Andy Bailey can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife through butter, showing organizations the logjams thwarting their success and coaching them past the excuses we all use to avoid doing what needs to be done. He doesn’t ask for what’s easy, only what’s possible, and with his assistance the possible often expands to include the formerly impossible, as organizations learn that one step at a time gets you a long way when you step up to the challenge everyday. After all, as he tells his clients, 100% annual growth is only 2% growth every week. It’s not easy. But certainly possible. Andy learned how to build great organizations by building a great business, which he started in college then, grew into an Inc. 500 multi-million dollar national company that he successfully sold and exited. He founded Petra to pass on to other entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders the principles and practices he used to build his successful enterprise, which are rooted in the Rockefeller Habits methodology.
In addition to building a successful company, Andy founded the Wireless Reseller Council and served as the regional membership director for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization East Region, encompassing 18 chapters in the eastern U.S. Recently he was named the new Membership Director for EO’s West Coast Region, and currently serves as president of the EO Nashville Chapter, named one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. He is a two-time finalist for Nashville Executive of the Year and has been honored as Nashville’s Volunteer of the Year.
Jason Rush is recognized by his clients for his brutal honesty, fierce loyalty, and laser focus – he’s also known for being “foxhole ready” by always being willing to jump into battle. But you don’t get that kind of recognition without putting in some hard work. Jason began his career working for premier financial institutions where he dealt with loan and leasing companies. He went on to found and sell two of his own finance companies and then co-founded a niche company that provided commercial vehicle financing to small fleets nationwide. Jason’s experience creating and developing businesses taught him about the struggles of reaching the top and the importance of encouraging those around you to summit together.
In 2009, Jason founded ONRUSH Advisors to help entrepreneurs overcome common obstacles – frequently, themselves. As a coach at Petra, Jason’s clients create a culture of accountability and fiscal responsibility using sustainable methods that have lasting results. He does the dirty work, identifying strengths and weaknesses of business owners and showing them how to achieve new levels of success.
Jason has served as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, several regional positions and is currently a Strategy Summit facilitator. In his free time, Jason likes to golf, attend all types of sporting events, travel and spend time with his two young sons and wife, whom he has known since preschool – yep, preschool!
Marshall Martin subscribes to the coaching theory that “great athletes refuse to lose” and that the “will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” Coach Marshall incorporates each of these into his passionate leadership style for business. After all, there’s an athlete in all of us who wants to succeed, and success can be reached through making plans, setting goals, remaining accountable, and maybe the occasional “out of your comfort zone” moment. For 25 years Marshall has used this approach in business and in his personal life to achieve rewarding outcomes.
Marshall has over 20 years of senior leadership experience, with the last ten at the C-Level driving sales, growth, and exit strategies. He has helped companies ranging from startups to multi-billion dollar organizations in fields like software technology, healthcare, transportation and manufacturing. In fact, Marshall first encountered Petra’s “Rock Habits” process when he used it to help one business achieve a successful exit and witnessed its value firsthand.
Outside of work, Marshall can be found challenging his own comfort zone training for a cycling or triathlon event. He discovered his love for endurance sports in the early 90’s and has a litany of athletic honors. He’s an accomplished category 2 road cyclist, a former Tennessee State champion, a multi-win triathlon state champion, an All-American and an All-World Ironman triathlete.
JT Terrell is a big believer in earned trust and the power of planning, and he’s put both into action in his own life and career. In 2001, after ten years as a professional musician, JT founded event rental company Music City Tents and Events LLC out of his home and grew it into an industry innovation leader and the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Earning the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business award and listing on the Inc. 5000 list three years in a row, JT attributes MTC’s recent success to the company’s work with Petra Coach and the adoption of the Rockefeller Habits. After five years following Petra’s plan, JT and his business partners were able to sell the company to a private equity group at a 5X multiple. JT is now thrilled to be on the other side, coaching and engaging businesses to help them uncover opportunities, create strategies, and get focused!
JT has been an active member of the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization since 2010. He sat on the Nashville chapter board in 2012/2013, and is a current mentor in the EO Catalyst program (a mentorship program for smaller businesses), organizing and facilitating monthly meetings to improve and refine each respective business though confidential sharing of best practices and experiences. Outside work, JT loves to spend time with his incredible wife, Jenny, and his four beautiful kids. He is passionate about long-distance trekking, fitness, personal development and (listening/making) great music.
