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International Coach of the Year

Following are the coaches who were awarded the title “International Coach of the Year” by Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc. in previous years. Each was a nominee for the annual International Coach of Year designation and received the most votes from the panel of judges on the committee for the year of the award.

International Coach of the Year Award 2015 – Zac de Silva


Zac de Silva

Zac loves business – all aspects of it, from the planning and people to the customers and capital investment, right down to the nitty gritty of KPIs and financial statements. So it was no real surprise that in 2010 he started Business Changing ( and became a business coach, creating success for his many clients. Business Changing has evolved into a team of market-leading, best-practice experts who can help most business in most areas. In 2014, Zac was awarded International Coach of the year by The Coaching Institute.

Before he ventured out on his own to help others, Zac worked for several very successful and well-known businesses (at 28 he was CFO of Flight Centre and at 30 he was running FCM Travel), learning business from the ground up. In that time both he personally and the companies he was leading won a host of notable awards, including Best Workplace in NZ for Barkers Menswear.

A chartered accountant by trade, his financial nous has set him in good stead for analysing clients’ books and he’s been told that he is lucky to have a great grasp of the softer side of business too – innovation, strategy, customer experience, people and culture.

Today, Zac works with clients of all sizes (from owner-operators to 1500+ staff), in all industries (from engineering, fitness and FMCG to retail, exporters and fashion to you-name-it) to grow their profit and reach the next level of success. In the 14/15 financial year, the average long-term client of Business Changing grew their profit by 107% (ie. more than doubled their profitability in today’s market).

Zac thinks it’s important to walk the walk if you’re talking the talk as a business coach, so he also has businesses other than Business Changing. Zac is a co-owner of the Nurture Change Business Retreat – an annual five-day business event in Fiji that mixes inspiring business speakers with fitness and wellness experts, to get you firing on all fronts.

Zac has launched AccMe, which is virtual coaching and training software ( – amazing for accountability for clients of coaches. Through AccMe, business owners and managers can also sign up to receive business thinking questions regularly and build a living business plan.

Zac writes a weekly column for the Sunday Star Times newspaper and and contributes regularly to the NZ Herald, as well as contributing to various magazines. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a judge for the Westpac Business Awards, and has had big involvement in the Gifted Kids Programme and Books in Homes charities. He also sits on the board of directors or advisory boards for several clients.

Zac has three children, a fiancé and is getting better all the time at work life balance – ie. walking the talk!

International Coach of the Year Award 2014 – Zac de Silva


Zac de Silva

“Zac de Silva owns Business Changing and set it up in early 2010. Business Changing focuses on helping businesses grow their profits quicker than previous thought possible. Zac and his team work with businesses of all sizes and industries and they bring both the commercial, hard edge needed to grow profitability along with the softer edges of leadership, better workplaces and world-class customer experience. They work with around 100 clients per annum. Each year, a handful of Business Changing clients make the Deloitte Fast 50 and many other clients win local and global awards for being the best in their business category.”

Zac was previously Managing Director of Barkers (where Barkers won “the best workplace in NZ” and also the MYOB “Awesome Customer Service” award) and also was MD of House of Travel Holidays and CFO for Flight Centre Ltd and launched FCM Travel into NZ and ran that for several years. Zac’ s first job was as an auditor at Deloittes (time flies!). Zac is a judge of the Westpac Business Awards, a director of several companies and contributes regularly to New Zealand’s main newspapers and several magazines. Zac has also launched his own software company ( which enables virtual coaching and helps coaches scale their business and this launched in September 2014.

International Coach of the Year Award 2013 – Professor M.S.Rao


Professor M.S.Rao, International Leadership Guru
Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants India

Professor M.S.Rao is an international leadership guru and an internationally acclaimed leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and consultant. He earned a PhD in Soft Skills. He has 32 years of experience in leadership development and conducts training programs for various corporates and educational institutions. His areas of interest include Leadership, Executive Coaching and Executive Education.

