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One of our core values is “Demonstrate; Don’t Declare.” We listen to each client’s unique needs, then work diligently and invest more to ensure client success...to ensure we exceed their expectations. Here’s a sample of what they are saying.
 
 

“I have enjoyed working with Peter and his team at The Leets Consortium (“TLC") for many years. TLC truly understands our firm’s needs and has exceeded every professional goal we have set for them. We have experienced wonderful coaching outcomes working with TLC in our offices around the globe. As an added bonus, TLC’s culture aligns nicely with our firm’s long history of charitable commitment and community service. For example, TLC’s president, Peter Leets, serves in numerous charitable and community roles (e.g., as a “Pink Tie Guy" for Susan G. Komen, as a member of “100 Men" for Human Options, and by donating his time to Pet Therapy with Gunther at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles). In addition, Peter and TLC donate hundreds of wheelchairs for people in need around the world through the Free Wheelchair Mission. It is always a pleasure working with TLC and I recommend The Leets Consortium unconditionally."

Rochelle Karr
Director
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

 
 

“Kudos to the Peter Leets Consortium and their approach to executive coaching. They are very well organized and follow a rigorous process. They keep everyone informed throughout engagement with regular milestones and ’check ins.’ ”

Ken Goldstein
Past Senior Director
OD, Mattel

 
 

“Peter is the consummate coaching professional.  He has an engaging demeanor, soft patience, wonderful insight, and a platform that produces results for those who engage in the program.   I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Peter, and found the results to benefit not only my professional career, but also my personal life.”

Paul M. Cate
Chief Executive Officer
Mark IV Capital, Inc.

 
 

“Peter,

Hope you are well.  I wanted you to know how satisfied I am with the consulting engagement. I have seen our coachee flourish under Kathy’s coaching.  She has a no nonsense way about her that is refreshing and she is quite adept at getting to the heart of a situation.  Kathy is also flexible and adapts her style to the particular situation at hand.  We have established a robust communication and check in process which allows for candid conversations among the three of us. 

I have been so pleased with the partnership that I asked Kathy to coach one additional member of my team.  I wanted to express my sincere appreciation and let you know how satisfied I am.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.”

Jacqueline M Thomas
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

 
 

“Peter and The Leets Consortium proved extremely valuable with their services in the area of executive coaching. Never before have I witnessed such drastic positive transformation in character and management style, as I did when Peter began coaching a senior level executive in our organization. The proof came not from my perspective but from the overwhelming positive qualitative responses received by me from many individuals two to three layers under the executive. Not only was Peter successful in helping to create change in the person, but he was also great in keeping key stakeholders informed and involved in the process. Top notch execution backed up with top notch customer service!”

Vince Mikolay
Global Leadership & Organizational Development
Disney Consumer Products

 
 

“The Leet’s Consortium, and their excellent staff of professional coaches, are a critical part of our Talent Development team. They know our business, our culture, and our challenges. They provide coaching and support that align with the needs of our company and our leaders, yielding a positive, measureable impact on the behaviors of those who have participated in the program across the country.” 

Diane M. Parks
VP Learning and Talent Development
Molina Healthcare Inc.

 
 

“Our company reached a crucial moment in its growth when a major client came to us for a liaison to replace their Operations Vice President, who was moving to a competitor.  Our best choice was a very strong Executive Director who needed developing to assume this position.  Though she possessed all of the technical skills, she needed help in dealing with executives at a higher corporate level.

We engaged Peter Leets to work with us and grow our Executive Director into a confident and very effective Vice President.  Her time with Peter prepared her to become indispensable to the Executive Vice President/General Managers of our major Sports Networks.

As well as working with my team member, Peter took the time to help me through some very difficult decisions.  I appreciate that Peter was there to assist in improving my Operations.”

Tedd Rosenfeld
Senior Vice President, Production/Post Production
FOX Networks Engineering & Operations

 
 

“Peter's outstanding executive coaching experience, his focus on the individual, personal, and emotional dynamics in a challenging transition helped to not only manage the situation, but turned this into an opportunity for profound insights and key learning for the future. Peter's approach is both strategic and practical, enabling and supportive, empathic and objective. He and his team provide excellent service and can be highly recommended.”

