Advisory Team

Christian de Quincey, PhD.

Christian is a Communications Coach with NEXTLEVEL Consulting. He brings to our team a valuable mix of talents and experience. With a background in journalism, marketing communications, and philosophy, he combines intelligence and creativity with a flair for communicating complex ideas in a language that has impact.

Dr. de Quincey has worked as a Marketing Communications consultant for some of the world's leading PR agencies (including Hill and Knowlton), and has served blue-chip clients in the US and Europe (including Xerox, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, British Telecom). His services include Executive Training in Effective Communication as well as hands-on Creative Communications that implement corporate and organizational goals.

His clients include non-profit organizations and for-profit companies ranging from small businesses to large multi-national corporations and NGOs. Christian works with top executives to hone corporate and marketing goals and to develop communications strategies that deliver measurable results. Whether you are looking for personal executive training, need tactical materials (such as web content, press releases, brochures) to promote your business, services or products, or want to plan an intelligent and effective long-range marketing communications campaign, Christian de Quincey will work with you to achieve your goals.

Dr. de Quincey is also founder of The Wisdom Academy, an award-winning author, and a Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University. He holds a B.A in Journalism, an M.A. in Consciousness Studies, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.

Peter Khoury, MBA, CPC

Peter is a Certified Professional Coach, trainer, strategic executive coach with the Ovson Communications Group and cofounder of MethodSpeaking. He is a specialist in the fields of Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Management.

As a regular speaker and trainer with the California CPA Foundation (CalCPA), the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), the National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM), the Charted Property and Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Peter speaks on: Negotiation Skills for Success, Persuasive Presentations that Sell, Conflict Management and Multi-Generational Communication Skills.

Peter uses his diverse knowledge of business, systems thinking and coaching to bring out excellence in participants of his training, speaking and coaching engagements.

Before starting his coaching and training career Peter worked for three years as a pharmaceutical process engineer. His process engineering background helps him approach situations from a system perspective giving him the ability to relate and communicate to people at many levels and backgrounds. He helps clients with management leadership, self-empowerment and strategic skills to achieve their goals.

Glen Laughton

Glen works as a CTO & Technology Consultant bringing 12+ years of senior level management experience. He has founded 4 companies - the first company expressed his passion for technology and was a Technology consulting business.  The 2nd expressed his passion towards the environment and was a Greentech firm focused on energy efficiency and energy management.  The 3rd was a non-profit organization which expressed his passion towards economic redevelopment and entrepreneurial growth as an Executive Office Suite/Business Incubator.

Today Glen is founder at Support4Orgs dba Angel Mobile Apps and continues to express his passion towards helping nonprofits and businesses make this a better world through the use of technology.  Glen has also worked for IBM, Wall Data, Com Group, Microsoft, the California Bankers Association, Convergent Computing, and 3 technology start-ups.

He has 10+ years of systems integration experience and is always thinking on how to make businesses more efficient.  He has a degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology through Seattle Pacific University.

His outgoing personality, love of people, and desire to create easy to use technology solutions makes him an excellent asset in any business endeavor.

Marco J. Robert

Marco graduated on the Dean's Honor List (magna cum laude) with a business degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He managed a series of businesses for other entrepreneurs until he ventured out on his own at the age of 27 and started his first business. Within five months, he opened up a second location and within nine months his businesses were fully automated and he became an absentee business owner. With his unique business savvy, Marco retired himself before the age of 30.

After selling his businesses, Marco launched his consulting career. For over 10 years he has been advising clients all over the United States and Canada. Some of his major clients have included John Deere, MacDonald's Restaurants, Pacini's Restaurants (Canadian equivalent to The Olive Garden), Cage aux Sports Restaurants (Canadian equivalent to TGIFriday's), Days Inn Hotel, Best Western Hotel and over 150 more businesses.

Marco's passion for business led him to develop a brand new business management system aptly named the BOSS (Business Optimization Strategic Systems). He has also written numerous booklets, e-books and articles on the subject of business management and entrepreneurship and is currently working on a book that should be published in the very near future.

He speaks 3 languages fluently and loves interacting with different cultures. He is also very passionate about social enterprising. He is a lifetime member of the XL Results Foundation, a worldwide organization devoted to the betterment of the society through the empowerment of entrepreneurs across the globe. He also sits on the board of a few non-profit organizations locally in Northern California. Marco is married to Brigitte and lives in a suburb of San Francisco, California. They also like to spend time at their lake house in Québec, Canada.

Cesar V. Teague, MBA, ASTD MASTER TRAINER

As a Performance Consultant, Trainer & Executive Coach at NEXTLEVEL Consulting, Cesar brings over 22 years successful experience in international sales & business development, marketing and management to the company. Starting out in financial services at Merrill Lynch International and Charles Schwab, Cesar moved into Sales Management for a German auto aftermarket manufacturer, building the dealer/distributor network in North America. He continues to develop new business, build, manage, train and coach sales teams and independent distributors for various companies and economic development agencies (such as FLP International, Tecno Display and Sector Marketing - State of CT: Office of BioScience and Invest in Brisbane) calling on different vertical markets.

Cesar earned his MBA in International Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, completed his B.Sc. degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and studied Business Administration and Marketing at Schiller International University, London, England prior to transferring to the USA. Additional trainings include Speaking Circles International, MethodSpeaking, NLP Coaching, Leadership Training, Landmark Forum and as a Certified Seminar Leader with the ASLA. Cesar is also a member of the International Association of Coaching which holds the highest and most rigorous certification process in business ethics, professional procedures and business standards.

He is a co-author in the current career management book - 101 Ways to Enhance Your Career and author/trainer of "5P Formula for Crafting Your Compelling Presentation/Pitch"..

Cesar volunteers as a Business Consultant & Coach at the S.F. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and filmmaker, Mabel Valdiviezo of Haiku Films.

Yessika Montiel Leon, MIB

Yessika is a Marketing Analyst and earned her degree in Chemical Engineering in Venezuela. Throughout her career she was able to gain experience working in the Food and Beverage industry as an analyst. As a way to expand her knowledge, Yessika pursued a Masters in International Business at HULT International Business School, San Francisco.

She had the opportunity to work in different projects related to marketing and business strategy such as developing a Marketing Plan for Mercedes Benz in China and a Business Development Plan for Coca Cola-FEMSA in Mexico. As a result, she has acquired skills in project management, engineering processes and allocation of resources/logistics. Moreover, she has had the opportunity to work in cross-cultural teams, enriching the way she communicates and works with diverse team members.

Antonieta Yammouni, MIB

Antonieta is a Business Development Manager, assisting with outreach to companies, as well as in business plan analysis. She helps companies develop strategies and marketing techniques to promote their products & services within various vertical markets. She focuses on the following industries: Food and Beverage, Software/Tech, Construction, Legal and Financial Services.

Antonieta received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double major in International Business and Marketing from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She also holds a Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School, San Francisco, CA. She spent two summers abroad in Europe studying business practices with a focus on international trade and business strategy (France/Austria). Antonieta is fluent in English, Spanish, and some conversational Arabic. She was born in Venezuela and has lived in the United States since 2004. Her goals are to enhance business operations and strengthen internal relations across Latin America, Europe and North America.

nancy@nextlevelup.org