The Bates Team

Each member of our team lives the Bates values, from integrity and humility to knowledge and excellence. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including business strategy, corporate communication, and management psychology. All of our coaches are fully certified in our methodologies and selected for their ability to apply real-world experience to the needs and challenges of their executive clients.

Our CEO Suzanne Bates founded the firm with a commitment to helping leaders make an impact. During her first career as an award-winning broadcast journalist, she spent years interviewing top influencers and developed a keen interest in discovering the qualities of successful leaders. She channeled that energy to bring together a team that today is at the forefront of innovation in executive and leadership development. Among the breakthroughs she has championed is the first research-based assessment and model of Executive Presence, the Bates ExPI™.

Craig Bentley, Vice President, Bates
Craig Bentley Vice President
Margie Myers
Margery Myers Principal
Elizabeth Freedman
Karen Marinella
Karen Marinella Principal

Michael Seitchik
Michael SeitchikDirector of Research and Assessment
Elizabeth Gibson
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Bill HorstAssociate
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Damon Bates Associate
Meredith Courtney
Meredith CourtneyMarketing Projects Consultant
Dave Casullo
David Casullo President
Sarah Woods
Sarah Woods Senior Vice President, Global Consulting
Andrew Atkins
Andrew AtkinsVice President of Client Experience
Sean Costa
Sean CostaVice President, Leadership Programs and Partnerships
Roanne Neuwirth
Roanne NeuwirthVice President of   Marketing
Drew Yanno
Drew YannoChief Operations Officer and General Counsel
Grace Connelly
Grace ConnellyChief Financial Officer
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Scott Weighart Director of Learning and Development
Dan Mausolf
Daniel Mausolf Director of Client Solutions
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Jana Johnsen Director of Client Solutions
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Meghan McGrath Director of Marketing
Rachel Suchoff
Rachel Suchoff Director of Administration
Walter Jackson
Walter Jackson Director, Global Partner Development
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Lori CasulloAccountant
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Melissa Kaes Office Manager
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Angela RichardsProject Manager
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Chris GoodnowMarketing and Public Relations Associate
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Demetriouse RussellDirector of Client Solutions
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Gisele GarceauDirector of Client Projects
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Tara Goodwin Frier Public Relations and Media Consultant
Kara Lund
Kara Lund Voice and Speech Coach
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Mary Lou Andre Style and Professional Image Expert