Comments from Clients
"David Z. Levin has been my invaluable strategic partner. We have worked together on an initiative of great importance to our organization and community. David was not only able to balance a complex structure, but he also dealt masterfully with a wide range of personalities and interests, connecting with many key players on a level of high diplomacy as we proceeded step by step to forge a consensus over a wide range of subtle and thorny issues. David came to the scene as a person who softly but firmly moved our process along, and did so by adding enormous value with his insights at each step. We could never have come this far without him.
David has my highest recommendation as a uniquely talented consultant, and in addition I now regard him as a personal friend."
Richard A. Liddy
Chairman, President & CEO, GenAmerica Corporation
"Working closely with David, my senior management team members became keenly aware of their behaviors and their impact on the group. As a result of effective counseling and coaching by David, the senior team began to work more productively together. David has outstanding skills in organizational behavior and planning. He is extremely hard working and a man of the highest integrity.
David helped me better understand my strengths and weaknesses and coached me in how to become a more effective manager and leader. I am grateful for his invaluable assistance."
John A. Ward, III
CEO, Credit Card Division of Chase Manhattan Bank
"I have been taken by David's passion, honesty and leadership. He has helped me to experience more deeply how being peaceful, balanced, and relaxed are powerful methods for increasing my effectiveness.
I will always be grateful to David for his special gifts and for his extraordinary talent for sharing them with me."
CEO and Founder, Signature Restaurants by Georges Perrier
"There was a minute during the St. Louis Leadership trip to Baltimore when I found myself wondering how different the experience would have been if David Z. Levin hadn't worked so well and so hard in our community. I congratulate him on peeling the layers of influence. His understanding and patience have proven to be a critical catalyst for change.
Clearly there were leaders of the highest levels who would not have taken this trip, or, if they had, would not have reached out to their fellow travelers, so to speak, without his encouragement and guidance. I am familiar with his success in blending corporate cultures and am impressed with his ability to break down the barriers that characterize the factions that seem to define our community culture. David has accomplished his work quietly as an (almost) unseen hand, guiding us and, in many cases, introducing us to each other. So I take my hands to applaud him, thank him, and most of all, wish him well."
Publisher, St. Louis Business Journal
"David has splendid leadership skills. I found David to be an excellent coach, tireless, discrete and sensitive to all points of view. He contributed significantly to our organization. He insisted that all levels, functions and world areas must work together to solve problems. Unlike my previous experiences with consultants, David brought an immediate and total dedication to our initiative. An outside observer would have concluded that David was a Monsanto employee, one whose career rested on being successful in this effort.
I give him my strongest recommendation."
J. M. Hanley
Director, Business Performance Improvement, Monsanto Chemical Group
"David was not satisfied in merely providing detailed analyses of our market and organization. He effectively used these insights to help catalyze strategic change throughout all levels of our firm.
CEO and Chairman of the Board,
American Recreation Centers, Inc.
"When one gets involved with a person like David, one is already reaching toward a dimension that is definitely not ordinary. But often it is the unlikely or the unusual that can have the most impact on an individual, organization, or audience. This is where David goes with his clients. What David delivers is the recognition that the individual leader is the key leverage point for creating the context where each valued person can excel and perform with the respect of others. Working with David is a very personally grounding, enriching, and revealing process. You learn how to be more in your intuition and less in your intellect, more in your sense of purpose and less in your fears.
David has an unusual insight that can support and encourage this kind of personal growth to happen. No journey is easy, but David's sensitivity to underlying potential goes a long way toward steadying the path. I am very appreciative of David's work, and I sincerely hope that more leaders can benefit from his sage counsel as much as I have."
President and Chairman of the Board, Project for Public Spaces
"David's strategic insight was very helpful and lent much to the ongoing deliberations in our key businesses. Equally beneficial was his analytical skill in helping us to evaluate the people and structural changes we had to make in order to ensure successful implementation. But I believe what was most important - and what will wind up having the longest term impact - was David's highly sensitive and experienced counsel to our most senior business managers. They will carry those "lessons" with them to our bottom-line performance in the years ahead."
A. Wright Elliott
Executive Vice President, Chase Manhattan Bank
"Over the years I have worked with many consultants, but it's rare to find someone like David. He treated us like he was the principal stockholder.
David's objectivity, organization and directness are a refreshing change from the watered-down, play-it-safe attitude I see so often these days."
President, COMAC, Inc.
