About Vertical Performance Enterprises

Vertical Performance Enterprises (VPE) is a U.S. veteran-owned leadership and management consulting company specializing in executive leadership development and organizational performance improvement. Our mission is to help leaders inspire their teams to create world-changing impact. We work with leaders in mission-critical industries to take their teams to the next level through the application of proven leadership principles and performance-improvement fundamentals that have consistently produced winning results in complex, uncertain, and dynamic operating environments. Our approach focuses on the integration of three essential areas: strategy, change management, and leadership development.

Our Approach

How we create value for our clients

  • Develop leadership capability and capacity within organizations so they can successfully scale and grow
  • Help CEOs create more time to think strategically and find personal balance by developing trusted next-level leaders
  • Accelerate the performance of senior leadership teams so they can generate returns exceeding investor expectations 

How we typically engage

  • Regular strategy and leadership thought-partnership sessions with the CEO
  • Executive leadership coaching for selected members of the senior leadership team
  • Facilitate alignment workshops and group leadership development with the senior leadership team
  • Collaborative leadership development forums (interactive training sessions) for next-level and next-generation leaders

 

Examples of recent and ongoing engagements

  • Leadership development workshops with numerous Fortune 1000 companies focused on how to lead high-performing teams
  • Executive coaching and group leadership development for a start-up biotechnology company that has grown more than 800% and raised over $650M while transitioning to a public company
  • Strategy and leadership development for a regional construction company achieving greater than 50% personnel and revenue growth in the past year during market uncertainty caused by pandemic-related material and labor volatility
  • Transformation of a dental organization involving designing, building, and developing a senior leadership team, raising employee morale and revenue to record levels while enabling the CEO to take an uninterrupted vacation for the first time in two decades

Example Leadership Development Topics

  • Building and Leading High-Performing Teams
  • Inspiring and Empowering Teams to Perform at a High Level
  • Developing a “Leader’s Intent” (Personal Leadership Philosophy)
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Giving Effective Feedback
  • Leading Difficult Conversations
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Prioritization and Time Management
  • Delegation and Supervision
  • Managing Effective Meetings
  • Leading Through Uncertainty and Adversity
  • Anticipating and Mitigating Risks
  • Problem-Solving
  • Leading Innovation and Change
  • Leading Through Influence
  • Crisis Leadership

Mission-Critical Industries Served

Core Values

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Service

  • Reliability

  • Trust

Integrity

We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct, ensuring that we always strive to “do the right thing for the right reasons.”

Trust

We are determined to be great teammates with our clients, always working together to create and maintain a culture of mutual respect and trust.

Professionalism

We are committed to setting the example through our own performance by “doing things right” with the rigor, depth, and dedication to excellence that our clients deserve.

Reliability

We are dedicated to ensuring our clients can count on us to be reliable, responsive, and results-oriented by consistently delivering on what we promise while constantly aspiring to exceed expectations.

Service

We believe in service before self, putting our clients’ needs ahead of our own because we only succeed when our clients succeed in reaching their full potential.

  • Integrity

    We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct, ensuring that we always strive to “do the right thing for the right reasons.”

  • Trust

    We are determined to be great teammates with our clients, always working together to create and maintain a culture of mutual respect and trust.

  • Professionalism

    We are committed to setting the example through our own performance by “doing things right” with the rigor, depth, and dedication to excellence that our clients deserve.

  • Reliability

    We are dedicated to ensuring our clients can count on us to be reliable, responsive, and results-oriented by consistently delivering on what we promise while constantly aspiring to exceed expectations.

  • Service

    We believe in service before self, putting our clients’ needs ahead of our own because we only succeed when our clients succeed in reaching their full potential.

David Robinson, CEO

David Robinson
Colonel, USMC (Ret)

Dave Robinson is a senior executive and retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel with over three decades of experience leading complex organizations and high-performing teams. A former combat fighter pilot and TOPGUN instructor who currently works with executive leaders to develop high-performing teams, Dave is an expert and international speaker on the subjects of leadership development and organizational performance improvement. He is the author of The Substance of Leadership: A Practical Framework for Effectively Leading a High-Performing Team and a consultant to companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100s across a wide array of mission-critical industries including finance, logistics, aviation, energy, safety, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and biotechnology.

As the CEO of Vertical Performance, Dave works with business executives at the intersection of strategy, leadership, change management, and continuous improvement to help leaders inspire their teams to create world-changing impact. He’s been featured in Harvard Business ReviewForbes, and Chief Executive Magazine, and he has also been a guest speaker at numerous Fortune 500 company training venues including GE’s Crotonville leadership institute in New York.

Prior to founding Vertical Performance Enterprises in 2011, Dave served in several executive leadership positions in the areas of strategy, operations, logistics, maintenance, safety, human resources, innovation, training, and education throughout his 25-year military career. He flew over 3,500 hours, 200 aircraft carrier landings, and 100 combat missions in the FA-18 Hornet, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for supervising over 20,000 combat missions and more than 2,000 medical evacuations while serving as the director of air operations in Iraq. In his final assignment, he was the commanding officer (CEO) of a $12B aviation enterprise where he managed logistics and sustainment for a fleet of 250 jet aircraft, and led over 2,500 personnel supporting global operations.

Dave graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, and subsequently earned a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He and his family live near Hilton Head, South Carolina.