October 20, 2010 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS – After years as a corporate executive, Bart de Jong was looking for an opportunity to leverage his experience in a completely different way. He wanted to give back to the community by helping small and medium sized business owners get the most out of their businesses, which is when he found ActionCOACH.
ActionCOACH is the world's leader in business and executive coaching. When Brad Sugars, Chairman and Founder, started the company in 1993, it was still in its nascent stages. By franchising the company in 1997, Sugars helped business coaching become more mainstream turning it into the second fastest growing category behind Information Technology. ActionCOACH specializes in coaching small to medium size business as well as executive teams and group coaching.
At first, de Jong thought ActionCOACH was just another franchise idea lacking substance, but as he looked closer he was impressed with the ActionCOACH system and found the notable absence of any big "red flags".
"During my career, I have applied many of the ActionCOACH principles at a very large scale. However, I am convinced that they are applicable to any size business. Being a coach and firm owner within the ActionCOACH system will provide me with the opportunity to apply a lifetime of learning in a very practical way," de Jong said recently.
"The opportunity to give something back and set up my firm exactly the way I want it, with the people I want to be around is also very exciting to me."
In addition to his business success, de Jong is an avid sailboat racer and fitness fanatic. He also enjoys time with his family and recently joined The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce.
Bart de Jong will be an ActionCOACH firm owner under Master Licensee Kevin Alft. The firm, which will be known as DeJong Business Solutions LLC, doing business as ActionCOACH Northwest Houston, will be located in The Woodlands, Texas and will focus on a direct marketing area containing over 23,000 businesses.
Bart de Jong's journey as an ActionCOACH firm owner began in Las Vegas, Nevada where the ActionCOACH Global Office is located. Here he spent 10 days training with other new firm owners and business coaches from around the world. They learned the ins and outs of ActionCOACH, how to run a business the ActionCOACH way, branding, systems and techniques, as well as how to apply their knowledge to any business and much more.
Bart de Jong has a wealth of experience and talent to share as the newest member of the ActionCOACH team. He is looking forward to seeing firsthand how his clients can benefit from working with him. There is no doubt he will be a powerful resource for any business that works with ActionCOACH.
ActionCOACH is the world's number one business coaching and executive coaching firm, with more than 1,000 offices in 32 countries. To learn more, go to actioncoach.com.