Tina Leader, Chief Operating Officer
Tina Leader, Chief Operating Officer, joined the Leader's Edge team in 2007. A professional accountant by trade, she uses her long background in business administration to make Leader’s Edge the professionally run organization that it is.
After finishing college with a Legal Administration Diploma, Tina began her career in hospital administration and gained insights into successfully running large departments. At the age of 30, she enrolled in the Certified General Accountants program and finished her final accounting exam in December 2006. Not one to rest on her laurels, she immediately began working towards her Masters of Business Administration through Laurentian University, which she received in 2010.
In February 2007, Tina left her long-term position as Director of Finance at a maximum security psychiatric hospital to work side by side with Chris at Leader’s Edge Training. This has been an exceptional move for her, and she will never look back.
E-mail me at tina @ leadersedgetraining . com
Melanie Forrest, Business Development Coordinator
Melanie Forrest joined the Leader's Edge Training team in the summer of 2012 as the Business Development Coordinator. With her professional background and pragmatic approach she immediately made an impact.
Coming from the world of professional recruitment and staffing, Melanie knows how to help people figure out what they need no matter what industry they work in. In addition to requiring the flexibility to work across sectors, the recruitment business demands a laser-like focus on meeting targets, finding solutions and producing results. Melanie brings this same focus to her role in business development for Leader's Edge Training.
Her eternally pleasant and professional approach has made Melanie an integral part of the Leader's Edge Training team and its success.
E-mail me at melanie @ leadersedgetraining . com
Patricia Lancia, Research and Development Coordinator
Patricia Lancia brings a valuable range of research, marketing, and sales skills to the Leader's Edge team.
Her background in research began while still in high school with freelance reporting and editing for a newspaper. This work continued during her studies at Wilfrid Laurier University where she was a reporter and editor for the campus newspaper while earning two bachelor degrees.
Patricia has used her research and communication skills in a variety of roles including media relations for an Ontario university, project work for a national health research institute, website management for a British band, and database management for an international publishing company. Her career and personal paths ultimately led to a position as Head of Research with a national recruitment firm in the United Kingdom, where she was integral to the development, marketing, and delivery of the company’s new, client-specific research service.
E-mail me at patricia @ leadersedgetraining . com
Dr. Clifford Baird, Professional Coach
Dr. Cliff combines psychology and business know-how to help salespeople not only improve their businesses, but improve themselves.
Dr. Cliff has a BA in Mathematics, an MA in Psychological Profiling, an MBA in Marketing, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. After graduating he became a professor of business administration at Wilfrid Laurier University where he taught courses in marketing, consumer behaviour, the psychology of sales, business ethics, statistics, group dynamics, and the art of leadership.
His PhD thesis, titled "Predicting the Potential Performance of Real Estate Salespeople," eventually evolved into a psychological profile that the Ontario Real Estate Association used as a mandatory licensing requirement for several years. Following on from this, he created a new recruitment-based profile (RealSTAR), which became the number one online recruiting profile in real estate throughout North America.
Dr. Cliff's expertise goes beyond academics though. He created and developed the Neighborhood Realty Group franchise to include over 30 real estate offices from Ontario to the Maritimes. He was also a featured keynote speaker for 10 years in a row at the National Association of Realtors annual convention.
All of this experience is brought together to offer an incredibly unique form of real estate coaching therapy. Think of it like sports psychology, but for the real estate business!