I'm Jennifer Walzer Berkowitz. Today I am a strategic business coach, trained on the Gazelles Strategic Coaching platform, serving CEOs and organizations in South Florida. Read on to find out more about the journey that brought me here.
CEO 2 BE
Growing up, I always wanted to be a CEO. When I was 18, I ordered a vanity license plate that said "CEO 2 BE," and when I graduated college, I scrawled the same phrase on my graduation cap to let the world know where I was headed! In 2003, I founded Backup My Info! (BUMI), a premium online data backup and recovery service for the financial services industry.
Living the dream?
Within a few years of founding BUMI, I was running a successful business. My dream had come true, but I couldn't enjoy my success. I was stressed-out and frustrated. I was working nonstop and much of my time was spent living out painful clichés like "being in the weeds" and "putting out fires." I wanted to scale my business but I knew I had to fix things before that happened.
My A-ha Moment
Around that time, through the Entreprenuers Organization, I was introduced to the Gazelles methodologies. I read Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, by Gazelles founder Verne Harnish and I realized right away that it was exactly what I needed to help achieve scalable growth for BUMI. I started interviewing coaches and found the right one for me.
A is for Accountability
The Gazelles coaching process changed everything for me and my BUMI team. My coach kicked us into gear and forced me to ensure I had the right long-term strategy in place. We started by assessing the problems specific to my business, and then worked to implement tried-and true strategic tools that allowed us to move forward with accountability and total alignment.
The process enabled me to finally get past the self-created roadblocks that were preventing my business from growing. It gave me and my team tangible goals and a plan to reach them by working together with a unified vision. We hit our goals every single year after implementing the Gazelles methodology, and I was finally able to experience growth, while having FUN in the process.
Real, Tangible Results
As a result of the hard work my team and I put in to implement the Gazelles framework, BUMI earned media mentions (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News, Crains Magazine, NY Enterprise Report), won awards (Inc 5000, Best Places to work, Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, and more), and ultimately became a valuable company that was worth acquiring.
Freedom Goal™ Realized
In 2014, I got a call from a competitor that recognized that value. While I was having a blast with my company (I was finally able to work ON my business rather than IN it), they gave me an offer I couldn’t turn down. Ultimately, I had reached my Freedom Goal™! I could retire and spend more time with my family while pursuing professional interests and passions on my own terms.
Paying it Forward
After I retired from BUMI, I spent two years volunteering as a coach for the Entrepreneurs Organization Accelerator Program. This was a game changer for me, as I was able to continue to live my "why" - making a positive impact in the lives of others - and I was once again reminded of the power of the Gazelles method. I decided to launch a coaching business to help even more entrepreneurs benefit from this powerful program.
I am here because I believe in this process and because I want to use my experience to make an impact in the lives of others. I reached my personal Freedom Goal™ of being able to balance a fulfilling professional venture with plenty of family time.
What's Your Freedom Goal™?
Maybe that sounds appealing to you. Maybe your Freedom Goal is something entirely different. Either way, if you're too stressed, frazzled and confused right now to even begin to think of how to achieve your goals, CONTACT ME. Let's talk about getting you on the path to success – the path to your own Freedom Goal.
"Working with Jennifer has quickly helped shift our leadership team’s focus and engagement, as well as to bring about more accountability from within. Jen’s approach and methodology was well received by our team, and she has helped instill not only a better work ethic for all of us, but also a greater sense of what the words team and trust truly mean. Doing the right work is tough, but having a great coach who offers guidance makes all the difference."
-Gavin McKenzie, Owner & CEO, McKenzie
"We have been working with Jennifer for less than 6 months and the impact she has made on our business is tremendous. She has opened our eyes to simple changes and strategies we could make in order for our business to run smoother and even more efficiently than ever. She has truly helped me get to a point where I am no longer “running” my business so I could focus on “growing” my business. As our coach, she definitely holds us accountable and is our biggest cheerleader with each success whether big or small. I am very excited to continue our journey with her and highly recommend her to anyone looking to take their business to the next level."
-Warren Alter, President, Alter Surety Group, Inc.
"Jennifer has been integral in creating helping our team to create a strategy and the executional rigor to take my business to the next level. Since working with her our business’ profit has more than doubled. I attribute our success to her guidance, structure and insight that has helped me and my team to identify our biggest priorities and issues. Then she outlines the process and tools that allows our team to come together to work on those priorities and solve our issues. Jen was the missing piece that I needed to move my company from just being good to being the great organization I always knew it could be."
-David Kreiger, President, SalesRoads
"Simply said Jennifer creates clarity. Her structured approach and clear thinking has helped us create organized actionable plans for success. She is an invaluable asset to our organization."
-Tim Vogel, Founder & CEO, Scenthound Holdings, LLC
"Jennifer is a process-oriented ninja. She is skilled at coaching CEOs through the process of understanding
the process and steps they will need to take to get out of their own way and grow their business.
Jennifer has a ton of credibility because she’s built, grown, scaled and successfully sold a business by going through this process with herself and her team.
What I love most about Jen is when you say you are going to do something she holds you accountable and also gives you the tools to do it. Whenever I’m stuck, she’s someone I know who can very quickly get me unstuck, usually by giving me the kick in the rear that I need!
Another incredible quality Jen has is she keeps it simple and focused, so anything and everything is possible. Finally, she has a huge heart, genuinely cares about people and has a curiousity about others - all essential to being a good coach."
-Wendy Lieber, Founder, ContentBacon
"Jennifer has an incredible passion and enthusiasm, and works well with our team. By working with Jennifer we were able to improve our business process and develop more team cohesiveness. I would definitely recommend her as a business coach."
-Laurence Goldfarb, Laurand Associates, Inc.