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As a consultant for our company, Tom Akins has invested his time to learn our culture and our people. This approach makes him very effective both as a leadership coach and as a facilitator with our executive team. Tom has assisted us in our ability to provide cohesive leadership for the organization that is rooted in a common vision. He can think strategically and is willing to provide honest and insightful feedback that is helpful as we work to achieve the vision for our company. I would recommend Tom as an executive coach and consultant for any company focused on a mission and vision that is designed to achieve results.

William F. Carpenter III, President & Chief Executive Officer, LifePoint Hospitals®


I have often left sessions with Tom Akins impressed with his ability to help us deal with our challenges and opportunities. As a consultant, his insight, advice and feedback have helped to make our discussions more strategic, focused, creative and fruitful. He is very effective at balancing the need to focus on both human and technical issues related to execution challenges and has been a great resource for me and our organization.

Nelson Marchioli, CEO, Denny’s

Global Payments

I highly recommend Tom Akins and Bright Star Leadership.  Our company hired Tom to provide leadership development and executive coaching, and we were very pleased with the results.  Initially, we thought it would be difficult to measure the benefit of this soft skill initiative.  In reality, we saw clear and immediate benefits for our executive in the form of improved leadership, communication, and decision-making.  This increased level of management effectiveness naturally cascaded throughout his organization, leading to positive bottom line results.  We would not hesitate to use the services of Tom Akins and Bright Star Leadership in the future.

Joe Hyde, President, International, Global Payments


Tom Akins is a seasoned management consultant with a gift for helping managers get the most out of their leaders. He brings a wealth of experience and insight to his clients, quickly grasping the obstacles that stand between business leaders and fulfilling their potential. Here at Merial, the leading animal health firm, we saw first-hand how Tom can both help improve individual performance and implement organization-wide initiatives that deliver results. I’d recommend Tom to any business that wants to optimize the performance of its people, especially in times of change.

Hod Nalle, General Counsel, Merial


Before I met Tom Akins a colleague described him this way: “Tom is the one we use to coach the CEO. He has the presence, experience and impeccable credibility to get through to the most difficult corporate leadership." 

That pretty much describes our corporate leadership and describes to perfection Tom’s performance with that leadership and in his role in helping to develop, from scratch, our company’s leadership development program. Tom’s role as a coach, teacher and course designer played a pivotal role in our culture change, leadership development program and in our efforts to institute a new set of core values.  His calm and thoughtful demeanor makes him the perfect coach, an engaging teacher and an inventive and flexible course designer.  We would have never been successful without Tom and his efforts were lauded continually by our corporate leadership.  I would use Tom again without hesitation and he has my highest recommendation to those who wish to be successful in their leadership endeavors.

Steve Dwyer, SVP Leadership Development, Alltel
Colonel USAR (retired)

Partial List of Clients

A partial list of current and former clients served by Tom Akins includes the following:

  • ACE Insurance
  • Aflac
  • Alcoa
  • Alghanim Industries
  • Alltel
  • AmSouth Bank
  • Angelica
  • AstraZeneca
  • Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Aventis CropScience
  • Bank of America
  • Caprē
  • Celanese
  • Celgene
  • Chick-fil-A
  • CNN
  • Coca-Cola
  • Computer Associates
  • Corning Photonic Technologies
  • Cox Communications
  • C P Kelco
  • Denny’s
  • Disney
  • EarthLink
  • Emory University
  • FedEx
  • GE
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Global Payments
  • Guardian Pharmacy
  • HCA
  • Hershey
  • Home Depot
  • Honda
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • ING
  • Lenovo
  • LifePoint Hospitals
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Louisiana Health Care Review
  • Lowe’s
  • McDonald’s
  • McKee Foods
  • McKenna, Long & Aldridge
  • Merck
  • Merial
  • Microsoft
  • Mohawk
  • Nortel
  • Petroleum Dev. Oman
  • Printpack
  • QuikTrip
  • RaceTrac
  • Regions Bank
  • Samuel Industries
  • Shaw Industries
  • Shell Chemical
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Siemens
  • SMC3
  • SunTrust Banks
  • Trico Marine Services
  • Toyota
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Union Planters Bank
  • Varig Airlines
  • VF
  • WellStar Health System
  • Winship Cancer Institute
  • Xerox