David Pierce believes that all companies and individuals need to identify and live within their unique core purpose to fully realize their potential. With over 30 years of experience in the corporate world, David has seen and experienced first-hand what it takes to succeed. An accomplished CPA, David spent a decade with Deloitte and PwC and for over 20 years held a C-level post with a regional banking and financial holding company, developing and launching one of the first stand-alone online banks in the U.S. and participating in more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions transactions.
A tireless entrepreneur, David also helped launch an apparel manufacturing startup, numerous commercial real estate projects and even managed a harness racing operation. With a desire to share what he’d learned along the way and help other companies live their core purpose, David left the corporate world and launched his own consulting practice, eventually becoming a Four Decisions Certified Gazelles International Coach and joining Petra Coach.
David holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Louisville and is an accomplished Business Broker and Certified Franchise Consultant. He’s been married for over 25 years, has 3 children and has served in numerous volunteer positions with both faith-based and community-oriented organizations during his lifetime spent in Louisville, Kentucky. David is committed to spending the remainder of his professional life focused on continued learning and assisting companies and individuals realize their full potential.
Dale Meador is known for being a big thinker, pushing the comfort zone boundaries of his clients (and his friends) and connecting the big ideas with the small details that make things happen. As a Certified Petra Coach, Dale has a passion for helping business leaders build strong cultural cores, which enable them to reach new heights and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Over nearly a decade, he honed these aspects of his coaching skills working with dozens of companies as the co-founder and CEO of Finanza Group | Ideal CPA. Through his firm, Dale led executives of small businesses with up to $20M annual revenue in the implementation of strategic planning systems and financial controls. With this strong background in financial analysis, a sharp focus on workflow and process design, and a passion to help people and companies dream big, Dale has the skillset to help organizations achieve operational excellence.
In 2016, Dale joined Gazelles International as an independent coach, and founded ScaleUp Hub to connect local entrepreneurs with the coaching and facilitation services needed to sustainably grow their companies. While Dale grew up in the Midwest, he currently calls the Pacific Northwest home, along with his wife Melina and daughter, Samantha. Outside work, Dale loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoy great food in Seattle or go power boating in and around the Puget Sound.
Andrew Blickstein is wildly experienced in entrepreneurship, media buying and analytics. As a Certified Petra Coach, Andrew’s goal is working with clients to demystify complex ideas and ask the questions no one else is thinking.
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Andrew looks at problems and opportunities in business with a different perspective, developed by his background in both logic and creative work. Most notably, he used his talents to launch and run Home Run Media, an innovative media agency specializing in analytics, which earned a coveted spot on the Inc 500. Also committed to lifelong learning, Andrew completed a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program through Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and MIT Enterprise Institute, and earned a Graduate Certificate in PdEI (Process-designed Emotional Intelligence) from the Liautaud Institute of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also been an active member of the Electronic Retailing Association, serving on the magazine advisory board, content committee and as co-chair of the media committee, regularly speaking to groups of ERA members about research-driven planning.
Andrew has served as past president of the Chicago chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), past liaison between the Chicago chapter and their sister city of Delhi, India and currently serves on the EO Global Executive Education Committee. He is passionate about his work with entrepreneurs and businesses operating in global markets (particularly near snow skiing) and his favorite business quote is “In God we trust…All others must bring data.”
Andy is based in Oxford, UK, and leads Petra Coach’s European Operations.
Andy loves to keep things to plan – ‘Focus’ is his watch-word, both for developing a strategy, and sticking to it himself as well as keeping others in the same discipline. The teams he works with rate him high for his honest feedback, and ability to help them see the forest and not just the trees.
Andy used the Rockefeller Habits to successfully grow and develop his agency business in China past the $10M mark, and then sell it to his largest competitor. His favorite thing now is helping other entrepreneurial businesses master these same methodologies to improve their lives and businesses, in that order.
Andy is one of the most senior trainers within the Entrepreneurs Organization, leading new content development in most major programs globally. He has served on the Boards of both the Beijing and London chapters. Andy is an endurance athlete, ‘enjoying’ ultra-marathons, and a keen volunteer for autistic causes – in his spare time.
