Steve started his training and consulting business in 1989, naming the company Expressively Speaking. At that time, he produced a video also titled “Expressively Speaking,” offering instruction in speech improvement and speaking skills. Clients soon encouraged him to develop programs addressing other levels of communication. After 14 years providing expertise in a wide range of communication topics through workshops and coaching including; Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Conflict Management, Change Management, and Team Building / Intervention, Myers-Briggs (Master Certification), Presentation Skills, and more. His company is now named Whiteford Resources. The new name better accommodates Steve’s expanded range of services, as well as a growing list of affiliate consultants. His current focus is embedding the game-changing findings of neuroscience into all of his work by developing and promoting simple, powerful practices.
He is known for his engaging, intuitive and practical approach in creating highly effective practices for change and growth in communication skills. Steve coined the caveat “crossing communication whitewaters” to incorporate the business name while acknowledging the core focus of his work – assisting people with the challenges of everyday interpersonal communication. He has been successful with a broad field of corporate clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, and in quite a variety of industries: high-tech / insurance / healthcare / fast food / consumer products / entertainment / retail – to name a few.
His background includes experience in sales, marketing, and management; segment directing for PM Magazine; on-camera consulting for Kathy Smith Lifestyles, acting in numerous episodic TV shows; working as a director, spokesperson, and narrator for corporate videos, and a passionate study and exploration of psychology and somatic practices. He has served as guest accent improvement specialist on Voice of America Radio Europe. His techniques for speech and speaking have been featured in articles in ENTREPRENEUR, TWA’s AMBASSADOR, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL, SPIRIT AT WORK, and IDEA MAGAZINE.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Boston University, where he majored in Theater and served as Assisting Teacher to the Professor of Speech. He has taught classes at Santa Monica Community College, Glendale Career College, Los Angeles Broadcasters, Professional Artist’s Group, and ESL Academy. He has also worked in alliance with Drake Beam Morin, as a counselor and trainer. He served as Managing Consultant for Drake Beam Morin, through an emergency interim and he has successfully partnered with several other Training Firms. He established many successful new programs while working for the University of Texas Professional Development Department, and assisted in refreshing training while working with the Texas Department of Safety.
Steve is certified for the EQi Emotional Intelligence instrument, EQ360, Meyers-Briggs / MBTI (Master Certification) and Neuroscience of Personality & NeuroPQ, Compass Learning Systems surveys, and Carlson Learning’s DiSC. The Hendricks Institute certifies him in Body Centered Transformation. He has completed Tom Crum’s Beyond the Gold conflict workshop, The Power of Influence with Robbin’s Research, Coaching to Excellence with New Ventures West, and Phillips Associates’ Train the Team Builder. He has also completed Dispute Resolution Services,’ 30 Hour Basic Mediation Workshop. He is certified in EDxTM, Fred Gallo’s Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods. Steve is currently enrolled in NeuroLeadership Group’s Results Coaching and CFI certification program. He is a member of ASTD, AHRMA and APTi.