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What They Say

Steve’s coaching and mentorship has made one of the biggest impacts for me in my career during a period of over 20 years.

He has a rare combination of an extremely deep Strategic understanding of what makes Business – especially the Technology Industry – ‘tick’ and equally what makes Human Beings tick.

Working with him throughout my career has been an experience without which I would not be where I am today.


John Gillespie | VP and GM, Asia Pacific

Netezza, an IBM Company

As a Business advisor:  Steve is one of the most savvy businessman and strategists I have known. He has extensive experience, deep understanding, and unique perception of the IT, Telecom and Internet industries. His ability to see the “big picture”, grasp the market trends, and sense the opportunities as well pitfalls is exceptional. He is very gifted in being able to identify and articulate true value propositions of an innovative and complex business concept that are important to the market and customers.

As an Executive Coach:  Steve brings the skills of a strategist to personal and team development, keen perception of the less than obvious.  He asks tough and provocative questions designed to support breakthrough thinking. He always speaks his mind.  Steve is known for his passion in everything he does, both professionally and personally.

It was indeed a privilege and honor to work closely with Steve at Neustar.  Steve was a great colleague and valuable asset to the company.  I endorse him without reservation.


George Guo | Corporate VP & GM of Asia Pacific at Neustar, Inc.

“Steve has been excellent in helping me navigate uncharted territories both personally and professionally. He’s not one to coach by saying what I ‘want’ him to say but rather, Steve dares to say what needs to be said. As an executive, I needed a coach that pushed, questioned, and positioned a new lens in my path to view challenges and leadership through. I’ve noticed direct application in how I choose to lead my company, interact with my spouse, how I contribute to the atmosphere I want for my family, and now I operate under the belief that I have the capacity and the obligation to create the life I aspire to achieve.”


Anna Birch | CEO, AdventureLinks

President, Enterpreneur’s Organization – (Wash. DC Chapter)

Working with Steve & The Wide Open Group has been one of the most important and useful career moves I’ve taken in recent years. I knew I needed to do something to refocus and renew my energy and work life. Doing this on my own was going to generate limited results and opportunities.
Working with Steve has opened up an entire new world of possibilities. Having worked in non-profit management for over 30 years; I had lost site of the excitement, potential, and core values that attracted me to this work in the first place. Steve has helped me rekindle my passion, and discover how I can build on what I’ve been doing to move into a new and creative place in this next phase of work and life. I never would have had this sense of achievement and excitement if I hadn’t made my work with Steve part of this time of personal and profession assessment and renewal.
Steve has great insight; pushes when pushing is needed; is a great mentor, coach, and supporter; and reminds me of the importance of taking personal responsibility for life decisions. This has been the most fun and interest I’ve had in thinking about and planning for work and career in years.


Bob Davis, COO, The Mountain Institute

Steve and the team at The Wide Open Group ask the hard questions and keep me on task.

The attitude is one of positive – can do – shoot for the stars!

This optimistic approach is reinforced with concrete guidance and the setting of realistic expectations.

They help me see the big picture and where and how I want to exist within it.


Anne Patterson, Noted Artist & Set Designer


After I sold my business, I worked with The Wide Open Group and Steve to sort out next steps for me professionally. They were a tremendous resource, offering insight from a business perspective, as well as for me personally. Steve can reach professionals in a unique way that stretches us to reach new heights, and in my case, head in different directions. I also recommend Steve and his team for group and team sessions. I have seen Steve put people immediately at ease, allowing them to communicate and grow collectively.


Catherine Shaw, VP Marketing | Basis, A Brand Consultancy