"Not only has David provided wise counsel to many key CEOs in the St. Louis community, but he has become a very unique civic intermediary in a community which is in the process of a dramatic civic transformation. In helping guide, facilitate, and prod the fundamental recasting of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, the region's CEO organization, and our business leadership in general, David has brought together an uncommon blend of talents. These talents have run the gamut from strategic planner and futurist, to "civic anthropologist," to shuttle diplomat deftly crossing racial, geographic, industry, public and private sector boundaries, to facilitator, to management guru, to CEO coach, to advocate for spirit. We have people and institutions now collaborating with each other who did not even know one another before David's arrival in St. Louis. I will add last but definitely not least that David's individual coaching to me has had a wonderful, profound effect. For assisting me to mobilize many underutilized capacities, I will always be immensely grateful."
Richard C. D. Fleming
President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce
"Since David began working with me and my senior managers, he has been a major catalyst for the transformation of our management team. With his help we have moved from a group of competing individuals to an energized group of team players who are using our talent and creativity to support each other.
We could not have achieved so much in such a concentrated time-frame without David's wise counsel."
James W. Zeigon
CEO, Chase Manhattan Private Bank
"It has been my deep pleasure and benefit to work with David Z. Levin over the course of a number of years as my leadership coach. David and I began working together when I held two roles at the New York Times Company, one as the President of the New York Times Broadcast Group and the other as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the New York Times Company, reporting to the Vice Chairman and working with the Chairman and CEO's Executive Team, of which I was a part. Having met and worked with any number of the most capable executive coaches in the U.S. in my role as head of HR, it is a strong statement of praise that I chose David to be my own leadership mentor and guide. His wise counsel has continued to be of great value to me since the day we began our work together.
If you are a leader who is prepared to move beyond the conventional and equip yourself fundamentally for new growth and confidence, I most highly recommend David's exceptional work for your very strong consideration."
Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Time Warner, Inc.
"As Executive Secretary to the region's CEO organization for the last 11 years, and as one whose family has very deep roots in the St. Louis community, I am writing to acknowledge David Z. Levin's extraordinary accomplishments in St. Louis over the past 24 months. Our region is undergoing a civic transformation. Key organizations are experiencing "rebirths" and then going on to find new ways of cooperating with each other. The public and private sectors are working together more effectively than they have in decades (or maybe ever!). Traditional barriers of geography, governmental jurisdictions and social standing are falling away. It is no exaggeration to say that much of this dramatic change is due to David's unrelenting strategic efforts. He has been an important agent for new linkages and new understandings.
My own relationship with David has left an indelible impression on me, as well. He has helped me to understand that using "informal" systems can be much more effective than working through traditional formal systems, however necessary the latter may be. It has been a remarkable experience and real pleasure to work with David, and I want others to know how much I personally appreciate what he has done for St. Louis."
Alfred H. Kerth
Founder and President, The Eads Center
"I have had the privilege of working with David for almost 20 years. He is a man of integrity in the deepest sense of the term, and he has been simply invaluable to me professionally and personally.
With David by my side I have successfully navigated through many challenging career stages. He has been an indispensable support resource for my successfully transitioning from being a Chief Financial Officer to the role of Chief Operating Officer to the position of President and now currently to being the Chief Executive Officer of a leading Wealth Management Firm. David’s partnering has been just masterful.”
Stephen E. Prostano
Chief Executive Officer, Silver Bridge Advisors
"I have had the pleasure to work with David for the past four years after having been introduced to him by my company’s CEO. I observed following the two of them starting to work together that my CEO had an increased sense of ease and a more centered approach to leading the company. Meeting and working with David turned out to be a timely and wonderful growth opportunity for me as well, as he has helped me develop in numerous areas that have favorably influenced both my work and my personal life. I found that by implementing some relatively simple insights and techniques that David shared with me, my ability to lead and to develop individuals in my organization improved greatly. David has also helped me to develop my sense of compassion more fully, enabling me to better appreciate other individuals’ motives and/or perspectives. These insights have enabled me to approach challenges with a sense of ease and confidence and to be considerably more productive. My experience with David has definitely helped me to become a better leader.
This actually was the result of understanding life issues that were far more fundamental, which has led me to a more fulfilling personal life and to realize the importance of helping others. Not only did David help me to put these critical insights into action, I have also developed a friendship with him that I will always treasure."
Bradley J. Maroni, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Akebia Therapeutics
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