“I first met Brian when he was a stock Broker in California. He was very unconventional and likable with a old world charm. His interest in Walker Percy immediately made him interesting to me. We did better with him than anyone else I had ever worked with in financial services. The discipline he encouraged remain relevant today. I followed his career over the years and was deeply impressed by the way he reinvented himself while always putting everyone else around him first. Several years ago I asked Brian to coach my son to prepare him to run one of our family companies. Brian did very well in this capacity. We started to use him throughout the business and he also offers guidance for our family office where he is now an advisor helping us identify investments for nonprofit and for profit deals. Unfortunately my son passed away earlier this year and I have had to step back into the business. I have had to learn many new things including Linkedin! Brain is now helping us recruit our new CEO and I am very grateful for his compassion, empathy and professionalism. He has access to very good people that often share his own “alliance” based views and show that good people are drawn to each other. I highly recommend him as both a coach and business advisor.” – Dan Wu, Chief Investment Officer Wu + Family Offices
“I would describe Brian Cork as the ‘Larry Bird’ of the Executive Recruiting and Coaching Business. The go-to guy when you need the thing to work. The scramble-for-the-ball, great-teammate, no-ego, championship-caliber guy.”
– Robert Forrester, CEO, Green Manufacturing Corp.
“I first met Brian Patrick Cork when he was a professional Triathlete. He was was feared on the bike and run for very good reason. His tenacity in the hills made his competitiors blood run cold.
Today I know Brian Cork as that leader we read books about. He helps other men realize their own success.
Brian could write the book on how to be a terrific Dad. His wife is happy. If you ask his daughter what her Daddy does she will look you in the eye and tell you “He helps people”.
The story gets better every day.”
– Roger Bloom, Chairman MedAlliance Corp.
“brian is an insightful counselor who asks penetrating and relevant questions, creatively guides tough minded self assessment and inspires action towards well defined goals. He was an invaluable sounding board for me personally during a significant career transition and has subsequently provided excellent executive search services. He is more interested in results than appearances and I can recommend him without reservation.”
– Ken Honeycutt, Former President and CEO of Acuity Brands Lighting
“As an executive coach, Brian provides focus and the ability to assess options with a depth of experience that spans both the corporate and entrepreneurs perspectives. I specifically wanted a coach who would be an “out of the box” thinker and a sounding board for different ideas. I first retained Brian in 2013 and I still engage Brian on a regular basis as he continues to be a great asset to me in my current role. I could not ask for a better person for this effort than Brian Patrick Cork”.
– Stephen H. Esposito, Executive and General Manager, Smiths Detection
“It was December 31st 2014 and most of the world had shut down in preparation of New Year’s festivities. But I had a bit of a work crisis and Brian agreed to meet me. In person. On a holiday. Because he gives a damn. Look, I’m no CEO. No big shot entrepreneur. And, honestly, on our first engagement he helped me close down a business that was doing horribly versus encouraging me to keep going and waste my time, energy, and money. But that was what I needed. Brian has a gift that allows him to see the big picture — quickly, thank God — and put his intuition and experience to work. For you. No matter who you are. Cork is lionhearted, with an emphasis on “heart.”
– Emily Capps, Director of Content Strategy, IHG – InterContinental Hotels Group
“Brian helped me to see my career from a perspective that moved from doing my job without seeing the big picture to investing my talent to help the company and me meet our respective goals. For those of you who are frustrated and need clarity, perspective and a boost, you would do well to engage with Brian Cork.”
– Vince Birley, VP of Strategy at Ronald Blue and Company
“Brian began coaching me in February of 2011 after I was laid off from my employer in January of that year. I came to Brian in disarray, frustrated, and confused with what I was doing wrong, what I should really be doing, and where I should be headed. With his unique style and abilities, Brian was able to get me to focus in on my TRUE career path. I went from just trying to find a better job to building a career path that I had always thought was just a pipe dream. Without Brian and his insight, I would not be where I am today. I would recommend Brian to anyone. No matter where you are in your career or just trying to find the right career, you need to spend time with Brian.”
– Ben Bahnsen, Entrepreneur and Investor
“I am mesmerized at how Brian Cork knows business and people, but moreover, how he knows to see through and bring the best out in people, thoughtfully, courageously and with heart. With a driving intention of truth, best practices, clear strategy and tactics, I look forward to each opportunity I have to interact. To be kept on my toes with his attention to nuance and right direction, never have I had a mentor so dogged in assuring the success of my business and moreover, my development as a business leader. Entrepreneurs need champions and I’m honored to have such a keen and savvy host to my growth and success as Brian Cork! My business world has done a positive 180 heading me toward better, much better things to come. My confidence and trust in him and his integrity, are off the charts.”
– BB Webb, Founder and CEO of Carl House
“Brian helped me Keep my head screwed on straight. Working with him was absolutely life changing. I left Automotive to go to Industrial goods. I went from being an Executive Director to CTO/COO. I also ended-up launching two businesses – one consulting, the other a vineyard.”
