Meet the Team

The coaches who kindle the Gentle Fire
John Arnold
West Palm Beach/Atlanta
Noah Blumenthal
NY Metro
Marilyn Bushey
Sydney Davis
NY Metro/NJ
Mike Jaffe
NY Metro
Cindy Levine
NY Metro
Stewart Levine
San Francisco
Donna Marino
Eric Marks
NY Metro
Dave McKeon
Boston/Ft Lauderdale
Ann Mehl
NY Metro

JOHN ARNOLD (Florida/Atlanta)

John Arnold A dynamic and proven executive coach and consultant with extensive leadership and management experience, John has spent the last two decades helping leaders and organizations go to the next level. Articulate and creative, John uses his personal instincts, 25 years of corporate experience, and a unique leadership style to challenge individuals and organizations to define themselves and achieve their personal and professional goals.

John has a passion for transforming people, teams and organizations! John is also a member of the global coaching team at The Ken Blanchard Company and is recognized as one of the top Executive Coaches in Ken’s organization.

John excels in the application of executive coaching, leadership development, consultative sales management, team building, executive recruiting, employee development, and multi-site business management. An expert in leadership development and change management, John has designed, delivered, and facilitated strategic planning retreats; supported mission/vision work as well as guided organizational change projects.

For over 25 years, John has worked extensively with executives and senior managers, and teams, providing industry leadership expertise. As someone who has authored and led many change management initiatives, he fully understands the financial, business, and strategic thinking processes and can work effectively in all areas.


Noah BlumenthalNoah is a coach, speaker, and published author who helps people see the best in themselves and become more confident, energized, and effective in their work.

A bestselling author, Noah was named by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world’s “Top 100 Minds in Personal Development.” As a keynote speaker and executive coach Noah helps individuals and organizations develop heroic leadership and has worked with clients in the Fortune 500 in financial services, advertising, media, pharmaceuticals, professional services, utilities and consumer products.

Noah is a sought-after keynote speaker, delivering talks on leadership development, personal change, and overcoming adversity to audiences of executives, managers, sales people, HR professionals, and executive coaches. Organizations that have featured Noah as a speaker include Goldman Sachs, Frito Lay, MTV Networks, Columbia University, Fordham University, the International Coaching Federation, the American Society of Training and Development, and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Noah was a founding member of an internal consulting group at UBS Financial Services where he helped create and lead the effort for team development and coaching in the organization. He trained and consulted to over 1000 line, management and executive teams and coached hundreds of team leaders on how to change their businesses and their behaviors.


Marilyn BusheyMarilyn is an inspirational coach and facilitator who thrives on bringing out the best in people, teams and organizations.

Over the last 25 years she has coached over 2000 people in executive presence, leadership skills, business development skills and life skills. She also leads Fortune 100 companies, fast growth small businesses and non-profits in result-driven strategic planning sessions, quarterly management retreats, on-boarding and sales boot camps, and team building events. She has been praised for her ability to “combine practical experience with intellectual insight” and for “always inspiring innovation and creativity in her clients.“

Her clients companies include Merrill Lynch, Humana, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Citigroup, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Data Return, KPMG, UBS, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, EBI (Egyptian Banking Institute); numerous non profits and colleges and universities; and a niche market of women business owners in the $1.5 million to $130 million range.

Marilyn came out of a corporate background in the Staffing industry and, after founding and selling her own staffing business, founded Power Performance and Communication and is currently the CEO and Chief Learning Officer. While owning PowerPAC she also co-founded Growing by Design, a company which is the managing partner for the 5 Dynamics Profile. She sold her interest in GBD in 2009.


Sydney DavisAn inspirational force of energy, humor and authenticity, Sydney Davis coaches individuals, groups and businesses seeking transformational change amongst leadership, communication and purpose.

Sydney’s direct but supportive approach propels clients to excel in their work while staying aligned with their instincts, experiencing results that are both meaningful and lasting.

With a Masters in Counseling and certification as a Life Purpose coach, Sydney has 22 years of professional experience as a teacher, counselor, entrepreneur, leader and visionary. Her clients have included large and small companies, non profits, educational institutions, and social service agencies. Sydney is the Founder and Executive Director of Girls on the Run NJ East where she has been empowering thousands of girls and women for over a decade. She is also an active volunteer for One to One, Women Coaching Women, utilizing her training by the renowned Hendricks Institute.


Cindy LevineCindy is a leadership advisor and executive coach who develops high potential leaders in dynamic, change-making organizations. She creates innovative leadership programming, teaches managers to coach their own future leaders and coaches high potential talent for corporate, social enterprise and nonprofit clients.

Cindy is deeply committed to developing next generation, socially responsible leaders. She brings an innovative lens to Generation Y (18-30 year olds) talent development and building relevant leadership cultures.

Cindy brings to her coaching and advisory relationships leadership, management and operating experience developed in a twenty-five year career transforming dynamic, high potential financial service businesses in start up, turnaround, growth and M&A situations.

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) for JPMorgan US Private Bank and Investment Banking businesses, she earned a reputation as an innovative change agent, motivating team builder and impactful mentor and coach. She was a champion for talent and organizational development, designing and implementing sales, team building and leadership programs. In all her COO roles, Cindy was instrumental in driving strategic agenda setting and execution.

Cindy serves on the Board of VisionSpring, the award winning social enterprise providing affordable eyeglasses in base-of-the-pyramid communities globally. She founded the Women’s Senior Operating Executive Network and is a regular contributor to women’s publications, panels and professional events.

