We are Golden

Stacey Bevill, President, Golden Career Strategies

Stacey Bevill, BCC, ACC, NCC, MPM®
President, Consultant & Coach

Stacey has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience and has master’s level certifications in coaching, marketing strategies, entrepreneurship, and project management. Bevill is passionate about improving communication, employee engagement and motivation, mental fitness, and improving processes and quality. She also strongly supports individuals in transition and those interested in personal leadership and vision, resiliency, and wellness.

Stacey is a Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), certified by the internationally acclaimed Newfield Network Coaching Institute and credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Additional training includes Positive Intelligence (by founder Shirzad Chamine, 2nd cohort), Conversational Intelligence Enhanced Practitioner (by founder Judith Glaser), Inspired Leadership from Case Western Reserve University, and Coaching for Managers from the University of California, Davis. Stacey is also a HeartMath® Certified Coach, Trainer, and Stress & Well-Being Assessment Provider. She is a Flow Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI® ) Assessment Certified Coach (Leadership Patterns) and a Strong Interest Inventory® and MBTI® Certified Practitioner.

She has received “value-added” training for her manufacturing clients: ISO 9001:2015 Standard & Internal/Supplier Auditor, IATF 16949: 2016 – Understanding Standard and Auditing, Certified Local Change Agent (credentialed by APMG), Certified Master Project Manager® and has finished the classwork and passed the exam for her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Stacey is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Spartanburg, The Women’s Campaign School at Yale, The Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grass Roots Leadership Development Institute, and Furman Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate. Bevill is an active volunteer with One to One: Women Coaching Women as a coach lead and volunteer coach and serves as one of four volunteer coaches in South Carolina for Stand Beside Them. She is a contributing author for Livin’ Upstate and was awarded the Rotary International District Service Above Self award.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to continue Golden Career Strategies’ tradition of excellence. The career-related services provided by GCS are a perfect complement to the non-career-oriented coaching and consulting we will continue to provide via Ask and Receive Coaching.”

Steve Olson, Senior Consultant and Coach

Steve Olson
Senior Consultant and Coach

Steve Olson has broad technical and organizational management experience with real-world manufacturing, sales, and engineering experience.  He has managed diverse teams in strategic planning, team building, and conflict resolution to achieve organizational and individual success.  His career includes the development of new products and technologies for Fortune 100 firms, and he has held executive positions in McKechine Plastic Components and Chicago Miniature Lighting. His career has created a network of resources that is local, national, and global. Steve is an accomplished coach with a servant/leader methodology designed to support you throughout your transition.  With a career spanning four decades across North America with responsibilities in Central America and Asia, Steve applies interpersonal skills augmented by his business and life experience to assist you in arriving at your unique objectives and goals.

Steve has a B.A. from Metropolitan State University and a MA.TH from St. Leo University and is also an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church. He and his family have lived in Simpsonville, SC, for over 20 years.

Ann Golden

Ann Golden
Certified Career Assessments Consultant

Ann provides assessment interpretation and review of career and leadership assessments offered in The Golden Course for Career Transition. She holds an AB degree in Sociology from Georgia Southern University, with a minor in Psychology. Ann brings a management background from 15 years as a claims adjudicator and personnel manager in a state agency, nine years of retail ownership and management, additional vocational counseling and placement experience, and in-office administration. She is also a certified Associate Public Manager. She has completed courses in Coaching, Time Management, Supervisory Skills, Creating Safe Work Environments, Team Building and Facilitating, Change Management, Customer Service, and other personnel management techniques.

Ann is a charter member of The Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville, served as president in 2009-2010, and has served as chair of the club’s Reedy River Duck Derby sponsorship committee for ten years. She also serves the club as its program chair.


