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Mike Hawkins

MIKE HAWKINS is award-winning author of Activating Your Ambition - A Guide to Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others, and president of Alpine Link Corporation, a boutique consulting company specializing in leadership development and sales performance improvement. Prior to Alpine Link Corp., Mike had the distinction of having hands-on experience throughout the enterprise value chain. He excelled as an engineer in product development with Halliburton. He was a successful salesman and marketing executive with IBM. He worked as global general manager for Scient, a fast growing e-Business Systems Innovator, and held the position of executive vice-president for LogicaCMG, a global consulting and IT solution provider. He has worked in multiple industries including management consulting, information technology, financial services, manufacturing, construction, energy, telecommunications, and utilities.

To say Mike likes a challenge is an understatement. He has never been one to shy away from adversity. Throughout his industry and consulting career he has undertaken the toughest assignments. He has led many cross-functional reengineering efforts and turned around numerous under-performing businesses. He excels at overcoming complex issues that prevent organizations and individuals from reaching their peak potential. From his experience, he has discovered recurring root cause issues that limit performance and prevent operational excellence. As a result, Mike has refined several frameworks including Activating Your Ambition™, The SCOPE of Leadership™, and Peak Potential Selling™ to help companies and individuals break through their limitations and achieve new levels of performance.

Mike is a respected speaker, executive coach, sales trainer, management consultant, leadership workshop facilitator, and college guest lecturer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and completed a one year advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.  Click here to see Mike Hawkins' full biography >>.


Mike Armour

MIKE ARMOUR, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of Strategic Leadership International. When he speaks on leadership, communication, and building a Trust-Bonded Organization™, he draws on a lifetime of firsthand experience. At 33 he founded a highly successful private school. By 37 he was one of America’s youngest college presidents. And at 38 he was a naval reserve commander in the field of intelligence. Mike eventually retired from the Navy as a captain after five years of directing systems security and information technology for a nationwide intelligence command. Along the way he has led a variety of faith-based institutions, managed major political campaigns, and headed multi-million dollar fundraising drives.

Through his entire career Mike has been the “go-to” man for organizations needing to turn around or get back on track. For the past decade he has worked with educators in Russia and Ukraine to bring character training into their schools and universities. Mike’s firm serves executives who want to enhance their effectiveness. Mike earned his Ph.D. from UCLA, and holds additional degrees from four other colleges and universities.


Mike Danchak

MIKE DANCHAK, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of Helping Services. He partners with clients from the relational and developmental sides of leadership to successfully create and implement behavioral change. Through skill building and practice, he works side by side with leaders to unleash their peak career potential. Coaching in the critical aspects of relational and developmental leadership provides the insights to maximize an excellent marketing and business plan.

Mike has a B.S. from Abilene Christian University, Cum Laude; History, English, Religion and a M.Ed. Abilene Christian University, Counseling/Guidance. He has participated in post graduate studies at Texas Tech University, University of Arizona School of Medicine, University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University and the College of Executive Coaching. He is a licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas (LPC) and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Texas (LMFT). He is currently completing graduate training as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). He is past president of the Frio Hospital Association, on the Board of Directors for The Daily Minute, a speaker for The Daily Minute (Internet and Video Book presentations on Parenting, Marriage and Motivation) and founder of the Tighter Knot marriage enrichment program.


Rick Davis

RICK DAVIS, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is managing director of Divine Consultants.  He has 25 years of experience in professional services designing and implementing innovative sales and marketing approaches. The bulk of his career has been spent with Ernst & Young where he played a key role in leading the culture change that enabled E&Y to strengthen relationships, grow revenues and dominate competing firms. Since leaving E&Y, Rick has achieved recognition as a thought leader in growth strategy development, sales process innovation, and pursuit team coaching. He has teamed with leading professional services firms around the world to enhance their competitive strengths.


Rick is continually called upon by industry leaders to bring his professional experience and high energy style to help them grow their businesses. He works with teams and individuals, fully investing in their professional success. His key accomplishments include facilitating hundreds of workshops with account leaders around the world, delivering numerous keynote addresses, facilitating retreats at a number of large law firms and professional services firms, developing an innovative, multi-stage process for coaching and training associates in business development, coaching winning pursuit teams to multi-million dollar deals and developing proven sales approaches for growing client engagements.


