Brad Karsh is CEO and Founder of JB Training Solutions. An accomplished public speaker and author, Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Brad is also the author of three business books including the critically acclaimed “Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management” (Amacom, 2013). Prior to creating JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years at advertising giant Leo Burnett in Chicago.
Today, Brad travels the world speaking at major companies including Google, Marriott, Harvard University, Discover, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Chicago Blackhawks, and The Big Ten Network, among many others. As an annual speaker for the National Society for Human Resource Management Conference, Brad has been consistently rated as a top-5 speaker since 2011 out of more than 150 speakers.
Courtney brings over ten years of experience in the training and development field to JB Training Solutions. Courtney spearheads our strategic planning, consulting work, instructional program design, operations, and business development, and she partners with clients including Abbott Laboratories, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Whole Foods. Courtney is passionate about learning, and leads “Mr. Miyagi Moments” with her team each week. Courtney is the co-author of two business books, including Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management (Amacom 2013), and she has shared her advice for The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, WGN, and Chief Learning Officer.
Courtney sits on the board of the Chicago Society for Human Resource Management as the Education Director, and she volunteers for Chicago Scholars.
Jeff began his career at Leo Burnett in Chicago where he became the youngest VP Account Director in the agency’s history, earning seven of the American Marketing Association’s EFFIE Awards for superior business results. Before joining JB Training Solutions, Jeff was the Marketing and Creative Director for the Houston Rockets and Vice President of Marketing for Four Hands Imports, which was featured on Inc’s 500 Fastest Growing Company List three times. Currently, Jeff consults on business skills, sales, and marketing for companies in multiple industries including Marriott, Phillips 66, Leo Burnett, and the Major League Baseball Network. When Jeff isn’t traveling or training, he is spearheading content development and enhancement to keep JB programs at the peak of innovation.
With a robust background in luxury hospitality, human resources, and training, Jennifer has more than ten years of training experience. As the former Learning and Development Director at the AAA Five Diamond-rated Waldorf Astoria Chicago (previously the Elysian Hotel) and the former Learning Manager at The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, Jennifer brings a rich perspective in leadership, sales, management, service, hospitality and presentation skills training. Today, Jennifer is a speaker and consultant to major companies around the world including Simeone Deary Design Group, the Trump Hotel, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator administrator and certified in California Psychological Inventory 260. Jennifer was recognized by The New York Times for the training she developed to foster “intuitive service” in organizations.
Buddy joins JB Training with a diverse management background spanning corporate real-estate to work/life benefits, Buddy brings energy, enthusiasm and a real-world approach to each workshop. Buddy has partnered with high performing companies such as PepsiCo, Digitas LBi, Abbott Laboratories, and Exelon. Her passion for presenting started at the age of 7 with her younger brother as her muse. In her former role as a Vice President at commercial real-estate firm Grubb & Ellis, she led the marketing, communications and market research department.
Buddy applies her zeal for business by developing Down-&-Dirty-in-30 Book Reports for today’s top selling business books, including Lie Spotting by Pamela Meyer, Good to Great by Jim Collins and Start with Why by Simon Sinek. When Buddy isn’t training in the business world – you can find her training yogis at Core Power Yoga where she is an instructor. Buddy is a LEED AP and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Over 18 years of corporate training experience has shaped Tavia’s expertise in the field. She joins us with a background in training management with Discover Card, recruitment and technology training in the staffing industry as well as professional speaking. Tavia prides herself on her ability to connect with and engage an audience while making them comfortable during their time together. Her passion for training translates to an important request she makes of all workshop participants: Have fun while learning!
Tavia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Xavier University of Louisiana, calling the city of New Orleans her second home. She is a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Fierce Conversations® Trainer, and a graduate of the National Speakers Association’s Speaker University. Along with being a marathon finisher, Tavia has several hobbies, but none more gratifying than being the wife of Tony and the mom to her son Trent and daughter Tate.
Huma is a knowledgeable HR leader with 20 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry. During her corporate career, Huma was responsible for a variety of global roles related to learning & development, global resourcing, mobility and international re-structuring. She has experience in developing international employer brands, employee engagement and setting up new businesses. Huma specializes in delivering programs related to culture change, diversity & inclusion, leadership and people strategy solutions. She is also a certified NLP Practitioner. Huma is regularly invited by educational institutions, networking groups and organizations, to speak and chair panels on a variety of topics.
Huma is based in London, UK and represents JB Training Solutions for client needs based in the UK and Europe.
Allison Lackey Peschel is the Director of Client Service at JB Training Solutions, with over five years of experience in the leadership development and training field. Allison spearheads JB Training Solutions’ business development, and has partnered on consulting projects for Marriott International, Abbott Laboratories, and Weber Shandwick. Allison serves as co-chair of the Young HR Leaders Interest Group within the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and she is a member of Chicago SHRM where she serves on the Partnerships Committee.