Clients & Testimonials

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Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.
American Medical Directors Association
Arete Sleep Health
Arizona Heart Institute
Arizona Medical Board
Beaumont Health System
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Comprehensive Urology
Emergency Physician Medical Group
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
Health Alliance Plan
McLaren Health Care Corporation
Michigan Health Specialists, P.C.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Physician Healthcare Network
Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland
Sinai-Grace Hospitals
Spectrum Health
Thomson Reuters
Trinity Health
University of Michigan Health System
University of Toledo Medical Center


AMCOR Pet Packaging
American Greetings Corporation
Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc.
Cequent Performance Products
Coachman Industries
Emergent BioSolutions
Engineered Custom Lubricants
Evana Automation
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Nachi Robotic Systems, Inc.
Phillips Service Industries
Southwest Diesel & Electrical Corp.
Storch Products


ASC, Inc.
Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, Inc.
Calsonic Kansei North America
Collins & Aikman
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
DENSO International America, Inc.
First Class Auto Body & Auto Glass
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation
R.L. Polk & Co.
SAE International
TRW Automotive
W.E.T. Automotive Systems


Automotive Credit Corporation
Capital Investment Group
Clarkston State Bank
Credit Acceptance Corporation
Huntington National Bank
Integrated Financial Strategies Group
Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company
Quicken Loans
SCA Appraisal


Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn

Education & Government

City of Detroit
City of Southfield
City of Surprise
Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program
Illinois Institute of Technology
Hopi Tribe
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Oakland University
State of California
State of Michigan
University of Michigan
University of New England
University of Toledo
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Warren Consolidated Schools

Service & Retail

Anstandig Electric
Armored Mini-Storage
Aronson Furniture Company
Art Van
Brose Media Services
C.H. Robinson Co.
Clayton Group Services
Computer Assistance
Creative Business & Insurance Services
DANTOM Systems
Great Lakes Recycling
Hagopian Cleaning Services
Horizon Distribution Logistics
Kalamazoo Gazette
Kelly Services
M.J. White & Son
Michigan Business Systems
Michigan Chandelier
Regal Entertainment Group
Spartan Stores
Suburban Sports Group

Non-Profits & Associations

American Business Women’s Association
Ann Arbor High Technology HR Association
Associated Community Services
Crosspointe Meadows Church
Helios Education Foundation
Institute for Social Research
International Association of Business Communicators
Michigan Academy of General Dentistry
Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants
Michigan Arena Manager’s Association
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Hospitalists, P.C.
Michigan Peer Review Organization
Michigan State Medical Society
Optimist International
Woodward Avenue Action Association


Cambridge Information Group
Costello & Associates
Harvey Hohauser & Associates
Matrix Technologies
Mercer Human Resources
Oberting & Associates
OHM Advisors
Right Management
Shainin LLC
SJR Associates
Truven Health Analytics

David is a consummate coaching and consulting professional. With his fingers ever on the pulse of executive leadership today, David has created a host of programs, products and services designed to boost leadership fitness and create vibrant leaders for his clients around the world. In addition to his robust academic and professional background, David is a creative, innovative and sensitive thought leader.”

T. Falcon Napier
Tension Management Institute

David has a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a leader and a leadership coach. His enthusiasm for coaching is contagious. He has a passion for continuous improvement, including self-improvement. I would highly recommend David’s Leadership Fitness Program. It helped to improve my personal and professional growth.”

Skotti Fietsam
Director, Global Supplier Development

The Institute for Leadership Fitness has been a key building block for several of our leaders at ProQuest. The model is innovative and flexible to many situations and types of leaders. In addition, David has provided personal coaching to several leaders with very positive results.”

Jill Hutton
Director of Human Resources

David is an outstanding leader with a very good view of the requirements and demands of leadership, and how to meet them. He understands that leaders need to bring their “whole selves” to the equation, and that in order to do so they need to structure and balance their own lives and experiences. He is a very good listener and executive coach. He has genuine experienced based insight into what it takes to lead, and he respects and understands the importance of effective leadership to everyone else in an organization.”

Doug Schneider
Vice President

I’ve had the pleasure of working with David both through the Fit Leader’s Program and also as my executive coach. David has helped me integrate a number of new, innovative management tools in my own work. He is a thoughtful listener and gets to the core of issues – offering great guidance toward practical, actionable solutions. He’s an outstanding coach that I highly recommend.”

