In 1998, Lamont Moon founded Courageous Leadership to change the quality of leadership practiced by the senior leaders of America’s top companies.

Courageous Leadership provides real solutions when and where they matter most. Since our inception, our clients have been the center point of our attention, our devotion, and our efforts. Experience has taught us that greatness is achieved when leaders join with others. The collaborative actions of talented people are the central focus of Courageous Leadership because we know an organization’s best future is only achieved when the right people execute within effective systems.


Lamoon Moon | President of Courageous Leadership

Lamont Moon

Lamont Moon began his career by helping struggling organizations identify and realize their full potential. His passion has always been in the categories of coaching and mentoring—finding and cultivating the substantive center of what makes leaders worthy. Recognizing the waste that exists in traditional training through the model of filling a room and teaching irrelevant and uncontextualized theories, Lamont founded Courageous Leadership in 1998 to help individual leaders be more effective with what they needed to achieve. Realizing this same approach needed to be accessible and affordable to all levels of associates within organizations, Lamont created PRAXIS, a mentoring and performance development resource that has been utilized by Fortune 100 companies since 2003. His history as a consultant has given him the opportunity affect leaders within the Department of Defense, H&R Block, Vermeer Manufacturing, Boys and Girls club, Herman Miller, Centurion Medical, Merrill Lynch, and others.

Lamont continues to work with leaders from Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations to help catalyze results-centered leadership. He believes that each person has a capacity for impact that needs to be identified, developed, and expressed for effectiveness in worthy leadership while also holding fast to the idea that any development activity not producing real results is not worth an investment.

Lamont has Masters degrees in Human Ecology and Business, has developed his own “Transformation Model” of personal and organizational practices that dependably strengthen the performance of leaders at all levels, and is currently engaged in publishing his first book to complement his PRAXIS mentoring resource.

Kyle Kyzer | Principal & CEO of Courageous Leadership

Kyle G. Kyzer

Kyle pursued the opportunity of business consulting after having proven successes in training and coaching within a multi-national corporation. Kyle’s primary accomplishments have come as a leader for building high performance teams, creating a learning platform that was built to link the global workforce, and leading the development and training of the leadership brand roll-out. He also worked directly with senior leaders to lead annual strategic planning initiatives as the organization sought to link the associates’ daily work to preferred business outcomes. Since his beginning with Courageous Leadership in 2015, he has risen to the challenge of engaging and empowering others to have significant success in client organizations. Courageous Leadership has worked with Fortune 100 companies for the last 20 years with clients such as Johnson controls, Magna, JTEKT, John Deere, Chick-fil-a, the Department of Defense, Herman Miller, National Heritage Academies, Lacks, Rockwell Collins and others.

Kyle has also founded Futrprfct LLC to provide a full range of services from talent management to premium organizational consulting and shared service solutions. Kyle’s innovative approach to leadership and problem solving coupled with his solid pragmaticism has created an offering that brings critical solutions for the broad range of organizations he has had the opportunity of serving.

Kyle has a Master’s degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and a BA in Religion and Business from Presbyterian College. As a lifelong learner, Kyle has continued to expand his training and certification for coaching and business consulting solutions.

Kim Ridgway, Ph.D.

Dr. Kim Ridgway has his Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Kent State University, his Masters Degree in Technical Education from The University of Akron, and his Bachelors from Malone University. Kim has more than three decades of human resources and consulting experience in Fortune 500 manufacturing companies and social service agencies. Prior to joining the Courageous Leadership team, his most recent experience was as a Strategic Business Partner of a multi-national Toyota-group company. He has also worked as an internal consultant within design and manufacturing plants both within the US and internationally.

Kim has performed a full range of human resources activities with his passion being in organizational culture analysis, including the design and implementation of leadership and management training at the corporate and plant level. Kim has both lived and worked internationally as an internal human resources consultant to international manufacturing plants. He has also had responsibilities for the training and staffing of two manufacturing plant start-ups in China, leading to a significant strengthening of the organizations’ leadership capacity. In addition to his strengths and interests around leadership and training, Kim has successfully overseen union avoidance initiatives during active campaigns, ultimately preventing unionization through education and training.

Because of his experiences, Kim is extremely competent in his ability to merge theoretical truths and technical knowledge, resulting in actual benefits for his clients. Kim’s service to clients is truly authentic because of his commitment to both the organizational needs and each individual’s best interest.

Mark Shannon, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Shannon is a management and leadership professor that has deep and broad roots in Fortune 500 companies as well as entrepreneurial ventures.  With 29 years of experience, Mark has developed the ability to create effective teams, increase employee retention, strengthen employee satisfaction, and develop organizational leaders.  His experiences include Northwestern Mutual Life, Lifetime Fitness, and the owner of successful smaller ventures.

