Ed Hiner

Founder, Managing Director

​​​About The Hiner Group

Keynote Speaking / Leadership Training / Corporate Solutions

"The Man in the Arena"

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

- Teddy Roosevelt

Gail Brooks

​Managing Partner, Corporate Solutions 

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          Gail Brooks brings over 30 years of business experience, consulting in various aspects of organizational development and leadership.  She has a high energy, interactive method of working with clients, and provides new insights by tapping into the talent of the group.  This has earned her a consistent record of positive feedback at all levels within an organization.  Feedback often includes comments such as “never lost interest the whole time”, “demonstrates authentic understanding of our business and it’s needs, “ I have a new attitude and am excited about applying what I learned”, “the time flew by and I have tools I can really use,” and “loved her energy and her compassion.” 

          As a director at IBM, Gail led a team of 150 people and ten managers in a highly successful strategic initiative.  She then taught at IBM’s prestigious Leadership Development Institute before branching out as a private consultant.  To date, she has worked with more than 100 companies including many of the Fortune 500, as well as privately held firms.  A sampling includes Cross/Blue Shield, American Express, Sears Roebuck, United Airlines, Fannie Mae, Teleglobe, Peoples Gas, Midas Muffler, Nissan, Sweetheart Cup, Case IH, American Airlines, Zurich North America, Exxon Oil, Levi Strauss, Household Insurance, Canon, Department of Homeland Security, McDonald’s, US Navy, IBM, BP Amoco, Mellon Bank, PNC Mortgage, Revlon, Ryder Truck, Shell Oil, United Way, Abbott Laboratories, MGM Mirage, Manpower International, Seneca Nation, Baxter International, Deloitte, Merck, Glaxo Smith Kline, Exelon Corporation, and Universal Health Services.  

          As an associate of The Hiner Group, Gail works with the team in needs assessment, instructional design, and the facilitation of experiential workshops that link directly to major strategic initiatives and company goals.  She is highly versed in the leadership messages of "First, Fast, Fearless, How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL."  She has a unique way of transferring these important themes into the dynamics and reality of the business world!


​​​​​​​​          Ed Hiner was born and raised in Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains.  He grew up with a thirst for competition, and developed an indomitable will to win that would serve him well in his life's work as a warrior and a leader.  He thrived in team sports, and was a regional standout in football, wrestling, and baseball.   

          Ed graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in 1993 with class 189.  He later attended Officer Candidate School, where he earned his commission as a distinguished honor graduate and class president.  He had an acclaimed 20-year career as a Navy SEAL, during which he made nine major deployments on five continents.  Twice awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valor and combat leadership, Ed commanded hundreds of direct combat missions and low visibility operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and Central America.  In addition to his combat tours, he led BUD/S instructors, managed the training program for the West coast SEAL Teams, and was in charge of all SEAL basic and advanced training. 

          Ed now offers up this vast experience base as a coach and consultant specializing in leadership, team building, mental toughness, resiliency and personal conflict resolution.  He utilizes the principles from his book "First Fast Fearless, How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL," to help individuals and corporations build and lead effective teams.  He believes leaders are only able to unleash the full potential of their team when they first understand and work through their own fears.  First, Fast, Fearless!!!

​​​​​​          Patrick Barry is a business builder, entrepreneur, and leader with three decades of managerial, execution, and revenue-generation experience.  He is a veteran in sales, business development, and corporate development, and has held senior positions at companies and brands like Warner Bros., American Idol, and SK Telecom.  He was an executive at two VC-backed start-ups, one of which achieved an IPO.  A former undefeated U.S. Amateur and Golden Gloves boxer, Patrick holds a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, a Master's from Pepperdine’s Graduate Business School, and a Master's in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica.  He was an adjunct guest lecturer for seven years at Pepperdine Graduate Business School, and is a distinguished alumnus from the SEALFit Academy in San Diego, CA.
           Patrick is currently the Founder and CEO of Kinduce, an early-stage, Institute-incubated start-up that is launching the world’s commitment engine with a simple, yet significant mission:  Enable individuals to stay the course, follow through, and finish what they started. When introduced, this patent-pending, cloud-based software platform by Kinduce will solve multi-billion dollar problems in entire industries, for scores of companies, and across countless lives.
​  As Managing Partner of Corporate Engagements for The Hiner Group, Patrick ​utilizes his expertise to uncover obstacles within an organization, problem-solve, and find real-world solutions that help the organization excel!

​​​​​​Patrick Barry

​Managing Partner, Corporate Engagements

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