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Steve Olson, President
Golden Career Strategies

Steve Olson has broad experience in technical and organizational management with real world experience in manufacturing, sales, and engineering.  He has managed diverse teams in strategic planning, team building and conflict resolution to achieve organizational and individual success.  His career includes development of new products and technologies for Fortune 100 firms and he has held executive positions in McKechine Plastic Components, and Chicago Miniature Lighting. His career has created a network of resources that is local, national and global. In addition, Steve is an accomplished coach with a servant/leader methodology designed to support you throughout your transition.  With a career spanning four decades across North America with responsibilities in Central America and Asia Steve applies interpersonal skills augmented by his business and life experience to assist you in arriving at your unique objectives and goals.

Steve has a B.A. from Metropolitan State University and a MA.TH from St. Leo University and is also an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church. He and his family have lived in Simpsonville, SC for over 20 years.

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Jim O'ConnorJim O’Connor
Senior Consultant

Jim provides Golden Career Strategies with consulting services specifically in resume preparation and interviewing skills training. He facilitates several of the training modules offered through the company’s Golden Course™, a six-part series including personal assessment and opportunity analysis, resumé development, career campaign correspondence, networking and strategic connections, and negotiating strategies.

During his career, Jim has held key Human Resource management positions with IBM, Smith Barney and Michelin Tire Corporation. He also founded and led the first outplacement firm in South Carolina. His corporate experience spans strategic and operational Human Resource management in both large headquarter settings and small manufacturing plants.

At Michelin, Jim served as Personnel Director at their North American Headquarters providing leadership of recruitment and placement, Organizational Development and training of over 2,000 employees. He also conceived, designed and directed a unique in-house program that successfully placed 3,800+ employees over a four year period. This group also helped 280 employees redirect their careers in new directions within the company.

Jim is very active in community affairs and has been an officer and chairman of several non-profit organizations including The International Center of the Upstate, The Urban League of the Upstate, The Ronald McDonald House and The Ancient Order of Hibernians.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from Niagara University and has completed numerous Corporate and Executive Management Training Programs. Jim is a former Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is happily married for over 40 years and has five grown children.

 

Ann GoldenAnn Golden
Certified Career Assessments Consultant

Ann provides assessment interpretation and review of career and leadership assessments offered in The Golden Course for Career Transition. She holds an AB degree in Sociology from Georgia Southern University, with a minor in Psychology. Ann brings a management background from 15 years as a claims adjudicator and personnel manager in a state agency, 9 years of retail ownership and management, with additional experience in vocational counseling and placement, and in office administration. She is also a certified Associate Public Manager and has completed courses in Coaching, Time Management, Supervisory Skills, Creating Safe Work Environments, Team Building and Facilitating, Change Management, Customer Service, and other personnel management techniques.

Ann is a charter member of The Rotary Club of Greenville Evening, served as president in 2009-2010, and has served as chair of the club’s Reedy River Duck Derby sponsorship committee for 10 years. She also serves the club as its program chair.

 

Wendy Green
Senior Consultant

Wendy Green is the owner of ACT Life Coaching, where her desire is to help people Awaken, Compose & Transform (ACT) their lives.  Following a process with her clients, she helps them create a roadmap to design the life they want, and the confidence and excitement for what lies ahead.  In her role with Golden Career Strategies she assists clients in Transition.

Wendy Green began her career at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), at the time one of the top two computer companies in the world.  She served in many roles at DEC including Customer Support, Pre-Sales Support, and Training. Her most significant accomplishment at DEC was to build the US Expertise Center for a cutting edge, workflow application.  In this capacity, she traveled throughout North and South America to deliver implementation and training support.

As DEC was downsizing, Wendy took the buyout and relocated to Columbia, MD to lead software implementation teams that were delivering solutions to defense agencies. After that company was sold, Wendy recognized that change is inevitable and transitions happen.  With that in mind, Wendy completed a Certification program in Change Leadership at Georgetown University.

This eventually led to the startup of her own company, KidzArt, an award-winning art enrichment program in Loudoun County, Virginia.  She had 14 teachers and a database of over 4000 students, when she sold the business in 2011 to rejoin corporate America as the Director of Training for an intelligence-focused, travel-risk management company in Annapolis, MD.

In 2013, Wendy earned her Certified Professional Coach designation, as well as the Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Development Index, through a highly intensive program offered by the Institute in Professional Excellence in Coaching.