Hans J. Lanz, MD
Senior Vice President, Global Development Operations (GDO)
Allergan

 
 

“Working with The Leets Consortium has been a very positive experience. Not only do we see meaningful career results in executives, we experience the highest level of professionalism and attention from Peter and his team. TLC is truly a first class organization.”

Donna Thiessen
Vice President, Human Resources
Allergan

 
 

“This is to express my appreciation for your commitment to the Jenny Craig business over the past 13 months.

When we were introduced last August, I had asked that you work with our newly appointed CEO to provide insights and guidance on leading the turnaround of our business. You delivered on this and so much more.

I was blown away with the level of interest you displayed in our organization. You spent two days in Palm Springs with our Field management team, worked late into the evening to research and provide our leaders with economic and consumer insights, and helped us recruit and "close the deal" on our newly hired Chief Marketing Officer. You also helped our CEO create the right messaging strategy to engage our employees in the Company's turnaround strategy. I thank you for being "on-our-side" as we've navigated through a very challenging business environment.

The numerous leaders you've worked with will now begin a new chapter with the Company. Because of your leadership and guidance, we are all better equipped to move forward.”

Doug Battista
Vice President, Human Resources
Jenny Craig

 
 

“Peter Leets’ influence on the trajectory of my career is indisputable. A months-long coaching engagement in ’08 began with self-assessment and 360-degree reviews from those around me. Peter and his organization were able to wrap the responses and feedback anonymously into valuable insight into how I was perceived – both the good and not-so-good. Even though I was perceived as a rising star in my organization, there were some important challenges that I faced to continue progressing in the necessary manner. From there, Peter and I began to have 1-on-1 meetings to discuss the issues that needed improvement and mutually explore my thinking on various challenges. It’s clear to me in hindsight that I wouldn’t have done such a “deep dive” or introspective look on my own because it was uncomfortable. Peter challenged me to see things as they were, not as I thought I saw them, and to think about development issues that were easily brushed off by a busy executive. Our meetings and conversations were not always easy, but they were instrumental in helping me progress with challenges that I faced on the road to reaching my potential within my organization. At the end of the engagement, I crafted a written personal strategic plan - with Peter’s assistance and guidance - that was presented to the most senior leaders in my firm. This roadmap outlined what I wanted to do, why, and how I would continue to progress. Through both my own hard work and determination, along with Peter’s support and advice during the engagement, I made progress on improvement goals laid out in that plan, and a year-and-a-half later, I was promoted to Managing Director of my firm (i.e., partner). This terrific achievement is a strong testament to the guidance that Peter provided, which helped me to clear some important “hurdles” along the journey to that destination.”

Michael Knott
Senior Analyst
Green Street Advisors

 
 

The Leets Consortium provided ConAgra Foods with excellent service during a large coaching assignment.  From beginning to end, Peter provided a comprehensive, timely process to ensure we were getting our multiple needs met.  Peter was a true partner along each step of the process — such as developing a project strategy and calendar, making coach selection recommendations, being the coach for the most senior executive in Sales, ensuring meaningful development plans were put in place and finally, ensuring that appropriate follow-up and closure occurred.  Peter’s depth of experience in executive development, as well as his calm demeanor and attention to detail made this project a real success.”

Pamela James
Director, Talent Acquisition & Development
ConAgra Foods

 
 

“I often think of Peter and his family, who I met 23 years ago. I can’t be more grateful for how he helped me and my family during a time of transition in my professional life. Peter will always be special in my life and a very significant influence in my career. I am forever grateful for his help.”

Bill McGowan
Chief Financial Officer, Emeritus
UC Davis Health System

 
 

“Peter has been an effective executive coach. He makes your needs a priority and is available to support a wide range of requests. With Peter’s vast experience, he has been able to provide great insight to address each situation that has been asked of him. It has been a pleasure to work with Peter and I look forward to an on-going relationship with him and his firm.”

