BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karine Leblanc, sales engineer and leadership expert, helps busy consulting engineers with their HVAC design projects by supporting them with various system ideas and efficient equipment solutions. Not your typical engineer™, Karine is passionate about helping engineers step up their leadership skills so they can build lasting relationships, communicate effectively and become an influencer without relying on any title.
Author of Locked On Leadership: The Tactical Business Guide to Creating a Culture of Consistency, Courage, and Caring.
A former Naval Officer, owner or president of President of six companies, Dave is now an author and speaker helping create high-performance, self-directed teams.
A.J. MacQuarrie is an entrepreneur who has been through it all; from the highs of turning a $20,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business to the lows of sitting in bankruptcy court. He is the former CEO of KarmaBox Vending, one of the world’s first healthy vending companies that expanded to over 80 cities across the United States in just 3.5 years (ultimately failing due to a bad business model and rapid growth). He then launched his current venture, Keep Going Media, to help entrepreneurs spark growth through brand development, digital marketing, and online programs. A.J. is the author of the forthcoming book “The Setback Advantage: Crafting Your Entrepreneurial Comeback After Failures, Flukes, & F-Ups” and the co-host of the 40 Under 40 Podcast.
Immediate Past President (2020-2021)
Robert Grossman founded Black Diamond Leadership in 2016 to provide High-Performance leadership and team development programs and coaching previously available only to Fortune 500 Companies. It is Robert’s vision to bring the same level of employee development programs to small and midsize companies. Robert works with companies to drive peak performance and implement a culture of engagement among employees. With an emphasis on emotional intelligence, communication, and trust, Robert and his company deliver compelling speeches, coaching, workshops, seminars, and webinars and is based in Westlake Village, California.
Secretary and Director of Marketing
Caitlin Crommett is a Millennial and speaker on the multigenerational workplace. She runs a national nonprofit organization, DreamCatchers, which bridges generational gaps in its work with terminally-ill & youth.
Sara Safari, award-winning author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, Electrical Engineer and advocate for women empowerment, has served as a director & leader on multiple boards. https://www.climbyoureverest.org/
Sara received an award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She also has received the award for Outstanding Practice with Broad Impact in the area of women and leadership from International Leadership Association in 2017.
Director of Professional Development
Eric Erenstoft , is a former Disney Exec, CEO Entrepreneur, 1st Responder, Competitive Roughwater Swimmer, Adventurer, and GenXer. He is a Southern California native and has worked in and called six different countries home. He is a prolific Author, Keynote Speaker and expert on Peak Performance, Leadership, Entrepreneurism, Empowerment, Mindset, Women In Business applying the principles of Conscious Intelligence ®.
Director of Special Programs
Alina Ugas is a Behavior and Communication Mentor and Co-founder of Final Step International and its trademark technique, The Needs Based Method®. With over 35 years’ experience in the health care, mental health and business sector, Alina, a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming® & Motivational Coach, National Certified Recovery Coach, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, has always had a passion for helping others discover why their emotional decisions and self-destructive behaviors prevent them from reaching their highest potential.