"Never look back and say you wish you would have." - Mindy Haning


Heather Yakes is an internationally recognized business and executive coach and employee engagement expert ranking in the Top 10 in the United States and Top 20 worldwide. She has 20+ years of experience working with Fortune 100 Companies in many industries and Big 4 Consulting. Highlights of her corporate career include leading the Arthur Andersen Supply Chain Consulting team and her role as Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Purchasing for Leggett & Platt-CVP, a $5B publicly traded conglomerate.

Heather is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and has a Master’s Degree in Business from Capital University. She is an alumnus of The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.


After 20+ years in the corporate world working with Fortune 100 companies to increase their sales and profits, Heather chose to “come back home” and fulfill her passion for helping small- to medium-size businesses in her Central Ohio community do the same. Her experience over the years has made it clear that most business challenges boil down 3 primary areas: time, team and money.

“For business owners it is simple. We want a profitable business that can work without us. Let’s face it, none of us went into business to create a ‘job’ for ourselves, but the reality is that most business owners are captive to their own business. As a business and executive coach, my greatest reward is witnessing the transformation and freedom that my clients achieve. When clients first start with us, they are usually working long hours, achieving less than desired profit, and struggling to keep a team in place that they can rely on. We transform their business into a profitable business that can work without them and we transform their lives by creating a passive income while they’re on the beach!”

By working with business owners, executives and their teams, Coach Heather and her team help create successful businesses that achieve high performance, productivity, and profits.

Don’t be captive to your business, let’s build a highly profitable business that can work without you!

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Some of her most recent awards include:

  • 2020, 2019 Coach of the Year-National Award
  • 2020 BizX Business Influencer Award-National Award
  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 ActionMan-National Award
  • 2018 Franchisee of the Year-IFA
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year-National Award

Coach to numerous national award winning clients:

  • 2020, Best Overall Company
  • 2020, Best New CEO
  • 2020, Best Health & Safety
  • 2020, Best VP, Department Head
  • 2019, Best Service Company
  • 2019, 2018, Best E-Commerce Company
  • 2016, Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Coach Heather's Certifications:

  • ActionCOACH Certified Business Coach
  • ActionCOACH Certified Executive Coach
  • Engage & Grow Certified Employee Engagement Coach
  • ActionCOACH Certified Master Coach (Coach to Coaches)
  • Adding Zeros Licensed Facilitator

Additional Certifications:

  • Certified Professional of Supply Management (CPSM)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)