Meet Bill Dueease
President and Cofounder of
The Coach Connection
Bill Dueease is a business developer and was a
successful business coach for three years.
After working for Phillips Petroleum Company for
5 years, Bill was the driving force behind taking small refining
company in 1975 named LaJet Inc. to become an extremely profitable
(Bill directly generated over $120 million in pretax profits) mid-sized
refining, distribution and trading company in only 5 years.
He started Aspen Energy Inc. in 1980 and it quickly
became a very successful petroleum trading company. He was the organizing
cofounder of Cardrona Ski area in New Zealand. He and his partners
converted a mountain in 1981, previously used to graze sheep, into
the most popular and profitable ski area in New Zealand and Australia
combined in only 5 short years. They went public in 1987 and sold
out in 1989. Bill also created The Office Outfitters in 1993 to
be the very first company to provide next day delivery of office
products, throughout the US, at prices below the superstores. This
was before the Internet was discovered. A group offered to buy Bill
out for a price that was many times higher that the market value
of the business in May of 1995. Bill closed the purchase in only
6 calendar days.
Bill then looked around for work and he was convinced
he knew what he wanted to do as a result of religiously completing
the self-analysis test in the What Color Is Your Parachute
book. He followed the book's conclusions and became a business broker,
specializing in selling Assisted Living Facilities. Bill also participated
as one of the key "Roll Players" for IMPAC, and international
consulting firm. Bill assisted in training over 500 different sales
consultants, engineers and project managers from over 30 different
countries for over two years. He even earned his two year pin. The
sales consultants and project managers were required to conduct
live sales meetings with Bill as their final exam, before being
accepted as a full time employee.
Bill also drifted into becoming a business coach,
and coached 35 different business owners into realizing aver $2,000,000
in net profits with much less effort and much less energy, through
his personal business coaching. Bill coached for approximately three
years. He jumped into coaching with both feet and volunteered to
become the Membership Development Chairman of the International
Coaching Federation (ICF) for over two years. Bill organized a group
of over 42 coaches to call and actual talk to each coach who was
shown to be ICF members, to add the personal touch to their membership.
Bill's group also asked each coach they talked to the following
two open ended questions:
1. What can ICF do to improve the Coaching Profession?
2. What can ICF do to improve your coaching practice.
The responses were very insightful and valuable.
Bill's reporting of the results of the first year long survey was
included in the opening statement by the ICF President at the 2000
annual convention in Vancouver, BC. Bill's group continued the personal
calling and received even more responses from the coaches, which
were also reported to the ICF Board of Directors. All told, Bill
spent over 550 man hours learning about what coaches and clients
want from coaching. This information was extremely valuable in designing,
starting, and operating The Coach Connection. It also provided a
very insightful basis for several of his coaching related articles.
Bill earned the designation of Certified Business
Analyst from The Florida Small Business Development Center Network.
He holds a Florida Real Estate Brokers License. He graduated from
the University of Alabama in 1967 with a Bachelors of Science degree
in Industrial Engineering. In 1968, he earned a Masters of Science
degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State
University. Bill was honorably discharged after 2 years of active
duty in Germany, as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.
Bill was featured in a 1988 film made for TV by
PBS and the New Zealand Government. The film described how an American
(Bill) organized a team of three New Zealanders and himself to develop
the popular Cardrona Ski Area in New Zealand. The film was shown
on US, New Zealand, and Australian TV. Bill was featured in a two-page
article published on the front page of the Fort Myers News Press
Business Section describing how business owners benefit from his
coaching program. Bill was also recently invited to discuss "Coaching"
at the Financial Planners Association Conference in Boston. Bill's
self help articles for business owners have been published over
100 times throughout the US and Canada, by over 55 Magazines and
periodicals, including: Opportunity World, Emerging Markets, Dynamic
Business, Business Profile, Buying Power, Wards Dealer Business,
Atlantic Chamber Journal, Home Business Journal, Money and Profits,
American Small Business Association (ASBA), Independent Computer
Consultants Association (ICCA), Commerce and Industry, Newstrack-Executive
Information Service, Dallas Woman, and Business Success.
Bill is a past director of the American Heart
Association of Fort Myers, past director of the Caloosa Nature Center,
a past Rotarian with 10.5 years of perfect attendance, Chapter Host
and past Chairman of the Membership Development Committee for the
International Coaching Federation (ICF), and Past President of the
Heritage Farms Property Association for 10 years.
