• When recently considering who among my business colleagues most inspires our graduating class at my university, I thought of Ann marie. The choice of a commencement speaker is a significant one, with their message representing the culmination of years of study, experience, and commitment, and a transition to a future full of hope, uncertainty, and angst. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with Ann marie for several years, and in that time, she has been the embodiment of all that one would want as a commencement speaker, and furthermore, an associate and friend. Ann marie has more than a way with words, she has a way with living, working, facing challenges, and developing answers and opportunities for and with those fortunate as I to work with her and know her. Ann marie is the rare type of person who is able to consider context in reasoning, develop solutions based upon critical thinking and analysis, and build a consensus and path that the entrepreneur, business entity, or organizational client can follow to success.

    Brian Hawkins Dean of Student Affairs at Neils Brock, California International Business University
  • Ann marie is the real deal. A lot of people say that they know about marketing and branding, but she walks the walk. And when she talks the talk, she’s amazing. A gifted presenter, Ann marie uses a multi-disciplinary approach to teach the latest and best practices in business development. She speaks to more than just the concepts, providing her audience with valuable and concrete suggestions. I can’t recommend Ann marie highly enough. Humorous, engaging, and generous, she understands her audience and what she teaches sticks. Being in a seminar with Ann marie is like being in rarefied air. If you get a chance to work with Ann marie, grab it — you don’t want to miss out.

    Lilys McCoy Director of Solo Practitioners and Solo Practice Concentration, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Ann marie is a true teacher, leader, business women and results-driven coach. She has supported me in some of the biggest challenges in my professional career and helped me reach my very best potential. She is clear-minded, focused, oriented and will apply any necessary techniques and questions that will make it friendly and easy to implement new strategies and actions. I wouldn’t have managed to reach my most ambitious goals without her. She’s a fantastic coach that will make you work, commit, be accountable and will help you make things happen…while having a great time with her.

    Veronica Yepez Perpetum Consulting
  • Ann marie is, simply put, AMAZING. She has now presented classes to our members on Networking, Getting More Clients, Closing Sales, and Making Yourself an Expert, and we keep bringing her back for more because she has so many good ideas and her humor is infectious. And our 888 members can’t get enough of her. She now has a fan club of GSDBA members, she is so dynamic. Even the most experienced professionals in sales have come to me after one of her presentations and admitted that they got more than one excellent new idea from her. That’s saying something. We couldn’t recommend anyone more highly.

    Tom Luhnow CEO Greater San Diego Business Association
  • I would like to tell you a story. There was once an international lawyer who didn’t want to be an international lawyer any more. She wanted to be a cross-cultural business consultant and a thought-leader that would drive the benchmark for business, political and civic global communication. It was a lofty task; the world did not seem ready for the concept. Along came Ann marie Houghtailing to the rescue. She helped the lawyer become the thought-leader and that thought-leader is now the consultant for some of the largest companies in the world, some of the most important governmental bodies, and some of the most prestigious universities. End of story … except to say … that I have never met a more dedicated, capable or action-oriented sales consultant in my life, nor do I ever expect to. If you are thinking of using her, I will tell you before you begin, that it is money well-spent.”

    Denise Pirrotti CEO Universal Consensus
  • Ann marie is a visionary and a motivator with an uncanny way of taking a complicated situation and synthesizing it down to workable parts. As a business woman, actor, writer and speaker – she is intuitive, intelligent, thoughtful, humorous and innovative. She takes the challenges life presents and transforms them into opportunities then into inspirational words of wisdom that we all can benefit from. Truly one of the most unique and talented people you will ever meet.

    Mary Lou Carolan Community Development and Marketing Expert
  • Ann marie won the competition for a speaking slot at TEDx SanDiego 2012 for local people with a great story and a big idea. She was brilliant, well spoken, fabulously well received and an absolute pleasure to work with. She was creative, funny, and delivered her talk as well as any of our nationally recognized speakers. [It's a] joy to know her.

    Jack Abbott CEO of TEDx San Diego
  • I brought Ann marie into my company to infuse a new vigor and vitality into our business development. I share her belief that all of us are involved with sales in some dimension of our life. Her message - to be truly successful we all need to be selling effectively and honorably and to create value for others. Ann marie’s message influenced not only the novices of the group but also the resident skeptical veterans. She is insightful, energetic, dynamic, engaging, imaginative and strategic in her approach. One really has to experience the “Ann marie Show” to truly appreciate her impact on a team. In the end though, while all the accolades are wonderful, to a business they really do not matter unless they translate to an improvement in the bottom line. For my company, the result of her training session for my team members was beyond expectation. We have experienced a substantial boost to our business development efforts which has resulted in a significant sales increase. If you are searching for a way to inject a renewed energy and enthusiasm into your sales force, Ann marie is the solution you are seeking.

    Dave Landon President/Chief Executive Officer, Systems Technology Inc.
  • Ann marie Houghtailing helped me make money and look at my business goals in new and profitable ways. In my initial coaching session with her, we developed a new angle for my company, a business development plan, and she helped me identify the holes within my existing structure. I made the changes and explored the areas she suggested. In just two months – and after two sessions – I attained new clients, new revenue and now have a clear goal about my business. I also have a business development plan in place that did not exist prior to our coaching. Before Ann marie’s coaching, I felt like I was chasing dollars. Now I’m actually in a position where the money is coming to me. Whether you’re in a large company or an entrepreneur, I highly recommend Ann marie as someone who will change your life.

    Leah R. Singer Writer and Marketing Specialist
  • Ann marie is a visionary and a motivator with an uncanny way of taking a complicated situation and synthesizing it down to workable parts. As a business woman, actor, writer and speaker - she is intuitive, intelligent, thoughtful, humorous and innovative. She takes the challenges life presents and transforms them into opportunities then into inspirational words of wisdom that we all can benefit from. Truly one of the most unique and talented people you will ever meet.

    Mary Lou Carolan Community Development and Marketing Expert
  • Ann Marie is one of the most creative individuals I know. She is detail oriented, and works hard to help her clients realize success. Ann Marie possesses in-depth knowledge in business, her tenacity is extraordinary, her integrity never wavering. Ann Marie leads by example, and inspires individuals to strive to be the best. The results I experienced with her guidance exceeded expectations professionally and personally. Ann Marie is an asset to anyone looking to increase sales, improve strategic planning, and in need of business coaching. Please feel free to message me regarding this recommendation.

    Stephanie Ringgold College Educator and Owner of Tea Shea and MajesTea
  • This is what it's like to work with Ann marie one-on-one: Actionable: Ann marie says: "Do this first, then do this, then do this." Small bites that are achievable so you feel like you can take on more. Articulate: Ann marie will ask a question about what you are trying to achieve. You speak. She says it back to you in a way that is so much grander and clearer that your pen is racing across your notebook trying to keep up with the brilliance of what is coming out of her mouth so that you can use a version of it in your mission statement. Focused: When you are talking with Ann marie you feel like you are her only client. Even though you know she has clients who are making gobs more money and working on a much grander scale, when you are with her you are the most important person in the world.

    Gayle Feallock Just Imagine Weddings and Ministry
  • If you are in a deep dark ditch Ann Marie not only meets you there she helps shine the light on the way out...all the while not allowing the ditch to become your home.

    Karen Van Dyke Senior Care By Design