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"Gary helped me set a path for self-discovery and development that was necessary for me to lead our company successfully into the future. The lessons have grown more meaningful over time, and my recommendation grows stronger to anyone contemplating starting a coaching engagement, to at least have that same first discussion I did years ago, with Gary. You won't be disappointed."

Chuck Hengel
Chairman and CEO, Marketing Architects

Executive Coaching

Executive Coaching Testimonials

Gary's business success is matched by his compassion in service to others. With the help of Gary and CO2, you can be ‘Outward Bound’ to high performance and personal leadership.
- John Read
President, Outward Bound
By asking the right questions (sometimes the ‘tough’ questions), CO2 Partners will help you generate ideas, plans, and contacts. I highly recommend them for their expertise, insights, and questions.
- Corey Sauer
Founder & CEO, Which Way Studios
I was skeptical that a coach could help me do any better than I had already done myself, but the work I’ve done with Gary and CO2 has been life-changing and positive in a way that I couldn’t have imagined previously.
- Ken Clark
Chairman & CEO, 1-800-Translate
Put Gary’s vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and leader together with his unparalleled integrity and great personal style, and you have one of the most effective individuals in the executive-coaching business today.
- Tom Steitz
Founder, 3 Peaks & Former Olympic Coach
The coaches at CO2 always seems to provide a fresh perspective—something you can lose while being mired down in the day-to-day. They have a track record of exercising sound judgment and bring real-world experience to problem-solving.
John Erickson
President, IC System
During the course of our three years together, Gary has challenged me, supported me, and helped me grow professionally (and even personally). In addition to coaching, I also recommend CO2’s strategic planning and rebranding services. I never before thought it was possible to have sales people, operations, and owners in a room, and have fun. I do now.
Julia Lynn
General Manager, AmericDirect
I have to admit, there are days when I think ‘I just can't do this!’—but after every meeting with Gary I come away with ideas that inspire me to avoid procrastination and move forward. I would recommend him and CO2 to anyone seeking an executive coach.
Alicia Carr
Chairman & CEO, Kelco Supply Co.
I have been working with Gary since mid-2006. He has helped advance my career from service leadership to sales and marketing leader and most recently to GM. Not only has Gary prepared me to expand into these roles, but he has helped me perform well in each role. I would recommend Gary to anyone looking to improve their leadership capabilities, or looking to advance their career.
- Mike Odom
General Manager, Thermo Fisher
Gary helped me set a path for self-discovery and development that was necessary for me to lead our company successfully into the future. The lessons have grown more meaningful over time, and my recommendation grows stronger to anyone contemplating starting a coaching engagement, to at least have that same first discussion I did years ago, with Gary. You won't be disappointed.
Chuck Hengel
Chairman and CEO, Marketing Architects
Our company was a fast-growing, entrepreneurial-based business that had started to grow out of control and needed structure. Gary helped us firmly establish our mission, vision, and objectives; define and build an accountable culture; hire a President & VP of Finance who fit perfectly in that culture; and create a 3-5 year strategic plan. More than anything, I love the fact that Gary works with us in a way that allows us to answer our own questions and, therefore, better prepares us for the future. It has been a remarkable time in our company, and I am convinced we would not be here today had we not met Gary Cohen!
- Rick Gilbert
Chairman & CEO, 247 Express Logistics
I worked with Gary Cohen for over a year to assist me with product/sales goals and marketing strategies. He was a very good listener and responsive to my needs. His questioning skills were often challenging and instrumental in helping me focus my priorities, and I appreciated his non-defensiveness when I would sometimes disagree with him. He was able to focus on my strengths and help me and my company grow. I enjoyed my work with him, and I recommend his service without any hesitation.
- Leftheris Papageorgiou
CEO, Hellenic Adventures, Inc.
Gary has the unique ability to focus in and pinpoint the actual issue at hand—the one that lurks below the surface-level symptoms. By being able to accurately articulate the issue, the resolution(s) seem a lot more clear.
Amy Langer and John Folkestad
Co-founders, SALO
When I went to check out CO2 Partners’ references, I was surprised by how many of my YPO colleagues were already working with them and with outstanding results. Our organization uses CO2 for both coaching and strategic planning. Talk about going from good to great. I am a better leader, our team is in greater alignment, and we have a clear strategic direction.
Howard Paster
President, Paster Enterprises
After reading Just Ask Leadership, I knew I needed to work with CO2 Partners. It’s paid off handsomely. CO2 helped me save $1M dollars in the first year! By letting go of my ego, taking risks, managing by objective, and asking the right questions, my leadership team had a new sense of autonomy and enthusiasm to explore the possibilities, be more creative, and discover game-changing ideas. They exceeded my expectations and now are asking more questions of their subordinates. It’s infectious—this Just Ask Leadership thing!
Larry Oeffinger
Director of IT, Biotechnology Industry (former)
Our organization continually gets rated as one of the best companies for developing talent, and that’s due in part to the resources we provide. We screened a lot of coaches before selecting CO2 Partners. The depth of their experience and grasp of my unique situation was and is astonishing. They understand we aren’t interested in learning leadership for leadership’s sake, but for improved business outcomes. Over the past year, I have seen a remarkable transformation in myself as a leader, as has my team. We’re all driving together toward better results.
Mike Spendio
Director, Unilever
My brother and I hired CO2 Partners to help us transition the leadership at the top of our company. It was remarkable how we were able to cut through barriers and design a plan to execute. The plan literally took months instead of years. When you’ve been in a business for a long time, you sometimes need another perspective or, in the case of CO2, someone to ask the tough questions. I have recommended CO2 Partners to friends who have all reported back similar experiences, and I continue to see them as a go-to resource for issues related to talent development.
- Steve Gullickson
President & CEI, MGK
Dr. Doreen Frankel has served as an invaluable resource to me, a former public school superintendent, currently navigating the post-retirement transition from public service to new professional opportunities in the private sector. Dr. Frankel has helped me gain insight and perspective, and establish both immediate and long-term goals and objectives.Together, we shaped a plan of action that incorporates my previous years of professional experience into a realistic, challenging, and promising vision for the future.
- Dr. Faron L. Hollinger
President/CEO, Akribos Consulting Group, Inc.
Board Chair, Board of School Superintendents
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