United Way Centraide Northeast Ontario: Forging Shared Value Partnerships
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Our company was founded in St. Charles, IL by Bob Parks and a partner in 1984. Our vision was to offer superior training and development consulting, using tools from the best resources available. Since then we have worked with nonprofits and companies, large and small, across diverse industries to accomplish amazing long lasting results. We are proud to say that we still work with our first two clients. Over 150,000 people in 600 nonprofits and companies in 37 states and 33 countries have benefited from learning opportunities that helped them increase their personal effectiveness, not only on the job but in life as well.
In 1988, Holly Parks bought out Bob’s partner and we started to grow, adding offices in Baltimore, MD, Bluffton, SC and St. Paul, Minnesota. While our offices are local, our reach is global. Through our partnership with Wilson Learning Worldwide, we have an established presence around the world. Over the years, we have made new alliances with companies like Celemi (simulations), Sell XL (strategic sales skills), Oxicon (sales hiring protocol) and Get Control!™ (email, phone and meeting efficiency) that could enhance our offerings to our clients. Consistently one of the top four agents for Wilson Learning, we have continued our legacy of commitment and dedication to our clients’ success through their employees.
Bob, one of the founders of Strategic Enhancement Group, has over 40 years of experience in business. Prior to starting Strategic Enhancement Group in 1984, he held sales, sales management, senior management and board of directors’ positions with three international companies. Bob earned his B.S. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Executive Program. SEG has consistently been one of Wilson Learning’s top performing and award-winning partners for over two decades. Bob has won both the Crystal Wisdom Award and the Summit Award given by Wilson Learning for outstanding contribution to the culture and growth of Wilson Learning’s agency network. He served as President of the Board of Advisors to Wilson Learning as well as on several charitable organization boards.
Our focus is on delivering real business results. We want to improve the performance of our clients by improving the performance of their employees, one person at a time. What we do is very important to our clients, but it is also very important to us. We believe our clients vote on us every day and therefore we have to demonstrate value to them every day."
Tim brings over 25 years of experience working closely with business leaders and non-profits throughout the USA. During a 20+ year career with United Way’s in cities of all sizes, he has worked with a multitude of non-profits from national brands with local chapters, to independent and regional organizations. Tim is familiar with the unique challenges of managing multiple constituencies and the extraordinary commitment needed to evolve a non-profit business model and culture. Tim graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1983 with a B.S. degree in social work and is an accomplished trainer and facilitator.
Whether our help is in the form of consulting or training or both, success for the client and for me is determined when they meet their goals and create the change and outcomes they desire. I’m excited to be part of an organization for which "helping clients" goes far beyond the purchase of the product. The SEG philosophy is consistent with my own personal and professional values. I’ve had the chance to work with some of the finest companies and non-profit organizations in the nation, and it’s extremely fulfilling to help clients fully understand their challenges and to work in partnership to determine the best ways to help them.”
Prior to joining Strategic Enhancement Group in 2005 Marilyn worked for 34 years with a large telecommunications company in the areas of customer service and project management. Taking advantage of her vast experience with customer service and her eagerness to learn new things, she has a multifaceted role at Strategic Enhancement, functioning as office manager, project manager, managing our public seminar offering and managing the marketing functions.
Customer service has always been number one for me and it is certainly true for everyone at SEG. I enjoy being part of a team whose only goal is the success of their clients. Each and every one of us, no matter what our role, is passionate about the work we do, and in the end, if our clients don’t succeed, we don’t succeed. It’s really all about the people, and it’s the people at SEG that make the difference.”
Ron has spent his entire career in sales, sales management and general management at a major chemical company. His passion for fund raising and sales and for helping others succeed in fund raising and sales is clearly apparent in the courses he facilitates for SEG’s clients. He has an instant rapport with the members of his classes because he walked in their shoes. Since 1999 Ron has facilitated and consulted with SEG clients to improve their hiring, fund raising, selling, and marketing. Ron graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry.
I have really enjoyed working the last 15 years as a Consultant and Facilitator for SEG. I realized as a 12 year customer of SEG that their philosophy was different and totally focused on skill development, improving organizational performance and the development of each individual with an emphasis on fulfillment. In my role with SEG, I continue to use the skills of consultative selling with customers and prospects. Building trust by understanding the customer’s business, understanding the current and desired situations, and supporting the skill development after training have been key to building strong relationships with customers. Our impact on business performance, sales and leadership development makes my work very rewarding.”
As an organizational and personal performance coach, Debbie enjoys helping groups and individuals improve their effectiveness in the global marketplace. With close to 20 years of experience as a member of the international Wilson Learning Extended Enterprise, Debbie has worked with SEG since 2004 to improve client’s skill development in many areas of personal influence, including fund raising, donor relations, sales and leadership. Debbie has a master's degree in human resource development from George Washington University. She was also recognized by Wilson Learning in 2009 as Consultant of the Year.
Our approach is comprehensive, creating actual behavioral change through deep understanding of client needs, interactive learning facilitation, and state of the art follow up. Watching our clients succeed in challenging times is both fulfilling and exciting.”