Next Step Coach was founded in 2003 by Brian Dowd to encourage and enhance the personal leadership of those with an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for more through personal coaching.

Coaches

Brian Dowd

Brian Dowd
Owner of Next Step Coach Inc., Brian has been an Executive Coach since 2003 providing coaching for executives, business owners and high potential leaders to improve business behavior and develop leadership talent.

Brian works alongside senior leaders to reach their own development and performance goals in addition to building the processes and people for a high performing organization. He is an experienced facilitator for teams and executive off-sites and a trusted advisor to leaders in diverse industries that include artificial intelligence, construction, financial services and others.

Alan Carlton

Alan Carlton
Alan was the Founder and President of Carlton Engineering for 32 years, a multi-discipline engineering firm with 70 employees serving primarily Northern California. Services included Civil, Survey, Planning, Structural, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering. Carlton Engineering was acquired in 2014 by GHD Inc., a global engineering consulting firm with 8500+ employees worldwide.

Alan has the intellect to solve engineering problems, the people skills to make clients want to do business with him again and again and the leadership capabilities that took the company from start to sale. Alan’s focus is on leadership and management effectiveness.

Kim Pace

Kim Pace
A professional coach and facilitator since 2007, Kim is a skilled communicator, connector and strategic thinker. She helps others think outside their box and encourages them to stretch beyond their current circumstances. Kim’s coaching provides a results-oriented, time-sensitive, accountable & measurable process to help individuals achieve results. This process focuses on discernment and maximization of strengths, gaining clarity of direction, and/or crafting and executing strategic goals.

As a Facilitator, Kim provides a neutral facilitation process to navigate the group through ideation session(s), moving from the realm of discovery and possible paths/solutions, to specific, agreed upon action points that move groups to the next step or desired outcome. Kim’s focus is on personal effectiveness, career advancement and organizational coaching.

Ron Short

Ron Short
Ron is a leadership development specialist with over 30 years of experience. He spent over two decades as a nonprofit leader and high school football coach where he remains a fixture in the community.

With a passion to help bring clarity coupled with strong facilitation skills, Ron excels in helping leaders and leadership teams of all types who are looking to transition to the next level both personally and professionally. Ron has helped leaders, teams and organizations identify desired goals and objectives, all the while focusing on clear measurable results. Ron’s focus is on leadership development, transitions, and high performing teams.