About AVW’s Creator and Chief Guide
Don and the team at Applied Vision Works bring over 100 years’ combined experience, numerous certifications and multiple master’s degrees together to help you achieve your desired vision and goals. This unique combination of abilities and expertise ensures your needs will be met, no matter how diverse they may be. Read more about Don below, or contact us to get started with a brief 30 minute conversation.
President of Applied Vision Works, Inc.
As a business owner, thought leader and doer for over 30 years, Don brings practical “in the trenches” methods and tools for issues leaders and teams face today. He is “the faithful guide who emboldens others to follow their unique path into the unknown.”
Don has implemented game changing tools within the culture of large multinationals such as Mitsubishi, Prysmian Group and Itochu. Private companies that are still with the founder as well as into the 4th generation such as Barnhardt Industries, Miller Zell, Biscuitville, Denny’s, Atlanta Falcons, Houser Transport, GSM Services, Core-Mark and hundreds of others have also benefited from the wisdom of many years of a relationship with Don. Applied Vision Works has been nominated for the Kolbe Enterprise Award and selected as a NC top 100 Private Business.
He is the fifth generation of his family to be in private business, coaching leaders and teams of businesses, institutions, non-profits, and government bodies on how to best make their mark. Don loves to read, chewing through two books a week. He is also an Eagle Scout, model shipbuilder and world traveler who has been to all 7 continents. Being outdoors and learning new things from every walk of life is his lifetime habit.
Don has been or is involved with the following organizations:
|· YPO (Young Presidents Organization)||· NCSSA (NC Self-Storage Association)|
|· Vistage Worldwide||· Estate Planning Council|
|· MMIR (Manufacturing Makes It Real)||· BSF (Bible Study Fellowship)|
|· Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economic honor society)||· AMI (Association for Managers of Innovation)|
|· NEII (National Elevator Association, Inc.)||· IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)|
|· NAEC (National Association of Electrical Contractors)||· AGC (Association of General Contractors)|
|· PHCC (Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors)||· IAFP (International Association of Financial Planners)|
|· NCPMA (North Carolina Plumbing Mechanical Association)||· NCRA (NC Restaurant Association)|
He has published two books: The Journey to Meaning and The Challenge of Meaning. Written and video blogs, a monthly newsletter, white papers and daily tweeting add to the library of wisdom. We have published hundreds of articles globally. Holding several degrees and certifications, including:
|·B.A. Cum Laude from NC State University||·(CPC) Certified Personal Coach|
|· (MSM) Master of Science Management||·DISC Certified|
|·(CKC) Certified Kolbe Consultant||·(ChFC) Chartered Financial Consultant|
|· (CBC) Certified Business Coach||· Advanced Facilitation and Leadership Training|
Don’s Favorite AVW Tool: The Audience Experience: Knowing the audience that you are communicating with is the key to not only getting to their minds but also their hearts, which is the ultimate for obtaining buy-in and achieving success.
Don’s Favorite AVW Resource: The Leadership Challenge Score Card: As a leader of an organization that may not be reaching its goals, The Leadership Challenge Scorecard is a tool to help identify any immediate issues in order to begin taking action and driving results to a higher level.
To reach Don, please contact our office at 800-786-4332, or email him at DHadley@AppliedVisionWorks.com.