Bill and his wife (Chris) and two children (Will
and Michele) live in Fort Myers, Florida, and his two daughters
(Heather and Jane) live in Orlando and Washington D. C.
As a successful business coach, Bill
had conducted over 850 paid coaching hours in only three years,
with business owner clients who generated over $2,000,000 in additional
profits within 3 months, (by operating small businesses) as a direct
result of Bill's coaching. Bill's clients also greatly reduced their
business related stress and hours involved in their business.
Even with this success, he felt something was
missing, and he had little interest in conducting the necessary
self-promotion marketing efforts. He decided to hire a coach to
get to the bottom of it. But he struggled for 6 months to find a
coach he felt was right for him, even though he was in contact with
hundreds of coaches each year as the Membership Development Chairman
of the ICF. He finally found his ideal coach, Thom Politico in March
Thom assisted Bill to discover that his true
passions, desires and talents were in starting and running a business
rather than coaching others to do so. Through coaching, Bill focused
on creating a new business to solve the two most serious problems
facing coaching. One problem was how difficult and confusing it
was for Bill or anyone to find the coach who was truly right for
them. The other problem was how difficult, how costly, and how personally
distasteful it was for many coaches to have to self promote to find
and attract their desired clients.
Bill knew from his considerable experience starting
companies (Bill had started 4 businesses before. See above for details),
that he could not do it alone. He needed partners with much different
backgrounds and perspectives to succeed.
First, he needed a partner who knew the coaching
processes inside an out, and who had a very solid experience in
coaching. He did not have to look far. He asked Thom to be an active
partner in this new business. He readily accepted. Next, he needed
a partner who knew nothing about coaching, and was able to provide
the honest clear perspective of a possible coaching client. Bill
enlisted Jim Cahill, a true entrepreneur, who was very tuned into
and sensitive to what people want from service providers. Jim challenged
everything from a clients perspective and the team tapped
into his considerable marketing experience.
Beginning in June of 2000, Thom, Jim, and Bill
spent a minimum of 3 hours per week dissecting, planning and developing
the business. Their expressed purpose was to create the easiest,
most effective, quickest and least costly process for anyone to
find and connect with their ideal coach. Their second purpose was
to provide all of the marketing and business services for their
selected Member Coaches. This way TCC Member Coaches could concentrate
all of their energies and efforts on what they love to do and do
best. That is coach!
The three partners created what they believe
to be a true WIN-WIN-WIN situation.
TCC clients WIN because they have an easy
to use, very effective, very efficient, and low cost method to reap
the wonders of coaching. Furthermore, TCC clients will also maximize
the quality of their achievements through coaching, because they
used TCC to engage their ideal coach.
TCC Member Coaches WIN because they are
relieved from the time consuming, frustrating, expensive, and undesirable
marketing and self promotion functions. They can return to concentrating
on their true passion, which is to coach. TCC Member Coaches will
ONLY coach clients who qualify to be their ideal clients. Thus,
they have more fun, are more confident, and assist their ideal clients
to maximize their achievements.
TCC WINS because it is able to provide
very needed services to two different groups of people in much better
method than ever before and with much less cost to all parties.
They wrote a detailed business plan and an investor
prospectus, attracted investors, contracted for outside web design
and data base development, and opened their doors on June 1, 2001.
Bill ceased his personal coaching to run TCC full time and became
TCCs first advocate.
Almost immediately, four people wanted to be
clients, but they were asked to wait until TCC had enough Member
Coaches to select from. Thom and Bill introduced TCC to the coaching
industry at their booth at The ICF Chicago convention in August
of 2001. They talked to over 450 coaches, and received application
information from over 250. From which, 81 coaches were selected
and became Member Coaches.
Press releases were delivered to the 253 top
editors in the US and Canada, announcing the official opening of
TCC on September 11, 2001. Needless to say the TCC announcements
were overshadowed by larger events. The US and Canada went into
collective shock. Virtually all coaching activity (and many other
activities) came to a screeching halt.
Interest in coaching returned with a bang in 2002.
And boy has it returned! TCC has been matching more and more clients
with their ideal coaches every month. Over 700 TCC clients have
achieved many spectacular results, through their coaching experiences
with TCC Member Coaches. Some in a very short time span.
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