Our Leadership Team

They are that – a team. But make no mistake, each one is a strong individual… bringing their own point of view and their own specific expertise to Speakeasy’s leadership effort. And each is deeply committed to their own journey toward more powerful communication.

With an average tenure of fifteen years, each member of this group represents a key element of our business - curriculum, consulting, client relations, operations and finance. And while each manages their individual areas of responsibility, their roles on this team are focused on balance and connection... on being connected enough with themselves that they can be open to others. And on using that openness to build trust and to lead... both our organization and the value it delivers to you.

Scott Weiss, CEO / Owner

Scott first came to Speakeasy as a client - after ten successful years as a senior executive on Wall Street and in the media entertainment industry. His own experience was profound enough that he joined the company as Executive VP and bought the business ten years later in 2003. Originally from Detroit, Scott and his family have been in Atlanta for 35 years. He leads Speakeasy’s management effort in building Speakeasy to a multi-city global enterprise. He is our visionary, and our most constant driver of both growth and quality.

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Kip Coombs, President

A part time athlete and now full time family man, Kip brings to Speakeasy’s leadership, 23 years of experience in linking great solutions with critical client needs. A native of Dodge City, Kansas, Kip has been in Atlanta since the early seventies and has been with Speakeasy for over 14 years. His objectivity and an ability to listen and honestly advise lead his contribution to our management team.

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Paige Goldner, Executive Vice President

Paige plays a critical role on our management team. Her 16 years of experience in human resource development and executive search helps Speakeasy grow in a way that’s both congruent with who we are and in-line with the promises we make to each and every client. She is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama and is a native Atlantan - having recently returned home from a number of years in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to being a rabid “Tide” fan, she’s a Mom, photographer, outdoor-enthusiast, downhill and cross country skier, dog-lover, and on-again/off-again runner.

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Angela Winders, SVP Client Services and Administration

Angela manages most of the things that directly impact the quality of your experience at Speakeasy. She brings 18 years of operational expertise in the manufacturing and insurance industries to a role that includes maximizing our instructor resources, driving quality in client communication and overseeing the companies administrative services. She and her family have been in Atlanta for 29 years and her sense of balance is key to our management efforts.

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Doug Foltz, SVP Positioning Strategy, Senior Faculty

With a background that spans architecture, visual design, business, and communication in a wide range of media, Doug brings deep commitment to Speakeasy’s core developmental and communication philosophies to our management team. A native Miamian, he has been in Atlanta for over 35 years and has spent almost twenty of those managing our consulting efforts, our visual communication services, and our content-based curriculum.

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Pat Wahoske, SVP Faculty and Dean of Curriculum

With thirty years of both clinical and business management experience Pat brings a unique perspective to our management team. Her insight into how a person can best change a behavior, her familiarity with the demands our executive/clients face, and her years of work in process improvement helps our team balance our growth and the growth of every client we serve. Raised in Minnesota, Pat is a long time Atlanta resident and her supportive and committed character plays a critical role in the leadership our team provides.

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David Medford, Controller, SVP Corporate Finance

David's holistic view of our business is an important component of everything our management team does. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, David has been in Atlanta for 19 years and spent over 6 years as a critical Speakeasy contributor. A CPA with 20 years of both corporate and institutional experience in finance, investment, and management, he ensures that we're always positioned to move in ways that benefit both our clients and our company.

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