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RONALD PRESTON

611 Washington Place


Wayne, PA 19087
610-765-1435
rp6aa9d4@westpost.net
PROFILE AND STRENGTHS
A positive, creative, strategic, adaptive and empathetic professional with 20 ye
ars experience as an entrepreneur, project manager, coach, speaker, teacher and
trainer. Have served an exceptionally wide range of industries and social profit
organizations. Take great pride in ability to develop, market and launch new a
nd diverse human capital initiatives. Notable for an inspiring presentation styl
e and bringing a wealth of knowledge, originality, and high enthusiasm to all pr
ojects undertaken. Possess the ability to incorporate ingenuity with organizati
onal objectives to insure employee engagement, client loyalty and the successful
delivery of assignment objectives.
EXPERIENCE SUMMARY
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Human Resources Program - 2010 - Present
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Teach and facilitate Organizational Change and Organizational Training in the ne
wly developed online Graduate Human Resources Program at Villanova University. P
opular guest speaker in Organizational Psychology since 2000.
President and Owner - 1990 - Present
Kudos Unlimited, Inc., Wayne, PA
Design and deliver strengths-based individual and organization development servi
ces that range from large group presentations to small group facilitation, train
ing, and individual coaching. Mentored the development and design
of an internal two-day leadership development program for a 30,000-person indust
rial gasses company using Appreciative Inquiry processes to improve management a
lignment and reduce turnover. Provided subcontract services
in the sale, assessment, management and delivery of safety culture change progra
ms and services. As a subcontractor closed the largest account ($800,000) in com
pany history implementing over thirty international culture change engagements w
ith a large Fortune 100 forest products company. Sample clients include Unilever
, FMC Corporation, BOC Gasses, Kimberly Clark, Weyerhaeuser Company, Comcast Cab
le, Aventis, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Kaiser Aluminum, Johnson & Johnso
n, Pfizer, Empire Mining Partnership and others.
Vice President, Project Manager and Senior Consultant - 1991 - 2002
TOPF Organization, Valley Forge, PA
Subcontracted sales, project management and consulting services in behavioral sa
fety and environmental compliance culture change consultancy. Produced customize
d project implementations and training designs for Fortune 500 companies. Sold a
nd managed safety culture change projects in manufacturing, R&D, chemical, minin
g and a variety of other industries. The largest account with a major forest pro
ducts company resulted in $3,000,000 in safety-related cost savings for the wood
products division. Contributed to 30% growth in revenue per year over the cours
e of fifteen years. Developed program effectiveness measurement instruments (as
sessment scorecards) to illustrate culture change and process improvement ongoin
g. Coordinated and managed teams of onsite consultants at client sites throughou
t the USA, South America, Canada and Europe. Developed and delivered continuing
education programs for management, union members and safety professionals attend
ing regional and international annual safety and professional development confer
ences.
Facilitator, Supervisor Development Training - 1991 - 1993
Richard Petrino & Associates, Wyndmoor, PA
Contributed to the design and delivery of managerial team building workshops for
supervisory and upper-level management employees of a large cable company. Skil
l development topics included: coaching, counseling,
interviewing skills, diversity, and managing conflict. Developed training conten
t and experiential role-plays. Accolades on the project led to company-wide prog
ram rollout and the founding of a corporate university.
Building Manager - 1983 - 1991
J. Nathan and Company (The Drexel Building), Philadelphia, PA
Property Manager for a world class historically registered office building in Ce
nter City. One hundred percent occupancy of an elegant 50,000 square foot renova
tion. Managed 20 employees and a one and a half million dollar
($1,500,000) budget. Building value increased five-fold in five years.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Certification, Organization Systems Development and Design - 2002
Gestalt Institute, Cleveland, OH
Acquired competence in the use of Gestalt theory, concepts, methodology, tools a
nd techniques for intervening at the individual, two-person, group, and organiza
tional levels of system. Learned the Gestalt framework for developing profession
als, designing interventions, and managing change in the systems in which we liv
e and work.
Master of Arts, Applied Psychology - 1987
University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Demonstrated knowledge of the theoretical, experiential, biological, psychologic
al, social, and regenerational theories of human consciousness and development.
Acquired competence in Rational Emotive Therapy, Gestalt,
Rogerian, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychosynthesis, and other counseling models of
psychological change and personal development.
Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology - 1977
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Liberal Arts, Major: Anthropology. Minor: Psychology.
CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT
* Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Imago Relationships International, Phi
ladelphia, PA 1998. Demonstrated competence as a counselor in a couple's therapy
approach that advocates that primary relationships are pathways to personal gro
wth through effective interpersonal dialogue.
* Certified Whole Systems Change Practitioner, American University / NTL 2000. S
trategic planning involving all levels of the organization.
* Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner, Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, Asheville,
TN 2001. Strategic change approach that capitalizes on leveraging organizationa
l talents and strengths.
* Enneagram Practitioner, Enneagram Institute, Stroudsburg, PA 2003. Advanced Tr
aining in a comprehensive psychological personality typing system. * Additional
Competencies: Familiarity with: Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator / Clifton StrengthsF
inder 2.0 / DiSC / Keirsey Temperment Sorter / Values Inventory Assessment
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
* Charter Co-Owner, Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, LLC
* Member, Society of Human Resource Management
* Past Sub-Committee Chair, American Society of Training and Development
* Member, International Society of Performance Improvement
* Member, Philadelphia Area Coaching Alliance
* Member, Society of Human Resource Management