About Us

Founder & Head Coach

Pat Palleschi, Ph.D. Pat has spent the past 25 years helping executives to be more successful, productive, and effective in their work. She has served as advisor to major corporations in developing, attracting, and retaining top talent and has created training programs to systematize the process. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and she has advised mid-career MBA candidates on designing and building successful careers.

Currently, Pat maintains a private coaching practice in Los Angeles, where she guides executives in navigating the job hunt in a tough economy and on achieving positions in stable, profitable organizations. She provides individualized attention in one-on-one sessions as well as via outplacement services for large corporations.

Principals


Irv Margol is a former principal at Eddy Associates, Inc.; a management consulting firm providing customized advisory services to senior executives. Prior to joining Eddy Associates, Inc., Irv was Senior Executive Consultant for Right Management Consultants, Inc. having come to that role from Janotta Bray, an international career consulting firm specializing in executive outplacement. At Janotta Bray, he served as co-managing director. He was COO for a major Bank and CAO for a major entertainment company. Irv is also a former president of the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

Brenda Broz Eddy is a founder and principal of Eddy Associates Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in executive coaching and leadership team development, as well as having an affiliation with TEA. Ms. Eddy was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Senior Executive Consulting Practice for Right Management Company, a large international human resource consulting firm, from 1992 to 1998. She started her consulting career at the strategic consulting firm of Booz Allen and Hamilton in 1969 and from 1970 to 1975 served on the faculty of the Georgetown University School of Business. Ms. Eddy has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She serves on the Business Advisory Councils of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Business and Counterpart International.

Allies and Partners


Lisa Koff is a Training and Career Transition Professional with a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University. ​Lisa’s  background and work experience spans these industries:  Internet, Technology, Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Education as well as Non-Profit. Lisa has a prior career in Sales and Marketing, always promoting great relationships and rapport with clients, customers, co-workers and colleagues.  In addition, she has experience managing human resources through reorganizations, downsizings, as well as growth stages including mergers and acquisitions. As an active member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD-LA), Lisa joined the Board as Co-Director of Marketing in 2013.  She is also a member of Organizational Development (OD) in LA as well as the National Human Resources Association (NHRA). You can find Lisa’s website at: lisadkoff.com.

Lyn Cason is a Director at Stanton Chase International in digital media, consumer services, non-profit and university sectors. Her earlier career included work in management for entertainment and broadcast media. She has an Executive MBA in Management from the Peter F. Drucker School, Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Broadcast Communications from California State University San Francisco.

Lisa Kaye has worked as a senior human resource leader for top companies in the digital media, e-commerce, broadcast and cable television, animation, retail and the live entertainment space for over 20 years. She successfully launched a niche media and entertainment industry job board and career site at http://www.greenlightjobs.com in 2001, which boasts over 18,000 job postings and over 80,000 unique monthly visitors.

As an entrepreneur and a business professional, Kaye consults with leading media companies from start-up or as they undergo reorganizations and management restructuring. Some of her HR consulting clients include The Oprah Winfrey Network, Guitar Center, SBE Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, House of Blues, G4 Media, Teletech, Pure Management Group, Disney/ABC and Pixar.

Marci Maniker-Leiter is a management and organizational development consultant with over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry. Her areas of expertise include managing change, organization effectiveness, work flow analysis, executive coaching, meeting facilitation and team building.

Bill Brewer is a Principal Consultant of McDermott & Bull and is based in Irvine, California. Bill has over 25 years of experience in corporate human resources within multiple industries including Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for call-center & contact management, Technology including enterprise resource planning (ERP), point of sale (POS), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM), Healthcare diagnostic imaging services, Entertainment, and Engineering & Construction. Prior to joining McDermott & Bull, he was the Vice President of Human Resources for Alorica globally with over 20,000 employees worldwide. Prior to Alorica, Bill had served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Epicor Software as well as InSight Health Corp.

Gary Matus, is a former Executive Vice President for Bank of America.  Gary was an instrumental part of the success of Egon Zehnder in Los Angeles — one of the top world-wide search firms.  He is now working with RSR (another world wide search firm)  specializing in high level executive searches and board placements.  His clients span industries, including financial companies, educational institutions and the entertainment field (among others).

Gary Saenger is the founder and President of the retained search firm Saenger Associates, one of the top 25 search firms in the Los Angeles area.  Saenger Associates specializes in high quality, executive and management recruiting.  The firm works with companies who set demanding requirements when launching a search. To this end, the founder manages each and every search to maintain a level of personal attention that is unprecedented in our industry.

Saenger Associates is a member of IRC Global Executive Search Partners with representation in 6 continents, 35 countries and 75 cites.

 Social Branding Expert


Freddy J. Nager teaches social media and marketing through UCLA Extension, Antioch University Los Angeles, and the University of Wales online MBA program. He also founded and runs the marketing agency Atomic Tango LLC, which specializes in communications strategy and development. Prior to launching Atomic Tango, Freddy held lead creative positions at MCA Records/Universal Music Group and major ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and has 17 years of experience in online marketing for such brands as Toyota, Tom Petty and The National Lampoon. When not teaching or working with his clients, Freddy serves as Managing Editor of the official management blog of Antioch University Los Angeles, and sits on the board of the acclaimed City Garage Theatre in Santa Monica. Freddy received his MBA from the University of Southern California and his BA from Harvard. You can find his LinkedIn profile at FreddyNager.com.