Testimonials

We are extremely proud of our track record in helping businesses and people discover their real potential and succeed despite the many challenges of today’s business environment. But we could not have experienced this level of success without the passionate involvement of our clients.

If you need a reference for our business coaching, executive coaching, or staffing and recruiting services—particularly if the services we provide really work—look no further than the testimonials directly from our latest clients.

Business Coaching

Bringing Howard into my company was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Howard recognized the potential in my executive team and in 1 year has transformed it into a well-oiled machine. I have seen tremendous growth from the members of my executive team. I attribute this growth to the personal coaching sessions and the time Howard spends with the members of my team. During the coaching sessions, he holds us accountable to our commitments and goals. He offers help and advice on meeting those commitments and goals. He makes sure we don't back down from those commitments and goals when we feel overwhelmed and lovingly helps us find solutions to get us back on track.

Our annual and quarterly planning meetings are magical. Howard is able to help us find and identify the items we need to work on, that will impact our business the most. He does this with insightful questions and comments. Once those items are clearly identified, his brilliance in strategy and execution helps us identify a simple execution plan and measurements to keep us laser focused on the plan.

Thank you, Howard!! Running my business is fun again!

Russ Palmer
CEO, Titan Restoration of Arizona

Howard Shore was engaged by Air Compressor Works Inc. to orient the business for profitable growth. Everything he promised, he delivered, and more. Howard is an insightful, thoughtful and experienced business coach, you will not be disappointed if you work with him. Not only is Howard a man of integrity he is a superb influencer and enables clients to understand the business process and come to their own conclusions. I highly recommend Howard Shore for any enterprise that plans to grow and thrive.

Tim Grabrovaz
President, Air Compressor Works, Inc.

After 60 days of working together you have turned us into a ‘High Velocity’ company. I am thankful for this!!!

Randy Levinson
President, Builders Blinds

At the referral of a highly admired colleague, I started working with Howard Shore in 2011. While I was skeptical going in, it was one of the best decisions I ever made for my career. Howard has a direct approach that leads me to question my way of thinking; not necessarily because it is wrong, but because there may be a better approach. By working with Howard, I have become a better leader and I have experienced a variety of positive results from my interactions with Howard. I have also opened my Team to coaching from Howard. Among other things, he has helped us to evaluate our current culture vs. the culture we desire. To date, we have made great strides and are seeing exceptional performance at all levels. Not only is our culture in sync with our core values, we have improved revenue & profitability by removing rocks that slowed us down.

I would highly recommend Howard to anyone seeking to find how they can improve culture, performance and leadership.

President & CEO, Florida Region at Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

I hired Howard to assist my company in evaluating and implementing a new sales structure and received so much more. Our engagement lasted well beyond the original scope due to his abilities to detect, challenge, offer, and guide. Howard has breadth of experience in a variety of industries and business models that was useful to all areas of our business. Each time I got on the phone with him, he had new insights and ideas. It was clear he truly cared about my success and had been thinking about my business between meetings and calls. That's not something you'll get from any coach.

President at Novatek Communications

Howard, You have had a very profound effect on our business and my personal life. I have always been focused on building a company with amazing culture that attracts and retains high performance people. There's nothing more important to me than culture. Sitting in your Rockefeller Habits introductory class several years ago was a pivotal point in my evolution as a leader. It was the beginning of a profound change in our organization. It is ironic that I received your email today because I was just on the phone with Jean from the Gazelles organization yesterday talking about you. I wanted to thank you for that experience that we shared together. I actually did not realize it until I read your email today but it really was that Rockefeller class that was a pivotal point in helping me understand exactly HOW to achieve what I wanted to achieve. Today we have a well led, well-managed cohesive organization with amazing culture and the tools and place to get things done efficiently and effectively. We are now in over 100 locations performing nearly $500 million a year in disaster recovery services with a team of people who are passionate about our organization and the services that we deliver and I'm not sure if we would have that today if I had not set in your Rockefeller class.

Director of Culture & Leadership Fire Chief Partners & 1-800-BOARDUP

Howard is an seasoned leadership coach that is approachable and genuinely committed to delivering value to his customers. He conduct is forthright and trustworthy and when matters are not as expected, he shows flexibility in recovering.

Howard has worked to rally our company executives around the Rockefeller Habits and its One Page Plan process. He has helped us distill, refine, and make alive our values and instill them permanently in our culture. He has done a fantastic job of holding me and our team accountable to our objectives and is never subtle in calculating the dollar value of our failings. All in all, I recommend Howard to any team serious about taking command of their future prosperity and security.

President, Avionica, Inc.

As a CEO of a company whose entire leadership team was decentralized into eight different states around the country I felt I had unique challenges and was concerned whether a coach could help and support me, my team and our challenges.  This proved to be a non-issue very quickly as we began seeing the impact of their work after our very first meeting.  Howard has an innate ability to connect with anyone at all levels and almost intuitively, places himself in their shoes in order to better understand their challenges, and help them work through them.   Howard was an incredible asset to me personally as I considered him an extension of our leadership team and someone who was in it doing the hard work we had to do in order to succeed.  He forced my team and I to focus on a level which we had not prior.  I was incredibly apprehensive as initially I had interpreted this as being my failure of my Leadership, whereas Howard very quickly helped me understand that this is something I could not do alone.  The Activate Group has my endorsement as a company that helped my team and I recalibrate, sharpen our saws, and know what it meant to act like a true executive leadership team.  They made a positive impact on our bottom line and on the moral of our entire organization.  I sincerely look forward to working with them again and would highly recommend them to anyone in my network.

Daniel Cassara
President and CEO, DKI Ventures

Howard Shore has provided strategic planning, meeting facilitation and executive coaching for my company. He has really helped us grow to the next level in business maturity and helped us adopt the Rockefeller Habits.  Like a true coach, he saw our blind spots and pushed us in directions initially uncomfortable for us but later we found made a huge difference in our growth and organization. He has been fun to work with, and also very willing to adapt to our unique needs as a pure virtual company.

Floyd Marinescu
CEO, InfoQ.com & QConferences.com

Activate Group prepared our management team for significant growth. Howard introduced us to several concepts and tools we continue to use on a quarterly basis to help us achieve and track our goals. The one page strategic plan and accompanying 30-60-90 day goals for each of our departments are two very effective tools we have been using for the past year with great success. The techniques Howard taught us are an important part of keeping our entire company focused as we surpass strategic goals this year.

Dale Freudenberger
CEO FLS Energy, Inc

Howard is a dynamic speaker and appeals to all management levels with his straight forward style. He is a consultant who has actually experienced the challenges of business and sales. He conveys this through the way he guides executives to the solutions without providing the answer but rather through provoking thought with questions and helpful commentary. I would recommend Howard to any organization looking to increase their bottom line, enhance strategic planning or simply provide an entertaining and useful analysis of each manager within their organization. After giving our Business Leaders an in-depth questionnaire, he was able to provide reports to each individual and their superiors to assist us in understanding better communication methods and ways to get the most out of each individual personality type we had in our organization. The biggest plus was that he was fun in doing so, and he became the hit at our business planning meeting last year!

Kirsten Dolan
President/COO, One Parking

Activate Group’s leadership and expertise has helped our organization to re-think our present and better imagine our future. The rigorous strategic planning process has been a catalyst for positive change in our organization, and has led to better business decisions.

Beth Boone
Artistic and Executive Director, Miami Light Project

Activate Group took our company through a tremendous journey that resulted in over 30% growth in our net margins. We thought the journey was for the company, but in actuality it transformed our leaders.

Vince Carrodeguas
Partner, Goldstein Schechter Koch

I was very reluctant to bring on a consultant, but Activate Group, Inc. came highly recommended. After working with Activate Group, we created a strategy to increase our rofit percentage and revenues. Within seven months we doubled our profit percentage and blew our revenue number out of the water. Now we are implementing strategies with Howard to create new revenue streams and hire new “A” players in our organization.

Arron Rimpley
President, Whitley Collection

I have had Howard facilitate the strategic meetings for the senior management at HPP on several occasions. He helped get us refocused on things that matter most for success. We redesigned our internal meeting schedule around the Rockefeller Principles which greatly improved internal communication. He helped us install a commitment to measurable metrics; especially leading indicators. I am personally grateful for the work he has done with us.

Jeffrey Schillinger
CEO, Hospital Physician Partners

Howard Shore is a stellar executive and business coach as he helped us with sales and business strategic planning. We utilized Howard’s services for over a year and found his monthly meetings to be well organized, intellectually stimulating, and results driven. I strongly recommend Howard!

Gaston Blanch
Director, Franklin Street

Executive CoachinG

For over 2 years, our Executive Team has had the opportunity to work with Howard on a variety of business processes and proven systems designed to help our firm accelerate growth and scale up. With Howard’s support, our Leadership Team has begun to implement a variety of crucial elements that have raised our Agency’s capacity for accountability, strategic thinking and planning. We started to incorporate the Rockefeller Habits in an effort to hone our business in the areas that we must simply get right: People, Strategy, Execution and Cash. I would highly recommend the services of Howard Shore for any organization that is looking to improve their operation through disciplined Executive and Sales coaching while learning about your Team and yourself, every step of the way!

Chief Performance Officer at Sapoznik Insurance

I am truly thankful I chose Howard as my executive coach this past year. Howard was incredibly influential in my personal and business growth. Howard first takes the time to truly understand you, your strengths and your weaknesses. He then creates a plan to address the areas you need to improve upon. What I found incredibly refreshing was his no nonsense approach. When having an executive coach, it is absolutely critical for the coach to be honest with you, and the student to be willing to digest his feedback. He is incredibly spot on with not only what you need to improve upon, but more importantly gives you instructions on how to overcome your biggest weaknesses. He truly guided me, and led me to improve my personal and emotional factors, while balancing that with business acumen, focused on either true sales lead generation, or short, mid, and long term strategy. I am forever grateful for the 6 months I had Howard as my coach, with lessons learned that will help me for the rest of my life.

