At a time when the growth of soft skills training was off the charts, Kevin Cope & Stephen M.R. Covey had a different idea: Create the world’s leading business acumen training company.
They saw a crucial field of study that had been overrun by professors and internal finance teams who complicated the subject and by vendors who thought the subject needed to be dumbed down in order for it to be understood.
They knew that companies needed a better alternative, and they started by establishing the core values and culture of the company that would be the solution.
Acumen Learning emerged as the most complete solution, capable of teaching any professional, from any industry, about the business of their business. And we do it in a way that is both clear enough to reach the individual contributor and sophisticated enough to challenge the experienced executive.
Kevin Cope, Founder & CEO
Kevin Cope is the chief executive officer of Acumen Learning and author of the #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller, Seeing the Big Picture. He founded the company in 2002 with his business partner Stephen M.R. Covey. Cope oversees the corporate direction and strategy of Acumen Learning, focusing on leadership, innovation, and customers. He says, "Our primary purpose as a business is to provide unequaled value to our clients through a customized business acumen training experience that delivers exceptional results."
Before founding Acumen Learning, Cope held a variety of management, operations, and sales roles at Franklin Covey ultimately serving as the company's president of international. His focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution played an instrumental role in establishing Franklin Covey as a market leader.
Cope has been recognized as a top rated speaker at national conventions including SHRM and ATD, he’s been a guest on news and business talk radio programs such as NPR, and has been featured in business publications including Chief Executive and Fast Company.
Cope has a degree in business finance from Brigham Young University. He lives in Utah with his wife and has 6 children and 5 grandchildren. He also travels extensively, skis, and is an avid reader.
Ben Cook, President
Ben Cook is president of Acumen Learning and reports to chief executive officer Kevin Cope. He is responsible for driving customer focus and intellectual rigor into all aspects of Acumen Learning's business. In this capacity, Cook serves as a master trainer and works with Acumen Learning's leadership team and senior consultants to develop and deliver customized training programs that increase customer retention, value delivered, satisfaction, and loyalty. Under his leadership, Acumen Learning has achieved record top-line growth rates. He says, "High-performance cultures are built on employees who think like owners, who take personal responsibility for overall business performance. This is not only what we teach, it’s what we strive to emulate in our own business."
Cook has been with Acumen Learning since 2006. His work includes training and coaching engagements for AT&T, AutoZone, Baxter International, Boeing, BP, Cigna, DuPont, General Electric, The Home Depot, Hewlett-Packard, Humana, KPMG, Mattel, Medtronic, Nestle, Nissan, Novartis, Philips, and Verizon. Prior to joining Acumen Learning, he held positions at Dell. There he had responsibilities for manufacturing and global service brand management. Prior to joining Dell, Cook had product line finance responsibilities at Proctor and Gamble.
Cook received his MBA from Brigham Young University. It was at that same institution where he earned his BA in english literature and teaching on a college football scholarship.
Cook resides in Lindon, Utah and loves spending time with his wife and four children. In his free time, he enjoys water skiing, snowboarding, reading, and traveling.
Sharon Biegler, Chief of Staff
Sharon Biegler has served as Acumen Learning's chief of staff since October 2003 and reports directly to chief executive officer Kevin Cope. As chief of staff, she is responsible for helping drive internal projects and initiatives to support future growth. Biegler plays a key role in managing the CEO’s financial and administrative operations in addition to guiding human capital initiatives and projects. In this role, Biegler oversees the support of clients with a focus on improving the customer experience to build lifetime partnerships. She says, "Being a great business partner first and foremost is a founding principle of Acumen Learning. We want to be your favorite training provider – accountable, flexible, and easy to work with."
Prior to joining Acumen Learning, Biegler held various administrative and financial roles reporting directly to company owners. She has a degree in sports medicine from Brigham Young University. Biegler enjoys cooking, skiing, and traveling.
When executives look to their human capital and L&D colleagues to help with their most complex challenges, they in turn call Acumen Learning. Today, we are at the top of our game, helping organizations—brands you're familiar with—build business and financial acumen.
At Acumen Learning, you’ll work along side these senior leaders helping them develop and deliver training programs to help their employees think more like owners, see their decisions within the big picture, and solve their company’s toughest challenges. It’s work that’s fast-paced, incredibly meaningful to our clients, and, believe it or not, a lot of fun.
Think you’d bring something incredible to our team? Then we should talk. Look over our open positions and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, but are really intersted we’d love to hear from you.
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