He is the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is the author of 25 books including Soft Leadership – Make Others Feel More Important, 21 Success Sutras for Leaders, Secrets of Your Leadership Success – The 11 Indispensable E’s of a Leader, Smart Leadership – Lessons for Leaders, Spot Your Leadership Style – Build Your Leadership Brand, Stand Out! Build a Successful Career and Become a Global Leader, Secrets for Success – Failure is only a Comma Not a Full Stop, Soft Skills – Enhancing Employability, Spirit of Indian Youth – Soft Skills for Young Managers, Soft Skills for Students – Classroom to Corporate, Success Can Be Yours, Strategies for Improving Your Business Communication: The Book for Leaders to Communicate and Achieve Professional Success, Smartness Guide: Success Tools for Students, Success Tools for CEO Coaches: Be a Learner, Leader, and Ladder, Sharpen Your Mind: Acquire Tools to Achieve Your Success, Soup for Academic Leaders: Acquire Teaching Tools to Achieve Your Academic Leadership Success, Sage Advice for Students and Educators: Stay Inspired! Soar Like Eagles! Success Tools for Freshers, Student Leaders: Growing from Students to CEOs, Stay Hungry: Leadership Lessons from Leadership Gurus for Leaders and CEOs, Striking Stories on Love and Romance: Spread the Message of Love, and Students: Concerns and Clarifications on Career, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Success. He has published more than 250 papers and articles in international publications including Leadership Excellence, Leader to Leader, T+D Magazine (ASTD), Personal Excellence, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, UN Post, Emerald, and Sage.

He has been honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by ‘Global Top Gurus 30 Leadership’ URL: He has been included as one of the leading achievers from around in Marquis Who’s Who in the World in 2013. His photo featured on the cover page of prestigious international Magazine – The Leaders International – October 2012 issue and African Leadership Magazine – September 2013. He coined an innovative teaching tool – Meka’s Method. His award-winning book, “21 Success Sutras for Leaders” has been selected as one of ten finalists for the Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award – 2013 at the University of San Diego. He has created 11E Leadership Grid and Soft Leadership Grid and coined a new leadership style, ‘Soft Leadership’ copyrighted with Jossey Bass vide link: He successfully led a webinar titled, “Soft Leadership: A New Leadership Perspective” organized by International Leadership Association. He also led a webinar on his bestselling book by Pearson, ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’. His interview has been featured in Development and Learning in Organizations, Emerald UK. He serves as an Advisor and Board Member for several prestigious international organizations including American Institute of Business Psychology (AIOBP), USA. – The #1 internationally accredited coach training program for professional business and personal coaches and Global Leadership Awards, Malaysia. He presided as a judge for Global Leadership Awards – 2011 and 2012 Malaysia vide link: Honored as a Member of International Leadership Association USA, and Ranked as No.1 among the speakers in India as per reviews on You may see endorsements by top management thinkers including Marshall Goldsmith, Vijay Govindarajan, Fons Trompenaars, Brian Tracy, Jim Kouzes, Cavin Cashman, James Strock, Norm Smallwood, and Tony Alessandra at Speakerpedia. He has Facebook page:

He serves on the editorial boards of various prestigious international journals including Development and Learning in Organizations, Industrial and Commercial Training of Emerald, U.K, International Journal of Business Administration, Canada and Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, USA. He is the book reviewer for Human Resource Management International Digest and Training and Management Development Methods Emerald, U.K. His Amazon book: He can be reached at:, and additionally maintains three popular Blogs: Where Knowledge is Wealth, Born for the Students and Knowledge Grows When Shared.

International Coach of the Year Award 2012 – Sharon Muir


Sharon Muir

Sharon is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and an expert in the art and science of Communication, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Personal growth. She’s been coaching and consulting clients to improve their lives since 1990. When coaching clients she has the extraordinary ability to help them gain the clarity they need to discover their inner brilliance. She is the creator of “Make Your Dreams Come True”, Revolutionary Break Through Process” and

Sharon is a popular and entertaining speaker, author and trainer in the field of Personal Transformation.

“Thank you all so much for this honor.”

Congratulations Sharon. You certainly deserve this award!

International Coach of the Year Award 2011 – Marcus Straub


Marcus Straub

Marcus Straub is the founder and owner of Life Is Great!™ Inc., the personalized coaching and consulting company he created in 2004 with an unwavering dream and desire to inspire mankind to new levels of greatness. His business, inspired by a skilled coaching philosophy rooted in motivation that helps clients become empowered in the face of their own particular reality, has touched countless lives: “Once people realize that they are far more creative, adaptive, capable, and powerful than they ever thought themselves to be, they begin to take charge of their life, crafting it into what they truly want.”

For over 20 years, Marcus has been systematically developing a proven coaching method that empowers individuals and businesses to boldly move forward through the personal and professional challenges they face on a daily basis. As an established and innovative coach, consultant, trainer, speaker and author, he is firmly committed to helping individuals, teams, and organizations set and attain higher goals and, thereby, expand their unlimited potential.