Mark recognizes the need and is deeply passionate about developing authentic leaders.  He feels that to change the landscape of leadership, authenticity in leadership should be encouraged and developed at multiple levels.  Through collaboration, he is committed to using robust and thorough methods to develop strategic plans that work effectively.

Mark has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and an M.B.A. with a managerial finance concentration.  Mark is a reviewer for the International Leadership Association and continues to participate in scholarly research in organizational leadership.

Rodger Eich

Rodger is a leading innovator and people cultivator, having spent over 25 years driving transformative change in product development, interactive design and design management for organizations ranging from small, family run businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

As a leader, Rodger is passionate about cultivating talent and inspiring people. He has channeled his ability to capitalize on and celebrate the collective knowledge and diversity of team expertise to drive innovative solutions that married business drivers, technology and end user needs.  As a proven global business leader, he is committed to using creativity to develop products and services that lead to revolutionary business opportunities.

In 2017, Rodger founded re/create studio LLC.   Using the lenses of creative insight and design thinking, re/create is focused on helping clients make impactful growth shifts in their business to drive better results for their organization.

Rodger has an insatiable curiosity and a passion for wind and water.  In his free time, Rodger is an avid kiteboarder.  He, with his wife and two children, happily call West Michigan their home.

Timothy R. Justice

Tim Justice is the former Chief Executive Officer of Rescom Construction, Greenville’s 2011 Small Business of the year and leading specialty contractor for commercial renovations and tenant upfits. In this capacity, he employed a staff of 25 people and was responsible for the company’s business development, asset management, financial analyses and strategic planning. Tim and co-owner Joe McLaughlin established the company in 1989.

Prior to that, Tim was Manager of Property Management Accounting for U.S. Shelter Corporation, as well as Corporate Controller for T. Walter Brashier & Associates, both of Greenville, SC. He is a native of North Carolina, where he graduated from Whiteville High School and is a 1982 Graduate of Garner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, from which he received a B.S. in Accounting.

Since the mid 90’s Tim has been heavily involved in the community and civic activities, locally, regionally and nationally. After years of service to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce as a Director he served as the 2009 Chairman of the Board. In addition, Tim has served on the National Board of the Homebuilders Association, on its State Board as District Vice President, and locally in all major posts. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, The United Way, Greenville Area Development Corp., Junior Achievement, University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation, Clemson University’s Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Committee and the Board of the Better Business Bureau culminating with Chairman in 1998. By gubernatorial appointment he served on the Board of the Greenville Memorial Auditorium (Bi-Lo Center). Similarly, by Presidential appointment, Mr. Justice served on the Board of the Selective Service System.

Tim currently sits on the Board of Directors for CommunityWorks Carolina, Homes of Hope, VisitGreenville, and Phillis Wheatley Center. He has served as a mentor to young professionals through the Chamber’s Pulse Pacesetter program since 2007 and has three times been selected by “Greenville Magazine” as one of the community’s “50 Most Influential Citizens.”

Mr. Justice is married to the former Kathy Lotz and has two sons.

Trudy Meinecke

Trudy has a longstanding passion for helping people discover, develop, and foster diligence in leadership development, performance improvement, personal development, and wellness promotion. This led to a 15 year career in Leadership Coaching and Consultation, first as a coach at Courageous Leadership, LLC working with Fortune 500 clients, and starting her own company trueAction, LLC., supported with her BA in Psychology from Michigan State University, teaching certification from Indiana Wesleyan University, and prior business experience.

In 2010, Trudy explored new avenues for coaching that dealt in a more holistic approach to clients’ needs. This inspired an interest in Wellness Coaching, for which she received certifications in both wellness coaching and stress management. After the program completions, Trudy joined Optum Health, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group INC, as a Health and Wellness Coach, obtaining additional certifications in Clinical Nutrition and Weight Management, Tobacco Cessation, and completion of Mindfulness Workshop from UCLA. She guided clients on weight, nutrition, exercise, heart health, diabetes, stress, and tobacco cessation for 7+ years.

Due to personal health issues and industry research, she became convinced of the merits of whole food plant-based eating. She completed a certification in Plant-based Nutrition at Cornell University, and used herself as her first WFPB client – letting her story be a testament to others. Her passion for plant-based living and the transformation it can bring to individuals’ lives pushed her to retire from Optum and co-found Greens Fever, where she continues to share how plant-based eating changed her health, body, and life (just in 1 year!), and how others can experience these changes by switching to plant-based nutrition!


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