Richard Eppel

Richard Eppel
Senior Consultant and Coach

Richard Eppel has been a business leader in the high-tech industry for over 35 years. Specializing in corporate turnarounds, he has brought his high energy, results-oriented approach, and powerful analytical, strategic, and communications skills to bear on a wide range of organizations.  His consistent focus is on developing team-based, strategically oriented organizations capable of effectively responding to a rapidly changing marketplace. Leveraging his experience as a turnaround CEO, Richard partners with CEOs and their teams to unlock the enterprise value obscured by organizational misalignment and dysfunctional conversations.

Richard helps clients dramatically improve their innovation and execution excellence throughout their organization. He takes a systems approach and focuses on aligning vision, strategy, operational processes, and culture to align the culture to achieve the desired results. Richard firmly believes that culture, how people think and act, is the key performance diver. Ultimately, these shifts result in significant improvements in all the key processes driving value creation.

Richard received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to his consulting practice, Richard is a licensed M&A professional. Before becoming a turnaround CEO, Richard led a 550 person computer development division within a Fortune 75 company. Richard has taken advanced courses in organizational transformation and process re-engineering as well as pursuing continuing education through industry seminars, management, and leadership courses. Richard has held board seats with privately held companies, the American Electronics Association, and the San Diego World Trade Center.

“I care about making a difference in the health and well-being of companies and their people. I care about making a significant impact on organizational and individual performance by improving how people cooperate, collaborate, and coordinate action together. I am committed to developing organizational cultures, capable of producing extraordinary results. In the process of helping CEOs and their organizations significantly increase their company value, I am also committed to growing their people.”

Gene Gallivan

Gene Gallivan
Personal Leadership, Team, and Career Coach/Consultant

From 1997 to 2019, Gene was owner and lead consultant/coach at Leadership Center East. For close to two decades, Leadership Center East provided companies throughout the Southeast with organizational consulting, team building, and career development experiences across institutional, non-profit, academic, industrial, and corporate sectors. Today, Gene works independently with select clients under the banner of Golden Career Strategies.

“I see my role as an objective partner focused on assisting my clients as they work through issues that often involve a complex mix of tactical, strategic, and relational components.”

Armed with extensive Human Resource and executive development experience in both the public and private sectors, Gene’s approach reflects more than 40 years in the field of personal and organizational development. Gene’s expertise includes executive/individual coaching, emotional intelligence, leadership and team development, personal vitality, human resources strategy, and managerial effectiveness.

Gene’s career experience includes successful design and implementation of numerous large-scale change efforts within the Fortune 200. He utilizes an intuitive approach and goal orientation, focused upon helping his clients create value and improved results in their personal lives, organizational dynamics, and individual careers.

Gene is an undergraduate of Hampden-Sydney College and holds an MS in Industrial Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Coach Training Institute located in San Rafael, California, held the credential “Professional Certified Coach” with the International Coach Federation for many years, and maintains status as a certified instructor within various management training circles. Gene is a past member of the Executive Education Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Coach Advisory Board of the Cole’s College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He is a lead member of the Managerial Coaching Certificate faculty of the KSU Coles College of Business and served on the EMBA Coaching Staff of Georgia State University.

Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar, PCC
Executive & Leadership Coach, Author, and Speaker

Vinay Kumar has a strong track record of helping senior leaders take their effectiveness to the next level. As a former business leader himself, Vinay’s unique combination of in-depth business acumen, senior leadership experience, and focus on leadership development creates a strong proposition for clients who value his ability to understand their business context and challenges. A senior executive client recently summed it up: “Vinay has made me a better leader by helping me deepen my understanding of myself and translate that understanding into more effective relationships with others.” Having worked with over 1,000 leaders, either through executive coaching or group learning programs, both in the US and overseas, Vinay has experience working with leaders in critical areas to help them succeed.

Vinay is the co-author, with Chalmers Brothers, of the book “Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Result” and the author of “Customers, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: 57 Ways to Love Your Customers.” Vinay serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at George Washington University’s Leadership Coaching program. He serves as an Executive Coach in American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program.