She has a degree in Computer Science from UNC-Asheville.  She is Past President of the Greenville Evening Rotary Club.  Wendy has two children, four grandchildren and a cat who thinks she is a dog.

 

Rich WitowskiRich Witowski
Certified Personnel Consultant

Rich Witowski, CPC, recently retired as president of Sanford Rose Associates – Greenville, SC, an executive search practice filling professional openings within the automotive, power transmission general manufacturing, and service, industries.

In addition to being a Certified Personnel Consultant, Rich has over twenty-five years of manufacturing experience holding positions as Plant Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager and Quality Manager.  These positions were for Fortune 500 companies serving the consumer products, machine tool, mechanical/electrical power transmission and aviation industries.

Rich has developed and managed major manufacturing programs including:  “Greenfield” facility design and start up, World Class Manufacturing events including Kaizen, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), TQM and ISO 9002 certifications (UL).

Having filled high-level manufacturing positions both as a recruiter and as a hiring manager, Rich brings an intimate knowledge of the needs and opportunities of potential employers for our clients.

Rich holds a BS in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University and MS Business Administration, Indiana University.

Current and Past Memberships:
Education Director of the South Carolina Association of Personnel Services (SCAPS)
National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Sanford Rose Associates Owners Association, Board of Directors and Past President
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce
Rotary International

 

Jefferey Moore
Senior Consultant

Jeffrey Moore serves is a professor of management and associate dean of the graduate business program at Anderson University.  Dr. Moore received his PhD from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in France; his dissertation was on the Role of the consultant in Eastern Europe during the mid and late 1990’s, a time of great change as organizations moved out of centralized planning.

Leading a research team from Anderson University their latest paper received the Best Paper award at the 2015 Academy of Management annual conference in Vancouver BC for Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Collaboration in the Management Consulting Division describing the inclusive management style at Walgreens.

Dr. Moore has presented in numerous business schools around the world on leadership and cross-cultural business.  In the past years he has been a guest lecturer in China, Nepal, India, Brazil and countries in Europe.  Here in the USA he has worked with South Korean and German companies that are learning to work with an American workforce.  He published a book “organizational DNA” that describes a framework to understand cross-cultural partnerships.

Dr. Moore has worked at the Indian Institute of Science, teaching and presenting at their annual international conference on reducing turnover in India’s IT sector. He worked with General Electric – Bangalore in training one of their key teams in servant leadership and cross-cultural skills.   Dr. Moore developed a partnership with CRC-SP and the Brazilian CPA association to develop at Anderson University a one week professional development seminar on leadership and global finance.  Dr. Moore helped establish the first international business conference with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu Nepal focused on Servant Leadership.

Dr. Moore’s main research activities are in international business, organizational development, servant leadership and ethical decision making.

Dr. Moore and his wife have adopted six of their eight children who come from Haiti, Philippines, Romania and India.  The family is currently working on assisting a local NGO to reduce the trafficking of children in Nepal through family strengthening and foster care programs.

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Terry HollonTerry Hollon
Senior Consultant

Terry W. Hollon brings strong management and organizational expertise to his interaction with clients.  With a broad range of experience in the government, service, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, and transportation sectors, he has worked with executives and managers to identify quality, service, sales, and human resource productivity needs and has provided appropriate consulting and training resources to meet those needs.  He has successfully assisted his clients in developing solutions that address critical business and organizational issues for over twenty years. Some of his representative client work includes: Quality Improvement Systems, Customer Satisfaction Training, Consultative Sales Systems, Educational Systems Design, Identification/Assessment and Executive Coaching.

Professional Background:
Principal founder, Hollon Associates, LLC – full-service consulting firm assisting clients with their needs in Attracting, Selecting, Managing, Developing, and Retaining people.
Senior Vice President and General Manager,Manchester, Inc. – Managed executive leadership development, executive coaching, and career transition services for a targeted group of organizations.
Divisional Vice President,The Forum Corporation – Managed business development and consulting/training service delivery to clients, in a 12-state geography.
Regional Vice President,ODI – organizational assessment (TQM), managerial effectiveness, process improvement, design, and development of customized training curricula.
Director, Psychological Services, Spartanburg, SC schools

Education:
B.S. Ed. Secondary Education
M.S. Ed. Psychometry, Kappa Delta Pi
Ed. S. School Psychology, Phi Delta Kappa
Georgia Southern University

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