Testimonials

Praise from Clients


CO2 Partners helps business leaders develop the skills to thrive. Don’t just take our word for it — read our executive coaching testimonials to learn more about our expertise.

I picked Gary because of his strong intelligence and strategic capability, and his high emotional intelligence—really relevant to my situation, given the personalities and closely-held nature of our business. The chemistry was good, Gary’s value system is similar to mine, and he also has the right combination of hard and soft skills. I’ve been working with Gary for five years now, and CO2’s business model—monthly fee for service, two meetings a month, available as needed—provides a good combination of consistent and emergency support. I also work with Gary in the strategic planning process on an annual basis. That has been catalytic. He’s often introducing new models from his readings and research, which I find helpful. The planning process helps galvanize plans for the entire year, and the monthly check-ins are like the maintenance program. It’s change through osmosis. Because of some of the structural changes we’ve implemented, my business is expanding, and I’m able to spend more time in my week focusing on bigger things. I’ve been willing to take on greater levels of personal responsibility inside the organization in terms of my role, and I think I’m a much better leader—some due to coaching, some due to more experience. We’re building apartment buildings now ($25-50 million transactions), which are 5-10 times the size of transactions from before. It does pay dividends to stay the course.

Bill BIsanz
CEO Real Estate Equities

I always thought that working with an executive coach was going to be just about improving how I performed at work.  After spending time with Gary, it quickly became apparent that he focuses on my total development – not just my work development because so much of who I am at work is connected to who I am outside of work.  We generally focus on whatever topic(s) I may be challenged with at that particular time – anything from being more effective as a leader of my team to learning new processes for driving step-change growth of my business, or even something I may want to improve in my personal life.  Gary has such a breadth of knowledge that he is able to provide valuable insight on almost any topic.  He asks probing questions and helps me get to the solution through back and forth discussion – the time flies!  I don’t think he has ever told me what he thinks I need to do.  Gary is so much more than an executive coach – he is a life coach.

Brian Nau
Global Truvia Brand Leader at Cargill

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

Gary’s “Just Ask” approach helps others assume responsibility and frees me to focus on the areas that truly require my attention. This approach has helped elevate thinking throughout our organization, including my own.

Ken Clark
Founder/CEO, 1-800-Translate

It’s remarkable how we were able to cut through barriers and design a plan to execute. 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.

Howard Paster
CEO Paster Properties

“I was surprised by how many of my YPO colleagues were already working with them and with outstanding results. Now we are too.”

Steve Gullickson
President & CEO, MGK

” CO2 brought to our organization the ability to untangle our weekly lives in the business and step back to work “on” our business by guiding and stretching our team to look at the “bigger picture”. Not only did Gary and his team help align our strategy to our purpose, but he also mentored the leadership team through numerous challenges giving us the tools and confidence to tackle any issues. Our organization would not have catapulted into success at the rapid pace if we didn’t have CO2 helping lay the guide rails to stay laser focused to hit our dream. “

Ken Schempp
CEO of eDocument and Sr. Executive Databank

“We’d been in business for about 15 years prior to doing strategic planning with Gary and his team from CO2. The direction, clarity, communication and, most importantly, the buy-in from our company’s leadership has been priceless. We follow the CO2 way of planning every year.”

David Burley
CEO of Blue Plate Restaurant Company

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
CEO, Kelco Supply Co.

[CO2’s] business success is matched by [their] 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

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
CEO, 247 Express Logistics

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