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Thank you for visiting my site.  Allow me to introduce myself:
I am Dave Thurston, President of Synergistic Coaching. 

How I Got Into Coaching

dct seated.jpgI had an extensive career in the corporate world at AT&T, where I held a wide variety of managerial positions. Since I never quite felt totally fulfilled in my career, I promised myself I would try something different once my family was grown. I took an early retirement package in 1998 and embarked on a quest for a career that was truly meaningful. I particularly wanted to benefit others in a tangible way, using my experience and taking advantage of all the mistakes I had learned "the hard way" over the years. 

At first, I tried my hand at business consulting and then financial planning. While satisfying, I still felt there was something missing. Then I learned about Coaching as a profession through a friend who appreciated my interest and pleasure in mentoring and developing people in my managerial positions over the years at AT&T. I explored what coaching was all about, and quickly became convinced that I finally had found my calling. 

My Training

dct close up.pngTo prepare myself for this exciting new profession, I hired a Coach for myself and enrolled in Coach University , the leading training institute for personal and business coaching. After completing that curriculum, I enrolled in the Coachville Graduate School of Coaching, a pre-eminent training organization. 

I have become a Certified Personal Assessment trainer for People Map, a program designed to foster individual and team growth through better understanding of oneself and others. In addition, I was certified by the Relationship Coaching Institute, a Coach training school devoted to enhancing inter-personal relationships in today's fast-paced environment. 

My Experience

dct oct 2003 cruise.pngSince founding Synergistic Coaching, I have acquired a wide array of coaching experience, having clients all over the country hailing from a multitude of professions and lifestyles. Since most of my work is done over the telephone, I have never met most of my clients in person. My favorite clients are those who realize something can be improved in their work or personal lives and are willing to do the necessary work, but need experienced collaboration to make things fall into place. 

I have worked extensively, on site, with businesses and non-profit organizations to enhance teambuilding, hiring and retention, internal communications and organizational design. 

I thoroughly enjoy speaking and leading seminars at businesses and organizations on various life skills, with an emphasis on communications and career development issues. I have spoken extensively at large corporations like Merck, Aventis, Hoffmann-LaRoche and Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, non-profits such as Renew International and the New Jersey Heart Association, as well as a host of other small business and civic organizations. 

I am pleased to serve as Director of Coaching with the Life Planning Institute Inc., a personal growth organization helping individuals design well balanced, rewarding lives. I am also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Philadelphia Area Coaches Association (PACA) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).


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I am married and have two daughters, Cynthia and Rebecca, both of whom are trained psychologists with doctoral degrees, I am proud to say. My wife, Linda, also is an experienced Coach specializing in personal health and fitness following a distinguished career in corporate wellness. Originally raised in upstate New York, our family resided in central New Jersey for over twenty years before relocating to beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania amid rolling hills, pastoral farmlands and old stone houses. I am a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I am enjoying my life.

With You On The Path, 

Dave Thurston

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