To a great extent, an organization is only as effective as its leaders. I offer extensive expertise, experience, and effectiveness as a coach to leaders in organizations.


  • Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, State of Ohio, for over 30 years
  • Lecturer at the University of Cincinnati, Business Department, for 7 years


  • Over 30 years’ experience working with leaders at all levels in over 100 organizations
  • Comprehensively assessing over 4,000 candidates for – or incumbents in – white collar professional positions (including over 1,700 for leadership positions and nearly 500 for Director/VP/President/CEO positions) – I know what it takes to succeed in a wide variety of positions!
  • Coaching dozens of leaders, including 10+ Presidents/CEOs/VPs-many for multiple years

What makes me better?

I start with “real data”- a comprehensive, professional analysis of each participant’s personality, leadership, cognitive, and behavioral strengths and limitations (along with work related values and the results of a custom 360 feedback instrument) – so we deal with “real” professional development issues and “objective reality” right from the get-go


Here’s what leaders who have been coached by me have to say:

I have personally worked with Dennis Stark in three key areas of management. These are evaluation of candidates during senior executive recruitments; evaluating existing executive teams for strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement; and also as a valued Coach for my own personal development as an executive and as a person. I give Dennis my highest recommendation without any reservation whatsoever. I strongly believe he is the best choice for either Executive Coaching or Personnel Evaluation in the Cincinnati/Tri-State area. He is intelligent, personable and very highly trained. His assessment tools and skills are excellent and he communicates his feedback and advice in an open, friendly manner that makes it easy for the individual to accept and act upon.
–John Campbell, Chairman & Advisor to the President, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

Dennis has been instrumental In helping me to develop a vision for what effective leadership involves. Dennis’s comprehensive assessment and data-driven approach helped me to focus on my biggest opportunities, and to see progress that really motivated me to continue to take the necessary steps to really improve my effectiveness. Through Dennis’s guidance and coaching I have developed a confidence in my leadership abilities that I would not have without his help. I can proudly say that Dennis Stark is one of the very few people who I consider to be both a trusted business advisor and friend, and I’m better off for both.
–Dan Culbertson, President, Omni Technologies, Inc.

I feel more confident and effective as a leader by working with Dennis Stark. Dennis’s comprehensive assessments of me and the members of my leadership team have helped us understand our leadership strengths, and where we each needed to improve. Dennis has become a trusted business advisor who I can call at any time to receive sound advice that will help strengthen my organization.
–Jessica Barry, President, The Modern College of Design

Without doubt, Dennis has become a trusted business advisor and friend. He has a genuine interest in seeing his clients grow and thrive. Dennis’s extensive assessment of me has helped me to understand my leadership strengths, and where I needed to improve. I have Dennis to thank for a lot of my recent successes. I am a much better leader now than when we started, and my division is more productive and a more positive place to work for my teams. I wholeheartedly recommend Dennis for all of your executive coaching and leadership development needs. He’s the “real deal”.
–Jodi Landers, Chief People Officer, St. Joseph Orphanage

I’ve been working with Dennis since mid 2017. He has helped me on many levels. Dennis’s assessments of myself and our leadership team gave me a deeper understanding of not only what our team’s strengths are, but how to better weave them together. He also helped me to formulate my vision for where I wanted to take the company. Dennis has become a trusted business advisor as well as a friend. I recommend his services without reservation.
–Judd Plattenburg President, Oregon Printing Communications

I started working with Dennis during my first year of college. Confused on career choices, his testing and counseling helped guide me into the career that I currently have. Since graduation, I have worked with him to further understand my strengths and limitations, and he has coached me as to how to best apply my strengths in my changing professional settings. My income has increased 1500% and my career has taken me from Commercial Lease Manager, to VP of a regional firm, to Executive VP of a national firm, to CEO of my current company. I credit a tremendous amount of my success to Dennis.
–Brian Neltner, CEO, Select Strategies Realty

I would welcome the opportunity to help your organization to more effectively achieve its goals by coaching you – or one or more of your organization’s leaders – to improve your/their leadership effectiveness.