Darrin Silveria
Past Vice President
Pepsi Cola

 
 

“To Peter and Team:

As you’re aware we have been actively engaged with The Leets Consortium for well over seven years now on a variety of coaching opportunities, and I must say that the outcomes with our employees has been excellent. Your staff has been exemplary in their ability to develop a focused, well thought out coaching agenda and deliver positive results. Their professionalism, technique, and positive perspective has resulted in bringing our leadership here at Corinthian Colleges to a new and better level. In fact, the very first engagement that we had with one of our senior leaders has resulted in more than just a positive outcome, but someone who has eagerly volunteered to be “the poster boy” for the impact that The Leets Consortium has had on his personal and professional life, and that says a lot. In addition, your firms’ ability to match the appropriate consulting support to the right set of circumstances, regardless of location, has been very beneficial in helping to remove any perceived performance constraints and drive strong outcomes over time.”

Jim Wade
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

 
 

“Kia Motors America (KMA) has been one of the fastest growing car companies in the U.S. over the past five years. In conjunction with our growth, it is imperative that our leadership team develop and exhibit the leadership behaviors and competencies required to support our growth.

As part of our leadership development initiative, KMA has engaged Peter Leets and his team, via the Leets Consortium, in various coaching engagements over the last several years. Peter’s previous background in sales and marketing allows him to effectively connect with coaching participants as he understands the business environment, dynamic venue that these professionals work in day-to-day and can apply sound coaching principles that are appropriate for our executives.

Peter brings a structured coaching foundation to the engagement that is formalized and clearly outlines for the participant the process and deliverables that are required for a successful outcome – that being improved insight regarding the issues, plan for development and the experiential experience to improve.

Many of the participants who have completed a coaching engagement have been able to improve their leadership style as evidenced by feedback from their team and peers, in addition to their own acknowledgement and evolution of change in their competency skill set.

Organizations looking to employ coaching in conjunction with their overall leadership development initiatives would be well served with an engagement with Peter Leets via the Leets Consortium.”

Greg Georgianni
Director | HR, Corporate Facilities & Administration
Kia Motors America, Inc.

 
 

“Peter,

Let me start by saying “thank you”, for your coaching, mentoring and friendship over the past 9 months we have been working together.  I remember when you first met with our group at Young’s Market Company and how  impressed I was by your presentation (I was very pleased to see that you were an available choice as a “Coach” within the TLC program).

My first impressions of you have only been strengthen throughout my leadership development journey.

The organization of the overall  TLC program, coupled with your coaching abilities (professionalism, patience, great listener, terrific guide for the leadership development journey) have enabled me to change as a leader and recognize to look out for my “blind spot.”

The 360 Peer feedback & Self-Assessment process was extremely insightful (albeit NOT easy to “swallow” at times), and really set the stage for my  journey, developing as a leader.  Getting the feedback and understanding what it says about  how your peers view you and how you view yourself is one thing, but the VALUE of how you guided me threw it was extremely helpful.  We were able to take all the feedback and distill it down to a few common themes that were actionable and the MOST critical to my development as a leader.

As I take on each day, and engage with my family, friends, co-workers and clients, I “hear” the feedback and am VERY aware of my personal & professional “blind spots.”  The TLC program has not only improved my Leadership, but has made me a better Husband, Father, family member, friend and co-worker.

I look forward to a long friendship and your continued mentorship for many years to come. 

All the best,”

Jon R. Scriven
Young's Market Co.
Executive Vice President - Alliance Network Director

 
 

“Peter has proven to be a great asset to our company. He has served as a coach with some of our high potential talent to help them fine-tune their executive leadership style. The feedback from managers has been excellent. First and foremost, Peter is able to gain the trust of the person he is working with so that he/she feels comfortable and is open to growing as a leader.”

Jeff Thompson
Vice President, Human Resources
Henkel Electronic Materials LLC

 
 

“Peter and The Leets Consortium go well beyond executive coaching. Several senior-level executives at my firm, including myself, have completed his program. While each of us had unique aspects of our managerial and leadership skill sets that were in need of improvement, the results were outstanding across the board. His personalized and thorough approach produces a level of self-awareness that is the key to effecting change and lasting improvements in executive abilities. I highly recommend Peter and his firm, as our experience was time and money well invested.”

Andrew McCulloch
Managing Director
Green Street Advisors

 
 

“It’s not often in your career that you meet someone who asks the right questions (maybe more than once) and waits for the answer. The true answer.

