Erik Kober

Certified Consultant

Erik Kober

Erik Kober

Founder, Kober Strategic Leader Consulting

Erik specializes in working with restaurants and small businesses.

Erik Kober, a fully-certified Strategic Leaders Academy consultant, helps restaurateurs grow their businesses sustainably. He does this by working with you to get the 3 BIG things right: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy. Like the legs of a stool, you need all three in place and aligned so your restaurant can have a stable platform for growth.

Quality restaurants fail all the time. According to a 2005 Ohio State study, one out of three restaurants fail in their first year. The same study observed that in addition to these failures, on average, ownership turned over in one out of two restaurants within the first three years.  These numbers tell us that sustainable growth takes more than great food and service —it requires trustworthy leadership, a winning culture, and an agile strategy. Erik brings his unique combination of training, leadership experience and strategic insight to his passion for the quick-service industry to help you achieve your goals cost-effectively.

Areas of Specialization

  • Restaurants
  • Small Businesses


As a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, with over 23 years of military experience, Erik understands the importance of service.  After a distinguished military career serving as an Attack Helicopter Pilot, commanding troops from the Platoon to Battalion level, and as a strategic planner, Erik is proud to continue to serve those who serve.

Kober Strategic Leader Consulting LLC is a franchise of Kolenda Strategic Leaders Academy®  (SLA), and offers a wide array of time-tested habits, tools, processes, and content to help you achieve the sustainable growth you have been fighting for!

Starting Strategic Leaders Academy

He resigned from the government in 2014 and his leadership consulting business took off. He decided in 2017 to create the Strategic Leaders Academy so that other former senior military leaders could continue serving while having a second career they love.

“Americans love the military. They respect veterans and appreciate their service,” he said. Most companies want to hire veterans, but they tend to want the young trooper or the junior officer.

When it comes to people who have spent 20-30 years leading organizations in the military, most companies and nonprofits shy away from them. “Many private sector and nonprofit leaders find a career of military service admirable and praiseworthy, but not commercially useful. I want to change that.”

Former senior military leaders are experts in the 3 BIG things: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy. “These issues require decades of study and experience to master, but most entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders don’t have the time to do so,” Chris explained. “This is where we come in. We cannot tell you what product to make or cause to support, but we can help you grow sustainably by working with you to get the 3 BIG things right: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy.”

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Ways to Work with Erik Kober


Do you want a professional keynote speaker to talk with your team on leadership, culture, and strategy? I’ve talked to business, NFL, academic, government, nonprofit, and military audiences. I always tailor the presentation to you, so the message inspires action for you and your team. I’m a professional member of the National Speakers Association, which means I have a proven track record of professionalism and performance.


If you want an even higher impact for your team, training and workshops are a great way to go. I teach teams and organizations on a range of Leadership, Culture, and Strategy themes, to include: how to elevate your team’s performance, how to build a culture of excellence, how to slash employee burnout and turnover, how to develop a winning strategy and how to prevent expensive mistakes. Programs for you range from half-day primers to three-day intensives, to include offsite at places like Normandy and Gettysburg.


Do you want to improve your leadership development programs, build a culture of excellence, and create a winning strategy? Unlike the big, gucci, consulting firms that are slow, bureaucratic, and stick you with junior MBAs, I work personally with you and your team, so you get results quickly and cost-effectively with no hassle.

“What has always struck me about Erik is his desire to help people. He cares, he listens, and he finds ways to support the needs of his clients — to help them solve their problems and grow. That’s why he is such a great fit for SLA. I am so happy to have Erik as one of our business owners. He’s a person who makes a difference for others. I love his approach on serving those who serve.”

Recent Articles by Erik Kober

The Secret To Owning a Successful Business: Culture
The Secret to Owning a Successful Business: LEADERSHIP