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Speaker Profile

Chris DeVany
Founder and President, Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide

Chris DeVany is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development. Pinnacle’s clients include global organizations such as Visa International, Cadence Design Systems, Coca Cola, Sprint, Microsoft, Aviva Insurance, Schlumberger and over 500 other organizations in 22 countries. He also has consulted to government agencies from the United States, the Royal Government of Saudi Arabia, Canada, Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom.

He has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management. His book, “90 Days to a High-Performance Team”, published by McGraw Hill and often accompanied by in-person, facilitated instruction, has helped and continues to help thousands of executives, managers and team leaders improve performance.
He has appeared hundreds of times on radio and television interview programs to discuss mergers and acquisitions (how to manage and survive them), project management, sales, customer service, effective workplace communication, management, handling rapid personal and organizational change and other topical business issues. He has served or is currently serving as a board member of the International Association of Facilitators, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Management Association, American Society of Training and Development, Institute of Management Consultants, American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and National Speakers Association. Chris is an award-winning Toastmaster’s International Competition speaker. He recently participated in the Fortune 500 Annual Management Forum as a speaker, panelist and seminar leader.

Chris has distinguished himself professionally by serving multiple corporations as manager and trainer of sales, operations, project management, IT, customer service and marketing professionals. Included among those business leaders are Prudential Insurance, Sprint, BayBank (now part of Bank of America), US Health Care and Marriott Corporation. He has assisted these organizations in mergers and acquisitions, facilitating post-merger and acquisition integration, developing project management, sales, customer service and marketing strategies, organizing inbound and outbound call center programs, training and development of management and new hires, and fostering corporate growth through creative change and innovation initiatives. Chris holds degrees in management studies and organizational behavior from Boston University. He has traveled to 22 countries and 47 states in the course of his career.

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The Effective Manager's Communication Skills Toolbox: Making Active Listening, Constructive Feedback, Resolving Conflicts and Coaching Work for You

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Moving From an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader

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Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Leadership Success

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Managing Through Chaos: Tools, Tips and Techniques to Set Priorities and Make Effective Decisions Under Pressure

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Creating High-Performing Teams: Leadership and Team Developm

Managers who will be promoted are the ones who not only manage efficiently but also lead their teams effectively. Learn how to work in a horizontal mode of operation…apply a consistent theory in leading your team…and teach critical leadership skills to members of your team, so each and every one of them can lead the team in your absence.

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90 Minutes webinar on Budgeting

Learn how your managerial decisions translate into dollars and cents! Like it or not, the budget is the yardstick that top management uses to measure your actual performance. And in today's tight economy, the manager who knows how to plan and use the budget effectively wins hands down over the one who doesn't.

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Powerful Presentation Skills: Knowing Your Audience, Persuading Them To Take Action

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