Dennis Hooper - BEE, MBA
Dennis spent his first career helping hundreds of managers and technicians within the Procter & Gamble Company (23 years) and the Weyerhaeuser Company (7 years) build their leadership skills. He held line and Human Resource staff assignments at five different manufacturing locations, often serving other facilities based on his growing reputation.
Along the way, Dennis wanted the experience of owning his own business, so he and his wife Donna purchased a small bookstore. With one full-time and some part-time help, they owned and operated this retail business for five years. So, Dennis understands leadership in both big business and small, entrepreneurial businesses.
Now, as a Certified FranklinCovey Coach focused on leadership development, Dennis is helping leaders of organizations enhance the skills of their direct reports. He shows leaders how to leverage their experience and influence to build future organizational leaders. The executive achieves greater freedom while building assurance that the organization will continue to serve its customers well, continually improving toward excellence.
Dennis installs a leadership development system in those organizations that do not yet have one, and improves systems that currently exist. After identifying each leader’s current strengths and limitations, he guides the individual in generating a plan to enhance skills and increase service to direct reports.
Thousands witness Dennis’ teaching and writing skills through his biweekly newspaper columns in the Savannah (Georgia) Business Journal focused on building leaders and organizations of excellence—he’s been writing articles for 11 years! (Over 400 of those articles are archived right here on his website.) Dennis is pulling the best of those columns together in a book of practical guidance for leaders. Additionally, for three years, he generated a daily radio program, providing a three-minute “Building Leaders” break for listeners.
Dennis shares his knowledge and experience unselfishly. Yet his greatest strengths are revealed when working with leadership teams, teaching them to serve their organizations and build future leaders. (In fact, servant leadership is the only kind Dennis practices and teaches.) Skilled in applying academic theories and empirical models to the practical needs of organizations, his penetrating questions cause leaders to think deeply, often making new meaning of familiar situations.
Dennis has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. He has been a member of the International Coach Federation, the Georgia Coach Association, and the Christian Coaches Network for many years.
With clients from Florida to New York and west to Washington state demanding his attention, Dennis misses every night he’s away from Atlanta, Georgia and Donna, his loving wife. They enjoy investing time with their grandson Riley, their daughter Alison, and their son-in-law Daniel.