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

Laura Colbert

Laura Colbert

Colbert Consulting

Laura works with small business leaders who want to boost employee buy-in, belonging, and collaboration so that they can build productive teams to take their organization to new heights.

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

Douglas Lute

Douglas Lute

Former US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council
Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy

CEO of WestExec Advisors
George E McCown

George E McCown

Co-Founder and Operating Director of American Infrastructure Funds
Stan McChrystal

Stan McChrystal

Retired 4-star General, Founder of McChrystal Group

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.

Stephanie Dorr

Stephanie Dorr

Chief Technical Officer

Stephanie Dorr brings more than two decades of strategic communications, marketing, and business development to Strategic Leaders AcademyTM.  She served as a foreign exchange student to the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Professional Certification in Event Management from The George Washington University School of Business. A proud Army wife of 28 years, Stephanie is a tireless advocate for military families. Currently a resident of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, she enjoys coding, amateur photography, and spending time with her two dogs, Grace and Abby.

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