OUR LEADERSHIP

Experienced and singularly focused on your growth, but with a diverse set of skills all their own.

They are 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.

Scott Weiss

CEO and Owner
At Speakeasy 26 years

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. Scott leads Speakeasy’s management effort – he is our visionary, and our most constant driver of both growth and quality. His best-selling book DARE! has received a gold medal award for ethics, and he speaks regularly on the importance of honesty in communication.

Kip Coombs

President
At Speakeasy 21 years

A part time athlete and now full time family man, Kip brings 30 years of experience in linking great solutions with critical client needs to Speakeasy’s leadership team. A native of Dodge City, Kansas, Kip has been in Atlanta since the early seventies and has been with Speakeasy for over 20 years. His objectivity and an ability to listen and honestly advise is an integral contribution to our management team.

Paige Goldner

Executive Vice President
At Speakeasy 5 years

Paige plays a critical role on our management team. Her 20 plus 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. 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.

Angela Winders

SVP, Client Services and Administration
At Speakeasy 21 years

Angela manages most of the things that directly impact the quality of our client experience at Speakeasy. She brings 24 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 company’s administrative services. She and her family have been in Atlanta for 35 years and her sense of balance is key to our management efforts.

Doug Foltz

SVP, Positioning Strategy, Senior Faculty
At Speakeasy 24 years

Doug’s background spans from architecture, visual design, business, and communication in a wide range of media. He brings deep commitment to Speakeasy’s core developmental and communication philosophies to our management team. A native Miamian, Doug spent much time in Atlanta for over 37 years – spending more than twenty of those managing Speakeasy’s consulting efforts, our visual communication services, and our content-based curriculum.

David Medford

SVP, Corporate Finance, Controller
At Speakeasy 13 years

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 25 years and spent over 12 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.

Paula Hamilton

SVP, Faculty and Dean of Curriculum
At Speakeasy 7 years

In the classroom, Paula works with leaders across industries to cultivate their communication skills. As Senior Vice President of Faculty and a member of the Management Committee, she is committed to her own evolution as a professional as well as the evolution of our clients. She’s taken her unique personal and professional experiences and knit them into a leadership style that balances pragmatism and adaptability. Paula also values her time outside of Speakeasy and is committed to growing personally by reading, traveling, and engaging in a variety of physical activities. She especially enjoys the time she’s able to spend with family and friends.

Jeff McKenna

SVP, New Markets, Americas, Managing Director

Jeff spent over 30 years in technology sales with companies helping grow revenue from millions to billions. He joined Speakeasy in 2004 and became an SVP of Sales and General Manager before returning to tech sales in 2008. Speakeasy was delighted to welcome him back to its leadership team in 2016. Jeff holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He and his wife Rhonda currently reside in the Asheville, NC area and are the proud parents. The women in his life are his biggest motivation, but he also enjoys hiking in the Smokies, volunteering and rowing.