In his recently published and acclaimed book, “Is It Fun Being You? The Journey To Lasting Happiness,” Marcus introduces readers to a powerful coaching tool, TDSF™, which he discovered and developed to take control of himself and create the life of his dreams. Through his simple and applicable teaching methods, readers, clients and audiences alike are rapidly equipped with the skills necessary to systematically understand and gain control of their thoughts, actions, words and feelings to achieve new levels of lasting happiness and success.

His strategic Human Touch™ customer service training program teaches companies and organizations the art of developing teams of conscious individuals that listen intently and communicate effectively, from a foundation of gratitude and new-found awareness of their own behaviors. As a motivational speaker, Marcus connects with his audiences and inspires them to dig deep and strive for more. In addition to providing traditional personal and group coaching sessions, he is an accomplished Yoga instructor, newspaper columnist, radio talk-show host and social media outreach expert. In an ongoing effort to expand his reach and his message to all mankind, he is currently in the process of writing additional books, developing a line of contemporary coaching products and is working on a variety of multi-media coaching opportunities.

In his own words, Marcus expresses his passion for people and coaching: “Through my own relentless pursuit of happiness, I arrived at the place where I successfully coach people and businesses in creating what they want. I have made tremendous decisions in my life, which have brought me rewards beyond what I thought was possible, while other decisions did not move me in a positive direction. These experiences have fueled my desire to be more than what I once was; to be happy, successful, and fulfilled as much as I possibly can be. Along the way, I have acquired the necessary tools to help not only myself, but others too. The journey to ones greater self – and to a greater life – is an amazing one. It is the most important and rewarding journey one will ever take.”

Marcus resides in western Colorado where his mind and heart are fueled during shared time with his daughter Savannah and his family, by watching the sun rise and set, and in exploring the land through a variety of outdoor adventures. Whenever possible, he loves to travel and spend time by the ocean.

International Coach of the Year Award 2010 – Lin Morel


Lin Morel

For more than 40 years, Lin has studied, practiced and taught the principles for unlimited clarity, focus, peace and joy and the fulfillment of knowing that we are living the brilliant life we were meant to live. Her Breakthrough 2 Brilliance SM process was praised by clients for the amazing results they had in their lives as well as their businesses. Even corporate clients praised her work. Lin is a nationally ranked competitor and gold medalist and co-founder of a martial arts academy and she was one of the first women to earn a fifth-degree black belt. Through this training, she began to uncover the principles that would later become the cornerstone of the Breakthrough 2 Brilliance SM. Lin says her inner-wisdom and guidance led her to the creation of an international retreat center where she designed and delivered programs that ignited the hearts and souls of her clients.

Lin is an internationally renowned speaker, author and trainer and now coach, in the field of self-development and peak performance.

International Coach of the Year Award 2009 – Nancy Boyd


Nancy Boyd

Nancy Boyd is a teacher, writer, metaphysician, Adult/Elder Indigo, Flower Essence Therapist, and lifelong student of consciousness and spirituality.

Nancy currently works as a Life Coach trained at CoachU and the SOC/Graduate School of Coaching under the late Thomas Leonard. She holds a BS in Secondary Education with a lifetime teaching degree; trained for 14 years with a Native American Elder in traditional Native American healing ways; studied Tibetan Buddhism with Masters, and is widely read in philosophy and the classics. She is also a student of prosperity, alternative and complementary medicine, quantum physics, and internet marketing, not necessarily in that order.

Nancy is the Founder and Co-Host of Coach U Cultural Creative Special Interest Group, which has been meeting monthly since 2000 — and is the only SIG operating with co-hosts continuously for almost ten years.

As you can tell, her interests and passions are eclectic – she loves Life in all its complexity and glory and has a joyous, playful spirit that engages people at a higher level.

Nancy’s work is all about empowerment. In her journeys, she has discovered some things that work. Now she feels it is time to share as much as possible with others, that they too might live more joyfully and be free to do the work they came here to do.

Nancy created Bright Wings, Inc., in 1997 as a vehicle to assist others to uplift and inspire themselves. She warmly invites you to share her journey at any available entry point that might call to you!

International Coach of the Year Award 2008 – Donna Latin


Donna Latin

Donna Latin is a Certified Comprehensive Coach, graduating from Terri Levine’s Coaching Institute, and is the founder of Leaping Through Change-LTC Coaching & Consulting.