Before transitioning into leadership development in 2008, Vinay’s experience included co-leading a family business where he held profit and loss responsibility, grew revenue 28-fold, doubled the profitability rate, and dramatically increased client and staff loyalty and retention. He also worked in the Fortune 50 and public sectors.

Vinay holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University. Vinay is multilingual (English, Hindi, and Urdu) and grew up in a multicultural family. He lives in Great Falls, VA, with his wife. In their spare time, they travel internationally, trek in the Himalayas, practice yoga. They also enjoy running, reading, and leading medical missions overseas.

Betsy Corley Pickren

Betsy Corley Pickren, M.Ed., CPCC, PCC
Senior Consultant and Coach

Betsy creates a safe environment for leaders to blaze their own exciting trails.  She challenges leaders to identify the real needs of the people they serve, to be a model of their unique set of values, and to build relationships at all levels.  She takes a holistic approach, both analytical AND emotional, to help leaders translate positive intentions into positive action throughout their careers. Her laser focus on assisting people to become extraordinary leaders -their own way – equips her to work with people in diverse disciplines.  Betsy believes that leaders exist to magnify strengths in themselves, others, and the organization they serve to achieve a common purpose.

As an Executive Leadership Coach, Betsy invites leaders to realize their potential by:

  • Clarifying their leadership philosophy as a guidance system
  • Creating authentic confidence that translates into leadership presence
  • Building relationships and trust at all levels in the organization
  • Inspiring, engaging, and developing others
  • Looking outward and forward to establish direction
  • Showing the courage to challenge processes and rules that are outdated or ineffective

Betsy calls on her various experiences to inform her work.  Her career background includes Education, Banking, Government, Service, and Entrepreneurial spaces.  At a well-known training and consulting company, she became the first internal consultant and rose to Executive VP of Client Services. She co-authored the book WINNING WITHOUT COMPROMISING YOURSELF: Unlocking personal and professional mastery in the political arena.  Betsy is a life-long learner. Her certifications include: Harrison Assessments, DiSC, Genos EQ, and Team Coaching International, and she is a member of the first cohort of coaches trained in Positive Intelligence. Betsy also holds a BS.Ed. in English from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed. in Adult Education Program Management from Georgia State University.

Don Pigott

Don Pigott
Senior Consultant

  • Post a corporate career in strategic marketing and business development in the hospitality and facility management industries, Don established Pigott & Associates LLC (P&A) in 1994 to focus on the science and practical execution of strategic transformation and innovation and how this synergistic combination enables key support functions within companies to significantly improve their performance and the delivery of value to the business and its customers. The internal corporate functions of most interest to Don have been the Business Development, Account Management, and Facilities Management functions. The effective application of leading-edge technology and associated digital solutions also play a key part in successful strategic transformation initiatives and business growth. Don has advised and supported leadership teams in various industry sectors worldwide, including oil & gas, telecommunications, banking, pharmaceuticals, auto, manufacturing, and facility management services. Don studied Chemical Engineering, Marketing, and Finance (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa).He has a passion for the following:
    • The process of strategic transformation and alignment of teams in a corporate function to achieve key goals
    • Innovation, based on the Peter Drucker definition, in developing an integrated value delivery platforms of great power that can positively disrupt the status quo and grow the business
    • The science of strategic business development – the end-to-end process
    • Building sustainable B2B relationships based on integrity, quality, and mutual trust for WIN / WIN outcomes.

Cynthia Radford

Cynthia Radford
Senior Consultant and Coach

Cynthia’s worked around the world with leaders from more than 40 countries and a wide variety of organizations like Netflix, BMW, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fossil, MetLife China, Aegon Asia, NASA, and Red Bull to discover new perspectives, create impact and lead with purpose. She specializes in engaging diverse people across geographies, functions, and generations to accomplish important work.

Prior to becoming a Leadership Consultant and Coach, Cynthia worked in Organization Development, Instructional Design, and Management Training roles at Arthur Andersen, Walgreens, and Unisys. She also taught on the adjunct faculty at Furman University where her subjects included Global Leadership, Leading Change, Creativity, and Building Effective Teams.

