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Congratulations to the 2013 Conative Excellence Award Winners!!


At Conation Nation Symposium, Kolbe Corp recognized and celebrated an innovative educator, two successful business owners, and a corporate coaching firm for their efforts to help people understand instinctive conative strengths and use that understanding to improve their lives, their organizations, and their relationships. 



Kolbe Professional Award Winner:  Mari Martin 

Mari Martin has been involved with Kolbe Corp from the beginning. She left her job to start her own business, focusing on the work of a woman named Kathy Kolbe whom she read about in the Wall Street Journal. She still has the WSJ article that changed her life and the company she founded, Performance Strategies Group is thriving.

As the car manufacturing business in her native Michigan shrank around her, Mari spread her work with Kolbe to places like Audi in Canada, manufacturing in Pennsylvania, and a major bank, accounting firm and hospital in Michigan.  Working with her husband and business partner, Chris, she helped restore employee trust in companies that were squeezed and battered, but not broken. She is one of the very few consultants whose entire professional work is devoted to Kolbe applications and she uses them all in depth, whether analyzing productivity in teams, coaching companies through the employee selection process or helping evaluate a new marketing program.

Amid the stress of building a business, Mari has always found time to donate services and expertise to churches, schools and other non-profits that have been important to the life of the community.  During difficult economic times, she has been tested by fire and emerged stronger in spirit and more focused on what is important in life.  Kolbe Corp is happy to salute her and congratulate her for her contributions as recognized by a vote of her peers.

Kolbe Enterprise Award Winner: Strategic Coach

The Strategic Coach® program is dedicated to helping successful entrepreneurs ramp up their business to 10X growth.  It is an ambitious goal that they have successfully delivered for over 20 years. Using a coaching staff made up of highly successful entrepreneurs who are themselves Strategic Coach members, participants gather once a quarter to share successes and look for ideas from a peer group.

Early in their development they saw a natural affinity with Kolbe Corp’s offerings and began to incorporate Kolbe’s products and technologies into their own programs.  They did it the right way by sending key people to become trained and certified in the Kolbe methodology.  They then presented every participant with their individual Kolbe A™ Index result very early in the training process. Many of Kolbe Corp’s clients have followed this well-worn path. 

Using a wide assortment of Kolbe products, Strategic Coach helped entrepreneurs transform their businesses and soon extended Kolbe Wisdom™ to their couples’ conferences and youth programs. Kolbe Wisdom™ was so deeply embedded into their programs that they made a strategic decision to have every employee attend certification classes, enabling them to be an instant resource to all of their clients. Kolbe Corp is glad to present this award to Strategic Coach for their global use of Kolbe at the enterprise level.

Kolbe Dynamynd® Award Winner: Daryl Braham 

Daryl Braham started his business career at 15 years of age. 25 years later, this son of a Canadian Mountie is co-owner of five companies, including his own consulting business.  Straddling iON Leadership, a Prudential franchise and Heritage Homes, an award-winning home builder, Daryl has made a significant mark in his community. He has been recognized through several chambers of commerce leadership awards that represent 27 million small business companies throughout the USA.

With natural abilities for entrepreneurship honed by participation in the Strategic Coach program, Daryl was quick to grasp the benefits of becoming a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant. Today, he is quick to attribute much of his success to a conative approach to human and team growth. In an accelerated and dynamic way he walks us up the Dynamynd to show how all three parts of the mind helped him refocus his business approach and create the award-winning companies that he heads today. His end results truly exemplify the highest levels of the Dynamynd: compassion, mission and vision and were showcased in his winning video submission.

Kolbe Founder’s Award Recipient: Bret Loucks

Kathy Kolbe was pleased to present Bret Loucks with the first Kolbe Founder’s Award. Bret has been an innovator in elementary, middle, and high school education for nearly 30 years. He has won awards for exemplary teaching and has worked as an advocate for student empowerment and efficacy. A student once said of him, “Mr. Loucks is the second best teacher I have ever had. By showing me that I have it within me to learn anything I want and encouraging me to take charge of my own education, I have become my own best teacher.”

Currently Bret is an instructor at the Herberger Young Scholars Academy in Glendale, AZ and frequently helps Kathy in product development, research, and testing as well as offering encouragement and support whenever she needs it. “As a leader in education, Bret has worked with Kolbe Corp for decades to help students discover their natural, conative abilities and thereby improve overall academic performance while reducing student stress,” said David Kolbe, CEO of Kolbe Corp.


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