Heather Yakes is an internationally recognized business coach and employee engagement expert ranking in the Top 10 in the United States and Top 25 worldwide. She has 20+ years of experience working with Fortune 100 Companies in many industries and Big 4 Consulting. Highlights of her corporate career include leading the Arthur Andersen Supply Chain Consulting team and her role as Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Purchasing for Leggett & Platt-CVP, a $5B publicly traded conglomerate. Some of her most recent awards include:
- 2018 ActionMan for the Best Client Impact
- 2018 Franchisee of the Year from the International Franchise Association
- Coach of the 2018 & 2019 Best E-Commerce Company of the Year
- Coach of the 2019 Best Service Company of the Year Finalist
- 2016 Business Excellence Awards Coach of the Year
- Coach of the 2016 Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Heather is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and has a Master’s Degree in Business from Capital University. She is an alumnus of The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Her certifications include:
- Certified Employee Engagement Coach (E&G)
- Certified Master Coach (Coach to the Coaches)
- Certified Professional of Supply Management (CPSM)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
She resides in Rushville, Ohio with her husband Jeff, daughter Skyler and son Hunter.
After 20+ years in the corporate world working with Fortune 100 companies to increase their sales and profits, Heather chose to “come back home” and fulfill her passion for helping small- to medium-size businesses in her Central Ohio community do the same. Her experience over the years has made it clear that most business challenges boil down 3 primary areas: time, team and money.
“For business owners it is simple. We want a profitable business that can work without us. Let’s face it, none of us went into business to create a ‘job’ for ourselves, but the reality is that most business owners are captive to their own business. As a small business coach, my greatest reward is witnessing the transformation and freedom that my clients achieve. When clients first start with us, they are usually working long hours, achieving less than desired profit, and struggling to keep a team in place that they can rely on. We transform their business into a profitable business that can work without them and we transform their lives by creating a passive income while they’re on the beach!
Employees today have different expectations. They want their work life to contribute to a greater mission. Since we spend the majority of our waking hours in our work environment, it should be a place of optimism, opportunity, and a fun place where prospective employees are knocking down the doors to work for you. Without investing in our people and ourselves as leaders, we are left with a void of disengaged employees who contribute less than what is expected of them and businesses who struggle to recruit, attract and retain their dream team. My passion is to transform the team into a committed fully engaged team that drives the business to achieve its performance goals.”
By working with business owners, executives and their teams, Coach Heather and her team help create successful businesses that achieve high performance, productivity and profits.
Don’t be captive to your business, let’s build a highly profitable business that can work without you!
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