Peter Leets is an outstanding professional coach. He brings a wealth of experience and insight into coaching. He is also very practical and supportive.

I am grateful for the gift I received in working with Peter. I highly recommend him for executive coaching and advise that you be ready to commit and make changes that will help guide your career and life. It’s time well-invested and the results will surprise you.”

Lorita Devries
Director, Clinical Development
Allergan

 
 

“My company was in need of developing an employee by helping him evaluate his current level of contribution and identify areas where his contribution could increase. This was a senior management position which would play a pivotal role in the future of the company. I contacted Peter and asked him if he could coach this person to expand his participation and contribution to the senior management team. Peter was initially cautious, which was appreciated. He is not one to accept an assignment he cannot effectively complete. After several meetings he accepted the assignment. He provided timely reports and feedback and the person he was coaching said it was one of the best experiences he has had. He was professional and thorough. He was more than a coach. He was and is an advisor. With Peter’s coaching, our employee exceeded our expectations and was promoted. One of Peter’s major attributes is the continuing involvement after the assignment is completed. I consider him a valued asset to my company for the future.”

Lester H. Hicks
Vice President, Human Resources
Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

 
 

“Hi Jessica,

Just to let you know, I recommended Michele for “Employee of the Quarter” for the June quarter. The basis for the recommendation was her effort and performance on the Time and Labor project in addition to all the other stresses and issues in her role. She is aware of the recommendation. I also considered her effort and progress in working with you over the last several months to be factor. It’s sets a good example for the rest of us.

Let me know if you need any further feedback. Keep up the good work!”

John Fioretto
Vice President, Tax
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

 
 

“Paul with The Leets Consortium was hired to coordinate the senior management team to get us focused on working together, to hone in on leadership values, and leverage executive competency. The delivery of the work was superior, the commitment was heartfelt, and the results very apparent. He had a way of providing personalized executive coaching and mentoring and at the same time achieved the defined objectives through group dynamics. I highly recommend Paul and The Leets Consortium.”

Dr. Robert J. Adamik
Senior Vice President - Human Resources
Resmae Mortgage

 
 

“I have been a coach and a manager at various levels throughout my career and while I was open to coaching I was concerned that I may not get as much out of it as at other times in my career.  Peter has taken a unique and very custom approach to our relationship in that he has not come in with a prescribed, or canned approach, rather he has met me where I am.  With that approach comes an experience level that affords him the ability to be pragmatic rather than theoretical, in the here and now over and above digging into a past or predicting an unknown future, and a level of emotional competence that transfers to me and my situation.  I am a better manager and perhaps person because of my coaching relationship with Peter Leets.”

Michael Brainard
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
GOAL FINANCIAL

 
 

“To Whom It May Concern:

I have had the pleasure of being associated with Peter Leets for close to 15 years. Peter and I first met when he was the principal of Executive Assets and was selected to provide outplacement to employees at Morton International, where I was employed as Human Resources Director. I was immediately impressed by Peter’s responsiveness and professionalism.

Through the years, Peter has supported my organization through many transitions, challenges and opportunities. He continued to be the primary provider of career transition services for my organization through Right Management Consultants up until 2002, when our facility in Tustin, CA was closed.

Peter and his staff took the time to understand the concerns of our employees, many of who had been employed with the Company for over 25 years, and respond with sensitivity to each individual’s needs. Peter and his group provided career transition workshops for those who were departing and change management workshops for those who continued working through a transition period. I consistently received positive feedback and praise from employees, including those departing from the organization.

The many restructuring activities that our organization underwent, and finally the facility closure, were always very demanding on my time and energy, and it was always reassuring to know that I did not have to worry about the delivery of our outplacement programs. I knew that Peter and his team would consistently provide excellent, high-quality services to our employees.

I eventually moved into a Leadership Development role where I had an opportunity to work the Peter and his staff on Organizational Development initiatives. In 2002 we partnered together to develop a high potential leadership coaching program for several leaders in my organization. Coaches were trained to utilize an in-house assessment tool and successfully coached our leaders to develop skills and accelerate their advancement in the organization.

Finally, Peter’s counsel has been invaluable to me personally as I evaluated my options and build my own career. I recommend Peter very highly as an executive development and career coach. His professionalism and attention to his client’s needs are unparalleled.

