Bruce G. Clinton is the founder of BusinessWise, LLC, an executive coaching and consulting firm, which specializes in helping entrepreneurial organizations solve the “people challenges” associated with growth and succession by installing timeless leadership processes to obtain and retain top producing talent at all levels of the organization.
He is a co-founder of Search, LLC a retained search firm which takes a unique organizational development approach to find key people. Bruce is an expert in organizational leadership, management and development, having spent over thirty years as a consultant in the field. He has run many seminars in management / leadership skill development. He is a noted author and speaker who appeared on numerous national convention programs including; the National Association of Personnel Services, the National Associations of Medical Equipment Suppliers and the National Association of Electrical Distributors.
Prior to founding BusinessWise, Bruce was president of Organizational Development Associates, Inc., co-founder of Entrepreneurial Resource Group, Inc., and the founder of Entrepreneurial Leadership Councils dedicated to the development of peers who share the desire to build strong organizations. Bruce’s clients have included companies in all sectors of business and industry, and many family-owned businesses, all over the United States.
His consulting clients have included the following: human resource companies, insurance service companies, real estate brokerage and development companies, durable medical equipment distributors, manufacturers, as well as, professional practices and non profit organizations.
Early Background: After three years as an Air Force Officer, Bruce joined his father’s real estate firm. Looking for challenges beyond sales, he joined forces with a residential contractor where he became co-owner and president of a residential real estate company on the eastern shore of CT. He quickly grew that organization to three offices plus a new home sales staff with four managers and 32 sales associates. This organization went from zero market position to sixteen per cent of the market (second in market penetration behind a company that had been established twenty years earlier). He became the president of a land development company and vice president of a residential construction company. He formed a Limited Partnership, where he functioned as general partner and developed the largest luxury subdivision in the history of the CT shoreline, Heatherwood, which exceeded all of its projections for developing ninety six lots. During this time period he sold his real estate company to one of his managers and began his practice of consulting to entrepreneurial organizations.
Bruce continued as an organizational development consultant throughout his career always maintaining a level of client relationships. In the early 1980s, (1983-86) he joined a national financial planning firm, Waddell & Reed where he was first in life insurance sales and 59th in overall productivity of over 2000 registered representatives. He rejoined consulting full time in 1986. In 1993-95 he served as Executive Vice President of a telecommunications company where he was asked by the board to assume leadership and to recruit a successor to the president who was retiring due to illness. This was a successful intervention which resulted in a new president and a diversifying the client base from a key client, a large CT insurance company, which represented over 80% of its total sales and desired to change providers. He was responsible for leading the team to retain that key client relationship while the client base was to be expanded. The relationship was retained and the client base was diversified while achieving a gain in sales. With his job completed, even with some offers to remain, he returned to consulting and executive coaching. Once again demonstrating his independence and pursuit of his passion of enriching the lives of individuals and organizations by helping them to discover, develop and maximize their human assets.
Bruce is a graduate of Hobart College with a dual major of Economics and Psychology. He has completed his MBA program at the University of New Haven, recipient of RCC and CBC (Registered Corporate Coach and Certified Business Coach) designations, served as a commissioned Air Force Officer, has been an incorporator of a bank and past President of the Madison Country Club. Bruce has served on the boards of various business and civic organizations. He is a past long term board member of The Cove, a non profit organization that helps children and their families through the loss of a loved one. He and his wife (of 47 years), Susan, have five children and five grandsons.