Client's Experiences

"Sharon Dauk has been a coach and trusted advisor to me for over six years. We have worked through many business challenges together at f’real foods, the “little milkshake company” I founded that isn’t little anymore! (see We’ve worked through many stages of business growth together, culminating in the decision to sell the company, which we worked through together as well. Sharon has always been a helpful sounding board for things I’m thinking through, with just the right amount of “nudge” to stretch my thinking when that’s needed, or “brake” to make me double back and work through more of the details of a decision I’m considering to be sure it’s well thought through. She has also worked with my management team to help improve communications and interactions within the team and between the team members and me. And she’s done it all with grace and a smile. Thanks, Sharon! "

Jim Farrell
f’real foods, LLC

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“It seems like there has been a huge increase in the number of people who have the "coach" title, but there are few who can truly see both sides of the coin: how businesses actually operate and how people should operate within businesses to succeed. Sharon's coaching practice is informed by an impressive Wall Street career; experience starting, running, selling and advising small businesses; and a comprehensive understanding of a difficult economy. As a business coach Sharon stretches your thinking, encourages you to play to your strengths, helps you identify opportunities, cheers you on--and, in the nicest way possible--does not let you off the hook until you've fully explored and tested your ideas.”

Kathryn Sollmann
Founder and CEO
9 Lives For Women

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"I first met Sharon in early 2005 when I assumed the position of CEO of a small publicly-traded biotech company. The company had a turbulent history and our most pressing need was to raise a new round of financing. At the time Sharon was an financial adviser to the company. I was immediately impressed by her poise and business acumen. Over the next several months, Sharon was my partner on many financing road shows and multiple discussions with potential investors. She is quick on her feet, concise in her thoughts, and cool under pressure.

More importantly, Sharon offered me a great level of support during this stressful and frustrating period. She helped me to maintain my focus, motivation and perspective on achieving our corporate goals. I found her a reliable source of insight on the business situations that we faced.

I value my relationship with Sharon and believe she's a natural born coach. I highly recommend her services to you."

Denis A. O'Connor
Chief Executive Officer
Medical Tactile Inc.

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"Sharon's services are an essential part of the success of my business. We weathered the economic downturn well and are meeting all of our current revenue goals, in part due to her expert counseling. She is an amazing listener and cares deeply about her clients. She strikes a perfect balance between guiding you towards your own solutions to problems and providing concrete advice when needed. I highly recommend her services!"

Elisa Miller-Out
Singlebrook Technology, Inc.

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"Sharon's advice and guidance has been essential in the development and growth of my new marketing firm. We have a big vision for our business but often get caught up in the day to day activities (not atypical for entrepreneurs!). She has been vital in helping us to set a clear course for how to reach our vision with the resources that we have today. Sharon's experience across the entire startup process and her insights have helped us tremendously. I highly recommend Sharon Dauk if you are a successful business owner/executive looking to get to the next level in your business."

Dan Sommer
Caridan Marketing Labs

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"For more than twenty years Sharon and I have worked together for an organization that routinely presents plenty of challenges and opportunities that ranged in scope from major real estate redevelopment projects to sensitive personnel issues. Sharon's first consideration in all of our discussions was the potential impact on the people involved. She routinely put people first. There had to be a way for those involved in the project to grow and develop while we were also trying to grow businesses. This concern for personal growth is a prime quality for a successful corporate coach."

Tom Mailey
Business Consultant and Trainer
Horseheads, New York

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"Sharon Dauk is one of those people who strikes you from the first minute you meet them that you hope you have the opportunity to spend lots more time with them. She is energetic and engaging. Insightful and fun. Demanding but understanding. And always, always on the side of being the best you can be no matter what the situation.

I have served on the Board of Student Agencies, Inc. in Ithaca, NY with her for 11 years. I have seen her move from member to chair and back to member again. In each role she leveraged and continues to leverage her knowledge and experience to make the board more focused and effective and the programs we are responsible for more accountable and successful.

As a result of my respect for her abilities and leadership style, three years ago I asked her to join the Advisory Council for the Entrepreneurship@Cornell program that I administer. For many years I watched her coach fellow board members, staff and students. Now for the last three years I have also been the direct beneficiary of her talented managerial coaching wisdom."

John P. Jaquette, Jr.
Executive Director

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