The Bredison Team


"A leader must inspire or the team will expire"

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Scott Bush

Scott Bush is President of Bredison & Associates, a global training and coaching company specializing in maximizing performance, increasing productivity, and making each individual's best even better.

Mr. Bush has developed, trained, and coached thousands of professionals worldwide. He has been featured in numerous magazine articles and is a frequent contributor to various publications, including Selling Power, Sales & Marketing Management, & Top Line Selling. Scott has authored the widely popular course for the American Management Association (AMA), "Coaching from Within."

He has partnered with University Alliance and the University of San Francisco to develop an 8-week Sales and Sales Management online certification course. Scott has also formed a relationship with Edumind to author and deliver a 16-hour online course focusing on skills in Management, Communication, Team Empowerment, and Building Strong Working Relationships. Additionally, he is finishing the much-anticipated book, "Culture - The #1 Priority for Every Business," and has launched the CD series "The High Fives of Selling."

He delivers a high-energy message demonstrating how to shake off mediocrity and achieve extraordinary levels of leadership, management, interpersonal, and essential skills success. He can capture and hold the audience's attention with relevant stories, an interactive approach to learning, and a professional history that allows him to relate to the audience's challenges today.

Mr. Bush has spent over ten years in the telecommunications industry and has held key senior-level positions with several prominent companies, including Global Crossing, Sprint, and Cable & Wireless. At Global Crossing, Mr. Bush ran the Enterprise division responsible for over $500 million in revenues while managing his division in becoming the worldwide standard during his tenure.

Mr. Bush received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from California State University, Pomona. He is on the board of directors with two different successful institutions and a member of numerous chambers and associations within Southern California.

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Dr. Don Gilman

Dr. Don Gilman is an author, a seasoned consultant and coach to senior management, and a highly sought after speaker and trainer, regularly speaking at private company events as well as at large global conferences.

Focused on helping organizations thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) environment, Dr. Don has taught for various institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and other networks, and has been quoted in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, The New York Times, and many other national and regional newspapers and periodicals. He is also a published author in respected international journals and his latest book, "Outsmarting V.U.C.A." is being used by executives around the world.

Dr. Don's career spans over eight years in the aerospace industry as a rocket scientist for the Titan IV missile, including acting as Mission Manager for many classified missions. Dr. Don also spent over eight years in the automotive industry, leading the North American and European Business Unit for a privately held company that was eventually acquired by Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 2006, Dr. Don has worked with over 150 organizations. Dr. Don has also had the privilege of taking on executive roles, including Interim CEO, with several startups in the medical field, including companies introducing new and innovative products for EMTs, new cloud‐based software products for pharmacists, implantable nanotechnology devices for glaucoma patients, new orthopedic devices, and many others. Dr. Don's broad base of experience ensures relevant examples and stories for virtually any audience.

Dr. Don holds a B.A. (with honors) in Engineering Physics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Engineering Management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. He has also earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA), he is a Board member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), and the Immediate Past President of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors.

Dr. Don lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Lisa Valkenaar

Sought out by organizations throughout the country, Lisa facilitates business writing and presentation skills seminars virtually and in person for clients in a wide variety of industries. Her personable style, humor, and vitality turn any topic into something people want to learn, do learn, and enjoy!

In addition to training, Lisa works with various clients - from small non-profits to large corporations and government agencies - on writing projects, including reports, technical documents, and website copy. A multi-award-winning Toastmaster, Lisa also helps clients hone their presentation skills.

Previously, Lisa was Marketing Communications Director for Creative Publications (Tribune Corporation) and Marketing Manager for Fearon Books (Simon and Schuster).

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Frank Abbott

Frank Abbott has provided customized and public financial management training programs at basic to advanced levels to North American corporations and their European and Asian subsidiaries.

Combined with his university education in finance and his successful completion of the requirements for both CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designations, Frank Abbott has over 20 years of diverse, "hands-on" experience in finance and accounting. His career began as an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers. Then he progressed to the corporate world through various finance positions for a multi-national corporation in the pharmaceutical industry. Frank also held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a health maintenance organization in the San Diego area.

In addition to his financial affiliations, Frank is also an active member of the American Society for Training and Development, having recently served on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Chapter as Chief Financial Officer.

Frank's sound, practical financial expertise and experience, along with his energetic, engaging presentation style, make him uniquely qualified to develop and deliver programs that are accurate, thorough, understandable, and effective. Participants from all areas of their organizations - research and engineering, finance, sales and marketing, human resources, administration - have all benefited from his workshops.

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Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson is a Director of Axia Value Solutions, a training and consultancy business that specialises in value and pricing and helping clients break the "discount default" habit. He works with clients helping them understand, create and deliver outstanding customer value - and get paid for it.

With a degree in Hotel Management, Mike initially worked with the Trusthouse Forte catering group before pursuing a career in sales.

With extensive experience in account management and the management of sales teams, Mike has been an independent consultant since 1988. His passion is value and Value Based Selling. He works with organizations of all sizes helping them to maximize the effectiveness of their sales efforts, both in terms of sales process and skills.

He has delivered training all over the world and speaks regularly at conferences, seminars and meetings.

He writes extensively for various magazines and professional bodies and is the author/co-author of three books on value - Value Based Pricing published by McGraw-Hill, The Challenge of Value, Abramis 2010 and most recently The Seven Challenges of Value. Mike has recently launched The Value Challenge System, a 14-module program designed to transform the way people sell, moving them from a product to a customer focus, from discounting to win to winning by understanding, creating and delivering outstanding customer value - and getting paid for it!

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management, and a member of the Professional Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation.

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Diane Polnow

Diane is an expert at driving sales results at some of the most recognizable Fortune 100 companies. She spent nearly 20 years with Sprint and American Express amassing numerous awards for top performance year after year.

Diane was a consistent top performing sales leader at Sprint, achieved multiple President's Club Awards, and led some of her direct Account Managers to achieve President's Club Awards as well. Moving to American Express, Diane inherited a team ranked #33 in the nation and led them to #4.

Diane Polnow is CEO and founder of Elite Sales Leaders, a global company specializing in Management Consulting and Sales Training. She teaches corporations how to build top performing sales teams and achieve peak performance. Her mission is to help you save money and make money using her proven techniques and principles.

Diane has traveled to 16 countries - mostly Europe. Her passions include traveling the world, music, golf, dining out, cooking, self-improvement, and volunteer work for children's organizations.

Diane is also the author of a dynamic new book "7 Secrets of Building Elite Sales Teams: Proven Ways to Increase Sales Results - For Sales Managers & Sales Executives".