C.J. Baxter Group, founded by Kent Hutchison, is an employee development firm specializing in front line leadership development, team building, sales and customer service and communication topics.
Established in 2003, and named for the maternal grandfather of founder Kent Hutchison, the C.J. Baxter Group, LLC strives to help organizations improve productivity and profitability through employee development. Although C.J. Baxter was not involved in the development of today’s employee development and management consulting firm, Kent’s grandfather was a significant influence in his early developmental years. Kent’s family has a long lineage of service and leadership; his great-great-grandfather was Justice of the Peace for the Republic of Texas in 1836 immediately after Texas won its independence, and growing up Kent’s father frequently taught him and his brothers the need to serve others, and the family has continuously served their local community in a variety of leadership roles.
Known for employee assessments, management, leadership, and high-performance team workshops, all programs offered by the C.J. Baxter Group are customized to meet the respective needs of the organization.
Kent Hutchison wanted to be a Lumberjack, but he couldn't hack it.
How can one even think about sharpening the saw, when you are always busy sawing? Most folks, as well as organizations, put it off to their detriment. Failing to devote some time for periodic self-renewal has a negative impact on productivity and effectiveness, levels of team performance, and as well as on workplace behaviors of managers.
A woodsman was one asked, "What would you do if you if had just five minutes to chop down a tree?" He answered, "I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe."
The key is continuous improvement.
Kent did become a Lumberjack in one way. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, home of the Lumberjacks in Nacogdoches, Texas - Kent has more than 25 years of facilitating and leading others in their developmental journey. He is a believer of the need for continuous improvement in employee development; as well as personal leadership development.
Kent regularly facilitates leadership and team retreats for organizations and businesses. He is popular with both executive and blue-collar leaders - utilizing his experience as both a former university administrator and as a former manager in the petrochemical and construction environment.
In addition to his consulting practice, one can find Kent keynoting at conferences, banquets, and corporate events; as well as facilitating public workshops, team and leadership programs across the globe.
Originally from the small Southeast Texas community of Orangefield; this fifth-generation Texan now calls East Texas home, is involved as a community and business influencer. He is a frequent advisor to business owners and organization managers. Kent is passionate about leadership and team development, the emotional intelligence of others, and continuous sharpening of the saw in general.
One can expect an engaging and interactive presentation from Kent.
Jerry Nick is one of the most respected leaders in the supermarket industry in the Northeast Texas and Nor Louisiana area.
Jerry brings a portfolio of experience that spans 43 years with Brookshire Grocery Company, based in Tyler, Texas. He successfully supervised four districts from North Louisiana to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His passion is helping others reach their full potential, whether as a retail leader in managing stores/departments, or bing the best they can be in their personal lives. In his twenty plus years as a Vice President/District Manager, Jerry helped hundreds of Brookshire partners realize and reach their full potential.
Jerry also had a distinguished sales career as the Vice President of Center Store Sales for Brookshire Grocery Company. In this position, he helped develop and guide sales initiatives for the entire company, many of which are still in practice today.
Jerry is based in Katy, Texas.
Robert Grossman is an entrepreneur and creative solutions generator that comes from his unique background as an educator, sales professional, marketer, executive coach, trainer, and executive producer. He has worked across a broad array of companies providing hands-on, value-added solutions.
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Michael has 40 years of experience, with a career spanning across manufacturing and human resources responsibilities in North America as well as globally. A native of Beaumont, Texas, Michael is a graduate of Lamar University, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS), specializing in Communication and Organizational Development. His education, coupled with experiences gained over a 36 year period at DuPont, gives him a unique perspective, 25 years which dealt with people development, collaborative problem solving, teamwork, and leadership development/coaching of people in multiple levels and functionalities of business. After DuPont, Michael continued to work as a consultant throughout North America.
His home in Chester, Virginia serves as his base of operations. He finds time to renew his personal values through his family and church, reading both inspirational and developmental materials, including some unique and amazing poetry and stories from a close friend, music, especially blues and bluegrass, talking with friends, and taking the occasional break on his porch in a rocking chair with a good hot cup of coffee.
Neil Cordrey invested his career studying, coaching, and mentoring formal and informal leaders on the characteristics of leadership that impact culture and performance. He embodies these characteristics and traits and believes in the potential of everyone in an organization. Engaging people to become active partners in business is challenging for most organizations. He believes that organizations with fully engaged and empowered employees is a key to business competitiveness. His approach allows for immediate and long-term business performance improvement and the shift in leadership behaviors improves the culture of an organization which maximizes business results.
Neil worked at DuPont as a learning consultant for 32 years with his early career focused on technical and safety training. Using effective instructional design approaches, Neil was able to create a training approach that reduced training time from 18 to 6 months and improved the knowledge and skill level of operations personnel. In 2000, he moved into a corporate human resource role focused on leadership and career development. Neil designed and facilitated leadership development processes for company leaders that focused on business improvement versus just attending leadership development events. He then managed the career development process for DuPont for several years, and in 2008, he transitioned into a project to help change the culture of DuPont from a more traditional, hierarchical organization to one that engages the full talents of all employees. Neil has spent the last eight years creating the New Reality Leadership experience based on over thirty years of compiling research and case studies of leaders in Fortune 100 as well as small and mid-sized companies.
Neil resides in Elkton, Maryland with his wife. He has five children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Steve Wilson has a wealth of expertise and tangible success in the arena of increased performance through eliminating waste. Waste is present in every aspect of operating and managing a business. By focusing everyone on understanding how their role contributes to their business, they can seek out, avoid or eliminate waste. This same process has been utilized to improve safety performance and prevent injuries by engaging everyone in hazard and potential hazards recognition and mitigation. Steve's solutions support the Management Systems component for clients. Steve provides critical tools businesses need to increase performance through long-term solutions which eliminate all types of waste and create safer injury-free workplaces.
During a 37-year career for Dupont, Steve worked with people from the shop floor to the boardroom at almost every level of his site's manufacturing operations and safety organization. Ten of those years included leading continuous improvement efforts. He has many professional certifications including PSM auditor, six sigma black belt, and master trainer. He ended his corporate career as a member of Dupont's corporate continuous improvement group.
These varying roles and different levels of the organizations give him a unique perspective on how collaboration and engagement create business prosperity. His passion is to involve every person in a way that focuses their energy first in identifying hazards and wastes and then to be engaged in eliminating them. Safe working environments where people are part of the solutions nurture long-term capability and sustainable business performance.
He has utilized, taught and coached: hazard recognition; safety processes development; process awareness; teamwork and interdependence; collaborative problem solving; capacity building; as well as all facets of leadership development and coaching.
What sets Steve Wilson Associates apart is simplifying improvement activities and reducing the anxiety of change making an impact on performance in the short and long term. Steve uses expertise to identify your strengths and opportunities and pays particular attention to leadership skill, engagement and where problem-solving occurs because these are the engines which drive sustainable, continuous improvement.
This approach has accomplished results like