I grew up around building and construction. When I was a kid my father was a schoolteacher, and during his summers off he worked in construction. Whenever we needed something, we built it ourselves, decks, patios, even minor upgrades. So naturally when I got out of school and got a job it was in construction.
One day when I was 20 years old, my boss had me and another other guy distribute a large stack of sheetrock that was collapsing the corner of the 2nd floor of the motel we were building. After figuring out I had just carried my half of 20,000 tons of rock in 3 days, I realized if I could do that, I could run my own business. So, the next day, I told my boss I was starting my own business. I can still see the look on his face, a combination of curiosity, concern, and amusement.
The first year or so was a bit thin, but it wasn’t long before I got licensed, (#428883) and was making way more money than all my friends who were still in college. My business grew and financed my early studies in psychology, human motivation, and organizational transformation, as well as exploring every great restaurant in San Francisco, and a lot of fun weekend ski trips to Lake Tahoe.
I never saw a career as a business coach coming, but one day many years later, while traveling I found myself meeting a fellow traveler named Simon for coffee every morning. We were in India at the time, and he was from Germany. To my surprise one morning, Simon invited me to come to Germany so we could work together. A few months later, just before my visa expired and down to my last $100 and a plane ticket, I took him up on his offer. With his introduction, I got a one-year contract to offer sales coaching to a software company with 9 locations all over Germany.
The year was 1997…. now 22 years later, and over 8,000 weekly meetings with companies all over the US, Germany, and a bit of time in Canada, I have had lots of time to study the challenges of our industry, and put together a curriculum that offers solutions integrating the best practices in all areas of business, combined with over 40 years of study in human motivation and organizational transformation.
We take the success of your business seriously. The GNA curriculum offers a step by step simple, practical, yet powerful methodology, to unleash the real potential of leadership, ownership, and accountability at all levels of your business. Our commitment at GNA is to build a new way for all of us to engage in the way we do business.
Barbara hails from a small town in the western world or Oregon, were talking small, here…you could spit form one end of town to the other.
After Ms B finished her small- town education she set her sails for the big streets of San Francisco where she was welcomed with fame and fortune.
After sweating through some rather challenging environments Ms B found herself finally being recognized for the power-house she is in a series of long term assignments serving major big bucks multi-millionaires. Ms B quickly developed a name for herself as the powerful right hand to each of her executive bosses, responsible for the management of their teams of 50 – 150 persons strong, and able to reach some of the wealthiest and most successful business executives like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, and many other major big dudes, with a quick little flip of her wrist and press of her pinky onto her speed dial, and these powerful dudes would coming running. Major amounts of work and really big deals were accomplished.
After more than a decade of demonstrating her mastery of service to the rich and famous, and seeking new horizons and greater challenges, Ms B married one of the most awesome men in the world, being friends for over 35 years anyway. They now live happily together somewhere in the southwest territory where Ms B works tirelessly as a PSA trainer for Can Am systems, plus her house duties, shopping, gardening, and whatever time and attention she has left she devotes to anticipating her husbands every need.
I help restoration business owners by teaching & coaching you how to get your financial operations in order & make more money by doing exactly what I do every day in my own restoration business.
A little about me:
- I have a finance degree and an MBA
- I was the VP of Finance & Operations for a $25M startup
- I was an Administrator, COO & CFO for a private $50M healthcare provider
- I got into the restoration industry in 2010
- I spent 5+ years as the general manager of a $13M restoration company
- For the last 5 years I have been operating my own restoration company
- I’ve become so passionate about coaching others that I work in my business part time and coach with the remainder of my time
I am not an accountant, CPA or any kind of fiduciary but I have done almost every job in our industry from GM, project manager to estimator but I’ve never used a tool in my life.
As a financial consultant & coach, my area of expertise is in finance and operations for restoration companies.
There a several great consultants in our industry. I know them and have worked with most of them.
As a consultant & coach, I focus on financial operations so that companies have clarity on sales, deposits and produced work.
Once you have laser-sharp focus on a weekly basis with these 3 items, things we need to improve in our businesses become much clearer to identify and fix.
Without proper clarity on sales, deposits and produced work, we can tweak many areas of our business, but I contend we can’t be certain we are making meaningful changes that result in better cash flow and higher profits.