R│L Coaches

Clyde C. Lowstuter, MCC     President & CEO

Clyde Lowstuter is a seasoned peak performance business consultant, executive coach, and head of Robertson Lowstuter.  He has been awarded the MCC, Master Certified Coach, from the International Coach Federation, the top certification awarded to less than 1% of coaches worldwide.  He is experienced in executive coaching, leading high performance teams, facilitating strategic planning and managing organizational change.  He has worked extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America.  Clyde is particularly skilled in organizational problem diagnosis and in creating systems and approaches that promote productivity, profitability, and effectiveness.  He is a prolific writer and professional speaker who enables individuals and teams to break through self-limiting roadblocks and achieve success.  He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).  He has an MA in Labor and Industrial Relations with an emphasis in Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois and a BA in Psychology from Aurora University, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award.  Clyde is the author of four acclaimed books, 35 Truths:  Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Executive Coaching, In Search of the Perfect Job: 8 Steps to the $250,000+ Executive Job That’s Right for You, a best-selling 2007 edition, and Network Your Way to Your Next Job…Fast! as well as leading-edge audio programs, $ix Figure Networking, Power Interviewing, and Empower Your Career and Your Life


Carolyn E. Lowstuter     Senior Vice President

Carolyn Lowstuter has more than 25 years of experience in executive and leadership development consultancy, entrepreneuring, service and non-profit.  She is skilled in executive assessment and coaching, high performance team building, strategic planning facilitation, executive career coaching, and leading change. From turnaround performance issues to accelerating the contributions of high potential performers, Carolyn helps clients embrace and sustain more effective ways of thinking and behaving.  She co-designs the training curriculum for the R|L Leadership Institute for diverse coaching and team building initiatives. She is trained in such instruments as the BarOn EQi Emotional Quotient Inventory, Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Firo-B, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Inventory (TKI), and The Leadership Circle suite of products. Carolyn’s advanced coaching and leadership training comes from the Coaches Training Institute(CTI).  She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).   She has a BA in French and English from Albion College, an MAT in Learning and French from the University of Illinois, and her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where she participated in international conferences on business strategies for a global society in Cambridge and in Brussels.  She maintains a strong international network.


Bert Allen     Vice President        

Bert Allen has a unique combination of corporate human resources, operations and entrepreneurial experience over his 30-year career. He has been a coach and trusted advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams while leading employee productivity, succession planning, global leadership development, executive compensation, M&A and turnaround initiatives for Fortune 100 and Private Equity sponsored mid-cap companies. Bert has a passion for driving business results by maximizing employee performance and effectiveness.  Bert has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Private Equity-backed companies: Floworks International, a leading specialty supplier of pipe, valves, fittings and related products to the energy and industrial sectors; JMC Steel Group, North America’s leading manufacturer of steel pipes and tubes; and InteliStaf Healthcare, a national temporary nurse staffing firm.  Earlier in his career, he served in senior human resources and operations executive capacities at Fortune 100 companies: Express Scripts; Exelon Enterprises; and ACNielsen.  Bert graduated from Hampton University with a BA in Economics and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.   

Stephen Axel      Vice President

Stephen Axel, a successful and innovative marketing executive, complements the Robertson Lowstuter coaching team with over 25 years of domestic and international experience.  He demonstrated his ability to think strategically and implement tactically at American Hospital Supply, Baxter Healthcare, Caremark International, Vasco Data Security, and Aladdin in a wide variety of operating roles.  He is known for his creative career option strategies, deep knowledge of enabling technology, and people transformation skills.  He has served as a Board member for a healthcare start-up, was chosen as Chair of an open standard committee by IBM, and has coached over 120 senior executives within many industries.  Stephen completed Co-Active Coach® training with CTI, the largest in-person coach training school in the world.  He received his BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

 M. Nora Bouchard     Vice President

As a master-level coach, Nora is highly skilled in creating opportunities for C-Suite and other senior executives to discover personal solutions to their leadership challenges. Nora enables emerging leaders to be more effective as they transition from doing to leading.  Experienced leaders have increased their impact within their companies as a result of coaching.  She begins by creating trust with each leader through an easy-going, comfortable dialog. Ensuring coaching goals are in alignment with organizational direction, she works with the leader to create new mindsets and behavior change necessary to achieve those goals. To ensure sustainable, long-term progress for the individual and organization, Nora capitalizes on the leader’s innate strengths, personal values, and personal commitment to success.

Richard A. Canada
     Vice President

Rick Canada has over 25 years of human resource management experience and a track record of helping businesses leverage their human capital.  His experience includes:  talent management, succession planning, performance management, change management, learning, and leadership and organization development with Fortune 500 to mid-cap companies including United States Steel Corporation, Roper Industries, Motorola, IBM, and Wilson Learning Systems.  Rick has served as a catalyst for accelerating change, and enhancing organizational and human performance.  His abilities as a strategic business partner have led to successfully designing, developing, and implementing executive and leadership development programs tied to specific top and bottom-line results.  Rick is part of our Executive Coaching and Leadership Institute practices and adds to our Chicago presence.  He earned his BS in Business Administration at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.  He also served on the Regional Leadership Team of the American Cancer Society, Northwest Region, and was also the co-chair of the Volunteer Committee.