Sincerely,”

Wendy Nakamura
VISTA Leadership Systems

 
 

“When I first met Peter, I was feeling very apprehensive about my job search after graduation. Peter guided me step by step from defining a goal for myself to setting up a job search strategy with a detailed timeline. Over the course of a year, Peter listened without judgment and helped me work through my struggling. Each time I spoke to him, I felt energized and ready to tackle new challenges. He also gave me clear direction and honest comments to keep me on track. I can feel that he genuinely cares about me and has my best interests in his mind. I am truly grateful to Peter, who is the best mentor I could have ever dreamed of. I am also grateful to Wendi for her excellent support to my research.”

Rosalind Lu
Recent UCI MBA graduate

 
 

“Unlike some coaching services I’ve examined, the TLC approach is not off-the-shelf programming. Rather, a unique level of high-touch; high personal accountability is built into the process. The result is a vigorous approach to setting and following a new course. In that sense, the rigor parallels what the executive has already experienced in their career. The result is continuity of action, follow through and goal setting; all familiar to the executive.”

Ken Jones
Vice President, Human Resources
Freedom Orange County Information

 
 

“The Leader’s Leverage program is an excellent developmental tool for allowing one to move into positions with growing responsibility and complexity. Combining both personal leadership coaching along with the group learning sessions provided me with a deep knowledge about myself and how I can refine my leadership style for increased success. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn innovative and motivating approaches to take their team to the next level. This program is definitely a worthwhile investment!”

Jennifer Walker
Director of Customer Contact Centers
Southern California Gas Company

 
 

“My experience with the Leader’s Leverage program was amazing! Although I've always been a good performer, I enrolled in the program because I knew there were areas for me to improve on that would take me from steady performer to competitive talent. I didn't know what to expect and was ready to jump in. Jennifer created a safe, confidential and encouraging environment. The program included case work, presentations, cohort feedback and assessments. The learnings are transformational! Very quickly you see yourself differently in how you approach your work, how you lead and influence others. My confidence is better than ever and others see me as a resource of influence. I have no doubt I will continue on my path as a competitive talent. This program is a must to move you to excellence!”

Jennifer Ghurani
Senior Manager
Mattel

 
 

“I believe some of the greatest value you get from a leadership development course comes from making time for self-reflection and developing skills and tools that you will use in your growth as a leader. The Leaders Leverage course provided both of these and much, much more. The 1:1 coaching with Jennifer forced me to closely focus on my own unique strengths, opportunities and personal growth. Through skill building exercises and real-world case studies, I was able to apply my personal learnings as well as gain feedback and different perspectives from a cohort of peers with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. I would recommend this program for anybody in a new leadership role or even current leaders that are looking to further hone their leadership skills.”

Gerald Turpin
Manager, Human Resources
Disney Consumer Products
 
 
“Using the Leadership and Talent Management Program with our talent team allowed us to significantly change our coaching conversations with our employees.

SAP hired Ank specifically to develop and lead a strong train the trainer program for our talent team to work with and coach our High Potential talent.

The scope of our work with Ank included coach training for 10 talent management consultants within SAP. Ank delivered both in person, one on one and online train the trainer coaching for my team. Not only did she train the team but she immersed herself in the assessment tools we used to help our coaches leverage the methodology effectively.

Ank is an incredible coach and trainer. She uses real life coaching issues for participants to practice their coaching skills in groups and one to one, which helps people to grasp concepts much more effectively. Our team became stronger, delivered great coaching and has continued to receive great feedback over the last 18 months. We have leveraged the skills we learned in the program to engage our talent and have richer dialogues that are based upon active listening, and inquiry.

Our High Potentials have learned more about themselves, worked closer on their development plans and have been appreciative of our investment in this program.

We continue to get feedback from our high potentials regarding how deeply this has impacted their career at SAP.”

Irene Ortiz-Glass
National Vice President
People Transformation, SAP

 
 

“Peter Leets is one of the top senior executive transition coaches in this part of the world.”

