EDWARD N. GIDEON, JR. In his early career experiences Ed was involved in industries and businesses that experienced dramatically changing environments. From the U.S. Army’s migration to an all-volunteer Army in the 1970’s, to consulting with financial institutions in the 1980’s as they addressed legislated deregulation, to owning/operating a textile firm in the 1990’s with NAFTA’s legislated changes. These experiences were integral in shaping him into the specialist for Change Management, Transition & Succession Planning he is today.
At some point in our careers we must engage in significant, even challenging adjustments for our business. Whether the change is legislated, migrated into, or created, Ed delivers the action steps to ensure success.
Ed’s speaking engages the audience. He delivers with humor and relevance, and uses stories to set the message.He recently addressed 400 members of the North Carolina Assn. of Health Underwriters, those most affected by the regulated actions of the Affordable Care Act (Obama care). He is a frequent speaker and college lecturer. Ed is also a frequent guest on the Sirius/XM (#142) radio production: A Matter Of Your Health: The 30 Minute Health Magazine. He is a member of the Program Advisory Council for South University, Greensboro, NC.
Ed started Breakthroughs for Success in Action in 2008 as a Consulting, Executive Coaching firm. Ed is a Vietnam era Army Infantry officer. He has consulted or owned businesses in every major segment of the economy. He has managed 300 employees on 3 shifts, 24/7; doubled the sales of his business over a four-year period; bought & sold companies; met his banker on Saturday to make payroll on Monday. There are very few situations he hasn’t seen. Ed brings a solution-oriented focus to his clients and in speaking.
He is the author of Breakthroughs for Success: Nineteen Examples of Success Achieved by Real People. Xlibris Corporation, Copyright 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4691-5790-0. Success comes in many different forms, both tangible and intangible, but all of them offer ineffable rewards to the person who persevered to get to it. In Breakthroughs for Success, Ed shares nineteen true stories of success achieved by different people and a blueprint on how readers can share the same victories. In writing this success roadmap, he combined theory, research and focused on actual events. The result is an arsenal of highly-effective strategies that may be tailored to match the unique needs and situation of the reader. Ed reminds readers that success is very personal: “success is how you define it, not some other person’s idea of success that they thrust upon you.”
Ed is a former Board member of the Boy Scouts of America(Greensboro) and former member of the Executive Committee. He has held board seats on Communities in Schools, Moore County, NC; Automated Fleet Services(Greensboro, NC); Intex Corp.(Greensboro, NC).
EDUCATION: U. of Texas, Austin, May, 1972, BA. U. of So. California, Dec. 1975 MS-Systems Management.
Other Honors, Awards, Achievements: Army Commendation Medal, 1975
Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Spring 1973
Airborne Qualification, Summer 1972;
Commander, Corp of Cadets, University of Texas, Austin Army ROTC 9/71—5/72
Outstanding Cadet Award—Sons of the American Revolution (SAR Sabre) 5/72
Distinguished Military Graduate “ “ “ 5/72
Distinguished Military Student “ “ “ 5/72
Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Riley, KS. ROTC summer training, August 1971
Outstanding Company Cadet, Fort Knox, KY.ROTC basic training, August 1970
Intramural Sports, U. of Texas: All University Touch Football Champions 1969. All University Softball Champions 1969.