Our Team

Chief Operating Officer

Tracy’s collaborative approach in working with leaders and leadership teams sets in motion the highest possible leadership environment. Tracy conveys complex principles to leaders in practical terms. As a result leaders are able to wrap their arms around and implement ideas that effectively diminish drama and distraction and deliver increased results.

Working with the InitiativeOne Proprietary Process for over 10 years, Tracy understands the leverage points that will push leaders beyond their comfort zone. She guides leaders to higher levels of strategic purpose through her expert knowledge of what drives individual performance first and subsequently what drives team performance. In a world of fast paced change, leaders need to internalize principles that enable nimble adaptation and effective response to multiple scenarios. Tracy is a catalyst for transformation. She knows how to help leaders change behaviors, regain focus and impact in their lives.

Tracy’s education and experience (BSN, RN and MBA) prepared her for a distinguished career in Healthcare. Today, she draws from 20-years of HealthCare Leadership experience when delivering and implementing the InitiativeOne Leadership Transformation processes with clients. Her extensive background in operations, service, program development, and multiple business startups serve as a key resource for InitiativeOne clients in the areas of leadership, strategy, business growth and systems thinking.

A sample of Tracy’s client experience includes:

  • Honor Health Research Institute (Interim Director July 2015-November 2016, Scottsdale AZ)
  • Metal Flow (Holland MI)
  • Festival Foods (Green Bay WI)
  • Howard-Suamico School District (Green Bay WI)
  • Burgess (Alexandria, VA)
  • GEA Farm Technologies (Global – North America, South America, Germany)
  • Scottsdale Medical Imaging (Scottsdale AZ)
  • Kentucky Christian University (Professional Speaking Engagement)
  • Manufacturing First 2015 Annual Conference (Professional Speaking Engagement)
CEO, Founder

Dr. Johnson is the results-driven Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InitiativeOne. He has developed and implemented proprietary processes that create cultural change within corporate and organizational environments by focusing on improving the behaviors of key leaders.

Implementation of these processes results in verifiable improvement in morale, productivity, profitability and efficiency.

Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized expert in the implications of the interaction of different generations and their own unique needs as they relate to the corporate environment. He is co-author of the book “Is Everyone On the Boat?” and “The Reality of Change” and is a sought-after speaker for business conferences and corporate seminars.

He has taught leadership and organizational principles to senior executives of Fortune 100 companies, and is passionate about sharing his message with organizations throughout the United States.

His most widely recognized clients include:

  • The Green Bay Packers Coaches
  • The Seattle Seahawks
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Banner Healthcare
  • Compass Bank
  • Festival Foods
  • GEA Westfalia-Surge (multiple North & South American locations)
  • Honeywell
  • HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare)
  • Howard-Suamico School District
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Macerich/Westcor
  • McDonnell-Douglas Aerospace
  • Realty Executives International
  • Transamerica
  • WG&R
  • Unison Health Plan
  • United States Steel
Vice President of Content Development

Dr. Metler is passionate about helping others discover that positive transformation is possible. His work at InitiativeOne spans more than a decade. Dr. Metler’s responsibilities as Vice President of Content Development incorporate his vast experience in leadership that stretches across several countries and multiple venues. His experience includes executive coaching, facilitation, speaking, leadership development, college curriculum development and teaching, writing and pastoral ministry.

Dr. Metler’s personal leadership journey began early in his career through mentorship from his father and brother in their family-owned trucking business, A.J. Metler Hauling and Rigging, Inc. (MHR). MHR developed a reputation as an innovative industry leader in transporting specialized glass.

In addition to his experience in the trucking industry, Dr. Metler is an ordained minister. As a minister, Dr. Metler has refined his understanding of servant leadership and the importance of a holistic approach to leadership development that includes knowing, doing and being. He is co-author of the books “Is Everyone On the Boat?” and “The Reality of Change” and has worked extensively as a strategic leadership consultant with executive teams in large and small organizations.

His academic experience includes development and instruction of numerous leadership courses as an adjunct professor. Dr. Metler has enjoyed opportunities to speak and teach in a number of countries outside the U.S. including Canada, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia.

Leadership Focus

Author | Executive Coach |Strategic Planning | Leadership Transformation Facilitator | Speaker
Transformation Leader

John’s passion is to inspire growth in teams and individuals wanting to be all they can be.

John has been connected to and has demonstrated leadership in the world of athletics practically his entire life. He played football at Stanford University and coached college football for two years after graduating. John then served as one of four founding directors of the NCAA Volunteers for Youth which served thousands of young people over a 10 year period.

