What Our Clients and Colleagues Say

“Tom is a uniquely skilled facilitator, consultant and coach on matters pertaining to retention and communication. He offered more than we expected. He’s one of the best out there.” Joel Theisen, CEO of Lifesprk

“Tom provides a great perspective on how our culture influences our ability to communicate about safety.  It led to improvements on my project.” Kevin Swanson, Mortenson Construction, Minnesota

“I heard many very positive comments about the program. This will help us take safety to the next level.” Louie Moritz, Rice Lake Construction Group

“Tom came into a challenging staff situation and helped us grow a more positive environment. I would recommend him and his work to your organization if you want to create a healthier work culture.” Lucinda Gardner,  Owner, Pope Bucknell Management

“You were able to get the guys engaged in a very positive manner!” Consuelo Busemeyer, Global Underground, Colorado Springs, CO

“You pointed out the importance of communication between all levels within the company and that ‘speaking up’ is the one of the keys to building a safety culture.  I heard a lot of good feedback.”   David Sandquist, VP, United Contractors, Inc, Des Moines, Iowa

“Tom understands safety is more than following rules; it is a culture. He brings tools to take safety to the next level.” Maria Bumgarner, Mortenson Construction

“Tom, your class certainly improved our situation.  I credit your training for this improvement.” Mike, City of Omaha, Nebraska

“Tom Esch has provided great leadership and insight to two teams I work with in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend Tom for team building, communication and cultural challenges in the workplace for anyone in health care.” Tim Meyer, CEO of PARUAN

“Tom Esch is the best trainer I’ve ever seen on demo saws.” Dwight Dufloth, Superintendent, City of Fort Collins, Colorado

“You were the most direct, phenomenal and entertaining speaker I have ever seen.” Dave Janssen, President, DesignWise

“Working with Tom helped us take our firm’s teamwork to a new level. He helped save us at least $250,000.” Investment Banking Firm, Minneapolis

“Tom Esch is a skilled Conflict Resolution instructor, the participants in the class were captured by his dynamic and well-organized presentation. We will definitely have Tom back for more sessions!” Tonya Palmer, Hennepin County

“Tom’s ability to work with teams to understand and embrace diversity while improving communication, is awesome. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone better in this space, in health care, than Tom Esch!” Jennifer Anderson, President and CEO of Mirabelle Management “creators of EduCare”

“There are few who could match the tremendous skill, compassion and authenticity with which Tom conducts his work in bringing about greater understanding within groups of all sizes, types and colors.” Jenny Calahan, Paruan

“Tom’s facilitation skills are unparalleled. He challenged our healthcare professionals to think differently about how we interact and appreciate one another, while also thoughtfully considering the diversity of our front line staff.” Sara Aschenbrener, Lifesprk

“Tom’s presentation was full of wisdom, humor and humility.” Peter Bell, Metropolitan Council, Minnesota

“You offer such depth in your work that ideas still swirl in the minds of people a year later.” Dean Hyers, Co-Founding Principal, SagePresence

“Sign up for a different relationship with conflict in your life.” Stu Webb, Attorney & Founder, Collaborative Law Practice

“I would recommend Tom to anyone who wants to learn to more effectively resolve conflict.” Matt Ulmer, Senior Internal Auditor, Springfield, IL

“Your presentation was one of the best I ever attended. I took away new insights that will improve my professional relationships. I have never seen more attendee participation at one of our training events.” Lisa LaBonte, Internal Auditor, Springfield, IL

“The discussion of rank created new awareness in me. I will keep you in mind as life happens.” I.T. specialist

“Thank you so much for the wonderful tips around handling conflict.” Mindy Duvernet, President of the Board, Minnesota IIBA

“The presentation was engaging and thought-provoking. Tom is a dynamic speaker who really knows how to draw in his audience.” Robin Ray, President, Rotary Club, Minnetonka, MN

“Tom engaged us the moment he started talking and made the presentation very relevant for our daily lives.” Matt Johnson, Financial Advisor, Minneapolis Financial Group

“That was the most inspired presentation I have ever heard in my life.” Myron Lowe, I.T., University of Minnesota

“I appreciated the time to talk through actual situations—this has been shown to be the only truly successful method for quickly incorporating this kind of material.” John Sandahl, Youth Frontiers, Minnesota

“Please contact the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA) again so we can have you back sometime in the future. That presentation was stellar.” Gail Toussaint, Business Analyst

“Tom Esch’s easy-going manner and sense of humor combined with a willingness to share deeply personal stories to draw us in and ultimately inspire.” Carrie Rice, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato

“Tom is one of the most engaging speakers around.” Carol Jean Peterson

“If you get a chance to hear Tom, by all means, take advantage of it.” Guy M. Marzano, Northwestern Lumber Association

“Our chamber members were treated to a thought-provoking, insightful and interactive learning experience thanks to Tom Esch.” Sarah Seeger, Midway Chamber of Commerce

“Tom maintained empathy, presence and humility in the face of conflict. The world needs more peacemakers like Tom working with issues of unawareness and resulting conflict.” Lyndall Johnson, President, Aslan Institute

“Don’t cut the budget, give Tom Esch a raise.” Participant, Moscow, Idaho

“I thought it was a great success.” Louise Livesay, Attorney

“Tom learns quickly, writes clearly and concisely and has a long list of personal contacts that are glad to help him.” Bill Butler, Butler Education Foundation

“Your gifts of listening and processing will help us through this situation of group life.” Sr. Janice Welle, Risen Savior Church, Burnsville, MN

“Thank you for your terrific help on the City Council Affordable Housing Campaign. I appreciate your willingness to step in quickly, with high energy to get the job done.” Joy Navarre, Executive Director, MICAH

“Our Parish Pastoral Council Retreat was a “wow!” Tom stirred participation, kept the retreat light and lively, fostered a feeling of togetherness and freedom of expression.” Fr. John Parkos, Pastor, North Branch, MN

“You are magic. Things are much better. Thanks so much!” Janet Ludden, CEO, ESI

“Thanks for the great job you did Tom, it was really helpful having you and your contributions.” Terry Gips, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability and the Natural Step

“Thanks for supporting and guiding us on this walk through most difficult places. Your process skills are impressive!” Pat Benson

“I realized afterwards I learned more than I thought! thanks for the opportunity and your cheeky courage!” Michael Wood

“Tom had me fully engaged from the word go!” Chris M, Fortune 500 company

“Tom Esch a master presenter, a skilled negotiator and a fun guy to be around. He is a leader and a change agent.” Roland Sullivan, Founder, Minnesota Organizational Development Network

“Tom provides a low-key but intense approach to understanding and resolving conflict. I would highly recommend him to any business owner.” Bill Hittler, Attorney and Shareholder, Nilan, Johnson and Lewis