Management Team


Ken & Margie Blanchard

Cofounders

In addition to being a renowned speaker, consultant, and bestselling author, Ken Blanchard currently serves as the Chief Spiritual Officer of Blanchard. Marjorie heads Blanchard's unique Office of the Future—a think tank charged with shaping the future of both the training industry and the company. She served as president of the company from 1987–1997, and was instrumental in leading its rapid growth and success.

Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Margie Blanchard received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Tom McKee

Chief Executive Officer

Tom McKee is the CEO, Family Business Manager, and co-owner of The Ken Blanchard Companies. Since starting with the company in 1987, he has also held the positions of CFO, General Manager, Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining The Ken Blanchard Companies, Tom worked in the restaurant and food industry for 12 years. He was in management with The Rusty Pelican Corporation, and was an account executive with Lady Baltimore Foods in Kansas City. Tom helped found the Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) program with the University of San Diego, as well as the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom’s other Board Member participation has been with The Better Business Bureau, The Private Industry Council and Workforce Partnership, The Golf University of San Diego and The Instructional Systems Association (ISA).

Tom earned his bachelor's degree in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
 

Howard Farfel

President

Howard Farfel, President of The Ken Blanchard Companies, has nearly 20 years of sales, marketing, business strategy, and general management experience. Prior to his current role, Howard served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and started with Blanchard as COO of Coaching.com.

Before joining Blanchard, he spent six years at The Upper Deck Company, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company. Howard also worked in the brand management function at Clorox and, prior to that, he was with Bain & Company, one of the world's leading strategy consulting firms, where he helped develop and implement strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies.

Howard received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University.
 

Scott Blanchard

Principal and Executive Vice President

Scott Blanchard is Principal and Executive Vice President of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is also co-founder of Blanchard’s Coaching Services, which has coached more than 10,000 clients worldwide. Since joining Blanchard, Scott has played a number of different roles, including trainer and organizational consultant. As a Senior Consulting Partner, Scott led major training interventions at numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Scott is the author of several books, including Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest coauthored with Madeleine Homan, Leading at a Higher Level, and is the coauthor of Blanchard Coaching Essentials training program.

Scott was educated at Cornell University and received his Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from American University in Washington DC.
 

Shirley Bullard

Chief Administrative Officer

Shirley Bullard has been Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Personnel Officer for Blanchard since joining the company in February 1998. In February 2008, Shirley was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer where she has taken on additional roles on the Blanchard Leadership Team, overseeing Client Delivery Management and Operations departments, partnering on Talent Management, as well as various corporate projects.

Prior to joining Blanchard, Shirley worked for the Poway Unified School District as both the Director of Personnel Support Services and Director of the Personnel Commission during her 10 years there. Prior to her time in Poway, Shirley’s industry experience included more than 15 years with the U.S. Navy as a civilian employee.

Shirley attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law (formerly Western State University College of Law) in San Diego, receiving her juris doctorate and bachelor of science in law degrees in 1985.

Allison Pico

Chief Financial Officer

Allison Pico is the Chief Financial Officer with The Ken Blanchard Companies, joining the company in January 1998.

Prior to joining Blanchard, Allison was the Controller and Treasurer with Pacific Basin Foods, a food distribution company servicing restaurants throughout the United States. Before Pacific Basin Foods, Allison worked for Ernst and Young and Hewlett-Packard. Her primary responsibilities at EY involved working with companies on the selection and implementation of computerized accounting systems. At Hewlett-Packard, she worked as a cost accountant.

Allison holds an active CPA license in the state of California. She is a graduate of the MSEL program, a master’s program co-sponsored by the Ken Blanchard Companies and the University of San Diego. She holds an MBA from San Diego State University, with an information systems emphasis, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University.
 

Debbie Blanchard

Executive Vice President, North America

Debbie Blanchard is the Executive Vice President, North America for The Ken Blanchard Companies. She focuses her energy on leading business development and client services, recruiting, and creating the organizational structure for future growth. Debbie joined Blanchard in 1990 and has served in marketing, sales, and relationship management roles throughout her career. Debbie’s experience outside of Blanchard has included being the Executive Director of Conference Planning for Success Magazine. She also taught executive level English for Berlitz International while living in Concepcion, Chile.

Debbie received a master’s degree in executive leadership from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in organization development from American University in Washington, DC. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
 

Wendy Wong

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Wendy Wong is Senior Vice President of Marketing for The Ken Blanchard Companies, where she leads integrated marketing and global branding for the organization and its worldwide affiliates.

Wendy brings 20 years of experience in all aspects of marketing strategy, having led digital marketing and branding at HNC Software/FICO; and strategic marketing and e-commerce initiatives at Dun & Bradstreet. At D&B, she held a dual leadership role in strategic planning and marketing communications.

Wendy received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
 

Jay Campbell

Vice President of Product Development

Jay Campbell is Vice President of Product Development for The Ken Blanchard Companies, responsible for the development and management of the company’s product offerings.

Prior to joining Blanchard, Jay served as Head of Product Innovation for Experian Consumer Direct, the top provider of consumer credit reports. Before Experian, Jay was Vice President of Product Management at Kelley Blue Book. Jay also served as Vice President of Product Development for Monitor Group, driving the design and development of the company’s technology-enabled products and services.

Jay has engineering and economics degrees from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Boston College.
 

Joni Wickline

Vice President of Professional Services

Joni Wickline, Vice President of Professional Services, has more than 20 years of sales, business operations, and general management experience. Her responsibilities at The Ken Blanchard Companies includes overseeing all associates responsible for service delivery, including consultants, trainer & facilitators, design & development associates, and executive coaches.

Joni has worked collectively for The Ken Blanchard Companies for over 18 years. She was a top performer in the sales organization for many years, then left the organization for a few years and returned to launch the Coaching Services division in the year 2000. Joni was responsible for coach recruitment and development, client management for coaching engagements and was promoted to lead the Coaching organization in 2007.

Joni earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a masters degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and in May 2011 completes her Master of Science in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. Joni also has a number of assessments certifications and she is certified coach through Corporate Coach University.