Linda Davis

LINDA FLETCHER, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, has over 20 years experience in technology and business development leadership. Linda began her career at Ernst and Young specializing in high net worth individual and corporate taxation. She left EY to join GTE serving in product, operations, and sales management roles. While at GTE, Linda played an integral role leading sales teams in bringing innovative technology solutions to market. She also managed multiple engagements integrating technology into existing business architectures for Fortune 500 clients. Linda went on to become a Regional Director at Genuity where she oversaw a team of project managers and lead engineers in launching Genuity’s web solutions practice. Since 2005, Linda has been an independent consultant providing coaching and oversight on numerous business development, financial and technology engagements.



Colleen Francis

COLLEEN FRANCIS, an Alpine Link partner is president of Engage Selling Solutions, a sales training firm.  Colleen is driven by a passion for sales - and results. A successful sales leader for over 20 years, she understands the challenges of selling in today's market and that business leaders can no longer rely on approaches to sales based on techniques from decades ago.

Colleen works with business and sales leaders to design, implement and hone their sales teams to seize market opportunities. Whether designing strategy to target a new market or working with a team to improve their productivity, Colleen's results have attracted clients such as Merck, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Canada, Dow AgroSciences, Adecco, Trend Micro, UBM, and over 1,000 other leading organizations.

Time and time again, clients who work with Colleen note her frank, no-nonsense approach to solving problems and addressing opportunities. Always with an eye to results, Colleen has become renowned for her practical strategies and use of measurement and accountability to inspire sales team performance.

Colleen has been distinguished as a Certified Sales Professional (C.S.P.), is a past President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and is a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. Sales and Marketing Magazine has called Colleen and Engage Selling: One of the top 5 most effective sales training organizations in the market today.


Merit Gest

MERIT GEST, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is a sales trainer with SalesLeadership, a sales and management training firm. Corporations as large as Microsoft as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs have benefited from Merit’s training, consulting & coaching.

Merit brings years of study and real world experience to her clients.  Among her many accomplishments are being the youngest General Sales Manager in the Chicago radio market and backpacking around the world for one full year on her own.  Merit’s extensive leadership training included focusing on behaviors, attitudes and techniques to elicit the best in others so they can overcome self-limiting beliefs and achieve their professional and personal goals.

As a member of the National Speakers Association, professional organizations across the country have benefited from Merit’s personal blend of humor, storytelling and interactive talks and training workshops.  Merit is regularly featured in Selling Power Magazine as an expert advisor.  She has taught hundreds of salespeople and who have created millions of dollars in sales because of her coaching.
A true adventurer, Merit pulls business lessons from her experiences backpacking around the world, bungee jumping, sky diving, ice climbing, scuba diving, paragliding and walking on hot coals.  She's likely the only person on the planet who's broken a left foot in Israel and a right leg in Croatia, but somehow she's walked away from both with inspiring messages to share that allow people an opportunity to find their own personal strength.  She helps people crack the code of their earning potential with her 5-step process called The M.E.R.I.T. Method.

Amy Hardin

AMY HARDIN, an Alpine Link Partner, is co-founder and owner of C2H Recruiters, a firm exclusively focused on placing revenue producers into companies.  Amy is an award-winning sales trainer, dynamic speaker and sales development expert who has spent her career selling, managing, training and consulting with hundreds of companies. 


Amy’s clients come from a wide range of industries including: high tech, publishing, web design, marketing, banking, financial services, telecommunications, mailing, transportation, manufacturing, legal and staffing—just to name a few.  From sole proprietors to enterprise corporations, Amy brings clarity and insight to tough sales, management, hiring and leadership challenges.  Her ultimate goal is to deliver sustainable, measurable revenue growth through consultative sales process, behavioral change and talent acquisition.  Her clients have experienced exponential revenue growth through her consulting and training. 


