Our Team

Kurt Glassman

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." - Leonardo da Vinci

Kurt is a founding partner of LeadershipOne. The product of a fourth generation family business, Kurt’s career spans three decades as a principal shareholder, CEO investor and executive consultant. He specializes in succession planning for family businesses


Hal Johnson

"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival." - W. Edwards Deming

Hal is the CEO and co-founder of LeadershipOne, Inc. His experiences as a career CEO in the US and UK, led him to become a business-transition specialist – transitioning organizations from entrepreneurial to team-management cultures with an emphasis


Yolanda Underwood

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther." - J. P. Morgan

Yolanda is a 15-year veteran of Human Resource management, specializing in strategic planning, performance management and leadership development.  Her work in a variety of industries including financial, agriculture, health care, transportation and manufacturing


Stephen Murrill

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. " - Coach John Wooden

Stephen is an expert in the field of family business management. His career has spanned positions in sales and customer relations, social and marketing research, project management, policy analysis, legislative advocacy and CEO responsibilities in the


Melinda Heryford

"A good plan, vigorously executed this week, will always be better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George Patton

Melinda is known as the "Business Implementer" and with over thirty years as a business strategist, systems specialist and HR consultant, she has a deep understanding of what it means to make a business successful. Melinda works closely with businesses


Marcus Bigelow

"Why are you on earth other than to create carbon dioxide?"

Marcus is an 18-year veteran in leadership and organizational coaching. He has coached hundreds of leaders and entrepreneurs -- motivating and mentoring CEOs, presidents, and business owners to increase their leadership impact and grow profitability through


Chris Glassman

"Diligence is the mother of good luck." - Benjamin Franklin

Chris has more than 10 years of experience in systems and people management in the financial services industry. With LeadershipOne, he specializes in succession planning, strategic planning, systems improvement and strategic budgeting. Chris has led and


Ken Pense

"The system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets" - W. Edward Deming

Ken works with teams, business owners and mature organizations with a focus on re-imagining the next stage of growth. He has a unique ability to design strategies, which align with the values and vision of the clients he advises both personally and professionally.


Bob Simpson

"I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Robert (Bob) Simpson is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Jelly Belly Candy Company.During Bob's fifteen-year tenure, he led his team in innovative brand building and marketing, resulting in doubling top line revenue while increasing


Karen Strong

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Karen brings more than 19 years of experience as a Public Relations and Marketing professional to LeadershipOne. A skilled communicator, she has successfully managed and implemented all aspects of corporate communications including public relations, marketing