STEWART LEVINE (San Francisco)

Stewart LevineStewart Levine is a creative problem solver and a master facilitator with over 30 years of experience in training, consulting, management and mediation. He is widely recognized for creating agreement and empowerment in the most challenging circumstances. He improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict. His innovative work with “Agreements for Results’ and his “Resolutionary” conversational models are unique.

He works with individuals, couples, partners, and small and large organizations of all kinds. His models for problem solving, collaboration and conflict resolution were endorsed by the house judiciary committee.

He has worked for American Express; Chevron; ConAgra; DC Government; EDS; General Motors; Honda; Kaiser; NASA; Oracle; Safeco; University of San Francisco; U.S.Depts. of Agriculture and the Navy. His book “Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration” (Berrett- Koehler 1998) was an Executive Book Club Selection; Featured by Executive Book Summaries; named one of the 30 Best Business Books of 1998; and called “a marvelous book” by Dr. Stephen Covey. It has been translated into Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese.

Stewart is an instructor for the American Management Association and IBI Global. He has delivered programs for Career Track; Fred Pryor Seminars; Esalen Institute;; and the American Bar Association. “The Cycle of Resolution” has just been selected for inclusion in the Second Edition of “The Change Handbook.”

DONNA MARINO (Chicago/Indianapolis)

Donna MarinoDonna Marino is a strong business visionary and strategist with over 20 year’s Executive level sales, marketing and general business experience. Technically savvy in traditional corporate roles, Donna’s interpersonal style and personal strengths, cited as ‘tact, warmth, humility, intellect, sense of humor and supportive nature,’ led her to hold significant leadership roles with acclaimed organizations Eastman Kodak Company, Rubbermaid and Roche Diagnostics.

Drawing on a lifetime of personal and professional Leadership relationships, Donna brings a wealth of experience, unique skill set and powerful insight to your company as a business and personal effectiveness coach.

Donna specializes in inspiring individuals, corporate teams and executives to stop, challenge and choose to get off ‘auto-pilot.’ Her unique approach and philosophy focuses on aligning values, interests and talents with measurable and achievable outcomes.

The founder of Armonia Coaching (‘Harmony’ in Italian), Donna brings leadership, candid feedback and worthy challenges and is ready to guide your organization to working smarter rather than harder.


Eric MarksEric Marks provides leadership in strategic human resource and specialized business management issues. He is a facilitator and consultant with more than 20 years of executive management experience. Eric has been responsible for developing processes and systems to improve organizational capability in key business areas such as goal alignment, performance management, accountability, leadership, career development, change management and succession planning.

Eric’s coaching, advisory and consulting services encompass a broad spectrum of human resource activities, including one-to-one coaching for executives seeking to effectively manage their workforce. He has facilitated workgroups in small and mid-sized companies to create practical methods of enhancing work-life effectiveness, training, recruiting and retention strategies and programs. He is often sought out for his advice and counsel on people matters in both strategic business deals and engagements.

Eric’s advisory and consultative work with entrepreneurs and business leaders of privately held companies, family owned businesses, private foundations, medical practices, corporations, commercial and not-for-profit enterprises encompass a broad spectrum of talent development including leadership and business coaching, workforce planning, and performance improvement.

Eric is a longstanding member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society of Training and Development, and the International Coaching Federation. He has received two Master’s Degrees, with honors, from Pace University — in Public Administration and in Business Administration. He is a Certified Life Purpose Coach, Certified Practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Business at Westchester Community College.

DAVE MCKEON, CBC PCC (Boston/ Florida)

Dave McKeonDave’s focus is helping leaders and emerging leaders transform their leadership potential into their reality. He brings integrity, innovation, reality, and humor to the role of business coach.

For over 20 years Dave led a variety of worldwide functional and strategic leadership initiatives inside high-tech and Fortune 500 manufacturing firms. Dave brings this comprehensive business experience to his coaching relationships. He is known for his pragmatic style and his ability to read between the lines.

Dave has coached numerous professionals and their teams around the world, including India, Poland, Germany, England, and Belgium. He has guided corporate strategic planning efforts, served on boards of directors, led professional organizations, and chaired nationally recognized conferences.

He is certified in a number of 360 and behavioral assessment instruments, including the DISC; skilled at developing individual leadership skill building programs to create improved organizational and personal career performance; on-boarding of new hires, and benchmarking roles.

Companies that he has coached within include Abbott Labs, Adobe, American Express, BioMed, Deloitte & Touche, Department of the Navy, EMC, Hewlett Packard, KPMG, the NBA and the NFL.

Dave holds a number of professional designations, including Certified Business Coach with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches, Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and Certified Corporate Business Coach with Corporate Coach University.


Ann MehlAnn specializes in coaching individuals and teams in the areas of leadership, change management, professional development and work/life balance.

As a runner who has completed over 40 marathons worldwide, Ann challenges her clients to think more authentically and to identify executable steps toward achieving any goal. Ann has coached hundreds of individuals across a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, from seasoned corporate executives to small business owners to new graduates.

Ann spent many years as a Corporate Recruiter, beginning her career at Anderson Consulting followed by more than 6 years as a Vice President at Otec Inc., a boutique recruitment firm specializing in IT staffing for Fortune 500 firms. After a stint covering Institutional Sales for the Middle East as part of Citigroup Asset Management, she shifted into executive search by joining Sextant Search Partners in New York.

She is a sought-after coach, guest speaker, blogger, and wellness expert. Her articles have appeared in Women’s Running, Body+Soul, Betty Confidential, and she has appeared on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living program. When not training in Central Park, Ann relishes in volunteering for Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of adolescent girls.