Amy is a sought after speaker for workshops and conferences, a contributor to Business District Magazine, and is currently writing her first book. She makes her home in Austin, TX with her husband, Neal, and their Brady Bunch style family.   

Mark Hojegian

MARK HOJEGIAN, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is a back country guide, and an account executive for Colorado Bike and Ski Tours (CBST). CBST is a top provider of experiential outdoor education programs for corporations visiting Colorado. CBST has found a niche by literally pulling folks out of the classroom and enhancing dynamic creative leadership with the majesty of Colorado as a backdrop.

Although Mark’s engineering degree from Virginia Tech led him to many successful opportunities, he was always frustrated that he had to leave his love for the outdoors behind when he went to work in high-tech environments. He made it a personal goal to find a position in life where technology, business development, personal growth and a passion for life could share the same stage. A few years ago, Mark participated in Colorado Bike and Ski Tours’ 24 hour mountain bike odyssey known as Montezuma’s Revenge. After competing in this world class event, Mark jumped on board and never looked back.

When he’s not helping corporate executives develop leadership skills, Mark runs a successful Real Estate business with offices in Denver and Summit County, Colorado. Between the heart of the city and the snow capped peaks of the Continental Divide, Mark works with large investment groups, 1st time home buyers and everyone in between. He enjoys working with all types of clients and he’s never afraid to jump into an interesting project and get his hands dirty.


Sue Kenfield

SUE KENFIELD, an Alpine Link partner is president of See It Thrive, a performance improvement consulting company that specializes in connecting people to their best performance through leadership development, executive coaching, sales training, and business development consulting.

Sue has over twenty years of experience in corporate sales, management, training, strategic planning, business development, and coaching. She has worked with start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies.  She is a skilled trainer, coach, and facilitator. Prior to starting See It Thrive, Sue was responsible for training and development at Stryker Corporation, and was a significant contributor during the start-up of a medical device company.

Sue has been a student of human behavior for twenty-five years. She has worked with sales and leadership teams to achieve their best performance by removing the obstacles holding them back. Sue’s clients benefit from her real world knowledge, experience, and unique insight. She has a significant talent for connecting with people and seeing their potential. Her clients reach their objectives by taking bold steps through professional and personal development, and collaborative partnership. Sue has a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. She is certified in the use of the BarOn EQ-i® Emotional Intelligence assessment and completed her coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute and College of Executive Coaching.

Chris Klinvex

CHRISTOPHER KLINVEX, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is founding partner of Select International and responsible for Select’s International Operations and Alliance program. When not working with US companies stateside, Christopher can be found in London, Toronto, or Mexico City in Select’s offices serving clients locally. Having spent more than fifteen years consulting with large corporations throughout the world, Christopher retains a high level of expertise in the integration of human resources systems with bottom-line results.

His experience in working with multinational companies includes assessment of executive candidates to ensure they meet the core job competencies and have a “fit” with their new employers’ business environment, a critical area missed in many executive assessment programs. In addition, Christopher has developed web based automated staffing system, integration of employee assessment results with personal development plans, mapping of Select International competencies to client specific training programs, design and implementation of performance management systems, labor market analysis, and in depth sales assessment programs. Many of his ideas can be found in the best seller book he co-authored, Hiring Great People. He has been interviewed by leading publications, including HR Magazine, News Week, HR Director, and others.

Christopher is fluent in Spanish and spent part of his graduate and undergraduate studies in Europe. Prior to his work with Select International, he worked at Development Dimensions International (DDI). Christopher received his M.A. in International Business Management from Point Park University and His B.A. in Education from South Eastern Adventist University.

Leslie Martin

LESLIE MARTIN, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of The Highlands Consulting Group, a career and leadership development company in the metro Washington DC area. She is recognized as an expert in career development using state of the art assessments that measure work-related strengths to maximize effectiveness. She is credentialed in the analysis of The Highlands Ability Battery, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and 360-degree feedback. She also developed The Highlands Potential Indicator™ for use with senior executives. Leslie is a popular speaker and an executive coach certified through Corporate Coach University. She consults widely in both the public and private sectors, for non-profit organizations, schools and churches. She is the co-author of Highlands: The Right Choice, Matching Your Abilities with College and Career.