David L. Dallam    Vice President

Dave Dallam brings to R|L more than 35 years of senior sales, marketing, commercial development, strategic planning, and general management expertise. A hallmark of Dave's career has been his consistency and speed in transforming under-performing businesses into market leaders. Dave has led two major corporations from "last to first" in their markets, each sustaining extraordinary growth for more than a dozen years. His mastery in creating sustainable competitive advantage recently helped two smaller companies grow sales and earnings explosively through the heart of the economic downturn. Dave credits the consistency of his success to a relentless focus on three critical business elements:  PEOPLE: the recruitment, engagement, development, and retention of superior talent; PROCESSES: the continuous kaizen of every customer-facing business process; and PRODUCTS: a portfolio approach to the development of solutions to unrealized customer needs.  Dave earned undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Missouri, an MBA in Business Development from St. Louis University, and has done post-graduate work in executive development at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


David L. Filkin    Vice President   


David Filkin practiced law for 20 years and has coached for an additional 10 years.  As a mergers/acquisitions and corporate specialist for a mid-size Chicago law firm, David learned firsthand the power of a proper mindset, especially during trying situations.  Then as General Counsel for a multi-billion family-owned company, he developed a keen self-awareness and shift in his personal mission.  His practice primarily involved privately held businesses with most of his interaction at the board and C-suite levels.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of several middle-market and early-stage businesses, giving him additional insights into strategy, value creation, and ethics.  Ultimately, David became a trusted advisor and applies this experience and insights in each coaching engagement.  By unlocking their vision, authenticity, and values, David encourages his clients to set and achieve personal and professional goals.  His clients gain a clear understanding of their goals and a timetable towards progress.  Through self-discovery, David guides his clients from concepts into action in order to achieve true growth.  Putting passion into performance in order to achieve desired results is one of the mainstays of David’s coaching practice.  David earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL and a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law. 



Matthew P. Gonring     Vice President

Matt Gonring has been an executive officer and coach leading marketing and communications for large, global corporations over the past 25 years.  He has built and led marketing and corporate communications teams in manufacturing, consumer goods, professional/financial services, healthcare, and airlines.  Matt most recently served as VP Corporate Communications with Jackson, a $25 billion leader in financial services and the largest U.S. underwriter of variable annuities.  Prior to that he served as VP and Chief Communications Officer for Pactiv Corporation, a leader in the consumer and foodservice packaging markets. Earlier in his career he served as VP for USG Corp., Baxter, and Rockwell and was a Managing Partner for Arthur Andersen.  Matt has successfully helped shepherd organizations through a myriad of changes from M&A’s to restructuring/reorganization. He is noted for effectively advising C-suite executives and executing multi-stakeholder communications strategies that help further the business agenda.  In these various capacities, Matt coached executives to operate more effectively and achieve accelerated results.  He is a frequent speaker and writer and serves on the graduate faculty of George Washington University and previously Northwestern University.  Matt holds a Master’s degree from the School of Business, American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point.  He has served on seven not-for-profit boards and currently serves on The Institute for Public Relations and the Arthur W. Page Society Boards. 

Stephen J. Griffith     Vice President

Steve Griffith brings expertise in executive coaching, team building, and facilitating leadership development programs, and guiding leadership teams that identify strategy, build purpose, and operate effectively, while delivering results.  He has in-depth experience as a corporate Human Resources Leader for over 27 years with Fortune 500 Companies such as Wells Fargo, Capital One, Kellogg Company, and NextEra Energy.  Additionally Steve has led HR functions in Manufacturing, Health Care, and the Security Industries.  He has a wealth of expertise in strategic talent management, organization change, employee engagement, and the design of corporate learning organizations.  Steve holds a Master’s in I/O Psychology and Organization Development from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a Management Minor from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.  He holds a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and achieved a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Kathryn M. Hartrick Vice President & General Counsel

Kathryn Hartrick is an executive and career coach who combines over 25 years of employment law expertise with first-hand knowledge of business needs and employee-employer relationships.  She has held senior corporate counsel and HR positions with global publicly traded corporations such as:  Career Education, Wolters Kluwer, and United Stationers. Kathryn was a Senior Attorney at Seyfarth Shaw, taught Employment Discrimination at Loyola University School of Law, and served as Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations discrimination agency.  She has fostered ethical cultures by developing employment law and compliance programs, and engaged in over 200 interactive training programs.  She works closely with corporate law departments, HR, and business executives in coaching and solving sensitive and difficult employment issues.  She’s a certified mediator and former volunteer with Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR).  She leads the North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel (the “NSLC”), and she serves on the Board of Directors for the human resources organization, NISHRM.  She is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).  Kathryn’s coaching training comes from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).  Her law degree is from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she served on the Law Review, and her BBA is from the University Of Michigan Ross School Of Business. 