Sam Wolgemuth
past Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Freedom Communications

 
 

“Peter is an outstanding career coach, planner and entrepreneur, in addition to being a very supportive business partner. The words that come to mind when I think of Peter are “a class act.” I recommend Peter’s services without hesitation to anyone who needs a caring consultant who delivers results. ”

Ed Trainor
Former SVP/CIO
Paramount Pictures

 
 

“After three and a half years as President and CEO of Ruby’s Diner, I decided to resign and seek a new opportunity. Coupled with that decision, a friend recommended that I engage Peter to assist me in my career development. Initially, I was not very interested. I felt confident that with my sources and contacts in my industry; I could secure a good position. One that would provide me more of what I was missing in my current role. Fortunately, I did decide to work with Peter.

Reflecting back on my experience with the Leets Consortium is a pleasure, because the experience was so profound and life-changing.

I thought I knew a lot about networking and job hunting, but shortly after I started working with Peter, my eyes were opened to a new level of thinking.

In my initial visit with Peter, he shared the process he would take me through. He communicated clearly and carefully, demonstrating great empathic listening. We agreed to a meeting schedule and my journey began.

Peter took me through an exhaustive interview, gently prodding, never intruding, and allowing me to verbalize my hopes for the future, my successes and failures from the past and the reality of the present.

Peter also spent time with my wife at a luncheon, where he discussed the effect my career change would have on her and he developed an understanding of what I needed to provide for her in this process. That luncheon provided a tremendous source of comfort for my wife and gave us both insights into each others hopes and fears.

Peter recommended that I participate in several personality assessments including ones conducted by Dr. Joseph Fabricatore. After three hours of assessments, I spent an afternoon with Dr. Fabricatore where he interviewed me at length regarding many aspects of my life.

Several weeks later, Peter, Dr. Joe and I sat down and went through an extensive debrief where I experienced an epiphany. There are several things that occur in life that shape us into individuals; events or revelations that provide insight and new meaning to one’s path.

The result of this process was that I learned what would truly fulfill me in a job. I learned what motivates me, what turns me off. I understood why I had conflicts in the past and what I did to contribute to them. I learned that I can make better choices and what I truly valued in pursuit of my dreams.

The job I ultimately accepted was actually a secondary benefit. Making that decision was actually easy as I was now equipped with a better sense of self and a certainty of purpose with a clearer vision of how I could make my dreams a reality.

I learned to make a wise choice. I encourage you to make one now and work with Peter. Enjoy the journey.”

Fred LeFranc
Past President and COO
Ruby’s Diner

 
 

“Dear Peter,

Before meeting you, my job search had yielded some opportunities, but nothing was panning out. I believe, I lost some of my focus and drive as the process is very grinding.

Your coaching, mentoring and network got me re-energized and focused. I know that my resume looked better, I was more upbeat at networking events and totally prepared for all interviews. You opened my eyes to possibilities and opportunities that I would have never thought of or chased. As you know, a few months ago, I accepted a position you introduced me to and all is going very well. If not for your efforts on my behalf, none of that would have happened.

If I can ever return the favor, or give a reference to anyone on your behalf, please ask. You have made such a positive impact on my career, I owe you one.

Thanks again!”

Lew Jaffe
CEO and President
Oxford Media
, Inc.
 
 

"From the moment I first spoke with Peter, I knew he would be a valuable coach during my career transition.  Peter listened to all my needs, concerns and worries regarding my transition.   I needed a person that could give me direction, coaching and accountability, but most of all I needed to know that someone was on my side -- Peter fit the bill.  He coaches with integrity, passion and purpose.  I believe that Peter Leets is a 'gift' you give yourself if you are in the midst of a significant transition or change."

Jackie Catena
Vice President of Center of Expertise, Management and OD
Sony Pictures Entertainment

 
 

“I so appreciate your help in making this decision and transition in my life. What you did that was most helpful was make me be clear about what I wanted, tell the truth about the California market, create some great contacts, offer creative options to consider, prepare for interviews with vignettes and most of all provide your own personal coaching. When I got the job with Moen, The Leets Consortium sent me flowers and my NYC firm sent me the final bill. It was such a dichotomy that I laughed out loud!”

