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Jak Plihal comes to CEO Focus to extend his support of a renaissance in American entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the leadership development firm Being Solutions, and is a partner in The Warren Company — the firm that invented strategic alliances and established the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals.

Jak is proud of his work expanding innovative leadership inside many of the best small and large companies, including: Whole Foods, Google, Mozilla, PwC, Kaiser, Cisco Systems, American Express, General Engineering, and the Center for Environmental Health.

Jak’s transformational approach to executive and team development is delivered with low stress and high impact and has affected a range of bonfified performance breakthroughs in sales, marketing, product design, team culture, business structure and business development.

With experience coaching and training high performance teams across all major industries, Jak’s work is universal and reliable. Leading CEO Focus of the Bay Area, Jak brings CEOs proven methods to take their organizations to the next level of performance.

Jak enjoys married life, his three wonderful children, playing sports, and making music.


While the coaching approach of CEO Focus is peer group (mastermind) facilitation. CEO Focus supports company owners/senior managers with:

  • Strategic planning and internal communication
  • Sales and marketing integration
  • Alliances strategy & execution
  • Leadership and team development
  • Interim or supplemental general and alliances management
  • Personal growth including communication, relationships, health and wellness

Jak Plihal, President

CEO Focus of the Bay Area

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Bill has close to 20 years of hands on business and management consulting experience, working directly with hundreds of business owners to achieve their vision and financial goals. His consulting expertise is enabling business owners and senior management to improve operations, financial management, sales, and productivity. He also works with owners and families on M&A, business succession or selling the business. Bill has an exceptional skill to assess an organization’s big picture issues and then drill down to the changes needed at the detail level.

He has successfully built and managed three companies and brought in to turn-around another company. Bill has an experience spectrum ranging from large corporations to solo proprietor. Recently, Bill orchestrated the review, analysis and negotiations of $50 million dollar business transaction in Sacramento. He has performed fair market valuations on scores of businesses. He has assisted many firms in reaching the next level through strategic planning and sales & marketing planning projects. Bill has written and published more than 100 articles on various business topics including financial analysis, sales & marketing, ownership issues and general management topics. He has led dozens of seminars and training sessions as well as presented online webinars on topics such as; Business Planning, Sales and Marketing Planning, Merger & Acquisitions, Business Valuations, Financial Analysis, Workflow, Procedure Manuals, Employee Productivity and various other topics.

Bill is a master at balancing the hard and the soft skills in life and business. He is passionate about helping clients balance the practical “doing” tasks of building and leading great businesses, as well as the subtle “being” skills of management, handling stress, time management and fostering business/personal relationships.

Bill is one of those rare individuals who comfortable with guiding his clients through the nuances of what it takes to successfully run a business and showing clients how to live a fulfilling life. He is dedicated to assisting clients accelerate their growth beyond current limitations and to enjoy far more success, meaning and happiness. Bill brings together an engineer’s logical mind, business savvy, great interpersonal skills and a holistic approach to all his work.

He is a Dale Carnegie graduate and an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. He is also a member of the American Society of Appraisers and a Certified Insurance Counselor. Bill earned an Aerospace Engineering BS
from the University of Buffalo and worked on his Mechanical Engineering MS at Loyola Marymount University. He enjoys continuous learning and has over the years taken numerous classes on real estate, financial investments, business
management, and communication skills.


While the coaching approach of CEO Focus is peer group (mastermind) facilitation, CEO Focus supports company owners/senior managers with:

  • Financial Management: Financial Analysis, Budget Planning, Sales and Financial Projections, Cost Control & Expense Reductions, Business Valuations, Tax Implications and Benchmarking Research & Development: Strategic and Tactical Planning, Marketing Strategies, Sales Development, Competitor Analysis and Data Analysis, Business Management: Business Succession Planning, M&A Consulting, Compatibility Analysis, Negotiations on Sale or Purchase of Business
  • Structuring Terms of the Deal, Financial Projections & Feasibility, Impact & Synergy Assessment and Post Transaction Organizational Review



Bill Schoeffler

CEO Focus Nor-Cal

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