Decker Communications Expands Board of Directors

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Industry Veterans, Including an Olympic Gold Medalist and NFL All-Pro, Will Help Guide Communications Business

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Decker Communications Inc., the expert in consulting and training businesses in communications today announced an expansion of its Board of Directors. In addition to company Chairman, CEO and Founder Bert Decker and current President Ben Decker, and Executive Vice President, Kelly Decker the Board of Directors now includes Bonnie Blair, Jim Carter, Doug Coates, Brent Jones, Rick Osgood, Phil Quigley, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Paul Vinogradov. Decker Communications formed the Board to help guide the business, increase revenue, attain new clients and innovate new programs and services.

“Decker Communications is on the move, and we need the experience of people from a variety of businesses to help guide us in the future,” said Bert Decker, chairman, CEO and founder of Decker Communications. “We are delighted and honored to have a well-rounded group of individuals, from major corporate CEOs to Olympic Gold Medal winners. Their wisdom and perspective will help guide Decker into its next phase of growth. Communications is critical to every walk of life, and our new Board consists of living examples of great and seasoned communicators.”

Evolution of Decker Communications
Decker was originally founded in 1979 by Bert Decker. At the time, the Board of Directors, which included Charles Schwab, played an influential role in the company’s growth and overall success. After an IPO, Decker later re-launched the company in February 2005 in its original city, San Francisco. Bert Decker moved into the role of Chairman and CEO while Ben Decker became President and Kelly Decker was named Executive Vice President of Decker Communications.

“Expanding our Board of Directors is a key element in Decker’s next phase of growth,” said Ben Decker, president of Decker Communications. “Feedback is a hallmark in all of our programs, allowing people to continuously improve their communication skills. It’s only fitting that we seek that same kind of feedback in running our business. The Board of Directors will provide objective feedback to ensure that we’re thinking smart about new opportunities and how we execute them.”

For more than 30 years the mission of the company has remained the same – to transform business communications in any experience whether it’s to an audience of 1 or 100. The Decker Method has always focused on two core elements of communication: behavior, how you show up in front of others, and content, to move people from information to influence in a way that ends in action.

While the core methodology and principles have remained the same, Decker’s continued success and growth is a result of how the company evolves and applies these skills to the latest needs and challenges in business and growth in technology. For example, hosting web conferences to reinforce learning and using flip video cameras to coach and develop senior executives are great tools to help strengthen communication skills. In addition, Decker has partnered with other communications experts, including Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the best-seller “Made to Stick” and “Switch”. Together they designed Decker Made-to-Stick Messaging, a one-day program to help make ideas, initiatives, projects and products stick with customers, coworkers and bosses.

Decker Board of Directors
Decker’s Board of Directors is made up of 11 industry luminaries from all facets of business, including the following:

  • Bonnie Blair – Bonnie Blair is a five-time Olympic Gold Medal speed skater (record). Blair is a professional speaker and an Olympic Advisor and corporate spokesperson.
  • Jim Carter – Jim Carter has been an attorney for Decker Communications for the past 30 years. He is a labor law expert and successfully won a suit against a presidential candidate.
  • Doug Coates – Doug Coates is a Director at Coates Consulting where he advises companies such as FedEx and Pacer. Previously, he was an executive at American President Companies and Itel.
  • Bert Decker – Bert Decker is the Chairman, CEO, and Founder of Decker Communications. He is also the Chairman of Salvation Army Advisory Board of San Francisco.
  • Ben Decker – Ben Decker is the President of Decker Communications. Previously he was a sales executive at Source Surgical and AT&T.
  • Kelly Decker – Kelly Decker is the Executive Vice President at Decker Communications. Formerly, she was a consultant at Alexander Group and worked in both corporate communications and sales management at AT&T.
  • Brent Jones – Brent Jones is the Managing Director at Northgate Venture Capital. He is currently on the Board of Zazzle, Stanford Hospital and the San Jose Sharks. He is an All-Pro San Francisco 49er with three Super Bowl rings.
  • Rick Osgood – Rick Osgood is the Founder of Pacific Growth Equities and Director of Wedbush Securities. Formerly, he was the Chairman of Salvation Army Advisory Board of San Francisco.
  • Phil Quigley – Phil Quigley is a Director of Wells Fargo and SRI International. He was the former CEO of Pacific Telesis and Pacific Bell and past Chairman of California Chamber of Commerce and United Way.
  • Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz is the President of the Charles Schwab Foundation and Senior Vice President of Charles Schwab & Co. She is an expert advisor on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and is a national trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She co-authored “It Pays to Talk,” with her father, Charles Schwab.
  • Paul Vinogradov – Paul Vinogradov is the Vice President & Regional Manager of the Alexander Group Inc. Previously he was an international economic development consultant and strategic planning specialist.

About Decker Communications
Decker Communications consults and trains businesses in communications both in what they say and how they say it. Decker programs are transformational, creating focus, confidence and effectiveness in every day communication. Over the past 30 years, Decker has continued to evolve and enhance its signature programs to help individuals create for their listeners the most effective communications experience possible. For more information about Decker Communications, please visit

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