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About Acumen Learning

We teach business acumen

We care deeply about the training programs we build for our customers. Quality, passion, attention to detail, humility, and results are at the core of everything we do. We put this energy into teaching business acumen making it easier for employees to assess business challenges, articulate their findings, and advocate solutions. PDF Icon Acumen Learning Fact Sheet


We believe

  • Professional excellence is not enough. The most valuable employees are great business people first and great communicators, negotiators, team builders, etc. second. 
  • Business acumen is not the same as financial literacy. While you have to be financially literate to have business acumen, you can be financially literate and lack business acumen. 
  • Business acumen is for all business people. Everyone from the CEO to the order taker can elevate their business and their career if they practice and perfect their business acumen.
  • The success of any business hinges on 5 elements. The appropriate balance of cash, profit, assets, growth, and people will produce sustainable profitable growth. 
  • Practice what you teach. We run our business according to the 5 elements we teach. 
  • Clients rock. We'll never overlook what really matters: our clients. Great service, exceptional training, honest pricing, and respect for our client's time, money, and trust.

Meet our team

Kevin Cope, President & CEO

Kevin Cope is not only a successful executive and keynote speaker, he's also the author of Seeing the Big Picture, a #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller. 

Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Acumen Learning, the leader in business acumen training (business savvy/business intelligence) and ISA's 2012 Training Company of the Year. Kevin's clients include some of the most respected and profitable companies in the world, including 18 of the Fortune 50, he's been recognized as a top rated speaker at national conventions including SHRM and ASTD, he’s been a guest on NPR and Business Insanity Talk Radio, and he’s been featured in Chief Executive Magazine and Industry Week.

Brent Barclay PhD, Consultant

Brent Barclay's passion for people development, his experience as a line leader, and his ongoing research interests are a tremendous asset to Acumen Learning. Brent has consulted with top companies including ConocoPhillips, BMC Software, Freeport McMoRan, and Boeing. Prior to Acumen Learning, Brent served as the COO/Managing Partner at Target Learning, where he was responsible for daily operations and product development.

Ryan Barclay, Consultant

Ryan Barclay has an extensive and diverse background in finance, having worked with a broad range of financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and a boutique asset management firm, Wasatch Advisors. At Acumen Learning Ryan has conducted business acumen workshops for leading companies such as UnitedHealth Group, Lockheed Martin, WellPoint, Verizon Wireless, and the New York Stock Exchange. 

Ben Cook, Consultant

Ben Cook is a partner in Acumen Learning. He brings a variety of business, teaching, athletics, and international experience ranging from teaching both high school and college courses, working for two Fortune 50 companies, living for 6 years in the Middle East and South America, to playing football at the collegiate level. Ben's a sought after consultant and teaches high-end business acumen training to managers and executives of major corporations across the U.S. and abroad.

Keith Gulledge, Consultant

Keith Gulledge has spent over 30 years in business leadership, management, strategic organizational change consulting, adult learning, marketing, and business operations. He is an accomplished public speaker, workshop facilitator, technical writer and a published author. He has consulted with organizations in a variety of industries, including University of Texas Medical Branch, Humana, Wellpoint, U.S. Navy, Ernst & Young, Papa John's Pizza, Wal-Mart, and Texas State Government.  

Greg Kandare, Consultant

Greg Kandare is a Senior Consultant at Acumen Learning and brings over 15 years of real-world business experience to the classroom. Greg has a broad business background having worked in marketing, business development and corporate development roles in large corporations such as Dell, Kodak and Polaroid as well as several early-stage technology companies.  Prior to Acumen Learning, Greg worked as a consultant in the Private Equity and Venture Capital industries. Greg has an M.B.A. from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

 Kenny Snarr, Consultant

Kenny comes to Acumen Learning with a strong experience base in executive and leadership training, instructional design, board governance, sales management, and sales consulting. Kenny has consulted with and/or trained in some of the worlds best organizations including: Career Builder, Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Gardner Denver, Huntsman Chemical, Intermountain Health Care, Kawasaki USA, Mantech, Mars, Oakley, Rolls Royce, United Health Group, University of California Medical Center, Verizon and Zions Bank Corp. Kenny currently manages client relationships in Chicago, Atlanta and Washington D.C. for Acumen Learning. 

Ryan Stirland, Consultant

Ryan Stirland is a partner in Acumen Learning. With over 20 years of business experience in the high-tech, medical, and training industries, Ryan teaches the idea that business acumen is, "Knowing where the puck is going to be, and formulating a plan to get there," based on a quote from hockey great Wayne Gretzky. When Ryan's not teaching business acumen, he's horseback riding with his family.

Mark Wood, Consultant

Mark Wood got his start with a Big 4 accounting firm, moved onto Wall Street, and eventually started his own business. With more than a decade of experience, Mark combines his insight with a unique teaching style that delivers results. He has presented to executives and managers at leading companies from around the world, including Verizon, GE, Spirit AeroSystems, Baxter, and Wal-Mart.

Randy Porter, Client Development

Randy Porter is responsible for client development and brings a wealth of experience in business development and leadership to Acumen Learning. Prior to joining Acumen Learning, Randy built multiple distribution channels that specialized in stock market valuation technology. Early in his career Randy served as an instructor with Investools, where he taught personal investment strategies to tens of thousands of participants in seven different countries. Randy's career has focused on helping early growth companies accelerate their success and profitability. 

Mike Wright, Sales & Marketing

Mike Wright serves as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Acumen Learning. Mike brings more than 10 years of high technology experience to his role, and is responsible for all aspects of Acumen Learning's marketing strategies and activities, including corporate marketing, web marketing, and product development. Additionally, he leads Acumen Learning's worldwide sales efforts.


Meet our advisors

Stephen M.R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the author of The SPEED of Trust, a ground breaking and paradigm-shifting book.

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author. Ram Charan has coached some of the world's most successful CEOs. For 35 years, he has worked behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M and Verizon.