– John Kwapis, COO of Blue Bird Bus
“Brian: Thank you for your great coaching, support and action surrounding our solar initiative. Your introductions and validations were invaluable. We have mobilized a small army of great leaders. Incredible!”
– Patrick Hassell, Founder and CEO, SolBright Corporation
“Spending an hour with Brian Cork could change your entire perspective on your business or your life. A successful businessman, a masterful communicator, a visionary, and an impassioned mentor who genuinely enjoys helping others achieve greater success and fulfillment, Brian is the real deal. Those who introduced us raved about him and I must say I was equally impressed upon getting to know him personally”.
– Elizabeth Gordon, Management Consultant at Midtown Consulting Group
– PJ Bain, CEO at Prime Revenue
“Brian Cork brings energy and new ideas to his endeavors. As the keynote speaker for the Elevator Pitch competition at Radford University in 2008, Brian used his experiences to reach out to the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. As a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economics, he stays focused on student learning and what we can continue to do to enrich our academic culture with applied learning experiences. We are fortunate to have him on our team and look forward to the next idea and connection he will provide.”
– Faye W. Gilbert, PhD, Dean, College of Business and Economics, Radford University
“Brian Cork has an interesting and often unorthodox viewpoint and approach to many aspects of life, both personal and professional. From his point of perspective, he challenged my assumptions, approaches, and activities on many fronts during my period of professional transition. He helped me look at the same set of facts and circumstances from a different vantage point. I found it very helpful to have someone like Brian with whom I could have a frank conversation about my career, with whom I could bounce around ideas, and who would provide both motivational challenges as well as encouragement. Our consulting relationship was a good investment of my time”.
– Joel Reed, Chief Legal Officer at John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods
“Brian is an awesome coach. He believes in people and skillfully draws out untapped awareness that is already there, just hidden. Once self-aware, action can be taken. You come away with a plan in the form of a SMART goal”.
– Jay McDevitt, Director of Men’s Discipleship at Perimeter Church
“Brian creates results and cares what is needed for your company as a whole. He carries through with what he says he will do. His team supports the organization in keeping consistent with their values and culture. It has been a great asset to my organization to have Brian’s company as a resource and a vehicle to grow and expand our organization. And we are planning on working with him again in the near future.”
– Anisa Telwar, CEO of ANISA International
“I came to you specifically because I didn’t know how to market myself in the business world.
Because you taught me the importance of finding the “perfect job” that fits your interests, skills and experience, I landed a job where I have very quickly been able to become a subject matter expert.
My ultimate goal is freedom. I want to work from anywhere in the world from my iPhone and iPad. I would also have a goal of financial freedom; to owe no one anything other than gratitude. I want to be able to go wherever, whenever God tells me to!
By the end of 2013 I should be debt free other than the house, and will start paying that off faster as well. You were a smart investment and an important part of that transition in my life, and I am grateful for it!”
– J. Walker, Entrepreneur
– Bob Twitchell, Founder + CEO of Dispersive Networks
“Brian has been my trusted friend and advisor for over 4 years. As an attorney and counselor at law, I can recognize a good business counselor when I see one. Brian is one of the best. Using his unique well-balanced approach to life, he simply helps businesses, leaders and individuals make better decisions in their economic, professional and personal lives. By rephrasing the question or problem, Brian can use his grounding in fundamentals, honesty and ethical behavior to lead to anyone to success. Brian’s common sense, focus, determination and work ethic make him one of a kind”.
– Tom Schroeder, Senior Attorney at Georgia Lottery Corporation
“If you are serious about reaching new levels of success either personally or professionally then Brian Cork is a must have in your game plan. Brian’s ability to extract the relevant meaning from any situation to produce clarity inevitably leads to a solid plan and ultimate success. This includes getting your business or project funded with right type of capital. Brian being a part of my life has been critical for me to understand the true abilities I posses and has given me the confidence to act.
– Will Carter CEO, Media Caddy Innovations
“Brian is a well grounded executive with boundless energy and intellect. His integrity and seemingly endless network have proven to be the stuff of which success is made. I call on Brian regularly and do not hesitate in recommending him to other professionals”.
– Jeff Gehrke, Chief Risk Technology Evangelist at Ventiv Technology
– Glenn Bachman, Entrepreneur and Investor
“Brian Cork is a man’s man. I have known Brian personally and professionally for almost a decade – during that time he has continued to earn my respect as a husband, father, friend and business mentor. He’s one of those guy’s you love to have on your team – but hate to play against – he is the quintessential “velvet glove over an iron fist”. When you meet Brian Cork – you better be strapped in your saddle – because it’s going to be an exhilarating ride – and when you leave – you’ll know that you’ve just met someone that has left an indelible mark on your life!
– Mark Fonseca, Executive Image Consultant
– Steve Jobs, Founder + CEO of Apple Computers
“Brian Cork is one of the most authentic and visionary individuals I’ve had the privilege to be associated with. Brian inspired my leadership team to create a personal vision. Brian has always given genuine heartfelt advice and he played an integral role in my decision to start my own company.”
– William “Bill” Pope, Former VP Sales of Kings Pharmaceuticals and Entrepreneur