Brian P. Gerhart
Business, Financial, Executive, Leadership, and Career Coach
National Business and Motivational Speaker
Brian has spent his entire career helping individuals, non-profits and businesses achieve their goals, lower their expenses, and increase performance by setting and achieving the correct short- and long-term goals. By coming at each situation with a unique approach Brian has achieved extraordinary results for clients who have a desire to see real change in their business, organization, or life. Every client is different, and their individual desired results are what drive the approach taken. Brian’s goal for each client is to see them achieve the goals that they want to accomplish.
Brian has held many positions over his career running companies ranging from start-up to $2.8 billion in annual revenue. Brian started his career working in technical sale for a petroleum equipment company. During his time there he increased sales revenue and profit, developed new territories and built relationships that are still present today. He then accepted a position with another firm as wholesale manager with responsibilities for revenue, expense, and customer sales. This department became very profitable and efficient, and Brian was promoted to Vice President of Wholesale Operations. At the same time, he took over management responsibility for all aspects of technology, as Chief Technology Officer, and managed the complete overhaul on the company’s entire technology infrastructure. Brian accepted a position as the Chief Operating Officer of an energy start-up and developed the initial strategy and marketing aspects as well as setting up the operations and distribution. In the first two years under his management the revenue, market share, profit, marketing territory and the number of customers all increased significantly. His next position was the manager and commodities trader at a large wholesale energy company. There he created and grew that market and expanded the volume and customers year over year for the 5 years he held that position before being asked to serve as corporate Vice President managing the operations of the company. Brian managed the merger of that company to a sister company and then later worked to reverse the merger and stand it back up as a stand-alone entity for the venture capital ownership. After leaving that position, he accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer of a startup e-commerce distribution and supply company.
Brian has experience in building and running a technology-based sales team, developing customers in high volume low margin environments and producing sales by expanding territories, product lines, and customer offerings. He has helped client’s lower expenses, plan changes in operations and management, and develop and implement technology solutions including hardware, network, accounting, ERP and CRM systems. Brian has worked with and coached executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs in multiple areas including business startup and formation, project and process development, and change design and implementation. His favorite area is working with new leaders and managers to help them assimilate into the challenges of their roles and to learn what it looks like to truly lead in the positions.
Brian speaks to business, civic, religious, non-profit and for-profit organizations on a wide variety of topics including technical, informational, and motivational all tailored to the group's participants, audience and goals.
Brian works individually and in conjunction with his wife Elizabeth coaching individuals and couples on their finances. They help clients who are in financial troubles but also with clients who are doing a good job with their money and want to take it to the next level. Brian works with clients who are trying to avoid filing bankruptcy to build a solid foundation and to put a plan together that allows them to build a solid future. Other clients work with Brian to review their current financial plan and look for opportunities that may or may not be available through their current options. Brian and Elizabeth are coordinators for the Dave Ramsey – Financial Peace classes at their church (Community Bible Church, Marietta PA) and Brian is recognized by the Ramsey organization as a Certified Financial Master Coach®.
Why he does coaching
Brian’s career is as varied as the individuals and business he works with. He found he loved coaching small and medium-sized businesses by helping friends with their businesses. Brian currently works with small and medium-sized business coaching them in marketing, sales training, social media, technology design and utilization, logistics design, change, and transition management, and small business start-up. Experience has shown him the key difference between the good companies and great ones is the focus and Intentionality in seeking unending improvement.
Brian lives near Lancaster Penna. with his wife Elizabeth and children Nathan and Lauren. Brian and his family are active in Community Bible Church, Marietta Penna. Brian has served on the board of multiple industry and civic organization and currently serves on the board of House on the Rock Family Ministries.