HELPING YOU BECOME YOUR OWN CHIEF STORYTELLER ®
From 1990 to 1992, our founder, Ira Koretsky, was stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, California. He served as both the PAO and CIO at Silas B. Hays Army Hospital. When he moved back to the east coast shortly after leaving the U.S. Army, he left knowing he would come back one day to live.
Fast forward to 2000, Ira finished his MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. The call of Northern California was strong. Back then, Monster.com and Dice.com were the dominant career sites. So he posted his resume online and checked two boxes — “willing to relocate” and “Northern California.” Five months later, he found himself driving across the United States for the fourth time. He worked in a vibrant part of San Francisco on 2nd street, near what is now called Willie May’s Plaza.
Just a few years later in 2002, the once rocket ship-like high-tech industry was now more like a snail. To give you a sense of the dramatic downward shift in the economy, imagine you are able to drive from San Francisco to San Jose, which is one of the worst drives anywhere in the country, any time of day, with little to no traffic. Silicon Valley was a shadow of its former glory.
Ira was interviewing as his dot com tech company was experiencing some revenue downturn. Jeremy, Ira’s best friend, said, “Hey, you’re smart, start your own company.” This phrase inspired Ira to start his own company. His mission, “help you become your own Chief Storyteller®.”
GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED BUSINESS STORYTELLING COMPANY
Over time, Ira has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in business storytelling, globally. He has developed a variety of tools and proven frameworks to help you improve your individual and organizational performance and employee engagement, ensuring everyone can become their own Chief Storyteller®. All of the consulting, training, and coaching services foster a “Deliberate Communication” culture.
He has delivered over 550 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities across 30 plus industries. He regularly provides services to Fortune 50 companies, associations, and government agencies (customers, testimonials, success stories/past performance).
One of the cornerstones of our corporate culture is “build relationships that last a lifetime.” A quote from Maya Angelou says it best: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, people will never forget how you made them feel.”