With backgrounds as highly effective leaders and equipped with MindVue's advanced tools and insights, MindVue's coaches create a personalized journey to help leaders, teams, and organizations maximize performance.
MindVue offers customizable coaching programs to support individuals and teams.
One-on-one coaching to strengthen mindsets and elevate potential.
Coaching for teams to build cohesion and optimize performance.
Meet a few of MindVue's amazing leaders coaching others and transforming lives.
Major General (Ret.) Chris Hughes
Major General (Ret.) Chris Hughes brings 35 years of leadership experience in the U.S Army, from platoon leader to Commanding General. His military service includes an appointment as the Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky, as well as Chief of Staff of the United States Army Pacific Command. Chris is also the Co-Founder and first Provost of the Army University.
Over the course of his career, Chris served as the Executive Officer for the Secretary of the Army, the Army Senior Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, and he commanded an Infantry Battalion from the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Moreover, he assisted in the creation of five major organizations within the Department of Defense and served as an investigator on the USS Cole Commission in 2000.
After retiring from military service, Chris became the President and CEO of Northwest Consulting, LLC. He holds Master's degrees in both Business Management and National Security Strategies. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. Chris Hughes is the author of War on Two Fronts: an Infantry Commander's War in Iraq and the Pentagon. For this effort, he was awarded the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing in 2008.
Dr. Mary Ritz
Dr. Mary Ritz has been empowering, educating, and encouraging people in the areas of customer management, leadership, and team development for nearly two decades. Her work as a dynamic coach, corporate trainer and consultant, and speaker has produced repeated success in guiding leading organizations in manufacturing, healthcare, government, transportation, telecommunications, financial services, and retail.
As a MindVue Certified Coach, Dr. Ritz has helped domestic and international clients build resiliency and mental agility by incorporating mindset and mental wellness coaching and strategies. Driven by her passion to inspire optimum performance and positive change for both individual and organizational success, Dr. Ritz helps people improve their mindsets and manage their emotions to be more innovative, collaborative, and committed to growth and development.
Dr. Ritz holds a PhD in Business Administration with a focus on Customer Centricity, an MBA with a concentration in International Business, and an undergraduate degree in Marketing. She is a certified John Maxwell trainer, speaker, and coach. Dr. Ritz is also the author of Customer Centricity: Creating a Sense Making Framework for Developing Economies.
Brendan Suhr is regarded as one of the most respected figures in basketball with nearly 30 years as a coach and executive in the NBA and 15 seasons as a coach at the collegiate level. He has been a part of some of the most historic basketball teams of all time while winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys" as well as being part of the 1992 "Dream Team" that won the gold medal for the United States at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He developed his "servant leadership" mentality while working as an assistant coach under Hall of Fame coaches Chuck Daly, Hubie Brown and Lenny Wilkins.
During his coaching career, he coached some of the world's best players such as Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman, and David Robinson.
Suhr has a passion for developing effective leaders. His extensive background in the corporate world spans over 30 years as a leadership consultant who specializes in coaching, leadership, team-building and culture. His expertise in the corporate world stems from his ability to teach those in leadership positions to coach and develop the people they lead. His often-used phrase of "I don't coach players, I coach people" is a testament to his authenticity and personable approach in teaching and leadership. His unique ability to relate and reach people of different age groups, backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs truly separates him from the competition.
Dr. Meg Smith
Margaret (Meg) Smith, PhD, RYT-500, TCTSY-F provides yoga, relaxation and meditation, and intergroup dialogue with elite athletes, military service members, and other high performers to deepen the mind-body connections that enable sustained high performance, team cohesion, and healing from trauma and chronic stress.
Meg is the sport psychology provider for Team USA Wheelchair Rugby (www.usawr.org) among other teams and athletes in Olympic, Paralympic, and collegiate sport. She's supported USAWR through two Paralympic silver medals and multiple international titles and from 2016-2020, supported the University of Alabama Adapted Athletics toward seven national championships in three sports. She has provided services for Team Navy Wounded Warrior and the Warrior Games since 2016. Meg ran track and cross country at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was part of 5 ACC Championships. She has a PhD in social psychology and teaches as an adjunct professor for Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts and Education Program (APAEP) and the US Army's Master Educator Course.
Dr. Casey Geist
Dr. Geist is a transitioning career Army officer who proudly served over 25 years in the U.S. Army. Throughout his decorated career, Dr. Geist served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and coordinated and developed training and curriculum for over 350,000 soldiers and students. His most recent military experience involved directing the leader development and education for the Army Senior and Junior ROTC curriculums and instructor certification. Today, he applies his skills and expertise in workforce development, educational strategies, and growth mindset teaching strategies to help organizations and institutions optimize performance.
Dr. Geist graduated from The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics and industrial modeling. He holds a master's degree in business and organizational security from Webster University, a master's in higher education administration from The University of Louisville, as well as a doctorate in higher education management from The University of Georgia.