Ryan Markel knows a thing or two about the hard work needed to achieve great business success. After dropping out of high school with a 4.3 GPA, he worked for companies ranging from a global technology retailer to a smaller non-profit, seizing every opportunity that came his way. In doing so, he developed a foundation of varied skills and experiences, which he later leveraged to launch Take Ctrl, a Southern California-based IT consulting firm. During his 7 year tenure, the company achieved 53 percent annualized year-over-year growth and an achievement thought unimaginable to most organizations – 100 percent client retention.
Thanks to processes learned from Verne Harnish and his book Scaling Up, Ryan successfully exited the day-to-day of Take Ctrl to begin the most fulfilling activity of his life – coaching other entrepreneurs. In his role with Petra Coach, Ryan calls on his first-hand experience implementing the Rockefeller Habits to enable leaders to grow their businesses and achieve results they previously thought impossible.
Outside of coaching, Ryan stays busy with personal development in fitness and nutrition and dedicates time (with his phone off) to his wife and two young children. You can often find him cheering on the Green Bay Packers and – in certain circumstances, thanks to his wife – the Indianapolis Colts.
A true entrepreneurial executive, Mark Comiso has 25+ years of hands-on expertise in founding, building and scaling multiple companies – from startups to publicly traded organizations. Mark is keenly aware of the commitment leaders need to have and the steps they need to take in order to create the core elements of business success: communication, vision, alignment and accountability. He can distill complex concepts into easily understandable ideas, getting buy-in from all constituents in order to make those ideas a reality.
Prior to joining Petra Coach, Mark co-created and patented a web-based screen sharing application, ran multiple digital marketing agencies, as well as a computer hardware company and multiple SaaS web and mobile application companies. As a 20+ year member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), he held a global leadership position on the EO Global Board of Directors for 2 years, is a Master Certified EO Strategy Summit Facilitator and has 10+ years’ experience facilitating the EO Accelerator Program, which helps early stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Outside of his business ventures, Mark enjoys outdoor activities including soccer, SCUBA diving and snow skiing. He has an amazing family with two wonderful daughters and an equally ambitious and successful, entrepreneurial wife.
Chip Gallent learned a lesson long ago from one of his heroes: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. It’s been his mantra throughout his career, and he’s passionate about sharing this guiding philosophy with each of his member companies at Petra Coach.
Before joining Petra, Chip led multiple businesses across a wide variety of verticals. He held C-level roles at companies ranging from a Nashville-based non-profit to a technology development firm, and was president of a publicly traded dot.com company. Chip worked for many years in marketing and advertising and, as an entrepreneur, ran his own technology consulting/business strategy practice. He also was a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization in the mid-2000s.
During his work with the Nashville non-profit, Chip was part of the executive team that transformed the organization’s corporate culture, resulting in the company being named “Best Place to Work” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2016 and 2017 and a “Top Workplace” by the Tennessean in 2017.
Outside of work, Chip can be found playing lead guitar in his current band, Sweet Baby James: A Tribute to James Taylor. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chip has called Nashville home since 1993. He and his wife, Suzanne, love to travel with her son Tommy, their son Dylan, and their rescued golden retriever Carly.
Jennifer Faught is a coach and entrepreneur who brings a quiet intensity to helping people align intentional action with beliefs. She spent the past five years coaching creative business owners on how to scale their companies while simultaneously building a nationwide online learning platform for business owners. Jennifer has served on the leadership team for a family-owned SaaS and IT business as well as a venture-backed healthcare company. As an entrepreneur, she launched a graphic design business and sold her learning platform, which grew over 450% in four years.
Jennifer excels at filtering out noise to create clear and actionable ideas and strategies. She thrives in building processes, workflows, and systems while moving quickly and easily from strategic planning to execution. Jennifer believes that a business’s culture and ability to scale quickly and successfully are determined by finding the right people, putting them in the right position, then making sure everyone is laser-focused and aligned with the company’s purpose and goals.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, and yoga. Jennifer lives in Nashville with her husband, Andy, and two pups: Cooper, a 145-pound Great Dane, and Coco, a three-pound Yorkie. She also can be found cheering on her alma mater, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Nashville Predators.
Greg Eisen is the definition of an entrepreneur, having started, built, bought and sold numerous businesses in several industries over 20 years. With an entrepreneurial lineage that includes his father and two grandfathers, starting and building companies is in his genes.