Martin Dober
Senior Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

David provided leadership consultation and training to my staff and colleagues. Additionally, I had the wonderful opportunity to receive coaching from David. He is a highly gifted and knowledgeable coach and trainer. He has a supportive manner of stretching those he coaches. I continue to apply much of what I learned from him and frequently review my notes in order to further develop my skills as a leader.”

Diane Lindsay
Director of Clinical Operations
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center

David worked with me as a career and interview coach. His insights into resume writing and interview techniques were invaluable in enabling me to advance my career. In addition to career coaching, I have worked more indirectly with David providing group facilitation and strategic planning guidance. David is very proficient in managing a disparate group of professionals and keeping them focused on their goals. I would highly recommend David’s work and would hire him again in the future should the need arise.”

Douglas Duwe
Associate Chief Administrative Officer
University of Michigan Medical School

David was extraordinarily helpful to me at a time when I faced major leadership and career challenges. He was a calm and steady hand at the wheel, resolved and tough–all qualities that I needed to assume myself and he helped me do so. I cannot recommend him enough.”

Leah Binder
The Leapfrog Group

David is a thoughtful, customer-oriented leader who serves with integrity and models the principles that he endorses for his clients. He is creative, positive, proactive and trustworthy.”

Randy Johnson
Director of North American Benefits Strategy

David is an inspired coach. He asks powerful questions and lets me discover the path forward (always a more effective strategy than simply telling me what to do). David’s own professional life is a model of successful behaviors and good habits. His expertise is demonstrated by his own professional success. Besides all of this, he is very personable and a real pleasure to spend time with.”

Richard Bruder
Enterprise Law Partners

I’m writing this recommendation for David personally and the course which I participated in through his organization. Personally, David was a very effective leadership coach who maximized one-on-one coaching time which assisted me with implementing the course tools. The course, Leadership Fitness, helped develop my business skills and accumen throughout the sessions. I’d recommend David and his services to any organization looking to develop their leadership team.”

Brad Korner
Vice President
R. L. Polk & Co.

David is an exceptionally strong business leader who possesses the rare qualities of having in-depth knowledge of contemporary business issues as well as people leadership and development. David’s coaching abilities are top-notch as he brings energy, passion, leadership depth and a results orientation to everything he does. He is generous in spirit as well as adept at holding himself and others accountable for results. I would highly recommend David as a professional coach and look forward to participating in his Fit Leader’s Program in the future.”

Deborah Young
VP Human Resources
North America, R.L. Polk & Company

David is an experienced, charismatic leader with an unquenchable drive for excellence. His unique combination of senior level business acumen and facilitation/training skills make him the ideal development coach for exceptional leaders. Those working with David will appreciate his creativity, commitment to quality, and outstanding people skills.”

Corinne M. Smereka
Director, Corporate Business Development/ Professional Development
SAE International

David exemplifies all the qualities of a “FIT” Leader. He’s visionary, charismatic, practical and absolutely committed to excellence. He teaches and coaches business leaders to dream big and to embrace those dreams with heart and head and body. His generosity of spirit is only equaled by his energetic drive to make things happen. And things DO happen whenever David is present! I encourage you to consider David’s “Fit Leader’s Program” if you’re interested in developing your own leadership abilities or those of your staff. It’s a program that provides true value – sustainable leadership and life skills that will make a difference for you and those around you.”

Barbara Grigsby
Vistage Michigan

David was my executive coach for over a year and I can say that every interaction with him is a pleasure. David is a fabulous listener who is able to pull difficult root causes from a situation and provide guidance to a solution. David rarely gives direction, rather, turns on the light so you can draw a successful conclusion. He draws from substantial, relevant experiences and learnings that make him very credible. I am honored to count David as a mentor and friend through my professional interaction.”

Jeffrey Warnecke

David’s diverse background in high end leadership roles makes him an ideal coach in assisting me through a year-long Executive Training program. David’s diverse background proved very helpful in working with me to identify various approaches to complex situations. In addition, David stays connected with his clients through informal emails along with formal newsletters addressing various helpful topics. He is very professional, well spoken and hard working. Thanks David!”

Ryan Powers
Corporate Tax Manager
Spectrum Health

David is a true leader in the field of professional coaching and leadership development. His rare combination of business skills and coaching / facilitation skills sets him apart. David brings tremendous value and insight to every engagement; he is synonymous with “top quality”.”

Julie K. Norris
Director of Attorney Development
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP