Strategic Alliances and Affiliations

Resource Associates Corporation
Since 1978, Resource Associates Corporation (RAC) has been a leader in the areas of business and management consulting, developmental coaching, and youth leadership. Through our programs and processes we help organizations and individuals accelerate measurable results, manage change, and implement innovation. Client results have been noted as increases in productivity, performance, profits, customer loyalty, sustainability and asset utilization, and reduction in costs. Our approach to each client is tailored to meet the client’s unique needs and objectives.

Mark Sturgell is a member of the prestigious RAC Senior Affiliate Mastermind Group and is a Certified Business Coach through the RAC Coaching Academy under the tulelage of master coach David Herdlinger.

Total Quality Institute
The processes of Total Quality Institute (TQI) help solve challenges directly related to the operational side of business. We view process improvement as a management philosophy—one that is strategically centered, management driven, customer focused, and employee supported. Becky Morris is TQI certified.

Our focus is helping small to medium sized businesses identify, understand, and improve the overall health and profitability of their organization in eleven core dimensions of organizational performance. Innermetrix has developed the most comprehensive suite of business diagnostic tools and developmental processes on the market today. PDN is licensed to administer the full line of Innermetrix products. Contact us for a complimentary assessment and coaching session.

Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led standards-based, training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s production and supply chain logistics workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

Rising Stars
Rising Stars is a process that helps youth develop their ability to make positive life choices based upon sound values and a vision of a successful future. This process is an innovative and unique inside-out development process that focuses on four critical elements that promote personal leadership, healthy behaviors, and the skills employers identify as essential for today’s global market. The four elements are:

  • developing positive attitudes
  • developing interpersonal skills
  • developing goal-achievement skills
  • developing time-management skills

Rising Stars helps young people improve and develop positive attitudes and self-confidence as well as reduce risk behaviors.

HALO Branded Solutions
A promotional product is no longer just a key chain, a flash drive, or a golf shirt. A promotional product is an extension of your brand, your message, and your image. Each year our 500 experienced, committed, and passionate Account Executives partner with over 40,000 satisfied Clients to create successful branding campaigns that combine cost-effective product solutions with creative marketing strategies. Contact Dave Drook senior account executive and Director of Sales Training for HALO, for all your branded marketing needs.

Performance Learning Solutions
Performance Learning Solution's professionals offer years of experience and expertise in many of today's popular software applications as well as networking solutions and systems operations concepts.To assist you in providing your employees the appropriate training to perform their jobs safely, PLS offers instruction in occupational health and safety related topics. Each PLS course is designed to teach employees the proper techniques for workplace safety as well as assist employers in meeting the occupational health and safety-related training requirements defined by various local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

Recommended Reading

Leaders are readers. I am often asked to recommend further reading and other resources for individual, team, and organization growth. Here is a short list of books I often recommend. I will update the list from time to time, likely adding new titles rather than removing value, so check back often.


“Mark worked with a range of our mid-level to senior managers and got them to challenge themselves to attaining goals that they had previously dismissed as unachievable or someone else's responsibility. Mark was a key agent in the establishment of an internal leadership program that managers wanted to be part of, and within a year of the program one third of the participants moved up to higher levels of responsibility.”
- municipal organizational development director

"Before I started with Mark Sturgell as my coach, I thought that I had a clear vision of where I wanted to go, but my experience with Mark has been revolutionary.  Although I still struggle from time to time with some of my old habits, PDN helped me replace my old habits with effective ones that take me closer to my goals each day.  What is most important?  My vision for my business and my life is becoming clearer with each passing day.  I have established goals and targets, prioritized my objectives, and have added a sense of balance with my family and business life. I highly recommend PDN for any individual or organization that wants to develop a clear objective for their future, develop a plan to get there, to clear away the clutter, and execute on the things that really matter. Coaching with Mark Sturgell has changed my life and I have gained a resource to tap into whenever I feel I need to realign myself and stay on track toward my objectives. The process has been one of the best investments of my time over the last several years."
- Mike, owner, technology marketing company and e-learning manager, Caterpillar, Inc.

“My goal was to achieve a sales volume that had never be done before. Mark helped me recognize that I had to change my attitude as well as my actions in order to get the results I wanted and it worked. I doubled both my salary and my commission."
- telecommunications sales manager

"This is something that I have not seen done in all my previous leadership training programs. Of course, it goes without saying none of this fine material would work without your effective and thoughtful presentation. Your knowledge of the literature and real world experience added a real depth and texture to the presentations. I gained much more than expected some very good thoughts and recommendations. This (Organize for Results) seminar could not be improved.  It was excellent, absolutely great - Thank You!"
-business owner, seminar participant

“Mark provides programs twice a year for our at-risk students. He treats them as intelligent, responsible individuals, always expecting top notch results from them. Because of his manner and attitude, our students perform exceptionally well for him and come away with a new sense of accomplishment. Mark is flexible, patient, and understanding -- something both our students and staff appreciate. We plan to continue working with Mark.”
- principal, alternative placement school

"I really want to thank you for an excellent presentation on Sunday. Your presentation was full of energy - and that was obvious as you got the kids up and moving, again and again. The kids loved it; several noted that it was the most beneficial part of their weekend. You kept them involved, interested, up and moving around exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much!!"
- Debra Stoker, Illinois 4-H Staff after keynote at Illinois Jr. High Leadership Conference