Greg’s coaching credo is “Learn Better, Lead Better, Live Better” and he brings this mindset to everything he does. After using the Rockefeller Habits to grow and sell his business to a billion-dollar company, Greg is now driven to help Petra Coach member companies achieve success in their businesses and personal lives. As a coach, he preaches relentless focus on improving the customer experience and building systems that facilitate that experience in a consistent and scalable way. Greg is unyielding about creating a purpose-driven culture of unfettered transparency, alignment, and accountability.
Greg, his wife Amanda and their two children, Julia and Joshua, live in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Greg has been an active member of the Connecticut chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) since 1999. He was one of the chapter’s founding members and has held several board positions with EO, including President. Greg is a former college basketball player and loves all things athletic, including endurance multisport racing.
Mandy Burage is the official DiSC GURU and director of initiative for Petra Coach. After taking the DiSC personality test in 2007, Mandy learned about her own communication styles and officially fell in love with the DiSC program. Since completing DiSC training in 2012, Mandy has been working with Petra members to improve their communication styles and implement a culture that uses the program’s insights on a daily basis. Mandy can assess an individual’s DiSC personality based on one conversation, and she uses that knowledge to convey information more effectively during meetings and planning sessions. Her “Di” personality may come across as blunt or direct, but it fuels Petra members to discover their true potentials. In addition to using DiSC profiles, Mandy also follows Rockefeller Habits to help clients “get it done.” Whether she’s in an all-day planning session or calling Petra members to hold them accountable, she is all about achieving results.
Prior to working with Petra Coach, Mandy used Rockefeller Habits to lead an inside sales team at Resource Communications Group. In her first year, she doubled the team’s sales by focusing on what needed to get done by whom and by when. When Mandy is not pushing clients to be their very best, you can find her jogging the streets of Nashville, winding down with a beer or cheering on her Auburn Tigers.
Kelsey Turner is an ambitious accountability coach who stands behind her Petra team and the company’s members. While she may only be five foot tall, her energy and determination to help you and your organization succeed should not be underestimated. Kelsey has an inherit drive that pushes her to take full-force action when given a task, never looking back until the job is done. She relays this mindset to others around her in planning sessions, in the office or in everyday life, encouraging others to do whatever it takes to move a priority forward. Kelsey has a passion for creating experiences for members and getting to know each individual on a personal level. Prior to joining the team full-time, Kelsey interned at Petra Coach and learned the ropes of building key priorities and creating a process to execute while developing a culture of accountability and purpose. Submersing herself in Rockefeller Habits culture over the last five years, Kelsey has witnessed and been involved with the growth and success of many Petra members.
Born and raised in Nashville, Kelsey enjoys planning social events and spending time with her family. When she is not working, you can find her at Chick-fil-a, kickboxing or taking cute pictures of her Chocolate Labrador Rigley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from Lipscomb University.
Taylor Brown practices what she preaches. Incorporating the Rockefeller habits into her daily life, she has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and undeniable drive to achieve her goals. If you happen to see Taylor, you’re certain to see a checklist. Give her a calendar, a sharpie and a pack of sticky notes and you will absolutely make her day. She’s punctual, task-oriented and dedicated to helping others be their very best. And, Taylor’s enthusiasm is infectious. Once she’s got your day organized for you, her witty personality will put you instantly at ease, and you might just find yourself sharing your deepest darkest secrets with her. Whatever the case, you’re bound to feel and be better after talking to Taylor.
Born and raised in Franklin, TN, Taylor is thrilled to be back in her native city. She has made it her mission to “give back” to others, and her greatest joy is witnessing people show genuine concern for one another. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from The University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy!) And, if she’s not at work, you’ll likely find her at the beach or sharing Mexican food with friends and family.
Katey McNeil is a “social butterfly” with a passion for building personal and professional connections, and making a positive impact on friends and colleagues. After relocating to Tennessee in 2017, Katey heard about Petra Coach through a friend and was immediately drawn to Petra’s focus on core values and a core purpose. Soon after, she joined us on our mission of +10Mhb – to positively impact 10 million human beings by 2022. As a coach coordinator, Katey provides support to Petra coaches and member companies in planning sessions across the country, personalizing an unforgettable experience for each and every team. Her favorite part of each session? Watching the “lightbulb moments” – as individuals find empowerment and motivation to tackle goals previously thought unachievable.
Prior to joining the Petra Coach team, Katey worked with two event companies, planning and executing everything from multiple city-wide festivals in Colorado, to smaller events and intimate parties. Born and raised in Arvada, Colorado, Katey holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, tourism, and hospitality from the University of Northern Colorado. In her free time, you can find Katey fly fishing, hiking, cliff jumping or (when she’s back in her home state) skiing.
