Some words and stories about us


Leap Solutions has provided business coaching for me for over 4 years.  When we first started, I didn’t think I needed business coaching.  After all, I’d been in the workplace for over twenty-five years.

Boy was I wrong! In a no-nonsense, matter of fact way, Leap Solutions helped me see that confrontation doesn’t need to be negative–it can be a good thing. Without a doubt, I am a much better manager today than four years ago, and it’s all because of your coaching.

The best news is that it carries over into my personal life as well, so it’s a two-for-one.

Robin AmeralFood & Beverage Operations Manager, John Ash & Co. / Vintners Inn Event Center

We have now worked with the Leap Solutions team for over a year on several projects. One of the things we appreciate most about the team is the depth and breadth of capabilities they bring to a wide range business growth issues.

They successfully conducted an HR review which improved our key human resource functions, and they conducted a key executive assessment process using the PDP behavioral DNA tool, which gave our executive team understanding and insight into the team’s interrelationship behaviors.

Leap Solutions is helping us with our long term visioning and planning, bringing valuable insight into how smaller companies position themselves for growth.

Mark CiminoCEO, CiminoCare

The team at Leap Solutions is professional, with unquestionable commitment and integrity. For over a decade Make-A-Wish® has engaged Leap Solutions on a number of projects — facilitating meetings or retreats, board training, and focus groups with donors and potential donors. I recommend Leap Solutions without hesitation. They have extraordinary professionalism, and a gift for making sure everyone in a group is heard as the group reaches a positive consensus (no matter how acrimonious or passionate the discussion becomes).

Patricia WilsonExecutive Director, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation

The team at Leap Solutions guided us in our recent recruiting efforts for the new President/CEO of a large non-profit agency serving seniors. Their professional, well-organized approach to the recruiting process, ability to help us identify the qualities that we were looking for in our President/CEO , and ability to guide us in making decisions, rather than making them for us, resulted in a top-notch selection. Leap made us own the process, which enhanced our commitment and gave us the tools to make some very difficult decisions. In addition to all the professional ways that they helped us, they were fun to work with and had a wonderful sense of humor. I would certainly turn to Leap Solutions for future recruiting needs, and would recommend them without reservation to anyone entering the recruiting arena.

Bonnie BurrellBoard Chair, Council on Aging

As a small organization without any human resource staff or expertise, I called on Leap Solutions to help recruitment a new hire for our organization. From preparing the job description and salary range, through notifying the candidates of our decision, Leap’s management of the process guided us, saved us time, and insured the right candidate was selected and offered employment. They are a very valuable resource to our business and I would highly recommend them for any HR needs.

Nick Frey, President, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

Leap Solutions has provided excellent professional guidance to our board of directors in the areas of governance and business planning. We have worked with LS for the past two years, and frequently recommend their services to other nonprofits in need of organizational development expertise. Leap Solutions has truly helped Community Housing Sonoma County to leap forward!

Paula CookExecutive Director, Community Housing Sonoma County

Leap Solutions delivered far more than anticipated. While we were optimistic that using IMS TrackMeet to facilitate our annual strategic planning retreat would lend itself to greater efficiencies and time management, it also delivered far more participation and engagement than we have previously experienced. The ability to move through tough conversations in a coordinated and timely manner allowed staff to quickly hear, learn and reflect on the insights of their peers, leading to more open and creative discussions and solutions.”

Jim AdamsCEO, REACH Air Medical Services

Results from our facilitated, strategic planning session were phenomenal. We accomplished exponentially more than we had at any previous sales meeting. The IMS TrackMeet system eliminated many of the traditional hurdles to brainstorming and strategic planning, resulting in tremendous idea sharing. Any business could benefit from IMS TrackMeet. I used the final report from the session as the framework for all of my efforts, and I am confident the results of our meeting will assist us in achieving goals.”

Sherrill StocktonVice President, Sonoma National Bank

Leap Solutions and their IMS TrackMeet technology have added significant capacity and professionalism in our meeting and events. We used the technology in a nationwide project, collecting and sorting data prior to and in meetings, and Leap Solutions has worked with us to maximize IMS TrackMeet’s technology and insure that we meet our objectives for small and large groups. They also provided the necessary hardware and networking for different meeting sites, through sometimes imposing logistical difficulties. This technology and experienced support has been a great asset to us.

We’ve embraced Leap as a seamless part of our team.

Diana DoylePrincipal, Community Planning and Research LLC

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Leap Solutions on several projects. They recently coordinated the recruitment for the chief executive officer of a prominent, local nonprofit organization. Their experience in all phases of the recruitment process was critical, and by anticipating problems and facilitating solutions, they made our committee’s task much easier, and ultimately successful.

William ArnonePartner, Merrill, Arnone & Jones LLP

The Leap Solutions Group team was a tremendous help in the recruitment of our Executive Director. Their organizational ability, professional commitment, and ever-present sense of humor were tremendous assets throughout the process. As a team, they tactfully guided us through some difficult components, never allowing our discomfort to distract us from good decisions. They kept us on track and on time. If we ever have to do another recruitment like this, I’ll be calling them!

Sharon K. McCartyDirector of Human Resources and Administrative Services, Catholic Charities

Chuck McPherson of Leap Solutions guided me through a difficult time.

I found myself in situations that I had never before encountered, and I to maneuver through a very political landscape to determine the extent of any damage, and to rebuild my team. Whether it was the expertise in HR matters, communication, or the coaching in order to get me to be the one to do the work, I found Chuck’s help beneficial, and I highly recommend him and Leap Solutions to assist with your HR and coaching needs.

Sean GrinnellFire Chief, Bodega Bay FPD, Russian River FPD

We hired the Leap Solutions team to recruit our new Executive Director/Fund Development Officer. It was a pleasure to work with them and extremely valuable to the Healthcare Foundation. Leap Solutions worked closely with our Search Committee of volunteers to develop a recruitment process that was well suited to our community based organization. Not only did this process yield the hiring of a highly qualified professional for the Foundation, but it also strengthened our relationships with our many stakeholders in the community. Leap Solutions is a highly professional team with a deep concern for the long term impact their work will have on our organization and our community.

Mary Ellen SmithChairman, Board of Directors, Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County

Leap Solutions have been instrumental in establishing a long term strategic plan for our organizations’ future success. This included utilizing their IMS TrackMeet meeting technology to survey our Board of Directors prior to our annual retreat. This was an innovative effort which allowed our board to leap way ahead of the process instead of spending time gathering information and input on site. In addition to planning, Leap Solutions has been our outsourced Human Resources since in the inception of the Bureau and continues to support all of our HR, OD, and executive coaching needs.

Ken FischangCHME, CMP, President/CEO, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau

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