel Prize in Marketing.

His most popular presentations, filled with content and a large dose of humor, are “Persuade With a Story: How Smart Leaders Use Storytelling to Promote Their Company, Cause or Career” and “Marketing with a Book.” He is a researcher and educator (marketing faculty and former assistant dean for continuing education at the University of California, San Diego) with publishing connections and a scientifically-tested proprietary book creation process for business leaders and consultants.  His motto is: “Trust me, I’m a book doctor.

Practice Leader, Project Execution

Diane Buckley-Altwies is the Chief Executive Officer of Core Performance Concepts, Inc. (CPC), a training and consulting firm, whose focus is on helping people work better together, creating organizations that can adapt and change faster for increased profitability.  Through great partnerships, we can help individuals succeed in both their business and personal lives.

Ms. Buckley-Altwies has over 25 years managing software development projects and training thousands on best practices in project management.  She has a proven track record of delivering completed projects to the marketplace through effective leadership of multi-disciplinary teams with a strong customer focus.  Her expertise is in evaluating business processes to determine and quantify the value-added and non-value added processes. She creates achievable plans to eliminate waste in operations taking into consideration the total cost of delivery to the customer. Her success can be attributed to her ability to bring together both internal and external resources, including a variety of off-shore and/or international development.

Her passion is to help companies, large and small, build and nurture an engaged, accountable and effective workforce in order to deliver on strategic initiatives for organizational growth.

She is an author of three books Achieve PMP® Exam Success; A concise study guide for the busy project manager, Achieve CAPM® Exam Success: a concise study guide and desk reference, and Program Management Professional; a certification study guide with best practices for maximizing business result.

Ms. Buckley-Altwies is a dynamic speaker, presenting regularly to organizations and corporations around the country.  She has a Masters degree in Finance and Marketing, and a BA degree in MIS & Production Management, both from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is an active member of PMI Orange County, where she served as the Marketing Director in 2004 -2005 when the PMI-Orange County chapter was awarded the PMI-Chapter of the Year.  In 2012, she was honored as a PMI Fellow for her contribution to the profession of project management.

Practice Leader, Virtual Workforce/Virtual Talent

John Davern, Jr., MBA is the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Virtual Assistant Talent, LLC (VAT), a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company that provides professional services to businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals through the use of Virtual Assistants (remote & home-based workers). As a Practice Leader for ENP Institute, John focuses on developing/implementing virtual workforce solutions to help businesses/entrepreneurs free up time, reduce costs, and grow their business.

John also has over 18 years of experience in corporate human resources, working for Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Harris Corporation, The Home Depot, and a Toyota/GM Joint Venture. In his career, he has recruited and trained thousands of office-based employees and hundreds of home-based/remote workers.

John continues his passion for Human Resources and Development in Virtual Assistant Talent, LLC by recruiting, training and managing skilled, professional remote workers and connecting them with business owners and entrepreneurs, to provide them with cost-effective outsourcing solutions. Since the business started in 2009, he has managed to build his core management team in the Philippines and recruit skilled Virtual Assistants who are capable of providing professional services such as administrative/executive support, customer service, data entry, sales/telemarketing, accounting and payroll, recruitment, web development, graphics design, programming, online marketing (search engine optimization, social media marketing, search engine marketing), creative content/writing, research, and more.

John currently dedicates his time to helping clients, as well as interested professionals and business owners, in understanding the benefits of outsourcing. He works with them to understand their tasks, processes and goals, and determines how to successfully implement virtual assistant/outsourced solutions for productivity, increase service capacity for peak sales periods, and achieve time/cost savings. John also consults with business owners on establishing and building their online presence, reputation, and influence with the help of virtual assistant services.

Practice Leader, Strategic Planning

Jim McComb is SVP and Practice Leader of the ENP Insititute. He is also Senior Vice President of Finance in the group that supports consumer direct mortgage lending at Bank of America, a role he assumed three years ago upon the Bank’s acquisition of his previous employer, Countrywide Home Loans. For the previous five years, he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Countrywide, then America’s largest mortgage lender and servicer. His present responsibilities include strategic planning, associate engagement, project management, internal communication, training and professional development, performance management, client relationship management, and administrative support for the Centralized Sales Finance Group.

Prior to coming to Countrywide, Jim was Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning for WesCorp, the nation’s largest corporate credit union. Earlier, he served as the managing director of an Oregon advertising agency, as a senior level marketing management executive in commercial banking, and as a partner in the Centre for Strategic Management, a global management consulting firm headquartered in San Diego. Jim was also a member of the senior management team of Community First Bankshares, America’s largest community bank holding company, in the early 1990’s.