After earning his masters in social work and directing a non-profit agency (for which he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, given “for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities”, John then began a 28 year career as a college athletics administrator. He served on and chaired several NCAA and ACC committees and is credited with creating the first leadership academy in a college athletics department whose concept has spread throughout the world of college athletics.

Additionally, John has consulted on leadership and character development with two major league baseball organizations for the past 10 years and served as an executive coach for seven minor league managers.

John has been married to the former Dawn London for 36 years. The couple has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Transformation Leader

Dr. Tim Brown has a rich understanding of leadership principles and practice. His experiences as the Executive Minister of Growing Healthy Churches, senior pastor, mentor and coach provide a deep reservoir of insights. As a part of the Transformation in Faith-Based Leadership Team at InitiativeOne, Tim helps leaders translate their most deeply held values into leadership excellence.

Beginning in West Virginia, Tim has over twenty-five years of ministry experience. As an executive leader at Growing Healthy Churches, he has coached and mentored scores of leaders. Tim shares practical insights regarding how healthy leaders develop healthy organizations. Tim thrives in a collaborative environment where he can act as a catalyst for transformation.

Tim is a frequent speaker to many church groups, pastors and denominational leaders all over the United States.  He has also done training and coaching for groups in India, Australia, Mexico and Africa.  He is a sought after church growth and health consultant and as a personal coach to pastors and church leaders.  Tim has also written many articles for national publications

Tim and his wife, Jennifer, live in California and have three children: Abigail, Allison and Wyatt.

Transformation Leader

Brandon has a proven track record of developing leadership qualities on and off the field. His passion for leadership translates into a keen focus on excellence.

Brandon played baseball and earned his undergraduate degree at Purdue University and has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience. Brandon was Teacher of the Year at Mountain Pointe High School in 2008, Most Inspirational Teacher by the Tempe Diablos in 2011, voted as most inspirational teacher by students five different years and was a finalist for Arizona Teacher of the Year in 2012. Brandon was the Arizona State high school baseball coach of the year in 2010 and won a baseball state championship in 2011.

While building one of the nation’s elite high school baseball programs, Brandon has helped dozens of baseball players go on to play collegiately as well as 13 players to be drafted and go on to play professionally. Brandon established a 3 Dimensional Coaching program that helps coaches capture the body, mind and heart of their athletes. He implemented a leadership program for high school students aimed at helping them develop characteristics and skills that will allow them to lead and be successful in and outside of the school setting.

Transformation Leader

Garry Davies is an executive and corporate coach with a rich and diverse background in international executive operations management,  who now is putting that experience to work to help others realize their own success and dreams.

Garry was born in the UK and lived and worked in South Africa for 20 years before moving to the United States in 1995, where he has had a successful career in manufacturing operations, sales and leadership. His business experience includes managing and leading organizations as president; chief operating officer and general manager in manufacturing, sales and marketing, quality, supply chain management, ERP systems implementation, strategic planning and business launches.

After years of success as an executive in these areas, Garry learned about the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), one of the top-ranked coach training organizations in the world. As exciting as his own career was, this seemed an invigorating opportunity that would allow him to change the trajectory of his professional career, and positively impact others by using his years of experience, knowledge and success in new ways. Garry attended iPEC’s coach training program and graduated as a Certified Professional Coach and Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment tool. The iPEC experience launched Garry into a new and exciting career.

Today, as part of the InitiativeOne team, Garry is able to draw from his training and his own vast business experience in order to engage leaders in the InitiativeOne Leadership Transformation process. He thrives when he is able to assist others to be the best they can be in their chosen field of management and leadership. Garry is adept at helping clients shift perspectives and find and consider options that may have been “hidden in plain sight”, leading them to discover answers and solutions that will help them create the change they desire in their lives and fulfill their dreams.

“Garry is a passionate, high-energy coach who is caring, motivated and easy to talk to. His entire focus is on the client’s success. His impact on my life has been life-changing and enhancing and has put me on a new path to realizing my dreams and creating new success.”

Transformation Leader

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila translates his experiences from a record-setting NFL career into a passion for helping leaders break through barriers and accelerate positive change. He brings a contagious and inspiring enthusiasm to the InitiativeOne team.

Kabeer’s business leadership experience began more than 20 years ago. His entrepreneurial spirit was evident at an early age. With the help of teachers and classmates at his California high school, he founded “Food From the Hood.” His work landed him on the cover of Newsweek.