Dr. Russell Clayton
Russell Clayton is a performance and wellbeing coach as well as a professor at the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in business administration with a doctoral minor in psychology from the University of Mississippi.
Russell has had the privilege of coaching and leading workshops for several organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits and professional organizations. In addition, he has been recognized for his contributions in the college classroom by being awarded the 2020 “Mid-Career Distinguished Educator Award” by the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and voted "Professor of the Year" (2021 - 2022) for the USF Executive MBA program.
Russell's insights have been published in the Harvard Business Review and have been mentioned in popular press outlets such as NBC News, Psychology Today, Fox News, and Fast Company.
Wayne Hauenstein is Principal of Learning Curve Consultants, a firm that for the past 10 years has focused its efforts on helping organizations across a myriad of industries with end-to-end learning solutions designed to grow and prepare its next leaders for what is ahead. The company designs and implements learning curriculum globally in the banking, healthcare, IT, logistics and retail industries as it works to maximize the potential of employees through collaborative and interactive experiences.
Wayne is passionate about developing others and believes that the key to one's growth is self-awareness. He partnered with an I/O Psychologist, Randy Lucius, Ph.D. to develop and validate a personality inventory tool that measures communication, coaching and decision-making styles (BEST2 AssessmentTM).
Wayne partners with MindVue to implement its profile and learning solutions across several client organizations. He believes that mindset is an important component to self-awareness and personal well-being and looks forward to supporting the development of others in this area by further implementing these tools in learning programs and through one-on-one coaching.
Mr. Hauenstein obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He then went on to complete a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where he was selected as the Outstanding I/O Student in his graduating class. Prior to his work at Learning Curve Consultants, he served as a curriculum and implementation manager as well as a manager of talent development and training in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides with his family.
Christian is a United States Air Force veteran and alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy. He also holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado. Christian is a dynamic professional with a background in business results consulting, higher education, and professional coaching. He is a passionate coach with a focus on leadership, development, and mindset.
His experience as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force, paired with his experience as an affiliate professor and love for coaching provide him with a unique approach to supporting others. Christian is a native of Dallas, TX who currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife and two children.
Dr. Brian Davidson
Dr. Brian Davidson is the founder and president of MindVue. As chief architect of the MindVue Profile assessment and MindVue Learning Experience, Brian applies his work in measuring and developing mindsets to support educational institutions, healthcare organizations, sports teams, businesses, and the military in maximizing human performance. Driven to build hope, grit, and resilience across the globe, he has had the privilege to work with leading organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, the San Antonio Spurs, Workday, and the United States Military Academy (West Point). As a passionate educator, he has helped teach people the importance of mindset skills and has guest lectured at educational institutions throughout the world such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, University of Kansas, in addition to helping tens of thousands of students across India.
Brian is a frequent writer on the topics of mindsets, mental wellness, and performance optimization and is a contributing author for Routledge's forthcoming Multidisciplinary Handbook of Character Development. Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with High Distinction and Honors, earning a degree in psychology and a teaching endorsement in secondary education. He holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate (with Honors) in educational leadership and policy studies, both from the University of Kansas, where he has also served as a senior research consultant and adjunct professor.
Dr. Troy Morgan
Dr. Morgan has over 15 years of experience working in the human development domain, including in mental health counseling, scientific research, and in amateur and professional sport player development. Dr. Morgan came to MindVue from academia as a tenured professor in the field of human performance and sport. He serves on the Judicial Committee for a USOPC – National Governing Body and is a content expert and policy advisor for youth sport development programs in African refugee camps.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, he earned a master's degree in counseling and development from Kansas State University. Dr. Morgan attended the University of New Mexico, where he received his Ph.D., in physical education, sport, and exercise science, and minor area of study in mental health.
Traci is the founder of Follow Your Strengths and one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches in the Midwest Region. She is passionate about improving employee engagement levels within organizations and helping individuals live their legacy.
Follow Your Strengths provides organizations tools and training so they can leverage the strengths of their people to develop leaders, build better teams, and become a great place to work. She has delivered teambuilding sessions to corporate clients and executive leadership teams with organizations such as Raytheon, Collins Aerospace, Kum & Go, ACT, Ruan, Marvin Windows, Aegon, Target, and John Deere. She has partnered with over 4,000 people and 60 organizations in discovering their strengths through the CliftonStrengths® (aka StrengthsFinder) assessment.
As the daughter of two retired high school teachers, she is passionate about the impact education has on our youth and the future. Traci is working to spread strengths beyond the business world to school districts, educators, and students so we can all spend more time “focusing on what is strong rather than what is wrong.”
In addition to her work as a strengths and engagement consultant, Traci is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, she walked the walk and put her strengths to use as she battled and beat cancer. She is working on a book project to help others play to their strengths while battling cancer as well as training sessions to help healthcare practitioners perform their very best for patients each day.
Traci is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and earned her B.B.A. in Management and Organizations from The University of Iowa and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kansas.