Jason Jones CEC ACC
Business Coach and Founder
Jason Jones is a certified business coach and speaker who is committed to developing sales teams and professional solo entrepreneurs to sell more services at higher rates with less effort.
He started his first business at age 16 which paid for 4 years of college and set him on a path of innovating ever since. His previous start-up ventures involved communications media and entertainment including a number one rated radio morning show and talk show on WCCO.
The Entertainment Experience (his previous coaching and training company) went global in two years and now serves the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Jason is certified by The Royal Roads University and the International Coaching Federation. His coaching and training programs focus on the implementation of proven business tactics and support necessary to develop solo entrepreneurs and sales for a lifetime of success.
Business Mentor & Trainer
Sarah Kowal, Coaching Hour Business Mentor and founder of Right Now Enterprises, learned entrepreneurship at the early age of 10 by working for her dad- an auctioneer, antique dealer, and realtor. He put food on the table for four children by “hustling” (as he called it) every day. Through high school, she worked different jobs in retail, food service, hospitality and was even a gardener and personal assistant. Sarah really loved the gardening part so she went on to study horticulture. In her junior year of college, Sarah was promoted to General Manager at her local food coop.
Sarah had no business managing a store. Her resourcefulness and tenacity saved the day. She used every resource available to her: the board treasurer who was also a professor in economics, the store’s accountant, the bookkeeper, other store managers in different parts of the state, past consultant notes that she found in the archives and a cooperative grocery financial benchmark book that became her Bible.
Sarah took that store from over a decade of flat or declining growth to a 30% increase in less than a year. From there, Sarah was propelled into a retail career that included managing stores for major premium retailers (Starbucks and Eddie Bauer to name a few), flipping underperforming businesses, being honored by the National Cheese Society for her innovative and creative business plan for her startup, WeatherVane Creamery, Sarah Kowal created Right Now Enterprises to uniquely serve specialty storefront retailers with her skills, game-changing tools, and resources that she picked up along her way.
Now having Right Now Enterprises allows her to be the 360-degree resource for others that she never had. Sarah is able to support business managers and owners whether a business is underperforming, at a plateau, growing, or wants to take full advantage of short term opportunities.
- Over thirty years of sales experience (retail, direct, business to business)
- Over fifteen years of food service and retail management experience with premium retailers earning top corporate recognition for increasing sales, profitability, building teams, surpassing goals, and community involvement
- Over eight years of planning, negotiating, purchasing, and inventory management with local and national vendors that consistently resulted in high turnover rates and increased sales
- Firsthand knowledge of startups including crowdfunding, investor pitching, social media marketing, and business planning
David Craig Utts, MS
David Craig Utts, MS is an executive coach with the coaching hour and makes a difference by facilitating a path to mastery for sales professionals and coaching the leaders who need to inspire them. He is known for coaching C-suite executives, business owners and mission drive entrepreneurs to produce extraordinary results in becoming someone that effectively guides and inspires teams to be engaged, productive and effective. David’s proprietary leader development system is proven guide and empower C-suite executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality. David has 38 years of experience in business serving as a keynote speaker, an executive advisor, leadership coach, and meeting facilitator and sales professional.
Martin DeMarte CRP
Martin spent the majority of his professional career managing business relationships in a highly complex, emotional and competitive market serving a client base that ranged from the Fortune 100 to 5000. He has a depth of knowledge in every aspect of the real estate industry and will be focusing on helping agents take their business to six figures and beyond. He is a highly motivated business strategist and client advisor with demonstrated expertise in client relations, start-up, strategic planning and implementation, budgeting and finance, leadership. He has the unique ability to move freely from the strategic/conceptual design into the details of processes, procedures, and guidelines. He has excelled at developing strong individual contributors and leading high performing cross-functional teams.
Jon Halleen, MA
Jon works with sales teams and their leaders to facilitate the mastery of the sales conversation, He is the principal researcher, content developer, and facilitator at The Coaching Hour. He is focused on developing methods to learn a path to sales mastery through the art and science of influence in conversations. He applies principles from Behavioral Psychology, Social Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Positive Psychology, Sociology, and Neuroscience.
Following several years as a clinical therapist, Jon transitioned to business. After extensive work in sales and sales management, he refocused his capabilities to organizational consulting, sales training, customer experience, and human potential coaching.
Jon holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and a graduate degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Vince Crawford draws from the research to develop and facilitate The Coaching Hours training and development programs for sales leaders and executives.
He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities and enjoyed a 33-year career with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. For over two decades he served America’s veterans as Director of the Sioux Falls (SD) VA Medical Center and Regional Office, as the Director of Mental Health for the Upper Midwest Veterans Integrated Service Network, as Director of the St. Paul VA Regional Office, and most recently as an executive trainer.
During his executive career, he served as a preceptor for postgraduate fellows and senior government executive mentorees, as well as teaching leadership and management courses in the classroom. He served as dean of the faculty of VBA’s national Division Leadership and Management Training program from 2005 to 2011, and he taught undergraduate and graduate school business courses through the University of Phoenix for ten years. His experience also includes managing large scale transformational change in both healthcare and non-healthcare organizations. In recent years he has concentrated increasingly on executive coaching, management consulting and teaching.
Vince and his family have long enjoyed skiing, music festivals, camping, biking, and distance running, including the 1975 RAGBRAI bike trek and 2003, 2004 and 2009 Twin Cities Marathons, to cite ancient and recent history. He has recently taken up the study of Aikido and Kiatsu. He and his two grown daughters dedicate much of our spiritual life to the memory of their mother who succumbed to a rare form of leukemia in May 2012. Together they bought the tiny acreage where her mother lived, and are maintaining it with the intention of using it to support the development of budding artists and the furtherance of peaceful and effective interpersonal interactions.