Kabeer played for the Green Bay Packers for nine seasons and was inducted in the Packers Hall of Fame in 2013. Among his Pro Bowl career highlights as a player, Kabeer broke the Green Bay Packers sack record held by Reggie White with 69 sacks. Since retiring from the NFL, Kabeer has worked as a wealth advisor specializing in investment and estate issues.

Transformation Leader

Ahman Green is an accomplished leader who helps inspire others to discover the impact of leadership transformation. As an InitiativeOne Transformation Leader, Ahman draws from a wealth of experiences including his record setting 12 year NFL career and his business leadership practices.

Ahman has a history of excellence. In high school in Omaha, Nebraska, he was selected as a Track, Football and an Academic All American. While at The University of Nebraska, Ahman was a key contributor to two National Championship Teams. The All Time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers, Ahman is an inductee in the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame and a 4 Time Pro Bowler with 68 Career Touchdowns.

Ahman is currently co-owner of D1 Green Bay Sports Training & Therapy Facility. As a broadcaster, he covers the Packers as the co-host of both the “Locker Room” and “Green & Gold Gameday Live.” He established the Ahman Green Foundation, a 501(c)3 in order to help enhance the quality of life for children and families who have been impacted by hardships or terminal illness. Ahman is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community through his service to others. Ahman and his wife Marie reside in De Pere, Wisconsin and through previous marriages have 5 children together.

Director of Operations Support

Lisa brings more than 25 years of experience in management, office administration, business development, customer service, and human resources to her role as Operations and Business Development at Initiative One.

With a background working in various industries including healthcare, marketing, financial and economic development, Lisa carries a well-rounded knowledge of operations with a very strong concentration in relationship building. Lisa brings enthusiasm, professionalism and warmth, along with a service mentality to our Initiative One clients.

Lisa’s primary focus is to ensure smooth and efficient operations as well as developing and maintaining positive relationship with prospective, current and past clients.

Transformation Leader

John brings a rich background of leadership experiences, ranging from manufacturing to non-profit to marketing executive roles. He is recognized as a leader that loves to grow teams and help others reach their full potential.

These previous experiences have equipped John with the ability to coach clients through the challenges and strategic changes needed to win in today’s marketplace. One of John’s major forte’s is the ability to help leaders and teams “connect the dots” using innovation and organizational transformation to achieve breakthrough results.

John is excited to be back in the NE Wisconsin office after starting his career with Procter and Gamble in Green Bay. His role will focus on InitiativeOne’s Business Development system, opening the Milwaukee/Chicago markets and growing the InitiativeOne and University of Wisconsin Green Bay strategic partnership.

Operations Specialist

Melissa brings more than 10 years of management experience to her role as Operations Specialist.  Leveraging her tenure as a personal banker and assistant manager in the retail sector, Melissa provides patrons with exceptional customer service.  Her responsibilities include event planning, project coordination, materials preparation, technology utilization, and maximization of the InitiativeOne headquarters for an extraordinary training experience for clients.

Transformation Leader

Mike is passionate about helping individuals and companies become more than they imagined.

Mike has over three decades of leadership experience.  His professional career spanned eighteen years as a football coach – including two years of high school, fifteen years of major college, and one year in the professional ranks.  Mike took the countless skills and abilities honed as a football coach and seamlessly applied them to the business world.  He served as Vice President of Sales for nine years at a privately owned company, and during that time, sales grew from $83 million per year to just under $1 billion per year.  He is adept at accelerating growth by “moving the ball down the field.”

In addition to the corporate business sector, Mike and his wife, Dr. Deb Wade, owned a faith-based counseling center.  One of the largest in the metro area, the center grew to employee seventeen doctors and therapists who counseled as many as 1000 individuals, couples, and groups per month.  Mike and Deb continue to do marriage conferences.

As part of the Initiative One team, Mike is committed to helping others achieve their ultimate success and potential.

Mike’s forte includes individual coaching, group facilitating, and public speaking on various topics of leadership and inspiration.

Marketing Coordinator & Operations Specialist

With over 10 years of sales and marketing experience Abbey will be developing and implementing our new marketing strategy and assisting in operations. Abbey has experience in various industries including technology, financial services, sports and entertainment. Abbey is passionate about client experience and building the InitiativeOne brand. She is also excited about growing as a leader and contributing to the growth and development of the InitiativeOne team and beyond!

Abbey is an Appleton native and UW-Green Bay graduate. She lives in Appleton with her family and enjoys running, camping, and drinking good coffee.