Cynthia’s especially passionate about helping women thrive while making a sustainable, positive difference in the world. She’s certified in the research-based “Amazing Career Coaching” by Senior Forbes Career Columnist/Best-Selling Author Kathy Caprino that equips women to step into their power and embrace their authentic and inspired leadership style.

A Deloitte study suggests companies with an inclusive culture are six times more likely to be innovative. Cynthia helps women dig deep, discover their right work, and illuminate the world with it.

She’s deeply experienced with developing leaders and cultivating team cohesion and connection – especially diverse teams – via coaching, workshops, and retreats. A Master HBDI Thinking Styles facilitator (used by 97% of Fortune 100 companies), Seasoned Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, and Certified Nature Retreat Leader, clients, and colleagues describe Cynthia as passionate, knowledgeable, and a “breath of fresh air.” Her educational background includes an MS in Instructional Design and a BS in Nutrition from Purdue University.

Cynthia’s honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Dining for Women, the largest global giving circle dedicated to equality and well-being for women and girls around the world, headquartered in Greenville, SC. She’s lived in aptly named Traveler’s Rest, SC for more than 25 years between working and adventuring in off-the-beaten-path places around the globe – including a successful Kilimanjaro summit bid to celebrate her 50th.

Amanda Shevette, MBA, BCC, PCC

Amanda Shevette, MBA, BCC, PCC
Credentialed Coach

Amanda Shevette is a business coach and consultant with twenty years of leadership experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  She began her career as the youngest and first female manager at a construction company, and later made the move to a Fortune 500 company where she led human resources and served as an examiner in the operational excellence program, responsible for driving continuous improvement across the organization.  Born with a heart for service, she served as a North Carolina County Commissioner while working full time, becoming the youngest woman elected to county government in the state.  During her tenure as a commissioner, she led the establishment of the region’s first business and technology center.

As a seasoned human development professional with expertise in building high-performance work cultures, she is dedicated to equipping and empowering people to live a life of abundance at work and at home.  As a Certified Facilitator of Myers-Brigg, SDI, and FIRO-B, she leads team-building workshops and retreats in addition to coaching business owners, leadership executives, and high potential individual contributors.

Carl Godlove

Carl Godlove
Senior Consultant and Coach

Carl is an executive coach, consultant, and founder of Godlove Group LLC. He serves CEOs and their teams in public and private companies and NPOs across the United States. Carl is a graduate of the Newfield Network ICF ACTP ontological coaching school in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a Stakeholder Centered Coach, certified and mentored by Marshall Goldsmith, coach to 150 of the world’s top CEOs. Carl is a licensed professional engineer. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is an alumnus of Dickinson College in physics, math, and the liberal arts.

Carl delivers to his clients forty years of business experience, twenty as CEO. This includes decades-long learning from his memberships in CEO mastermind groups, including YPO and Vistage. A skilled writer, Forbes seeks his perspective on business-related topics. His road to CEO was paved with twelve years’ experience as Vice President of Software and Product Development for an international software firm. He led development teams across the U.S. and Europe, honing his technical, marketing, and leadership skills.

Carl brings the entirety of his skills, training, education, and life experience to his engagements. He has the intuition of a highly skilled coach. The insights of a seasoned executive. The acumen of a complex systems analyst. And the heart of a leader. As CEO, Carl applied these skills and traits to turn around a failing engineering and environmental firm. He transformed this regional company into one with a national and international presence. Ernst & Young recognized his accomplishments with their Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Carl is an evangelist for living fearlessly, focusing forward, and leading with love. He passionately instills open-mindedness and curiosity to foster growth. And he relentlessly encourages the pursuit of life purpose and meaningful contribution. An inventor and patent holder himself, Carl coaches and supports independent and university-incubated entrepreneurs. He volunteers his time and talent to community organizations and universities.