An adventure-seeker through-and-through, Katherine Foster believes the difference between the impossible and possible lies in determination. In her role as Accountability Coach, Katherine provides support to Petra coaches in planning sessions across the country, acting as an accountability partner for member companies and pushing them to achieve their individual and organizational goals.
Prior to joining Petra Coach, Katherine worked in sales at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana and at Tennessee-based companies Crop Production Services and Rezult Group. Born and raised in Tennessee, Katherine grew up on her family’s farm, showing and raising Black Angus cattle as well as Quarter Horses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business and management, and is a proud Tennessee Volunteer. When she’s not covering one eye watching her husband participate in rodeos, you can find Katherine traveling, working out or relaxing outdoors.
Morgan Stanley’s motto is “Do what you love and love what you do,” and that’s the spirit she brings every day to her role as coach coordinator with Petra Coach. Building relationships is what Morgan loves most and working with Petra’s member companies allows her to use those skills on a daily basis. Always organized, with planner and to-do list in hand, Morgan helps coaches and executives alike stay on task and motivated as they move through the Petra planning process.
Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Corporate Relations from the University of Mississippi. She previously interned at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and when not working to further Petra’s mission, she enjoys playing tennis and traveling with friends and family.
Krista Federow is a firm believer in hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s famous quote, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” Born and raised in a small town near Niagara Falls, Canada, Krista grew up playing hockey with her three siblings and started the women’s team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Krista applies Gretzky’s philosophy and her own brand of grit and determination working with Petra Coach member companies. She is a fervent believer in “trusting the process” and building a healthy corporate culture from the ground up. Krista loves to get out of her comfort zone and do new things – such as moving to Sydney, Australia, at age 21 to spend the summer working IPG Mediabrands, a global advertising agency.
When not working with Petra Coach’s clients, you can find Krista cheering on her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Based in Nashville, TN, she gets her hockey fix attending Nashville Predators games. Her heart, however, will always be with “O Canada.”
David Oliphant brings three decades of entrepreneurial experience, sales leadership and coaching to his role in membership development at Petra Coach, cultivating and maintaining relationships with new and existing member companies. David’s experience across multiple industries and over a decade of living the Rockefeller Habits makes him the perfect fit to lead Petra’s Membership Development and Engagement efforts.
A member of the inaugural “Music City Future 50” class honoring Nashville’s fastest growing companies, David joined Petra Coach founder Andy Bailey to lead NationLink Wireless sales efforts in 2000. He went on to lead a turn-key sales coaching program in the Microsoft Dynamics channel before rejoining Andy in 2008 and again in 2018.
David serves as a Blue & Gold Officer for the US Naval Academy, has been honored to sit on the Congressional Appointment Committee for the Naval Academy and takes an active role in his local communities from a servant leader perspective. Outside of his busy schedule with Petra and his community efforts, David enjoys spending time with his wife Suzi and their three adult children, Philip, Cody and Samantha.
Jennel Wilson knows what hustle looks like and applies it every day in her role as Planning Coordinator, overseeing the preparation and ongoing inventory management of planning materials for member kickoff sessions, planning days and post-planning recaps. Known for her creative approach to efficiency, Jennel provides organizational assistance to the entire Petra Coach team. In fact, it’s rare to find Jennel without a lengthy, detailed list of to-do’s. Prior to joining Petra Coach, she spent six years in the wireless industry, honing her skills in business administration and boosting efficiency for businesses.
Originally from Illinois and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, you can find Jennel cheering on the Nashville Predators or enjoying culinary and craft hobbies.
Leah Tobak is an outgoing, driven Nashville native who is passionate about achieving her goals and living the life of her dreams. It’s what instinctively drew her to Petra Coach’s core purpose of positively impacting 10 million human beings. Leah thrives in environments where she is surrounded by people who challenge her every day, and Petra Coach definitely delivers!
Before joining Petra, Leah was an account associate at a Nashville public relations/marketing firm. With talents and interest spanning both corporate and creative, Leah also has a second career as an international model and can often can be found posing in front of a camera when not in the office.
Leah graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where she majored in public relations and minored in English. When she’s not at work, Leah loves to travel and still has a lot of places left on her bucket list. At home, you can find her rooting for ‘Bama football or playing with her dog, Coco.