The Team

Advisory Team

Verne Harnish

Verne is the founder of two world-renowned entrepreneurship organizations, the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE), Verne is presently founder and CEO of Gazelles, Inc. (www.gazelles.com), and is the author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm. Named one of the "Top 10 Minds in Small Business" by Fortune Small Business Magazine (FSB), he has chaired the renowned "Birthing of Giants" entrepreneurship leadership program at MIT for 15 years and the MIT/WEO "Advanced Business Program." Verne has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Wichita State University.

Ron Huntington

Ron Huntington, former President of Gazelles International, has 18 years of experience as a Business Consultant and Executive Coach, is Owner and principal of Executive Mentors & Trainers (EMT) in Seattle, Washington, and a Partner in Sound Investments, a successful Pacific Northwest real estate development company. An inspiring speaker, Ron is the author of "Strategic Business Planning," published by BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders, in April of 2003. Ron has over 30 years of entrepreneurial business development, ownership and general management experience, which includes work with start-ups, operations management, raising capital, investor relations, and financial stewardship. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Communications and Sociology in 1972.

Sandy Kolberg

With over 30 years experience and business background, Sandy brings solid business strategy to organizations in culture, communication, leadership development, and strategic thinking. Sandy developed a series of workshops called; The Essential Business Growth Tools utilizing personal profile assessments and current business tools to develop an integrated systems approach to communication and culture. She has received awards from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in the categories of Unsung Hero and Innovation.Sandy holds a B.A. in English, Psychology, and Secondary Education. Her M.A. degrees are in Secondary Developmental Reading and Social Foundations. Sandy's Ph.D. is in Philosophy, with emphasis on the social psychology of learning. Sandy teaches and mentors in doctoral leadership programs, coaches executives, is a certified mediator, and Gazelles International coach.

Andy Catterall

Andy Catterall is Director of Business Development for the Seattle market for Centerstance, a business and technology consulting firm. He has 20 years of enterprise technology sales, sales leadership and consulting experience. Andy specializes in target account acquisition, account management and sales operations. During the mid-1990's, Andy sold and managed a $2M business-to-business marketing database project that was key to Microsoft's Windows 95 launch strategy. In 1997, Andy founded Integrity Marketing Services, focused on developing sales funnels for technology firms, accelerating sales cycles and reducing sales costs for Microsoft, Concur, Captaris, and Primus, among others. The company was recognized on the Puget Sound Business Journal's 2002 list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies (#38). Andy served as Director of Business Development for Covestic, a business and IT consulting firm for three years before joining Centerstance in 2010.

Ken Townsend

Dr. Ken Townsend serves as Northwest Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International assisting schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He started in Christian schools in 1982, serving as teacher, vice-principal, principal, and superintendent and is certified through the state and ACSI at all levels. Concurrently, Ken served in the Air Force Reserve as a chaplain and retired in 2008 as a colonel, after tours at the base level, major command, and as the IMA Commandant at the USAF Chaplain School. He earned his doctorate in education from Pepperdine University and also teaches as an adjunct professor
in two different universities.