Senior Director at ESPN Latin America

I've had the pleasure of participating in one of Howard's leadership development sessions, and we have also spoken one-on-one on matters related to business coaching and business development. Howard is very thoughtful, he is thought-provoking and extremely knowledgeable in a number of critical areas.

CEO - Thomas Services, Inc.

Having worked on several successful projects with Howard we continue to enjoy and value his combination of deep corporate executive history, business knowledge and practical "call it as is" wisdom. Executive leaders or corporations with a true desire to grow, learn and change will surely benefit from engaging with Howard and his team.

CEO Kira Labs - Beauty Innovator, Manufacturer & Marketer

As the Chief Administrative Officer/SVP of HR and Communications for VITAS Healthcare Corporation, I have had the privilege of working with Howard on various projects, including Executive Coaching. Howard is insightful and has the ability to help his clients come up with thoughtful solutions to challenging issues. Howard’s business intelligence combined with a clear sense of purpose and emotional intelligence makes him the perfect coach and business strategist.

Kal Mistry
Chief Administrative Officer/SVP, VITAS Healthcare Corporation

“Howard has provided much needed guidance and tools for us to help affect organizational change. His coaching has allowed us to implement new strategies and tactics that have led to growth and revenue development. Howard is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him.

Nikki Packer
SVP, Jewish Federation of Broward County

Howard has provided his executive coaching services several times for our organization and each time he has met the challenge and exceeded expectations. He is a pleasure to work with and is extremely knowledgeable in the coaching space.

Rick Longman
Director, PWC Digital Services

My work with Howard Shore earlier this year has truly enhanced my selling skills and process, AND made me a better rainmaker for our business. While I was great at forming relationships and connections, with my coach’s help I was able to leverage what I already did well and take it to another level. He helped me to better identify and target the areas that I needed to improve upon, focused my efforts on increasing my ‘speed on the bases’ and as a result, I found myself having much more effective meetings with prospects—and spending less time with those who really weren’t qualified. But the best thing has been the results that I’ve been able to achieve in the last six months. We landed our biggest client ever in the history of the business as well as several other “big fish”, which was one of my goals when I started. I feel more confident and am better prepared in my meetings and I expect that I’ll only continue to improve with the tools and the process that I’ve learned.

Cheryl Beth Kuchler
CEO, CEO Think Tank

Howard’s Leadership Coaching has helped us develop greater skills to deal with clients and employees while moving our company forward during a difficult economy.

Todd Cooper
Owner, Diaz & Cooper Advertising

Howard has taught me more in a few short months than I have learned on my own during the past 7 years of owning my business.

Fred Adkins
CEO, FRED

Howard is an excellent business coach! He has helped me in the areas of practice development and management and I would recommend him to others.

Mitch Stein
Director, Goldstein Schechter Koch

My coach is great when it comes to recognizing, adjusting and developing new sales strategies to fit our service and the current marketplace. I have been in outside sales for more than 22 years and my coach brought new ideas to help me deal with the everyday trials of selling a non-tangible service, mostly by phone. I would recommend him to any company that wants to grow their business from inside, with the talent they already have.

Philip Wasserman
United TranzActions

Activate Group, Inc. provided sales coaching services at my company. With our coach’s techniques and new approaches my sales team gained the change needed to improve sales in their territories. I also received valuable coaching and have been able to manage my reps’ sales pipelines more effectively and have been a better coach myself. I would recommend any company to utilize their services.

Alan Gartner
United TranzActions

Staffing & Recruiting Services

As an entrepreneur, I must admit that I had not paid enough attention to hiring practices until the business was going through a rough patch. We reluctantly agreed to use Activate Group’s TopGrading selection tools and hired our first ‘A’ player shortly thereafter. What a huge difference! Not only did we find that a true ‘A’ can perform the work of 2 or 3 employees in the same capacity, but they also become a model and motivation for others to improve. Now that we are seeing the successful results, I would not ever think of hiring anyone without the use of these tools.

Otmara Diaz-Cooper
President, Diaz & Cooper Advertising, Inc.

Activate Group, Inc. has been instrumental in helping our company. By using the tools such as Topgrading, we have hired key employees that have helped our company to turn around in growth mode. Through assessments and budgets created around our Gazelles one-page plan we now have a true blueprint for success.

Desmond Falla
CEO, DRT International

It has been a privilege to work with Activate Group, Inc, in assessing our sales talent and capabilities. They bring in industry expertise and provide valuable insight to our organization. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our coach Howard!

Andrea Gunther
Director Global Talent Management, Assurant