With a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA, Mike Strong is the thought champion behind STRONG ADVICE. As Founder and Director, he has spent 30 years in the Middle East and currently resides in the United Arab Emirates. Mike is a versatile man who has served in various HR capacities during his 27 years of service at Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, KSA. He has served as an organization specialist, job evaluator, and supervised training and development groups. As a father of three sons, and various roles as a supervisor and director, Mike knows the challenges of a leader in an international setting. He wants to share those insights. Helping others become better leaders is his personal goal and mission for his company.
Melony has been married (to Mike) for more than 35 years and they lived in Saudi Arabia for 27 years. Together they have raised 3 sons in this international inter-cultural environment. Creative expression has always been a part of everything she puts her hand and heart to work with. She loves to find a unique and interesting way for people to grasp the concepts taught in a memorable way. Whether teaching children or adults, she wants to make sure the content is applied practically. In addition to her passion for training, she enjoys meeting with women on a one-to-one basis for mentoring and coaching. She holds a Masters in curriculum development from Oklahoma University, USA.
Director – Risk
Horst Simon is a veteran in banking operations management, mergers, take-overs and implementation projects. He is now at the forefront of thinkers on the Future of Risk Management with Risk Management Concepts and Risk Culture Building programs that disrupt and transform organisations to build sustainable competitive advantage. A career of almost 4 decades with leading Global Banks and Professional Services firms; living in 4 countries and working in more than 20 on short-term assignments and transformation projects.
Lead Trainer – Executive & Corporate
Fountain’s career has been around Life Coaching, Training, Project Management and Business Consulting. His career experience spans diverse industries and roles like IT project management, marketing strategy crafting/implementation, leadership/personal development coaching and training. According to his Wiley’s DiSC profile (“Di”), Fountain is associated with driving change and being able to galvanize people around given vision or projects. Fountain believes that people are the single most important competitive edge any organization possesses and thrives at ensuring that they are aligned to best work with the organization’s systems and processes for the actualization of a set strategy and goal.
While his specialty lies in the people-side of organizations, he integrates strategy and processes well while championing execution. He believes that when people are empowered, motivated and managed well, their willingness to work increases and they apply all their abilities to make their organization thrive. This is the reason he has succeeded in all his projects.
Dennis Cox has 37 years experience working in International Business and Industrial companies in the Middle East. He is from the USA and has worked in the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Yemen. His experience in Engineering & Management in companies such as McDermott International, ARAMCO and Chevron-Texaco gave him rich experience in multi-national companies. His experience with local firms in the paint, water & food industry gives him a deep understanding of how local companies operate in the region. Dennis is the proud father of 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Mr. Cox holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech; he also has a CELTA certificate. At heart, Dennis is an entrepreneur and has started several businesses and opened branch offices for multi-national companies. His first love now is to see emerging managers & leaders become equipped to succeed and make a positive contribution to their companies.
Bryan has spent the last 20 years living in Asia, where he has worked to help others find balance and clarity in their life. He has a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and is certified as a Life Coach. He and his wife have 4 children who have spent their whole lives living internationally. Bryan has always had a passion for helping others work through their ability to recognize what to do and move forward. He has helped mostly with relationships and how to improve day to day relationships in order to move forward. He recently added certification for Leadership Training that will help teams be able to work together more effectively. He personally enjoys seeing others succeed and move forward and helping them to accomplish their goals, his passion is to help them develop those goals into more manageable steps and provide accountability as they move forward. He desires to see others thriving in the workplace which is more effectively done if their life is in order.