Representative Clients

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Client List - Some of our clients are included below

  • Aculight
  • ADIC - Advanced Digital Information Communications
  • AeA - American Electronics Association
  • Astronics
  • Captaris
  • City of Redmond
  • Costco
  • Cray Inc.
  • Dendreon
  • Department of Defense
  • Foster Pepper
  • Grant Thornton
  • Group Health
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • InfoSpace
  • King County
  • Meydenbauer Conference Center
  • NeuroCom International, Inc.
  • Nordstrom
  • Olympic Medical - a Natus Company
  • Outdoor Research
  • Philips Medical
  • Port of Seattle
  • Preston/Gates/Ellis
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Seattle Sonics & Storm
  • The Gates Foundation
  • The Seattle Times
  • The Institute of Systems Biology
  • Toray Composites of America (TCA)
  • Trubion Pharmaceutical
  • Tully's Coffee
  • Washington Mutual
  • Workforce Development Council
  • WRO
....since 1993 Bob has played a major role in the organizational development of several of my companies and management teams.  Specifically, Bob has been a critical piece to facilitating my strategic planning sessions, team development and growth, executive coaching and helping my employees understand their value to the company and how they fit into the overall mission and goals of the organization.  Bob has a unique way of bringing out the humanness in all of us and showing executive teams a new awareness of each other's styles and tendencies which helps build the team and foster high performance....
—John Dresel
CEO Banner Marketing
Former President, Seattle SuperSonics
Former President, Tully's Coffee Corp.
Former President, KJR Sports Radio 950, Seattle
Former President, Ackerely Television Group

Client Testimonials

JoAnn Burgess was my executive coach for a number of years when I started up my first Biotech firm in the Seattle area. I had to make the transition from a scientific leader to an executive leader within a very short period of time as the company was growing rapidly. It was exciting times but I knew I was in over my head. The magic for me was JoAnn's ability to bring out my strengths and abilities, from all aspects of my life, and put them to work in management and leadership. She did not change who I was but rather helped me to recognize my values and share them with others. She taught the power of coaching up and down the ranks where everyone benefited. I attribute much of our success to JoAnn's insightful and artful methods of executive coaching. I will jump at the chance to work with her again when the next opportunity arises.
—Deborah E. Cool, Former V.P. Research and Acting CEO, CEPTYR
I can't say enough about how I have benefited from the Executive Coaching services I received from JoAnn Burgess.    She has been an excellent resource for me and other leaders on my team.  JoAnn has helped me develop new skill sets and understand how I can be more strategic and effective in leading my team.  We were able to use these new skills to develop strategies that improved the dynamics in my team, and impacted results of key projects and initiatives that I was working on. I came away from each coaching session with a clearer understanding of how my style impacts others.  By coaching me through some ongoing challenges, I was able to put these new skill sets to work and get direct feedback.  I am in a much better position to lead my team and help our organization achieve our goals.  My improved self awareness has helped me harness and take advantage of my leadership style, which ultimately has helped our whole organization
—Tim Carr, Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Meydenbauer Conference Center
My experience with Bob Burgess spans a period in excess of fifteen years. Bob was brought into my first company to help create a value based culture that would become the backdrop by which all decisions were made.  As the company grew we continued to draw on Bob's skills as a coach, his ability to help us build high performing teams and as a teacher as we transitioned from a small start up to a very successful maturing company.  

After selling Drug Emporium, I was brought into a small public company as CEO to help turn it around. The challenges were quite different from before but again, Bob's skills were invaluable. He helped us turn a dysfunctual culture around and improve both financial and operational results.
Bob's expertise in organizational development, helping companies change and executive coaching is the best I've ever seen.
—Jeff Meder
Former C.E.O. of Drug Emporium Northwest
Former C.E.O. of Cost-U-Less, Inc.
Bob Burgess is the most effective and impactful organizational development leader and coach that I have had the pleasure to work with. I originally hired him when I worked with a technology start-up, Universal Avionics, where he worked with us for 10 years. During this period of time, the company grew to become the number one integrated avionics business jet developer and manufacturer. A great deal of our success was based on the outstanding work he did with our team.

Since then, I have had the pleasure to work with Bob on several occasions. Each time, the companies have obtained improved focus, effectiveness, results, and communications. I have recommended Bob on countless times to my colleagues who were seeking a consultant to work with their leadership teams or for individual management coaching and the results have always been very positive.

In summary, Bob is an outstanding OD person and human being.
—Carol Olsby, GPHR, GRP
Director, Human Resources - Americas & Asia
Tieto, global software company employing 17,000 employees

Chair, HR Roundtable
SHRM, International Director - WA
Global HR Consortium - Co-Chair
I have had the distinct honor of being coached by Bob. His insights and inspiration have been invaluable to me as I've worked to progress my executive career. He really understands the nuances of executive leadership and how to maximize the potential of each person on a team.
—Dan Scroggin, Qwest Business