Clay Parcells, PCC
For over 30 years, I have worked in corporate America, leading organizations and growing people. For the past eight years, I have served corporate leaders as their leadership coach, partnering and helping them be their very best.
I help individual leaders and leadership teams improve their game which positively impacts both business performance and the lives of people who leaders touch every day.
As we work together, I help leaders see themselves differently for the purpose of producing positive business outcomes through a transformational leadership change process. I focus on getting results for my clients. There must be a tangible return on investment for those who invest time and money in leadership development.
I began my journey as a student of leadership growing up in Chicago. My parents instilled in me the values of hard work, responsibility and kindness, which have colored my life and career since.
My undergraduate education was spent at Texas Christian University, where I studied marketing. My business career, prior to coaching, spanned a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, and human capital consulting. During these years, I worked with both strong and weak executives, and witnessed first-hand the difference that great leaders can make with their teams. These experiences prepared me to take on two separate CEO positions where I shepherded companies through financial turnarounds.
I have a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Today, I hold the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and am a member of the ICF. I continue to be a student of both leadership and coaching.
When I’m not coaching, I enjoy reading, exercising, sports especially golf and photography. My wife, Lisa, and I have been married almost 40 years. We have two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Logan, who are married to two great sons-in-law. We are also proud grandparents of two granddaughters.
Brad Sytsma, ACC
For over 20 years, I have been building relationships with people, developing leaders, and empowering teams. My leadership development work has spanned all age groups, different cultures and diverse organizational settings. Helping leaders grow in confidence, set goals, and succeed in the workplace and at home gives me great satisfaction.
This is why I love to coach and teach others. Coaching is all about helping leaders grow, make their best moves, and accomplish their goals.
Leadership is about taking responsibility and moving forward with confidence. When we lead out of our best selves, our followers become encouraged to do the same.
I don’t know a leader who isn’t interested in seeing their efforts lead to growth. This may mean growth in sales, market share, or in the size of their organization. Here is my basic philosophy on leadership and growth:
- Healthy things grow.
- Growing leaders encourage growing followers.
- The more leaders become aware of themselves, the more they embrace a lifetime of personal growth and development.
My experience with leadership began in the home where I grew up. My parents were great leadership role models in their careers, at church, and in our family.
I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where I majored in Business. I went on to serve for 20 years as an Executive Director for Young Life, supervising staff, leading volunteers, raising budgets, and growing outreach in Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana. I also helped train veteran Executive Directors from around the country through Young Life’s Centurion Project.
I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. In addition to coaching leaders, I also conduct workshops on teamwork and communication.
I have been married to Amy for over 20 years. We have three kids: Abby, Ben, and Noah. Most of my free time is spent on family activities and playing tennis.
Marta McKinnon, LMFT, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator
I have encouraged and supported growth in individuals and organizations as a trainer, consultant and counselor for over three decades. While individual counseling has been a deep source of fulfillment in the past, leading workshops in organizations to ignite culture change is now a passion. As a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator, I conduct workshops and retreats focused on building teams, opening communication, trust-building and managing change.
I believe seeking timely input and support is a sign of strength rather than weakness. As a result, I help people break through isolation, and connect more deeply with themselves and others in both individual sessions and workshop settings. My approach encourages openness and collaboration. I build rapport and trust quickly, offering my clients the opportunity for transparency, self-reflection and problem-solving in a safe setting.
After graduating from Wheaton College with a BA in psychology, followed by a master’s degree in Counseling from Boston University, I went to work as a contractor with the U.S. military doing counseling and training. I then spent the better part of two decades as an Employee Assistance professional, where I supported organizations with individual counseling, corporate crisis debriefing and intervention, management consulting, training and development. I have worked with a wide range of organizations including the World Bank, National Science Foundation, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, C-SPAN and Navy Federal Credit Union.
The last decade of my career includes counseling in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as training and facilitating groups in a variety of settings. After recently moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, I now focus exclusively on organizational training and development.
Rob and I have been married for over 30 years and have had the pleasure of seeing our two children launched into successful lives of their own. Ellie graduated from UVA, married her husband Grayson, and works as a brand consultant in Virginia. Will graduated Wheaton College and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the United States Army. Time with family and friends, traveling, swimming and reading a good novel are favorite pastimes.