Leslie has been on several pioneering teams in the area of developing leadership excellence. As well as starting her own company, she was also on the founding team of The Leadership Institute, a corporate leadership learning experience in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is co-founder of The Leadership Awakening Experience™, a leadership development curriculum for senior leaders. She is adjunct faculty to The Federal Executive Institute, graduate school for the Senior Executive Service of the U.S. Government.

Matt Martin

MATT MARTIN, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, has spent his career assisting leaders in achieving exceptional personal performance results. Since 1985, Matt has focused on coaching and counseling entrepreneurial leaders. His clients span many different industries and organizations. He was on the founding team of the Fellowship Focus Forum for the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and has worked with numerous YPOers over the last ten years. In 1990 he co-authored The Halftime Journey, a life transition curriculum designed for people in mid-life. He is also the co-founder and president of Legacy Forums, an executive coaching organization that helps men and women develop a personal strategic life mission that leads to a legacy of greater fulfillment and contribution. He currently serves as a national leader for The Navigators, an international Christian non-profit organization.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a BA in Political Science in 1969. After serving four years as a Naval Supply Officer, he spent six years coaching and developing military leaders in Europe. Upon returning to the states in 1980, he completed his master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has trained and worked as a counselor and is certified as an executive coach.

Linda Rothwell

LINDA ROTHWELL, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of Prism Consulting. Over Linda’s career, she has been responsible for major account sales and customer service at Sprint. She was director of process improvement, project management, quality assurance, and training with AT&T Broadband. She led customer service nationally for Rhythms Net Connections and globally for 360networks during the tech bubble of the early 2000s. She founded and operated a retail business. She has worked in telecommunications, construction, retail, and insurance industries. She currently works as part-time university faculty developing and teaching college business courses.

As a life-long learner, Linda earned her B.S. in Business Administration, M.B.A., a Master’s certificate in online teaching, a Master’s certificate in curriculum development, trainer certification, and facilitation certification. She continues to seek out opportunities to sharpen her skills.

Linda is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams as well as deliver tangible results. She has the unique ability to improve people and processes.

Colleen Stanley

COLLEEN STANLEY, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of SalesLeadership, Inc., a sales strategy firm. SalesLeadership (SLI) specializes in integrating emotional intelligence with consultative sales training. SLI also works with organizations in hiring top sales producers, leadership training, reward and recognition programs, and presentation skills.

Colleen is a President of Colorado National Speaker’s Association, a monthly columnist for the Business Journal’s across the country and a speaker for Vistage International. She serves on the board for Tennyson Center for Children, Intuitive Captive Insurance and Association for Corporate Growth. She is the author of Growing Great Sales Teams and co-author of Motivational Selling. She was the featured speaker on sales at the 2006 New York Times Small Business Summit and was chosen from over 3,000 speakers to present at the National Speakers Association Conference in August, 2008.

Prior to starting SalesLeadership, Colleen was vice president of sales and marketing for Varsity Spirit Corporation, where she built and directed a national sales team. During her 10 years at Varsity, sales grew from $25M to $90M, and was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the United States.

Colleen’s unique combination of knowledge, credibility, humor, and energy leave audiences with a renewed commitment to change, act, and get results.

Paul Stanley

PAUL STANLEY, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is partner with Black Diamond Capital, an investment and consulting firm. Paul specializes in construction industry management consulting and executive coaching. He takes an active role in the development of companies in the critical areas of creating vision and mission, strategy, sales and marketing, increasing revenue and efficiencies, capital and debt funding as well as succession planning and implementation. He leads and influences with a developmental bias and equips, develops, and encourages other leaders to do the same.

Paul has owned his own construction company and worked as a trainer, coach, and consultant with a leading construction industry consulting firm. He is a partner with a capital advisory and consulting firm and serves as a teacher and coach with the Leader Development Network, an educational 501(3)c where he helps train and develop both seasoned and emerging leaders on values-based leadership. He is an experienced project manager and project manager trainer.

