Vanguard XXI empowers organizations to assess, develop, promote, and retain high performance leaders of character and build high performance cultures by creating climates of personal, professional, and industry growth through leadership development and professional coaching.
Anthony coaches influential leaders of character, forges excellence in organizations, and loves serving people and teams.
Character > Skill. People > Process. Humans > Hardware.
He has served, taught, trained, and coached 15,000 professionals in Army Special Operations, MLB Pittsburgh Pirates, 2 x NCAA DIV I National Championship Teams, Fortune 100/500/1000 companies, Law Enforcement, Academia, and Non-Profits. He has spent 26 years practicing high-performance leadership as a Leadership Development Executive, Executive Coach, Consultant, Army Combat Arms Officer, Army Ranger, Army Chaplain, Ethics Instructor & Curriculum Developer, Senior and Executive Pastor.
His leadership coaching courses are credentialed through the International Coaching Federation. He holds seven coaching certifications as an ICF Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC), and specializes in confidential executive coaching focused on character, culture, leadership, operations, performance, strategy, and transition. His courses integrate character development, moral, ethical, and strategic decision making, and emotional intelligence. He is a sought after keynote speaker.
A 1996 United States Military Academy graduate and retired Lieutenant Colonel, he has six combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan with conventional and elite Special Operations units. He holds two master’s degrees (Divinity & Theology) from Denver Seminary and Emory University, and a Doctor of Ministry (Leadership) from Fuller Seminary. He has published two books, multiple professional journal articles, and is a US Army Simons Center Fellow, and Order of St. Maurice (Legionnaire) recipient.
A 30+ year martial artist, he holds a Japanese Jujitsu 3rd Degree and Tae Kwon Do 1st Degree Black Belt, Judo Brown Belt, and Brazilian Jujitsu Purple Belt. Anthony actively serves in Boy Scouts, Rotary, and is a board member for FCA Georgia Wrestling. Married to Jeanine for 25 years, and father to West Point Cadet, Aria (18), William (16), and John (12).
Rick develops leaders and enables them to transform organizations. He has spent 25+ years leading high-performing teams and co-founded a foreign start-up in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a Fortune 500 company. He is an ICF-trained coach and instructor of coaching for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program at Columbus State University. Rick’s corporate expertise is in Strategy Management, Organizational Effectiveness, and Portfolio/Program Management. He is a recipient of the CIO Top 100 Award for delivering large-scale business and technology solutions.
Rick specializes in confidential executive coaching, leadership and character development, and utilizes the latest coaching research combined with leading coach disciplines in a high-trust, faith-affirming practice.
Rick earned a master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and is completing a doctorate degree in Learning and Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Pastoral Institute and is a men’s small group leader for Church of the Highlands. When he is not serving leaders and his community, he enjoys strength training and competitive swimming. Rick is a husband to Cheri for 23 years, and father to Hannah (21), Renae (19), and Holly (17).
Damien Mason is a dynamic leader, coach, and exceptional communicator who has successfully empowered numerous individuals and organizations to reach new heights of achievement. With 26 years of experience in the United States Army, including 10+ years with elite Special Operations units, Damien has honed his skills in the most challenging environments.
In 2023, Damien retired from the Army following his role as the Deputy Commandant of the Army Infantry School. Amongst his achievements he implemented all aspects of talent management for Infantry officers to include assessing, selecting, and defining their critical performance tasks. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he is also a certified leadership coach, holding a 61-hour leadership coaching certification, and currently pursuing his ICF ACC Coaching Credentials.
Known for his ability to maximize individuals' strengths, foster diversity, promote equal opportunity, and inspire teams to achieve success, Damien is a sought-after communicator and thought leader. His expertise in coaching and leadership development has helped organizations and individuals alike to surpass their goals.
In his spare time, Damien enjoys cycling and is a licensed (non-current) private pilot. He and his family currently reside in Georgia, where they enjoy exploring the community and spending quality time together.
Megan Head is the Executive Assistant and Executive Coaching Coordinator for Vanguard XXI. She is passionate about helping others realize their full personal and professional potential. She is skilled in bringing teams together, streamlining processes, and cultivating cultures that empower individuals and produce high quality results. Prior to joining Vanguard XXI, Megan provided administrative support to military hospital senior executives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbus State University. Megan is a combat veteran, wife, and mother to two children, Darius (9) and Janelle (7). An upstate New York native, Texas is her “for now” home.
Kim Zovak is an experienced coach, trainer, and leadership consultant working globally with non-profit leaders and organizations. Her passion is helping leaders multiply their impact by reproducing more effective leaders, and supporting organizations to build strong leadership development cultures that better achieve their goals. She is enthusiastic about coaching because she believes it is the best tool she knows to help grow, to develop disciples, and to multiply leaders.
Those who know Kim describe her as inspiring, enthusiastic and encouraging. After serving as an ordained pastor in the US, she lived abroad for 14 years (in Australia and China). She and her husband Dave currently split time between Los Angeles and Washington DC, as they had adult children on both coasts. She holds an MCC credential with the International Coaching Federation, and is a credentialing assessor, mentor coach and coaching supervisor. She also has 3500+ coaching hours, working with leaders from around the world.
Timothy Tiryaki Ph.D. (c), MEd., PCC is an executive coach and the founder of Maslow Leadership for Executive Leadership. Timothy is a global expert working at the intersection of organizational culture and coaching. He is the founding and managing partner of Maslow Leadership, pioneering a unique approach of building coach leadership frameworks and “culture-actualization” to meet the workplace needs of the 21st century. Timothy has worked at large organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Intel and Index Group in sales, marketing and HR roles. He has coached C-level leaders and taught at Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Center, Global Knowledge Canada, and Simon Fraser University.
He holds seven coaching certificates, is trained in multiple coaching styles and is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on Wise Leadership for Organizations. Timothy has four published books in Turkish, including one on coaching, and he has worked with clients such as MEC, Telus, Aviso Wealth, Doctors of BC, Darigold, and Suncor.
Court is a Professional Leadership Coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation with over 2,000 hours of one-on-one Coaching experience. Court thrives in situations where he is called upon to coach people and organizations that are complex, have challenging problems to solve, and passionately pursue meaning, fulfillment, and results. Prior to service as a Professional Leadership Coach, Court served as an Account Executive and as the Manager for Organizational Performance for Teamworks Innovations Incorporated (a B2B SaaS Tech Company) in Durham, North Carolina where he created, funded, directed and served as principal Coach for a corporate well-being & Coaching program self-titled Optimum comprised of 5 distinct lines of effort to enable wholistic employee fulfillment and high performance. Those lines of effort are: Emotional Fitness, Mental Fitness, Physical Fitness, Financial Fitness and Spiritual Fitness.
Court holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the Virginia Military Institute, a diploma in Organizational Leadership from the U.S Army Command & General Staff College, an Executive & Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-being from George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-being and is a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret having served multiple assignments overseas as a Manager for highly trained and capable teams ranging in size from 2-180 and during wartime operations.
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