Meet the Reach Preferred Personal Branding Strategists

Walter Akana is a Reach Certified Personal Branding and Online Identity Strategist and Career Coach who specializes in success! The founder of Threshold Consulting, he works primarily with mid-career clients on personal branding, career transition, and career/life planning. Walter also provides services through a major career services firm, and works on select Reach Communications projects. He can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook; he also blogs at Threshold Consulting, and is a contributor at The Personal Branding Blog.  Previously, he served in professional training and development roles in commercial and investment banking. Learn more.

Deb Dib, CEO Coach, works with innovators and gutsy change agents who “do capitalism right!” Her lively style, bold branding, and cutting-edge communication strategies help leaders, entrepreneurs, and rising stars thrive in today’s “So what? Make me care! Do it fast!” marketplace—they land faster, earn more, have fun, and change the world (without becoming sharks or suits!). Deb is a Reach Master Branding Strategist, speaker, and author; one of the original Reach “Strats;” the first recipient of Dick Bolles’ Career Management Alliance Parachute Award for innovation; and William Arruda’s co-author of Ditch. Dare. Do! 3DPersonal Branding for Executives. Learn More

Kirsten Vernon (formerly Dixson) is considered the authority on online personal branding for career and business success — a necessity when you are Googled before you are hired. As the coauthor of Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand (Wiley) with a solid decade of personal branding experience, she’s well equipped to help aspirational leaders get clear on their unique value in the marketplace and articulate their benefits with stellar bios, thought leadership content, social media strategies and more. Learn more.

Maria Elena Duron is skilled in making networks “work” and harnessing the power of word of mouth. She’s a featured business coach on her affiliate CBS and ABC stations along with hosting teleseminars with Your Brand Plan and the IT Coaches. She acts as your “personal buzz agent” providing services and coaching where the focus is garnering the recognition and connections for success for busy CEOs, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. Her company, Buzz2Bucks, provides online profile management services, social management and reputation management. Learn more.

Kristen Jacoway works with highly motivated professionals with manufacturing, sales, and/or marketing backgrounds. She leverages career marketing services that utilize the innovative methodology of the REACH 1-2-3 Success™ personal branding program to unearth what separates them from everyone else who has the same job title. She additionally works with career and life coaches in helping them discover their unique marketing position to create a branded on-line identity with website / blog development. Learn more.

At 12-years old, Ryan Mickley was diagnosed with a learning disorder and told he could never handle higher education. In 2007, Ryan graduated from the University of Florida. In 2011, Ryan graduated from Full Sail University as the class Valedictorian, recipient of the Advanced Achievement Award and 13x recipient of the Course Director Award. Through Divine Providence, Ryan dedicates his passion and wisdom of personal branding to edify the American Youth and inspire them to constitute servant leaders while pursuing their happiness. With a multitude of Reach certifications, Ryan cultivates servant leadership values and principles through his Leadership Branding Academy. Learn more

Tara Kachaturoff is a high-energy creative business strategist who works with entrepreneurs who want to create more visibility and credibility for themselves and their businesses through implementing a variety of personal branding and marketing strategies. Working exclusively with high-performing motivated entrepreneurs, she inspires her clients to optimize their most valuable assets – their vision, values, strengths and talents. She provides information-packed, quality-oriented insight that inspires and enlightens. She is Michigan’s first Reach Certified Personal Brand Strategist and Online Identity Strategist. Tara also producers and hosts Michigan Entrepreneur, a weekly television talk show featuring entrepreneurs from startup to stellar.  Learn more.

Valerie Sokolosky specializes in leadership development through Personal Branding and Professional Presence. Her company founded in 1981 has received national recognition in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour and Washington Post, to name a few. Valerie uses her engaging style to ignite the spark of enthusiasm in clients to create a strong leadership presence and personal brand that differentiates them in the marketplace, thus creating greater success for themselves, their teams and their organizations. With over two decades of coaching Valerie’s motivating guidance has successfully identified high-potential change agents and prepared them to move their careers forward. Learn more.

As the first and only certified Reach strategist in Japan, Peter Sterlacci is the pioneer of personal branding in Japan.  The Founder of BeYB – “Believe. Become. Be Your Brand.” – he works with on-the-move careerists in global companies in Japan to uncover, communicate, and manage their personal brands.  In a culture where “fitting in” is the norm, Peter uses a three-stage process derived from his own passion for bicycling to promote the mindset shift necessary in Japan to shift gears, get out of the saddle, and sprint to career success. Learn more.