Walking the emerging growth tightrope without a net. 

There’s simply no path to CEO that can adequately prepare you for the unique challenges of the job. Even if you feel confident about your role today, you’re running a dynamic, human organization in a competitive environment. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s change.

What’s more, it’s near-impossible to find trusted, seasoned advice that’s solely invested in your achievement.

When managing rapid business growth, the risk of failure is high. Get prepared for what lies ahead.



Find clarity.


Identify possibility.


Manage complexity.

The journey of the high-achieving, growth company CEO is one that very, very few understand. I know—I’ve been there. It’s why I work with CEOs today.

As your CEO coach, I’ll create a safe environment for you to:

  • Balance the competing interests you face—both inside and outside the business

  • Develop your CEO leadership skills leveraging my FASTER™ methodology

  • Adapt to change while driving results

  • Build a cohesive, achievement-driven executive team

  • Successfully navigate the board/CEO relationship

  • Avoid bank and investor landmines

In short, I’ll deliver the practical, actionable advice that serves as a catalyst for both your business growth and your next level of personal success.


CEO coaching—delivered by a successful, two-time growth company CEO.

I can speak to the challenges you face because I’ve experienced the struggle, too. I can deliver critical insight because it’s grounded in my own first-hand success.


CEO Coaching Experience

As CEO, I mentored eight executives who worked under me—executives who are now successful CEOs themselves. I discovered, then, that empowering leaders to fulfill their purpose at home, at work, and within their communities fueled my fire.

Today, I work with CEOs of emerging growth companies across the country. And, my business not only has a proven history of driving results—it has momentum.

This momentum is driven, in part, by my passion for the work. Leadership growth isn’t a temporary diversion until retirement; rather, it permeates every facet of my life. It’s what I think about when I wake up each day. It’s what drives me to continuously learn and grow.

CEO coach is not only what I do, but who I am.


CEO Experience

With more than 30 years in corporate leadership, not to mention more than ten years as chief executive under my belt, it’s fair to say that strategic leadership is what I’m passionate about—it’s in my DNA.

From dramatic growth and business integrations to mergers and acquisitions, I’ve seen it all. I can help you identify a path to success.

Board Experience

It’s no secret that nurturing a successful board/CEO relationship comes with some challenges.

As both chairman and director on a number of well-known boards, I’ve come to understand how they think—and that insight can help you navigate this complex relationship successfully.

Executive Coaching Certification

You cannot drive business success without the aid of a strong executive team.

As a Patrick Lencioni The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team authorized partner, I can help you uncover team challenges, build cohesion, and unlock the potential necessary to grow your business.


“Over my 30 years in business, I have had the opportunity to work with many great leaders and Jay stands out as the best mentor and coach. A day rarely goes by that I don’t utilize lessons I learned from Jay; his advice and counsel are invaluable.”

- Eric Morgan, Former CEO, WorkFront, AdvancedMD and Carelogistics


Ready to create change?

There’s no red tape. I only ask that you recognize I can help and that you commit to growth. I know things change quickly in your role, and my business model embraces that.

Speak with me today to explore the potential for our advisor/advisee relationship, and to get your questions answered.

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Emerging growth company CEOs put their trust in Jay Coughlan.



“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

— Jimmy Dean