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Testimonials and Accolades

Clients love what we do for them!

Here's a collection of real-life reviews and testimonials from clients who've seen dramatic improvement as a result of our services.

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Travis Freeman, CFP Partner, MONETA
Cohen Architectural Woodworking

Simply Successful makes leadership development easy by finding quality information and content for their network. If I need to sharpen my skills in a particular area, I can turn to them for guidance and save precious time in the process.

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Ben Cohen, CEO, Cohen Woodworking
Cohen Architectural Woodworking

Twelve years ago, when I first met Bill, I was a struggling salesperson. Today, I own and run multiple companies with over 100 employees, and I owe much of my success to Bill. He has dedicated countless hours to mentoring me, connecting me with the right people, and helping me become the best version of myself. He doesn’t tell me what I want to hear but what I need to hear. He pushes me beyond what I see as possible and holds me accountable when necessary. He truly cares.

Simply Successful’s recent development of the library and tools has become a staple in our leadership meetings, helping our leaders get on the same page while cascading these resources throughout the organization.

James K. Bahlinger, General Manager/COO, Meadowbrook Country Club
Meadowbrook Country Club

What a genius and thought-provoking concept. Our thanks to the Simply Successful team as we sincerely appreciate the great benefit in the Leadership Library. We have a comprehensive Leadership Team here at MCC that will fully recognize and appreciate this generous value and benefit.

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Nate Cohen, CFO, Cohen Woodworking
Cohen Architectural Woodworking

Simply Successful has helped my company, Cohen Woodworking, with a wide range of scope from sales training to personnel challenges to everyday business challenges over the last 12+ years. One of the greatest strengths of Bill and his team is that they live up to the name and have a unique gift to make complex situations simple. I am so grateful for the support Bill provides our team and me personally.

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Ted Meyer, President, Cedar Rapids Performance Foodservice
Cohen Architectural Woodworking

I have known Bill Prenatt for 30 years. Entering the industry, Bill shared priorities that have served me my entire career. These priorities work because with his guidance, I created personal goals and priorities for myself. These priorities have become my guiding light and seemingly now, are natural instincts for me. Early on, Bill shared the importance of “investing in yourself. If you are unwilling, why would anyone else?” Being the best requires dedication to learning, keeping a childlike curiosity aligned with a good, better, best mindset that helps anyone overcome everchanging business climates. Even more, the focus stays on developing your team, and keeping your culture front and center. What I like about Bill’s style is that he listens, asks questions and offers candid, “point of order” feedback often with humor and a chuckle that keeps the point pertinent, yet delivered in a digestible manner. He then holds me accountable to action, with deadlines. He is my ultimate accountability partner. Bill is a servant leader who is guided by faith and centered on helping you achieve your goals. Any success I have achieved has Bill’s fingerprints on those results because he taught me how to behave as a leader for my team and my company. I urge you, don’t fly alone. Contact Bill!

Brian Quinn, Attorney at Law

I had no experience in the business world, and Bill assisted me with meeting the unique challenges I faced as the next generation just coming into a family business. He helped me grow from a young professional just coming into a business to a business owner and entrepreneur. He has a genuine passion for helping people, both professionally and personally. Ann has assisted my company with all aspects of HR as we have grown. Ann has been instrumental in helping me manage my workforce, train managers, and hire new employees as we have grown. Bill and Ann have become more than key advisors to me throughout this process, they have become good friends as well. I would not be the professional or person that I am today without the help of Bill and Ann Prenatt.

Stanley Allen, President, Allen Foods, Inc.
President, Allen Foods, Inc.

Bill’s vast knowledge played a huge role in the changes that took us from a very entrepreneurial company, to one that maintained the previous culture, yet was able to grow and expand with careful planning and targeting.  Bill grew our sales organization to in excess of 100 sales people and numerous support personnel.  Yet the sales organization, despite its size, was highly motivated, focused, and productive.  Bill had a way of getting the most out of his people and in some cases more than they thought they were capable of.  We sold our business in 2002 to US Foodservice.  We were proud to have Bill represent us and help guide us through compounding growth.

Stephen M. McMullen, MS/MIS, Clinical Information Systems Analyst, Citation Computer Systems, Inc.
MS/MIS, Clinical Information Systems Analyst, Citation Computer Systems, Inc.

I worked with Ann at Citation Computer Systems, Inc. I always felt Ann carried herself as a professional in presentation and actions. She knows her craft.

David A Grove, President & CEO, Jefferson National Parks Association
Jefferson National Parks Association

Ann Prenatt is among my most trusted advisors, standing out for her remarkable ability to comprehend the intricate interpersonal dynamics within both businesses and non-profit organizations. Her guidance remains consistently practical and reliably insightful, demonstrating a deep understanding of the real-world challenges encountered by marketplace leaders. As a coach and ally, she is naturally skilled at creating a disarming environment conducive to producing targeted solutions instead of “cookie cutter” advice. Interactions with Ann are like attending a personalized masterclass on how to lead well!”

Peggy Fisher, Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, The Stelter Company
Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, The Stelter Company

Of all the valuable talent we have tapped, Bill Prenatt stood out for his ability to decipher our company’s culture and strategy quickly and without pretension. Originally hired as a sales coach, Bill’s skill for analyzing the business and inspiring each member of the management team on a personal level opened the doors for a far deeper relationship.
Bill draws upon more than 30 years of business experience to deliver a common-sense approach to decision-making. He is both bold and thoughtful, setting a high standard but also sensitive to the realities of everyday work. Within a few short months, he has helped us set the stage for real change within our company. We feel lucky to have Bill as our sales coach, business mentor, strategic advisor and friend.