Leadership Experts with Real World Experience

About Our Leadership Experts

Phillip Van Hooser, Founder and Concept Director

Phillip Van Hooser

Phillip Van Hooser works with organizations that want to build leadership bench strength, performance and productivity.

From his work in Human Resources/Safety to his leadership in the boardroom to his experience as a leadership training expert for top U.S. companies, Phil knows what it really takes to successfully lead people.

His knowledge and practical experience help organizations large and small improve communication skills between employees and superiors, manage conflict, confrontation and change, prepare for succession planning and create a culture of continuous leadership growth.

Phil’s clients run the gamut from Alliance Coal and Blue Bell Creameries to REEBOK, Wells Fargo and Westar Energy.

Companies benefit from Phil’s unique brand of common sense leadership that comes from real world experience and practical examples. He is most often asked to speak to front line supervisors, mid level managers and executives on the following leadership issues:

  • How to motivate a changing workforce
  • How to create and sustain a leadership culture
  • How to improve communication skills
  • How to effectively build work teams
  • How to make smart, safe decisions

Phil’s latest leadership book, Leaders Ought To Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, is a must-read handbook for leaders feeling the pressure to perform.

Phil is a past president of the National Speakers Association and a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently named a “Top 5 Leadership Speaker” by Speakers Platform.

Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Murray State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. An avid pheasant hunter, he resides in Princeton, Kentucky with his wife, Susan.

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Martin Ramsay, Chief Learning and Technology Architect

Martin RamsayMartin Ramsay is the founder and managing director of CEATH Company. He is internationally recognized for his firm’s work leveraging organizational effectiveness by combining organizational process and human resource development with information technology.

CEATH’s Factory on a Desk-Top experiential learning laboratory, a process redesign and improvement tool, has gained global attention. Over three decades, Martin has designed numerous experience-based training programs and software applications.

He consults internationally on business process improvement, customer relationship management, business information technology deployment, and enterprise resource planning.

Fortune magazine called Martin “an expert on the organizational impact of new information systems” who impresses clients with his “preparedness and clarity.” The Center for Digital Education recognized him with its In the Spotlight award, calling him “one of the most innovative, hard-working, trend-setting IT leaders in the nation.”

Results of Martin’s work have been published in Industrial Engineering, PC Magazine, ASTD’s Training and Development Journal, Mechanical Engineering, APICS: The Performance Advantage, Computer Graphics World, and Information Center, among others.

Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and education. He and his wife live in Berea, Kentucky in a home they designed using CAD software.

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Susan Van Hooser, Administrator

Susan Van HooserSusan Van Hooser provides administrative management for the Leaders Ought to Know leadership development program. She manages all of the day-to-day details for the program, assisting clients with scheduling and course materials, and providing a friendly point-of-contact for all questions and concerns.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Susan directs the financial management, marketing, and customer support for Van Hooser Associates, Inc., an internationally recognized professional development organization, consistently achieving double-digit growth.

Susan’s administrative and marketing experience includes new business development, contract negotiations, brand development and implementation, and developing audio, video, web-based and print products, as well as copywriting and publishing responsibilities. Her financial experience includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, tax preparation, and reporting.

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Murray State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She enjoys travel and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Phil, live in Princeton, Kentucky.

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Our leadership experts can help develop your managers into true leaders—contact Leaders Ought to Know directly at
(270) 365-1536 to find out more!