While with the Centre, Jim worked as a marketing and strategy consultant (the $60 billion Farm Credit System was his largest personal client) and as an executive coach, working with CEOs and business owners to help them turn failing businesses around, and to help them take successful businesses to the next level. The author of numerous journal articles and three books, including Undiscovered Horizons: Finding & Fulfilling Your Own Unique Personal Destiny, Jim sometimes spends his weekends traveling the nation as a motivational speaker and personal coach, working with Americans in all walks of life to help them successfully pursue their personal destinies.

With 30 years of experience in business management, he is an authority on strategy and forecasting, corporate positioning, value creation, zero based budgeting, the customer experience, competitive advantage, cultural change and employee engagement. A frequent keynote speaker at conventions and conferences, Jim was a segment host on the American Financial Skylink television network, was elected to two terms in the Oregon Legislature, and chaired the school board in that state’s second largest district. In 1991, he was honored by President George H. W. Bush for creating the “Dream House CD,” which made home ownership possible for thousands of first-time homebuyers across America.

Jim is a past national president of the Association for Strategic Planning, and is on the Board of the Executive Next Practices Forum in Los Angeles. He developed the strategic planning process at one of the largest churches in Southern California, and volunteers time to facilitate board planning sessions for Inland Empire non-profits including Camp Fire, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Jim was elected to the Strategic Planning Hall of Fame in 2009, holds a professional membership in the World Future Society, and became one of the nation’s first Certified Strategic Management Professionals in February 2010.

He holds a B.S. in Finance from the Stokely School of Management at the University of Tennessee, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and graduated with Distinction from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management at the University of Colorado.

Practice Leader, Media and Video

Jayson Duncan is the practice leader in visual media and the Founder and CEO of Orange County video production agency, Miller Farm Media.  Since 2003, Jayson has worked with brands, such as Microsoft and Nestle, helping them understand how the art of story can help promote their products and services through video.  Jayson writes, speaks and hosts a weekly video on YouTube for top level executives to help them learn more about video and video marketing campaigns.

Practice Leader, D-4 Media

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Practice Leader, Talent

John is the practice leader for Recruiting, Selection and Performance Solutions and the founder of The Wentworth Company, Inc. / Wentworth Recruiting.  John came to ENP’s notice and was recruited to  be a practice leader because of his unique, groundbreaking and proprietary quantitative candidate and employee measurement tools.  These tools, created by The Wentworth Company, are designed to improve the quality of hiring decisions, the effectiveness and durability of hires as well as increasing the measurable impact of performance management and succession planning.

The Wentworth portfolio of services includes a unique, innovative and science-based approach to recruiting.  Wentworth delivers candidates carefully screened against 50 criteria and delivers the precise information needed to make successful, sustainable hiring decisions.  Wentworth’s leadership includes former Vice Presidents of Human Resources, a PhD Psychologist and a JD.

John is responsible for the formation of think-tank type activities designed to push the application of analytic tools into Human Capital Management.  These include the establishment of a university-based Human Capital Management Institute, including a research program, university-level courses, seminars and small-scale seminars that make the benefits of talent analytics accessible to a broader audience.

Wentworth’s business model is unique, having been designed around what clients need.  Their fees, for instance, vary depending on the difficulty of the recruiting.

John founded The Wentworth Company in 1984 and has, since then, has helped 550+ employers hire over 20,000 new employees with a 90%+ success rate (job filled, on-time, on/under budget).    John worked in HR management at Carte Blanche, Mattel and TOSCO before he introduced on-site contract recruiting to Southern California in the early 80’s.

John has also served as the President of the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, was a founding commissioner of the City of Los Angeles Taxicab Commission and was, for three years, the president of InfraGard Los Angeles, a FBI-private sector partnership that focuses on the protection of America’s critical Infrastructure.  John was also the 28th diver signed on to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific’s volunteer dive team.  He later became a scientific diver for the Aquarium.  He has sat on a number of other boards, including, today, the Duke Media Foundation, an outgrowth of actor/director Bill Duke’s commitment to train disadvantaged youth in media and financial literacy.

John is a Viet Nam combat veteran, having served with the First Cavalry Division during 1968-69.

