The Latimer Group was born on The Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park in the fall of 2000. I was taking a few months away from life and work, traveling throughout the United States with my wife Emily. We were newly married, and spent several months hiking and camping in fifteen national parks. We had no major obligations, and a lot of time to think and talk about the life we wanted to create.
Starting a business was something I had always thought about, but the specific idea eluded me. And then, while we were enjoying the half light of the sunrise across the canyon during our hike back to the South Rim, Emily said the magic words… “You have always been a good public speaker. You should coach that.”
And with that, The Latimer Group was on its way to becoming a reality.
I grew up in a household where language mattered a great deal. My paternal grandfather was an attorney, a judge, and a teacher of English Literature and Classics at the university level. My father was an international corporate tax attorney. Both valued language, and the ability to express oneself clearly. Whenever I was sitting with adults, if I wanted to participate in the conversation, I better have had something to say… and it better have been well said. One could argue that the skills I leverage with The Latimer Group were developed around the dinner table, starting at about the age of eight.
The official launch date of The Latimer Group was the fall of 2002, and it continues to be my professional passion to this day. Along the way I have written two books, and am currently working on a third.
In addition, I spent more than twenty years pursuing my passion for racing sail boats. I learned to sail when I was twenty years old, and at twenty four began training for the US Olympic Team. My teammates and I finished a close 2nd at the 2000 Olympic Selection Trials (it was this disappointment that led me and Emily to take that national parks trip… funny how things work out sometimes.) Soon after, I was appointed to serve as Chairman and Team Leader for the 2008 US Olympic Sailing Team, and eventually for a second term in the same capacities for the 2012 Olympic Team.
The Latimer Group’s solution to the communication problems of the 21st century began with an idea on The Bright Angel Trail, utilizes coaching techniques learned on the path to the Olympic Games, and leverages skills sharpened through fourteen years of coaching clients on five continents.
My colleagues and I look forward to working with you to develop your world-class communication skills.
- Move the World: Persuade Your Audience, Change Minds, and Achieve Your Goals
- Sharing the Sandbox: Building and Leading Great Teams in the 21st Century
- MBA in Finance, Olin School of Business at Babson College
- MA in Shakespearean Literature, University of Warwick, England
- BA in English Literature and Government, Georgetown University