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From standout college player at Western Washington University to financial consultant with D. A. Davidson & Co. in Wenatchee; Wade Gebers has continued to believe in the benefits of a coach, even in the business arena. “I realized the importance of a coach as a college player. My coach helped me set and obtain my goals.” Gebers was the kicker for WWU from 1993 to 1996. Since 2005 Wade has worked with John McQuaig to set goals for his business and keep him accountable to meet those goals. “Using a sports analogy, John is similar to a coach to me.”

When Wade Gebers joined D. A. Davidson & Co. he started working with John because it was a major change in his business structure. “I needed to find a way to differentiate myself from the competition and I knew John could help me accomplish that. I’ve known John for five years and trusted him enough to hire him as what I see as a board of directors for my business.”

Gebers also utilizes a business planning method used by McQuaig called the One Page Business Plan. “The One Page Business Plan gives me a vision of where I want my business to be in 5 years. It also gives me an action plan of how to get there. If you have high goals in business, you can’t achieve them overnight. The key is to have a good foundation, and the One Page Business Plan gives me that.”

From working with McQuaig, Gebers has been able to improve his business in several ways. “We’ve improved our service and communications to our clients. We’ve also been able to increase our staff efficiencies. Working with John has given me a strong vision of where I want my business to be in the future.”

As for recommendations to other businesses about goal setting, Wade says, “Most individuals have goals for their business, but actually taking the time to write them down and holding yourself accountable, I believe, is the step you need to take your business to the next level.”

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