Nancy E. Uridil
Past Senior Vice President, Global Quality Assurance
Estee Lauder Companies

 
 

“After nine years with ConAgra Foods, a senior management restructure led to the need for career transition services. I had already established a relationship with Peter Leets stemming from a successful executive coaching initiative, but I wanted to make an informed decision when selecting a transition service provider. As a result, I interviewed other organizations and even attended orientation activity to better understand their capabilities, process, facilities, and so on. What I found at these other organizations was more of a mass production feel to their services. From the class settings containing all different levels of people in transition, to cubicle or bullpen style office setups, I just didn’t walk away with a feeling that I’d have my individual needs met.

I made the decision to work with Peter. The Leets Consortium was 180 degrees from the other organizations. During our first meeting Peter, one on one, walked me through the process that we would custom tailor to my specific situation. I was given a key to the office, myoffice, with state of the art equipment and systems. I was introduced to Vice President, Wendi Hall, who was there to provide immediate support to me in the areas of research and administration. I was very confident I was in good hands, and that Peter and Wendi had a genuine interest in helping me reach a successful outcome.

Working with Peter was a profound experience. He has a unique ability to gently probe for insights that were very helpful in identifying deeper needs and aspirations. From there he quickly knew when certain opportunities were inconsistent with what I had communicated. He also asked questions to gain an understanding of how my wife and children were viewing the transition, their needs and fears. He suggested various ways to maintain the feeling of stability and security on the home front.

Peter is very well connected and made several introductions for me that will now be life-long associations and friendships. As importantly, Peter not only made those introductions, he taught me how to more effectively network to develop broad and meaningful relationships.

Through Peter’s guidance and wise counsel, I was able to secure a position with greater responsibility, compensation, and fulfillment than the one I had left. And more importantly, I learned life-long skills and now understand myself at a much higher level. I would encourage anyone in career transition to work with Peter. Your life will be changed for the better.”

Christopher E. Boyd
Past National Director
ConAgra Foods

 
 

“The real difference Peter and Wendi made in my process was the opportunity I ultimately accepted was brought to me by the Leets team. The lead, which was a high fit for me, came through their network, so ultimately my current assignment came directly through working with The Leets Consortium. Peter was very helpful to me in thinking through and developing a game plan around how to approach my next career step. He was able to bring professional resources and tools to bear in assisting me to do a self assessment. He was a good sounding board as I worked through the trade-offs and considerations in continuing to work for large organizations, versus doing something more entrepreneurial which would help me to better balance work-family. Wendi was terrific with providing administrative support. She was highly engaged with what I was trying to do and I could always count on her to help to complete whatever I needed, when I needed it.”

Dennis F. O’Brien
President, COO
Retail Products ConAgra Foods, Inc.

 
 

“The Leets Consortium combines a professional atmosphere and personalized approach to those in transition - extremely important attributes for me. Unlike other firms, Peter has intentionally kept the client base small. Peter is always available to meet with me and I receive his full attention. Another unique aspect is access to the office beyond "normal business hours" on a 24/7 basis which allows flexibility to meet my needs and schedule. I have also gotten sound advice and support on compiling my resume, networking into the community and company research assistance. As a result, working with the Leets Consortium and Peter has been very beneficial and a great experience.”

Steve Hull
Past Treasurer
Fluor Corporation

 
 

“I worked with Peter Leets to develop a marketing plan, something that I had not thought of doing. He really showed me why just shooting resumes around was just not going to get the job done. I landed a consulting job 8 miles from my home."

Chuck Halper
Past, Vice President, Service
Mitsubishi Motors North America
 
 

“I spent the last 10 years at an organization where I grew, developed, fit and had credibility within the company.  Never had I considered leaving but as often happens, my company relocated and I opted, for personal reasons, to remain in Southern California.   This was a transition which I didn’t anticipate would be difficult for me, although being very comfortable with my last employer; I had not developed the external network I needed.

Peter spent the extra time I needed to help me disconnect from my past employer, assess what I wanted for my next role and take the steps necessary to network and find my new role.  What he brought to the table for me was:

an external view of my local market so I understood what opportunities were out there for me,
the experience of having seen many executives go through the change I was experiencing, and
the patience and flexibility to ebb and flow with my struggles to get through the transition period.

With the help of The Leets Consortium and the personal service of Peter and his extensive network, I was introduced and accepted a role that will be challenging for me, with a quality company that met or exceeded many of my search objectives.