As a former management consultant, working in the corporate settings of the USA, Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and others, Donna developed skills in communications & consulting and knowledge in internal organizational efficiencies. She learned a lot about how various businesses work, and how to make each of them succeed further– by focusing on the bottom line for the corporation. Donna found the thing she most enjoyed was helping the individuals within the organization to embrace change. So after working in Europe for many years, she and her family returned to the USA in 2006. At that time, Donna decided to become a Certified Comprehensive Coach-focused on helping small business owners ignite the passion in their business, and turn it into a future that’s brighter than they ever thought possible.

Donna’s purpose as a coach is reflected in her business name – to show her clients the way to LEAP THROUGH CHANGE. Whether you’re the owner of a small business or the manager in a large company, Donna works with her clients to teach them how to truly tap their greatest resource (themselves!). It’s her belief that her role as a coach is to help her clients to discover their own answers within themselves. LTC Coaching offers a method for improving clients’ business, and achieving their goals- pure and simple. Donna’s clients will create an action plan and the means for self-based growth. As their coach, she gives them the proper push they’ve been seeking to keep them on track and complete their plans.

Donna regularly speaks to local networking groups and small business owners about helping them identify, distinguish and act on the right choices to help them start taking back control of their business and making the lasting change in their life that they’ve been looking for. Her aim is to help individuals see all change as the growth opportunity it really is!

Donna currently presides as the President of the Chalfont, PA Chapter of BNI (Business Network International), a local business networking group. She also serves as a volunteer with Spark the Wave, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through educational and leadership training programs to be great volunteers and community leaders.

International Coach of the Year 2007 – Mark Semple


Mark Semple

Mark Semple is a Certified Comprehensive Coach, graduating from Terri Levine’s Coaching Institute, and is the founder of Successful Together Coaching.

As the spouse & dedicated supporter of a full-time Direct Sales leader, Mark brings unique perspective & insights to the Direct Sales profession and women in home businesses.

Mark’s purpose as a coach is reflected in his business name – to show you the way to being Successful Together. It is the essence of his interaction with his wife, Cheri, in their life and their businesses.

Active involvement in his wife’s business since day one has given Mark first-hand experience & insights in the success journey and the awesome potential of a home business. As Mark met too many women who did not have the support of their significant other, he decided to do something about it.

His original focus was on the men who had the opportunity to be supportive. This rapidly expanded to include the women who desired more support, as it became apparent their journey represented the primary opportunity to truly make a difference. The essence of Mark’s coaching is relationships & communication, as this is the foundation a business – or a life together – is based upon.

Mark regularly speaks on the topics of gaining support, being supportive and being successful together. He is a regular speaker at regional & national Direct Sales events and is a recognized authority in the area of spouse support in home businesses.

Mark’s coaching features a variety of programs & options that combine his comprehensive coaching expertise and Direct Sales/home business experience to overcome support challenges and achieve success together.

Congratulations, Mark! You are an inspiration to the profession.

International Coach of the Year 2006 – Eva Gregory


Eva Gregory

Eva Gregory, CPCC, business coach, speaker, and author is founder of Leading Edge Coaching and Training. Eva specializes in empowering individuals and organizations to produce outstanding results through the use of individual coaching, group coaching, teleclasses and workshops. Eva empowers her clients not only in their business lives, but in their personal lives as well. Her unwavering belief that all of us have the power to change anything in our lives and design it purposefully, is what helps her clients realize their own possibilities.

Eva received her coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute and has had further training with CoachU and Corporate CoachU. Past President of the International Coach Federation (ICF) San Francisco East Bay Coaches, she co-produced the award winning San Francisco Bay Area Coaching Conference and has been a guest speaker at several ICF conferences and chapters as well as locally at the San Francisco New Living Expo. Her business background includes over 20 years in finance & operations and marketing with a Fortune 100 corporation; as marketing executive of a software start-up firm; and as owner of her own consulting firm.

Eva is a member of National Association of Female Executives, American Business Women’s Association, Networking Women International, Women’s E-Commerce Association International, Association of Coaching & Consulting Professionals on the Web, International Association of Coaches, Peer Resources Network and 24/7 Coaching.

She has instructed thousands on the Laws of Attraction in person, on the radio and in dozens of teleconference training seminars and programs. She is the author of several books and e-books and has co-developed several telephone-based and internet-based training courses on the Laws of Attraction. Eva is regularly featured on radio and in the media and is a recognized authority on the Laws of Attraction.

