Chuck Gumbert Turnaround Specialist, Mentor, Business Coach & Advisor

Chuck Gumbert, a true Turnaround Specialist, has utilized a wealth of life and business experience, as well as a knack for overcoming challenges, to guide numerous clients to success. One of Chuck’s first major challenges—overcoming the debilitating effects of polio at age 2—did not stop him from eventually participating in high school athletics and later becoming a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, graduating at the top of his class. His drive for accomplishment led to him climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and becoming a nationally recognized business leader, entrepreneur, speaker, and mentor.

Chuck has been heavily influenced by historic leaders in both business and the military—most notably motivational speakers Zig Ziglar, Darren Hardy, Jim Rohn, and author Eli Goldratt, as well as General George S. Patton.

Core Principles Define Chuck Gumbert’s Business Philosophy

Chuck has applied his core principles and proven business Success Model in the business world, advising corporate leaders and their teams on how to achieve predictable and consistent success. A true leader in an ever-changing America, Chuck is known for his high integrity, pristine character, drive, and ability to “get the job done” – no matter what the circumstances. He has the unique ability to quickly diagnose complicated problems and breakdowns within an organization, rally the troops to get everyone on board working towards a common goal, and launch a solid success strategy for improved and accelerated performance.

What is a “Turnaround Specialist?”

A turnaround specialist is a professional with expertise in analyzing and implementing effective strategies to revive struggling or underperforming businesses. Their role typically involves identifying the root causes of a company’s challenges—whether they’re operational, financial, managerial, or related to market competition—and crafting a comprehensive plan to address these issues, stabilize the business, and lay the groundwork for sustainable growth and profitability.

Key attributes and skills of a turnaround specialist include:

  • Strategic Vision: Ability to see the bigger picture and devise long-term strategies that align with the company’s goals.
  • Analytical Skills: Proficiency in diagnosing problems and identifying inefficiencies within various aspects of the business.
  • Leadership: Strong leadership qualities to inspire confidence, motivate teams, and drive organizational change.
  • Financial Acumen: Deep understanding of financial management to improve cash flow, reduce costs, and increase profitability.
  • Operational Expertise: Experience in optimizing business processes and supply chains for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills to negotiate with creditors, engage stakeholders, and rally the workforce around a common vision.

Turnaround specialists often work with businesses facing critical challenges that threaten their survival, including financial distress, declining sales, leadership vacuums, or disruptive market changes. They might serve in advisory roles or take on executive positions, such as a CEO or COO, to steer the company through its recovery phase. The goal of a turnaround specialist is not just to avert immediate crises but to implement sustainable practices that ensure the company’s long-term success and growth.

Chuck’s demonstrated success includes:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Organizational Alignment and Accountability
  • Turnarounds / Transformations
  • Improved Operational Performance
  • Business Growth

Chuck’s business experience includes:

  • CEO, COO, President, Vice President/General Manager, Director
  • Executive Director – Wichita Executives’ Association
  • Interim Executive Leadership
  • Business Advisor
  • Acquisition Integration
  • Operations Leader
  • Business Development
  • OEM & MRO Activities
  • Multi-Site Management
  • President – ICT LEADS

Chuck’s industry experience includes:

  • Oil & Gas Pipeline Maintenance & Construction
  • Power Generation
  • Heavy Industrial & Industrial Gas Turbine Components (HIT/IGT)
  • Telemetry & Data Link Antenna Systems
  • Aerospace Turbine Engines & Components
  • Aircraft Structures & Assembly
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Conversions
  • Electromechanical Assemblies & Components
  • Aircraft Instruments & Avionics
  • Aerospace OEM & MRO
  • ‘Fast Track’ New Product Introduction
  • AS9100/ISO9000
  • Numerous small to medium-sized businesses

Chuck’s education includes:

  • University of Texas at Arlington – BBA
  • Six Sigma – GE Engine Services
  • Theory of Constraints – Goldratt Institute
  • Critical Chain – Goldratt Institute
  • Strategic Leadership – Center for Creative Leadership
  • US Navy Officer & Flight Training