Bold New Directions was founded by Suzanne Guthrie and Jim Hornickel, two experienced trainers and consultants, in 2005. First envisioned as a transformational learning organization, Bold New Directions has grown in scope to provide a wide array of training solutions in the United States, Canada and abroad. Our network of dynamic trainers, coaches & facilitators bring energy, depth & professionalism to all our learning events. Drawing on decades of hands-on expertise, our team has extensive experience facilitating top level training to Fortune 500 organizations, higher education institutions, and business organizations. Delivering training solutions in a variety of cities worldwide to best serve you and your organization, our team members all share a commitment to deliver powerful training outcomes to your organization.
Suzanne is a warm and engaging group facilitator and instructor. She has delivered training to thousands of professionals in Fortune 500 firms, mid-sized businesses and professional associations over the past decade. As co-founder of Bold New Directions, Suzanne is known for her expertise in communications, presentations, resilience, emotional intelligence & leadership. She has delivered training in North America, South America & Europe to great acclaim.
Jim Hornickel brings more than 20 years of professional experience in Leadership, Management, Coaching, Corporate Training and Transformation to his role as facilitator and co-founder of Bold New Directions. Jim’s passion is to inspire people to take bold new directions in their lives for increased fulfillment and success. He is known for expertise in leadership, management, negotiations, resilience, teamwork, communications, presentations, coaching, customer service and more.
Marla is a vibrant and engaging group facilitator and instructor. She has delivered training for over 1000 business owners, managers and trainers in areas of business planning, leadership, mentoring, managing organizational change, performance management, coaching and communication skills, employee motivation and retention, presentation and facilitation skills, customer service, sales, interviewing, scheduling, and problem-solving.
Bob Torsey is a former Vice President of Marketing at Alcoa Building Products, and National Training Director for Excel Communications of Dallas. Bob has been an architect of several successful companies and has consulted for a respectable number of Fortune 500 companies. Bob’s expertise is in communication, the sales process, negotiations, managerial skills, team building, dynamic presentations and leadership coaching.
Librada is a coach, facilitator & leadership consultant with over 14 years experience in non-profit & public health sectors. She has worked with local & state governmental public health agencies & national non-profit organizations on leadership, team development, consumer involvement, strategic planning & public health preparedness. Librada is passionate about assisting individuals embrace their leadership style.
Jeff is passionate about personal and professional development. He has over 15 years of workshop facilitation, consulting and coaching experience. Jeff has delivered services for firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Arthur Andersen and Accenture. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and internationally. He is a crowd pleaser when leading sessions on communications, presentations and negotiations.
Darlene is an energetic and passionate Learning and Development Consultant. She has delivered training and facilitated programs across the US for Fortune 500 companies’ managers and trainers in employee development, customer service solutions, team building, delegation, financial strategies, goal setting, change management, communications, performance management and coaching.
Mary Ritz has over 10 years experience as a facilitator and consultant in the areas of leadership, management, communications and team building. She inspires people to achieve higher purpose empowering them to be more successful in their professional and personal lives. Mary’s areas of expertise include leadership, management, team building, emotional intelligence, resilience, communication & customer centricity.
Christine Gilmore is a dedicated training professional who brings extensive international expertise to her role of coaching people to success. Originally from the UK, she has provided coaching and inter-cultural consulting services to the US Department of Defense, contractors such as McDonnell Douglas, TRW and Lockheed Martin. She has also trained and coached senior executives from many major multi-national companies facing transitions.
Ann Betz is an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, leadership, and human transformation. She is a popular author on coaching, leadership and the brain. Ann has worked with high-level executives at many different companies including Cargill, Medtronic, Nestle, Novartis & American Medical Systems, as well as small business owners and non-profit Executives. Ann loves to share knowledge, and is known for her humor, warmth and ability to make complex subjects easily understood.
Janice brings a vast range of facilitation and training experiences to Bold New Directions. She is passionate about leadership and brings significant expertise in performance improvement strategies. Janice has provided leadership training, management development and executive coaching to a wide range of organizations. In addition, she has trained and supported a network of consultants capable of generating more than $20 million in annual gross revenues.
Gabby Staal, a former VP in the financial industry, brings more than 20 years of professional experience in Leadership, Coaching & Organizational Development. Based in The Netherlands, he has served many large companies & organizations including the European Commission. Gabby’s passion is to improve leadership & team performance. His style is straight forward, respectful & sharp yet he infuses playfulness & humor in all he does.