As co-host of her own radio shows, she’s interviewed some of the most powerfully successful motivational experts today, including…

  • Mark Victor Hansen – co-creator of the New York Times #1 best-selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Jack Canfield – also of Chicken Soup® fame and his latest best seller, The Success Principles
  • Bob Proctor – author of best-selling You Were Born Rich
  • Hale Dwoskin – author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Sedona Method
  • Bijan – author of Absolutely Effortless Prosperity
  • Abraham, Jerry and Esther Hicks – Inspirational teachers of Universal Laws of Attraction and authors of Ask and It Is Given and their latest book, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent

Author of the internationally-acclaimed book, The Feel Good Guide to Prosperity, Eva is currently working on her next book, Chicken Soup for the Prosperous Soul with Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup® fame.

Eva lives in Northern California where she spends her time with friends and family when she’s not coaching, teaching and writing about the Laws of Attraction.

International Coach of the Year 2005 – Sandra Ries


Sandra Ries

For the first time in history of the award, the panel of eleven judges voted unanimously on the award’s recipient. This is the third consecutive year that Sandra has been nominated for International Coach of the Year.

As part of her coaching process, Sandra encourages her clients to create a personal definition of success to assist them in focusing on their goals. Her skill in drawing out the best in her clients is supported by her strengths in creative problem solving and communication. She has recently earned the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF).

For her promotion of and contribution to the community, Sandra received the Horizon Award from the Sachse Chamber of Commerce. She also supports organizations such as the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the Americas Association of Hispanic Businesses, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and local community groups.

Sandra was an integral member of the founding team of, a groundbreaking lifestyle-inspired online learning and connection community dedicated to the success of solo entrepreneurs worldwide. Her responsibilities included coaching the leader of the organization and facilitating the flow of feedback within team Solo-E.

Sandra facilitated community dialogs on race and participated in corporate diversity programs. She also volunteered in several programs aimed at keeping middle school girls interested in math and science. In addition to her time, she donates a percentage of her business proceeds to local charities.

Prior to beginning her coaching practice, Sandra spent eight years in a multinational corporation. She enjoys an international influence in her life and studied both French and Mandarin.

Sandra offers individual and group coaching to decision makers in small businesses, non-profit organizations and large corporations. For more information about Sandra, visit

Sandra has recently moved to Austin, TX, and is looking forward to becoming involved in her new community.

International Coach of the Year 2004 – Judi Richardson


Judi Richardson

Judi volunteered to participate as a coach, mentor and on the facilitation team for a unique project developed by The Honorable Myra A. Freeman, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Dr. Sheila A. Brown, President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University.

One of Judi’s passions is intergenerational dialogues, and On May 14 and 15, 2004, over 100 young women from throughout Nova Scotia participated in a Symposium at Government House in Halifax. The participants included young women (18-30) at the start of their careers, and 100 women of influence serving as volunteers in their community. This Symposium focused on encouraging and supporting tomorrow’s leaders to help Nova Scotia grow.

She also facilitated a Women, Wisdom and Success Forum with 200 women from all walks of life having facilitated coaching conversations. As a sign of Judi’s dedication to building capacity, as a condition to introducing appreciative coaching questions to the group, Judi insisted the women’s discussions be used as a catalyst in the local business community. The results of this Forum are being published and sent to business owners and large corporations in Atlantic Canada encouraging dialogue around women in business issues!

Judi served this year on the IAC membership benefits committee and she participated on a team setting up a devotion and quiet room for the ICF Conference in Quebec this year.

Judi offers coach training to small and large corporate organizations. She also donates time on the Curriculum Committee for Envision Halifax where she is introducing a coaching model to the program.

Judi is devoted to alliances that help each coach grow. She is participating in a project with Siobhan Murphy in the US (Conversations with Women: Stories that Call to Our Greatness) and partners in teleseminars with Bronwyn Buck in Australia.

Judi is working in providing coaching skills to the senior Ministry of Education in Jamaica and also the Canadian Peace Education Foundation to bring a more collaborative, coaching model to activism.

You don’t have to look far to understand why Judi is this year’s winner.

International Coach of the Year 2003 – Dory Willer


Dory Willer

“This award is delightful news, and I feel honored by the recognition from colleagues in my profession” stated Dory. When asked what kept her motivated and inspired to coach, Dory replied, “Hands down, my number one motivator is the success, the dreams coming true, and the life & business transformations that my clients have made.”

Dory coaches business owners and management teams to new levels of business success, and is a prominent international speaker and published author of four books. Her professional career spans 25 years of global corporate, nonprofit, and government experience in senior executive, board of directors, and professional leadership positions.


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