Ronald T. Hirasawa     Vice President

Ron Hirasawa is a management and strategy consultant, and peak performance coach.  His career encompasses 30 years of success in leading Fortune 500 teams in marketing, sales, new product development, operations, and consulting environments.  Previously, Ron created a $100 million Midwest regional snack foods conglomerate from three separate companies and led the turnaround.  He worked in sales, marketing, and advertising for P&G, Johnson Wax, United Brands, Leo Burnett, and Don Tennant companies. He launched American Marketing Services Corporation, a consulting company.  For the past 10 years Ron has advised Fortune 500 companies on doing business with the Japanese.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict, reaching the rank of Captain.  He holds a BS in Industrial Management from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA in Marketing from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he lectures on marketing, entrepreneurship, international marketing, and strategic management.

Pat Mater, MSIR, SPHR    Vice President

Pat Mater is an accomplished human resources executive and valued business partner with 25 years of experience adding value to executives, their teams, and their organizations. Pat combines significant consulting and coaching skills with an extensive background in leadership development, staffing, training and development, career enhancement, and employee relations. Pat has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies at the plant, division, and corporate levels. She is known as a strategist with a high-energy, collaborative leadership style. Pat worked for Purdue University, Owens-Corning Fiberglas, American Hospital Supply, Baxter Healthcare, and Caremark International before starting her own successful consulting firm. Pat is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC). She studied at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She has a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MS in Industrial Relations from Purdue University.


Kevin A. Price    Vice President

Kevin Price is a seasoned Executive and Career Coach with a significant business background with P&L, general management, and operational experience.  From his founding role in his innovative e-commerce technology start-up company, KAP Holdings LLC / PartScription to his roles in notable companies such as Sears Holdings, Ameritech, and AC Nielsen, Kevin has always focused on developing people.  He believes that Associates are the only sustainable competitive advantage and driver of results.  Kevin is skilled at uncovering roadblocks and accelerants to optimize enhanced performance.  He is skilled in coaching clients to build and lead their teams to deliver growth and profitability while increasing productivity.  Kevin equips leaders to hone behaviors that create organizational support, develop alignment, and accelerate business results.  His coaching style is authentic, direct, analytical, and results-driven.  Kevin has operated effectively in fast-paced and challenging turnaround, start-up, and growth environments.  He is experienced in financial and credit products, retail, business services, and online parts products, as well as telecommunication and information services industries.  Kevin holds an MBA in Business from the University of Chicago and a BS in Finance from DePaul University.  Kevin and his wife, Myra, reside in Chicago and have three grown children.


Anil Shah     Vice President

Anil is a seasoned global manufacturing operations Executive Coach & Executive Career Transition Coach.  His career includes notable accomplishments in helping leaders in organizations to develop business strategies that drive significant improvements in operating performance and profits.  He specializes in development and execution of business and operational strategies, financial acumen, process improvement, and personal / leadership development.  As a coach who has also had P&L responsibility himself, he partners with others to improve performance and realize profitable growth.  He excels at equipping senior leaders to recognize and fully appreciate the strengths and developmental needs of emerging high potential leaders and their teams.  He educates leaders to understand and apply the operational and financial levers and strategies for driving growth and running efficient operations.  Additionally, Anil has experience with private equity and venture capital-owned organizations, evaluating and acquiring strategic businesses.  As a results-focused change agent, he coaches leaders to create value.  He guides executives through operational due diligence and integration of businesses, cultures, and people.  Anil is certified in Executive and Career Coaching including Behavioral IQ:  The Art of Authentic Interaction® through the R|L Leadership Institute.  Anil has also received training through the Coaches Training Institute.  Anil received a BS in Statistics and Mathematics from Gujarat University in India, and then took advanced courses in Operations Research at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Anil resides in Libertyville and enjoys his two grown sons and their families.


Robert F. Sherlock     Vice President


Bob Sherlock is a creative, strategic marketer who works with executives to differentiate themselves and their businesses in the right target markets.  Bob's thirty years of business experience includes consulting at Marketwerks and The ProAction Group, and founding and running Delivery Station, a venture-funded logistics service provider operating a network of automated, unmanned delivery drop points.  Bob previously served as VP – Marketing for Wickes Lumber, an $850 million distributor and retailer of building materials, and held increasingly responsible marketing and sales management positions in four GE operating businesses and on GE’s corporate marketing staff.  He is the author of Daring Caution: The Executive's Guide to Pricing Improvement.  Bob has an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and a BA in Economics from the University of Maine. 

Susan K. Snowden     Vice President

Susan Snowden is an exceptionally perceptive consultant, marketing executive, and executive coach with over 30 years of Fortune 500 and consulting experience.  As a marketing professional and Senior Vice President at R.R. Donnelley, she led the globalization of a billion dollar business unit, profitably expanding into Asia, South America, Eastern and Western Europe.  She also served in a marketing capacity with Forsythe Technologies.  Her consulting and coaching clients range from Fortune 50 companies to clients receiving awards from the US Small Business Administration.  Additionally, she is a professor at the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University.  She has created and enhanced the curriculum, and the student experience, at all of the universities for which she instructs.  Susan holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Advertising and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Since graduation she has served on many boards for the U of I and the U of C.