Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Faces of Southwestern Consulting

MEET OUR TEAM

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Christa Acevedo

Director of Operations & Recruiting, Senior Partner

She works tirelessly to continually add value to the company through creating and implementing new processes including client retention projects and recruiting efforts.

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Ron Alford

Senior Partner

While he is an expert at recruiting, sales training, and coaching individuals and teams to reach higher than they ever imagined, he also is an endurance athlete, having completed multiple marathons and triathlons.

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Kitty Barrow

Senior Partner

Phenomenal at creating successful systems that are easily duplicated, this Auburn University fan is also a recruiting specialist who has helped recruit thousands of salespeople in her career.

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Rachel Bertone

Product Development Specialist, Editor

A wordsmith and grammar nerd who enjoys helping others clarify their message and creating tools to do so.

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Jennifer Bottoms

Reporting Specialist

Focusing on developing and delivering reports to provide insight into business performance, this CPA has worked in a mix of financial and operational reporting for twenty years.

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Dave Brown

Senior Partner

With more than 100,000 cold calls into companies worldwide, this former collegiate athlete has broken all-time sales records. Over the last decade he has lived in fifteen different states but now calls Nashville home.

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Emmie Brown

Senior Partner

With a unique insight in effective communication of points of view, she helps all team members be more persuasive in selling and motivates her team to action.

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Linda Chabot

Staff Acountant

With a main focus in accounts receivable and ACH payments processing, she makes sure payments are posted and tracked and provides assistance with invoicing and client payment management in Infusionsoft.

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Laurie Gomer

Customer Service Administrator

She dabbles in customer service, reporting, coach care and is also the resident RingCentral guru. According to her five-year-old nephew, the best way to describe her is as a T-Rex.

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Mike Gribble

Marketing Associate,
Graphic Designer

Using creative means to portray a message or to inspire others through design, this Ravenclaw stops at nothing to illustrate a descriptive finish to any artistic composition.

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Mica Griggs

Operations Team Lead

Since she is passionate about team building, her role monitoring systems and processes to help teams is perfect. As an incessant tinkerer, you will also find her trying to solve puzzles or sudoku.

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Anna Hamilton

Event Coordinator

Her team members call her an event extraordinaire which only downplays her skill at coordinating the perfect event. Furthermore, she is a fashion enthusiast and horse lover.

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Abigail Hammer

Marketing Team Lead

Waging a war on mediocrity in all forms, this marketing maven helps keep her team consistent while also encouraging creativity to keep us at the forefront of emerging trends. In her spare time, she aspires to be a Disney villain.
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Gaye Haynes

Office Administrator

Tasked with overseeing our offices while also working on coach relations and customer service issues, she is the Office Mom and literal Mom to one colleague!

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Jaye Haynes

Coaching Business Coordinator

Her daily focus is on internal customer service and assisting coaches with systems training. She also plays a key role in coach on-boarding and recruiting. Because she is a beach bum at heart, her dream is to live on an island.

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Dustin Hillis

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Leading the vision and strategy for all of the Southwestern Family of Companies, he has grown the family from 19 to 30 businesses. He is an expert in buying, selling, management behavior, and how to adapt to the way people want to be communicated with.

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Sara Hodges

Marketing Technology Specialist

Her Navigate style is high detective, so she loves investigating when things go wrong and finding new ways to streamline existing processes using technology. Also, the worst thing about prison was the dementors.

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Payton Husain

Marketing Technology Associate

Life without technology is a boring one, but thanks to his work, he gets to help people navigate their own technology every day. Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.

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Erica Jennings

Administrative Assistant

Graduating with a degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi, she moved to Nashville in 1998. She loves travel and all things Disney so much that she is now a Certified Disney Travel Agent!

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Rachel Knipmeyer

Southwestern Speakers Manager

As a lover of all the details, she is always looking for process improvement opportunities as well as creative ideas to contribute to the delivery of a customized, yet consistent, and outstanding client experience for each person we have the privilege to serve.

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Katy Kvalvik

Founder & President of Southwestern Empowerment

An expert in advanced communication skills for high stakes conversations, she inspires people all over the world to be empowered, lead their best lives, and achieve optimal, lasting results. She's also a certified health counselor, neuro-linguistic programming trainer, yoga instructor, and executive coach.

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Gary Michels

Co-Founder

He helps to dig down deep and access the explosive potential of an attitude adjusted and a life re-energized. In addition, he is also an author and radio host on a weekly radio talk show.

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T.J. Miller

Director of Marketing

Inspired by Yoda’s teaching, “You must unlearn what you have learned,” this marketing Jedi works to keep our team and our tech away from the dark side of the force by turning marketing strategy into our ally—the modern marketing force “and a powerful ally it is!”

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Leeanna Nelson

Product Development Specialist, Editor

One of her greatest joys in life is getting to work with words, stories, and content for a living. She spends each day striving to hit business goals through content and product development, editing, project management, and contributing to business strategy.

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Tim Nowak

Chief Financial Officer, Senior Partner

He directs the financial operations ranging from forecasting, budgeting, legal, risk management, and performance monitoring.

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Tiffany Sawyer

Southwestern Empowerment Project Manager

Using her skills of adaptability and problem-solving to handle the consistent change that occurs within a growing business, her responsibilities range from business operations management and event planning to content creation and marketing.

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Hannah Spitzer

Project Administrative Assistant

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a rare Nashville native, she enjoys long walks on the beach.

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Beverly Torrence

Senior Compensation Analyst

She is all about the numbers that matter to you—salaries and commissions. Her experience ranges from restaurant ownership, hotel management, CPA accounting firms, medical industry, and multi-national financial reporting.

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