Chief Engagement Officer
Hi! I’m Leonard, the owner and founder of UpWords Unlimited LLC. I have over 15 years of experience managing and leading teams ranging in size from 2 to 65 people. I have also managed projects with budgets from hundreds of dollars to millions. This experience has helped me to better understand the complexity of people and business. I enjoy sharing my insights and knowledge I love watching people grow.
I am also a published author and national speaker that holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education from Bellevue University. I have been an ATD Certified Professional of Talent Management (CPTD formerly CPLP) since 2010 and was a contributor to The Art of Modern Sales Management on the topic of coaching for performance. I am currently working on my first solo book project.
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, traveling, and spending time with my family.
CONSULTANT and FACILITATOR
As a consultant, a technical producer and facilitator, I get to spend each day empowering people (myself included) through knowledge and inspiration.
Most of my career has been in hospitality. Although I have worked in many different positions, the core thread that made each job rewarding was the opportunity to interact with varied cultures, personalities, languages and perspectives. I try to apply the spirit of hospitality to everything I do.
On a personal note I love spending time outside. During the summer months I keep a substantial vegetable garden and recently began keeping bees. Though I am not an accomplished musician, playing the guitar is one of my favorite ways to relax and prepare myself for whatever the next day may bring.
With a passion for the true art of sales, and I LOVE sharing my knowledge with others..
In the past I served as the Corporate Director of Global Sales Training for a fortune 100 hotel company and I’ve also managed sales for 35 properties in a company’s portfolio, consisting of Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt brands across the United States.
I am an experienced communicator; at ease in front of diverse groups and audiences. People consider me personable, charismatic, driven, hones and able to deliver complex ideas and topics to be both logical and understandable.
In addition to having the best career around, I am a public speaker, emcee, clogger (yes, the dance), bowtie aficionado, husband and father of three.