Our franchisees are former military leaders and combat veterans

Each franchisee has applied the BIG 3 in some of the most difficult and dangerous situations leaders face. Their next chapter is to help leaders grow their businesses in the right ways, at the right pace and time.

SLA Franchisees

Erik Kober

Erik Kober

Kober Strategic Leadership

Erik works primarily with restaurants and small businesses. He emphasizes that great service is essential, but not enough to survive and thrive.

Chris Kolenda

Chris Kolenda

SLA Founder

Chris helps principled business owners who want to drive their growth at the right time, with the right team, in the right way.

Tom Luscher

Tom Luscher

Luscher Strategic Leadership

Tom helps nonprofit organizations to grow their revenues and impact sustainably, being good shepherds of their assets.

Jeff Marquez

Jeff Marquez

Marquez LCS

Jeff helps mid-level leaders be your best authentic leader self so that you increase your impact and value to your team, boss, peers, and customers.

John O’Grady

John O’Grady

O’Grady Leadership

John works with sports teams, advising players, coaches, teams and organization how to win sustainably by becoming the best version of themselves.

SLA Board of Advisors

Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

CEO of WestExec Advisors
Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Douglas Lute

Douglas Lute

Former US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council
Stan McChrystal

Stan McChrystal

Retired 4-star General, Founder of McChrystal Group
George E McCown

George E McCown

Co-Founder and Operating Director of American Infrastructure Funds
Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

SLA Management

Nicole Kauss

Nicole Kauss

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole Kauss joined SLA as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2019. She previously worked for the Department of Defense for 15 years, where she most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the South and Central Asia mission. She is a former Intelligence Community leader who has deployed numerous times and excels in high pressure situations in challenging environments. She is excited to bring her dedication, drive, and empathy to SLA. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A in International Security from The George Washington University.

Jenn Shreve

Jenn Shreve

Chief Technical Officer

Jenn Shreve comes to Strategic Leaders Academy with an extensive background in social media and digital marketing. She’s an expert on LinkedIn and has a knack for finding you your right-fit clients. Jenn can help you cut through the noise with her time task and brand innovation partnership. She balances value content posts with creating new connections in order to act as your social media megaphone. Moving you from invisible to invincible! She has worked with several consultants, financial planners and promoted four books for her clients!

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