About Us

Dr. Marty Seldman – Chairman and Co-Founder

Dr. Marty Seldman is a corporate trainer, executive coach, and organizational psychologist. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University and completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Temple University.

From 1972 to 1986, Marty specialized in the field of training. This experience included training trainers, designing training programs, and serving as VP of Sales for a training company.

In 1986 he began his career as an executive coach and has become the coach of choice for many Fortune 500 companies. Marty has trained tens of thousands of executives around the globe through his seminars and coached over 1800 executives one-on-one. Approximately half of the executives Marty has coached are women, people of color, or non-U.S. executives.

John Futterknecht – President and Co-Founder

Optimum Associates co-founder, John Futterknecht, is a seasoned and experienced executive coach and trainer. Throughout his 17 year career, John has helped senior executives around the globe navigate challenging situations to enhance organizational impact and career potential.

In 1998, John began working with Dr. Marty Seldman, giving him the exceptional opportunity to learn first-hand from one of the industry’s foremost executive coaches. He quickly excelled and began travelling the globe, training and developing leaders at some of the world’s largest companies.

Dr. Ben Sorensen – Vice President, Training

bensorensenDr. Ben Sorensen provides leadership training, sales training, and executive coaching to corporate and non-profit organizations around the world and across a wide spectrum of industries. Ben trains thousands of senior executives every year. During the past ten years, Ben has become best known for his rich mix of corporate experience, non-profit work, and teaching ability. Ben focuses on teaching practical, proven skills while customizing all material to the specific needs of each client.

Ben co-authored Customer Tells: Delivering World-Class Customer Service by Reading Your Customer's Signs and Signals (Kaplan Publishing, 2007), which focuses on how to communicate effectively and deliver exceptional customer service.


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