Thought Leader, DignityTRAC®

Dr. Sabrina Pagano is the Global Practice Leader for DignityTRAC® and a Principal Research Scientist at NSI/NBI. Dr. Pagano is an innovator in the study and science of the concepts of human dignity and moral emotions. In addition, she provides substantive methodological and content expertise to guide clients in the execution of research, conducts topically focused data analysis and interpretation, and works to integrate results across multiple teams and work products. Previously, Dr. Pagano worked to build a new Behavioral Sciences Program as the Acting Director for DGI, Inc., overseeing multiple lines of research. Prior to that position, she was selected as one of two Faculty Fellow Researchers and Lecturers in the UCLA Department of Psychology. In that role, she led the social psychology arm of a large interdisciplinary project investigating disturbances in social motives and moral emotions in Frontotemporal Dementia patients. Dr. Pagano has received numerous awards and fellowships for both her teaching and research.


Thought Leader, Mastermind Group Lead

Paul David Walker leads the formation and moderates the ENP Mastermind Groups –
(CFOs, CIOs, CEOs) and is Founder & CEO of Genius Stone Partners. He has been a business leadership adviser to the CEO’s of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies for over 25 years. Paul succeeds in unleashing the genius of the people around him and is known to be a visionary leader and master of collaboration. One client said, “Paul brings a special energy that calms people and brings teams together.” He has mentored some of the most profound business leaders, philosophers and spiritual teachers of our time. Paul is a noted author and educator and is a frequent keynote speaker to executive groups, associations and conferences. Paul David Walker has been trusted advisor, coach, and team builder to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized companies both public and private for over 25 years. As part of this work, he has facilitated hundreds of insight based off-sites and meetings designed to create deep insight and leaps in business performance. He is a nationally-recognized author. He is known for blending a practical, business-minded world view with the vision of a philosopher trained by some of the most profound business leaders and spiritual teachers of our time. He has uncovered proven strategies to impact immediate and long-term results. He helps his leaders increase their level of consciousness and perception while creating business results. He works with the Executive Team to build accountable action teams, and develop a position of strength in the marketplace. Under his guidance, teams learn to manifest their genius in business performance and channel their passion toward business and leadership growth.

He developed and led insight based processes that changed the corporate culture and performance of: New York Life, Star-Kist foods, Chase, Mutual of Omaha, Verizon, Anne Klein, Rockwell International, Conexant Systems, and many other less known companies.

He led the acquisition integration of Chase Manhattan Global by Chemical Bank, Star-Kist Foods by Heinz and as SVP and corporate officer, he was in charge of acquisition integration for Conexant Systems, where he helped acquire and led the integration nine companies.

Thought Leader, Reputation Management

Michael Bonfils is Senior Practice Leader of ENP Institute and President of International Media Management Corporation, the holding company of the Online Reputation Management and development firm, as well as its global online advertising and search engine divisions of SEM International and WebCertain (SEMI/WC). Mr. Bonfils firm represents Fortune 100 advertisers and agencies on Google, Yahoo! Inc., Bing, Baidu, and Yandex, among other online portals and social media network firms (e.g. Facebook, Inc., Twitter, and Myspace). SEMI and WC operate in North America, Asia, and Europe with offices in the US, UK, China, Japan, and Russia. Mr. Bonfils speaks and writes on Internet marketing technology and trends, and has contributed his time to many major national publications and events. In addition to being the founder of a successful contextual advertising agency, which he sold in 2004, he has spent the last 13 years helping pioneer the search engine marketing industry and serving as an advisor to search engine firms and a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations in technology and advertising. His latest venture,, expands into personal and individual brand reputation, management and development.

Thought Leader, Performance Optimization and Communications

Tom Rieger is an Alliance Partner of the Executive Next Practices Institute, President and CEO of NBI (National Business Innovations, LLC) and Vice President of NBI’s sister company, NSI, Inc.  NBI leverages the combined expertise of both organizations to help unleash the potential of organizations and individuals through applied behavioral economics and the latest research in the social sciences.  Rieger has pioneered the study and science of organizational barriers, and is an expert in applying behavioral economic principles to help understand why large complex systems self-destruct.

His recent book, Breaking the Fear Barrier, was recently named by 800-CEO-READ as one of the five best management books of 2011.  It was also named one of the 30 best business books of 2011 by Soundview.

Tom has spoken and consulted for numerous large organizations on barrier busting, and is also an expert in international research and polling methods as well as in developing and applying statistical models to a variety of complex issues.  Rieger has over 25 years’ experience in organizational and consumer behavior, including 17 years with Gallup, Inc.  Prior to that, he designed and ran a global customer measurement program for a Fortune 100 company and worked with predictive models for new brands and strategies.  He received a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business in 1986, and currently resides inSouthern California.