Peter, your efforts have helped keep my career growing and my family here in Southern California, I can’t thank you and your team enough!”

Rob Cook
Executive Director, Human Resources
Conexant Systems, Inc.

 
 

“I feel so fortunate to have met Peter Leets and his associates during my career transition. I noticed from the moment that I walked through their doors that his firm was different. I greatly appreciated the beauty of the artwork and his one on one warmth and professionalism. Having been focused on one company and one mission for so many years, I felt completely out of touch with what I wanted to do, what talents I could bring, what opportunities could help me realize my goals and what was going on in the local market. Peter walked patiently with me through the entire journey. I’m grateful to him for helping me realize the gift this time gave me. His search firm and corporate leader relationship’s helped me to find and land a marvelous opportunity. I feel incredibly blessed to have met him and his associates.”

Charles Lee
CIO
American Career College and West Coast University

 
 

“I have known Peter for 12 years and consider him a good friend. After leaving my last position, I turned to The Leets Consortium, not because of my relationship with Peter, but for the professional support that would be critical for a successful job search.

This was my second time in transition; so felt that I was familiar with the process. What was important to me was the one-on-one personalized support that Peter provided. I knew that I could count on Peter for honest and critical feedback and always very caring. In addition, Wendi Hall provided excellent administrative support that was very much appreciated.

I recommend The Leets Consortium enthusiastically.”

Douglas M. Slack
Past SVP, Field Operations
Venturi Staffing Partners

 
 

“TLC has been an outstanding partner that has assisted me evaluate my career options and coalesce my thoughts about what paths to pursue. They have made valuable introductions to members of the business community that have led to exciting opportunities that fit with my career aspirations.”

Larry Gennaro
Regional Vice President
Jams, Inc.

 
 

“When my position was eliminated through a corporate restructure, my company offered Peter as an outstanding source to assist me during my transition.  I'm thankful they did. 

TLC has outlined a comprehensive strategy to guide me through the thought process.  By asking the insightful questions, challenging me and providing invaluable guidance on next steps to consider, Peter clearly shows he cares and takes the time to know me and those most important in my life.  Wendi is always helpful.  TLC knows it is not about getting a job and continually helps me understand the impact of each course I consider and all aspects of my life.”

Tim Cronmiller
Past Director
The Orange County Register

 
 
“When a corporate restructure resulted in the loss of my executive position, the situation created havoc for me and my family. Peter Leets provided advice on how to develop my personal marketing plan and facilitated adding structure to the career transition process. More importantly, his insights into the human side of career transition helped me effectively communicate the process to my wife and children, reducing their anxieties.”

Tom Van Gilder
Past Vice President
Marie Calender's Pies

 
 

“I’m writing to tell you how greatly I appreciate the support, encouragement and invaluable direction you provided during my recent transition. Before you stepped in, my job search was best characterized as ‘unfocused’, and my resumé was a complete disaster. Under your patient, but necessarily focused, direction I learned how to rethink, organize, quantify and articulate my past experience which led to a resumé that was coherent and impactful. Your introduction to John led me to my new position as VP of Sales and Marketing for The Wentworth Company, and your lessons in networking serve me well in fulfilling my new role.”

Steve Peterson
Past Executive Vice President
Bernard Hodes Group
 
 

“The Leets Consortium combines professionalism with a personalized approach. In fact, to accommodate my schedule, Peter often met with me both before and after normal business hours. Their staff of professionals helped me to gain greater clarity and focus regarding my future career options. Peter provided helpful insights and feedback throughout the process. His networking advice and introductions to members of the business community were extremely valuable. I cannot recommend TLC highly enough. In fact now that I've landed, I will probably be calling on Peter from time to time for some coaching because I think he has great insight.”

Brian Cox
The Walt Disney Company

 
 

“Dear Peter and Chandra,

Thank you for your assistance, guidance and sometimes "cheer leading" that challenged me to look outside of my "being a teacher is all there is" box.

While I know that ACC contracted your services on my behalf, I always felt welcomed to your office as a friend and valued associate.”  

Debbi Bennett, ABOC, NCLC-AC
Certified Optician

 
 
 

 

 
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