Doreen Milano, CPC

Founder, Visions to Excellence

Create a new path to success by realigning your values and shifting your mindset

Doreen's mission is to help you resolve obstacles related to values, core beliefs and mindsets through a system of coaching designed for this purpose. It will enable you to step back, explore and discover insights into deeply held beliefs as well as past experiences, decisions and actions. It will give you the opportunity to open your mind to new ways of thinking and acting, and make positive shifts in your outlook, attitude and behavior. It’s like giving yourself and your business a new lease on life!

Learn more about why Doreen is the right person to support your business goals.

David Slaughter

Expert in Corporate Development

David’s background is in both the public and private sectors. For 24 years, David worked in the retail clothing business for a Houston based public company, Stage Stores Inc. Rising from sales to become a Sr. VP, David was responsible for 200 stores, 14 districts and 3500 employees while overseeing $500 million in annual sales. The experience provided David with a business education as he learned the inner workings of business growth and strategy, the value and rewards of goal setting, personnel development and motivation, training, and the art of winning and losing. After leaving Stage Stores Inc, David went back to school to obtain his undergraduate degree and in May 2013, he graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Communications, was named student of the year at the University of Houston-Downtown, and was honored to deliver the commencement speech in front of 18,000 people at Minute Maid Park, most notably in front of his 5 children. His first book, Major Opportunities, the Door is Wide Open was released nationally on September 9, 2013. This book (available on Amazon) details what happens when anyone decides to embrace opportunities to be recognized in business and in their personal lives by knocking on, walking through and maximizing doors of major opportunity. David is currently completing his second book, Major Opportunities of Mind, Heart and Soul, scheduled for release on September 9, 2015. He is also completing his masters in nonprofit management and will graduate in December 2015 with his MA.    

David complements our team of Bay Area business consultants by providing deep expertise in corporate development and small business development. As a motivational speaker, fundraiser for non-profits (one of his passions) and writer, he is dedicated to ongoing education, strategic planning and development and the use of best practices as an effective long term sustainable business strategy. David sees the world through the eyes of both sectors and we are thrilled to include him on our team of accomplished experts, available to help you and your business excel.

According to David, “Major Opportunities can be maximized by embracing change with a positive attitude while overcoming obstacles with determination, passion and enthusiasm.” 

As a professor in a nonprofit master’s program at the University of Houston-Downtown, I have watched closely over the few years as David applied his strong business acumen to studies pertaining to nonprofit management. This past semester, he completed an executive internship with my organization, the Houston Food Bank. Working closely with our creative partnership division, he remained actively involved in launching a new program, a Food Scholarship initiative. His dedication, enthusiasm and energy were exemplarity. David appears to have a unique advantage as a consultant since he is able to effectively combine and employ use of the skills and successes he obtained while working in the private sector with a passion and love for the causes of nonprofit organizations. I highly recommend him as a trainer, a leader and as a consultant as one who can train others how to obtain “excellence” in both their professional and personal lives.

Brian Greene
CEO – Houston Food Bank

Having spent my career in business development, in 2014 I was tasked with developing a new strategy for evolving new markets and opportunities with a large construction company and I asked David to provide professional guidance in this huge undertaking. David possesses an innate ability for analysis and strategic planning as he was quickly able to evaluate our existing programs and markets and provide us with a comprehensive market analysis, recommendations, and a timeline for action. He was thorough and flexible in developing a plan that suited our unique needs and requirements.  He showed professionalism in all dealings with our company, taking into account company size, brand, and capabilities. The planned work was spelled out in detail in our contract and the statement of work objectives and expectations were met in full and on time. His insight and direction was right on target, and today we are enjoying growth as a direct result of his consulting work.

I highly recommend David to other companies looking to maintain their existing client base or to take their company to the next level.  He truly listens to your needs and does what he says he is going to do.

Shelly Antley
Director of Business Development – Mapp Construction Firm

It gives me great pleasure to recommend David Slaughter in the challenging roles of both nonprofit fundraising and strategic planning and business development. David has had formidable success in both. My direct experience has been in the environment of nonprofits as a board member for a children’s home that manages over 30 million in assets. David got involved and under his leadership, the event he chaired for three years grew from proceeds of $75,000 to $250,000 each year. The creative and innovative thinking required in this arena is a rare skill set and in my twenty years of campaigning for this wonderful nonprofit I think it is safe to say David is ideally gifted for this role.

Craig Schuster
President/owner – Schuster Inc.

Brad Denniston

San Jose Business Coach, Man of Many Hats

Brad Denniston has over 40 years of combined business and coaching experience. Brad helps people make big shifts in what they think is possible. He is currently the founder and architect of a four-year-old Silicon Valley startup focused on network management software. He has owned and run several companies and has also held positions as marketing manager, software engineer and software manager. Brad taught Computer Science at San Jose State University for several years. He received coaching training at CTI, whose programs set the industry standard for quality, global recognition and scientific efficacy. This combination of experience as a business owner, active San Jose business coach, and training education makes Brad an invaluable sounding board for business owners and a great addition to our team of Bay area business consultants. "A General's plan is only as good as the officers who carry it out. In a small business many/most of your officers are you. Are they the best you can get? Are you the best person to help them to be better?"  

Advisory Board

Andrew Benjamin

Founding Partner & Certified Tax Professional of RB Tax & Bookkeeping

RB Tax & Bookkeeping is a “one-stop-shop” that offers services in filing Individual & Business Tax Returns, monthly Bookkeeping for your Business, Processing Payroll, and Consulting. Rather than treating you just like another number, we look out for our clients in order to help them SAVE as much TIME and MONEY as possible. We are a year-round business that makes it a point to respond, and communicate, with our clients on a timely manner.

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