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Go beyond the training to sustain a positive coaching culture. Progress Coaching has been a pioneer and innovator in the coaching industry long before coaching was fashionable or as accepted as it is today. Progress Coaching teaches managers specific strategies to develop their employees beyond traditional training methods, coaching them to develop talent internally to foster a positive coaching culture.

Progress Coaching has been in business for 18+ years due to the immense need for greater retention and talent development in today's marketplace. By building, sustaining, and retaining talent, you can focus on fostering a culture that not only your clients will love, but also something you'll love and be proud of.

We have cooperated with a variety of clients, ranging from publicly traded companies, professional sports teams, and large manufacturing companies- experience that allows us to tailor an approach specific to your company's culture. Using tools that are streamlined and nontraditional, clients are not hindered by lengthy assessments that deter from their work. This streamlined approach assists managers in maintaining a consistent application over a longer duration of time with less burnout.

Our Team


Tim Hagen

Chief Coaching Officer

Tim Hagen founded Sales Progress, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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Bill Schmitz

Coaching Strategist

Bill comes to Progress Coaching from 20+ years of consultative sales experience, primarily in the events and tradeshow industry. Bill enjoys the challenge of matching solutions to needs. Apart from consultative work, Bill coaches youth sports and is excited to use his experience to come up with tailored client solutions.

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Erin Kasmarick

Hubspot Marketing Manager

Erin has driven the creative and innovative marketing behind Progress Coaching as a brand. Her work allows us to match our company mission with a marketing message. Erin is a mom of two girls, swapped her Diet Coke for green tea, and voluntarily sends herself to spin-classes three times a week for “fun”.

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Katie Allbee

Coaching Strategist

Katie began working at Progress Coaching as an administrative assistant, developing the the role of Coaching Strategist. Thinking she'd leave after she graduated from her graduate program in counseling, she began to see the parallels between counseling and coaching and couldn't leave. Katie holds a bachelor's degree in Education and Psychology, has a Masters in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Chris Hokom

Sales, Service & Leadership Master Trainer/Coach

Having kicked off his career in the public relations industry in 1983, Chris has dedicated the majority of his professional life to helping organizations successfully implement and nurture sales, service and leadership cultures. Harnessing his talents in adapting to cultural diversity, Chris has used his facilitation expertise to inspire organizations worldwide. From Bahrain to Belgium, Seoul to Sydney, or right here in North America, his message is the same – develop long term, mutually beneficial relationships through continuous coaching, learning and development. As a Certified Senior Master Trainer, Chris has helped to launch the careers of hundreds of trainers in the United States and abroad. His ultimate reward: “Motivating organizations, coaches and trainers to be the best they can be through enhanced skills and personal growth.”

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Alyssa Zickert

Coaching Strategist

Alyssa comes to Progress Coaching from the banking and mortgage world, but has been doing a different version of coaching with seven years of club and high school volleyball coaching experience. Making the connection from there to being a Coaching Strategist was almost a no-brainer, and she now has the opportunity to translate her volleyball coaching experiences into helping clients grow as coaches themselves. Striving for service excellence and a passion for working with people are what set her apart. She is an incredible asset to the team.

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Anthony Stolp

Media Specialist

Tony provides his artistic touch in various media here at Progress Coaching. In his free time, he enjoys learning more about motion graphics and working in Adobe After Effects. He is a hamburger connoisseur, and is on a mission to find a White Mocha that surpasses the ones at Starbucks.

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