In addition to his business experience, Paul spent 7 years as an infantry officer. He led and developed troops in Germany, Desert Storm, and in the Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. Paul is a graduate of Wheaton College. He has been married to his best friend Kristin for 26 years and they are blessed with two sons and a daughter.

Paul’s specialties include consulting, coaching, and complex problem solving. He is adept at finding, developing and funding companies, advising on investment and capital, leadership development, and executive coaching. He helps companies of all sizes with strategy formulation, business planning, and business development. He has worked in several industries including high tech, medical, and construction.

Byron Swezy

BYRON SWEZY, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is past president and owner of Colorado Bike and Ski Tours (CBST), a world class outdoor adventure and wilderness education organization. Byron's specialty is leadership development though outdoor experiential programs. He produces world-class events for clients ranging from basic orienteering courses to elaborate wilderness rescue and emergent medical protocols for non-profits, the public sector and within the corporate world for the purposes of both public safety and for developing leadership skills. CBST currently facilitates, on average 10,000 participants per year within its outdoor leadership programs around the country and worldwide. Clients range from executive corporate clients to federal accounts with the U.S Army, The Drug enforcement Agency, The Federal Bureau of Investigations and even the British Royal Air Force.

Byron has a background in non-profit international health administration and logistics having worked for over 15 years with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, The World health Organization, Doctors To The World, and currently sits on the board of directors for The International Rural Education and Development Foundation; an organization that has facilitated medical and educational based programs in over 40 countries worldwide. Byron was trained as an E.M.T. (I.V.), Colorado State certified Avalanche forecaster, and a High Alpine Rescue Specialist. He has officially stepped foot in over 100 countries and continues to work abroad as both an international adventure guide as well as a field logistician for ongoing medical expeditions in various countries around the globe.

Dave Tear

DAVE TEAR, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is co-owner and Head Coach of Sales Coaches’ Corner, a sales training company.  He has been in the sales, sales management and sales training for 22 years.  His passion for selling and helping others understand the sales process is unmatched.

Dave brings energy to the sales training environment that is contagious.  He captures people’s attention – and keeps it for the entire session.  Paying attention and “staying awake” are not issues when Dave is facilitating a training session.  He believes that if you aren’t laughing you aren’t learning.

Dave’s real-life experiences make him credible.  He has been selling for the past 22 years – in a number of different industries from Industrial Chemicals to Online Sweepstakes to Promotional Merchandise.  Hundreds of companies from dozens of industries have benefited from Dave’s programs including financial, commercial real estate, manufacturing and many service industries.   His true love is selling Sales Training which leads to facilitating the Training and Coaching of his clients.

Whether a client company has a 3 person sales team or a 300 person National sales department Dave coaches and trains them to be the best in their industry.  He does it by helping clients understand how their buyer’s buy their products or services.  “If you don’t understand the strategy the buyer uses when deciding to purchase your products or services you will never be able to grow sales consistently.”  Dave says.  He spends a great deal of time in his training helping clients recreate the buyer’s strategy.  The “Game Plan” which he teaches his clients is in defense of the buyer’s strategy.

Chip Toth

CHIP TOTH, an Alpine Link Corporation partner, is president of Leaders Inspire, a leadership development company. Chip is committed to helping leaders and emerging leaders become peak performers in their firms. He is passionate about motivating leaders to reach their full potential in their personal and professional roles. Chip has a background in business development with several fast-growing companies in the Northeast. He has received numerous awards for sales as well as led a large branch office for his company. He has also worked for a firm that invested heavily in commercial remodeling — providing a “turn key” service to their clients.

Prior to Leaders Inspire, Chip was with FMI where he was a leadership consultant and coach to the construction industry. Prior to FMI, Chip founded and led a not-for-profit organization, growing its membership base significantly. His leadership involved recruiting, training, teambuilding, motivating, planning, and presenting. The success that this organization achieved under Chip’s leadership was largely through the efforts of a group of volunteers who were committed to making a difference, without any financial rewards for their contribution. He believes in the worth of the individual and is passionate for every leader to leave an enduring legacy. Chip received a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Oswego.