About ABS

These Enduring Core Values Guide Us:

  1. Be Respectful of Everyone You Come In Contact With.
  2. Be in Control of Yourself and Maintain Your Integrity.
  3. Be Willing to Serve Others and Be There for the Right Reason.
  4. Be Totally Honest and Transparent.
  5. Be Willing to Do the Work Necessary to Find Out the Truth.
  6. Take the Initiative.
  7. Be Accountable to Your Commitments.

Meet The Advanced Business Solutions Team

Bill Cole Leadership and Management Coach

Bill Cole: Founder, President & CEO

Bill Cole is an internationally respected professional speaker/trainer, executive coach, facilitator, and strategic advisor. He was an athlete, coach, professional musician and taught at two universities before focusing primarily on leadership, management, organizational development, sales, and negotiations. His career includes an international consulting assignment with a radio and TV network, a national restaurant chain, a fast growth high technology company, an international business development firm, and was among the all time sales leaders for a franchised international training company. Bill’s mission is to positively impact people’s lives.

Kristy Cole Advanced Business Solutions

Kristy Cole: CFO, VP Finance & Administration

After her corporate management career, Kristy Cole joined Advanced Business Solutions in 1996. She has a MBA in Corporate Finance and has worked for organizations including Union Oil, John Deere, EDS, BJ Hughes, Motel 6 and Jerrico, operators of Long John Silvers Restaurants. With Jerrico, she was named the most outstanding regional controller in 1989 in recognition of the development of her department from start up to being the leader in accuracy and timeliness of reporting. She has been acknowledged throughout her career for her outstanding teamwork skills and leadership style.

Dave Schmitt: ABS Affiliate in Sacramento, CA

Dave Schmitt is a respected speaker, facilitator, and strategic advisor. His work career includes sales and executive positions with Service Master, Advanced Business Concepts, and Wells Fargo Insurance Service USA, Inc. He first worked with Bill Cole, founder of Advanced Business Solutions in 1991. Dave has received numerous awards for sales achievement, was the top producer for a national business development franchise, and has served on several non profit boards. Dave is passionate about balancing innovation, continuous improvement, plus the creation and maintenance of predictable results. His personal mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives and circumstances.

Vince Mitchell: ABS Affiliate in Atlanta, GA

Vince Mitchell is a respected speaker, trainer, facilitator, and executive coach. His work career includes executive positions at IDEXX laboratories across all regions in the United States. Most recently, he founded Vichelle LLC and serves as Managing Director. As a trainer, coach, and strategic advisor, he offers services in the greater Atlanta market as an affiliate of Advanced Business Solutions. Vince has received numerous awards for operational excellence and profit improvement throughout his career. He won the prestigous “Region of the Year” award from IDEXX in 2010. Vince serves on several non profit boards in his community. He is passionate about training, coaching, entrepreneurship, innovation, and learning. Vince’s mission is to help others be successful in their business.

Barney Kramer: ABS Affiliate in Stockton/Modesto, CA

Barney Kramer is a seasoned executive with more than 40 years of leadership and management experience. He’s a trainer, facilitator, speaker, and writer whose entrepreneurial experience includes 3 business startups and 3 turnarounds including one with a national sales organization. He founded an executive search firm in 2002. Recently, Barney founded Strategic Management Resource Associates, LLC– a full service management advisory business, where he currently serves as Managing Partner. Barney has also served on numerous civic and non-profit boards and holds a Juris Doctorate.



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