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Dean M. Brenner

Dean M. Brenner

President & Founder

Dean Brenner is a recognized expert and teacher of persuasive communication skills. Dean founded The Latimer Group in 2002 and has built it into a powerful company that teaches persuasive communication skills to a global client list of Fortune 500 clients. Dean brings every element of his background – a business coach, an Olympic-caliber athlete, a team leader, an entrepreneur and business owner, a husband and a father – into every client interaction. Dean has coached c-suite executives, business leaders, sales teams, technical experts and professionals across a wide range of industries and from across the globe. He is also a popular and dynamic keynote speaker and a twice-published author.

Professional Credentials

  • President & Founder, The Latimer Group (2002 to present)
  • Chairman & Team Leader, US Olympic Sailing Team (2004-12)
  • Executive Coach, The Clarion Group (2001-02)
  • Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services (1995-2000)
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  • Sharing the Sandbox: Building and Leading World-Class Teams in the 21st Century, 2012
  • Move the World: Persuade Your Audience, Change Minds and Achieve Your Goals, 2007

Academic Credentials

  • MBA Finance, Olin School of Business at Babson College
  • MA English Literature, University of Warwick, Coventry, England
  • BA English Literature and Government, Georgetown University

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Amy E. Fenollosa

Director of Coaching & Talent Development

Amy Fenollosa brings 20 years of professional experience to her role at The Latimer Group. As an executive coach, lead facilitator, keynote speaker and content designer, Amy transforms her client’s communication. Through coaching, she helps leaders discover their authentic style, enhance executive presence, and develop confidence in their communication ability.
Amy draws on her background from the corporate and non-profit worlds to help leaders achieve their goals.  Her passion is enabling people to discover their voices and develop the courage to speak up and speak out.

Professional Credentials

  • Director of Coaching and Talent Development, The Latimer Group
  • Director of Learning, The Latimer Group
  • Director of Professional Development, EF Education
  • Senior Consultant, Tandem Solutions
  • Executive Director, Guilford Fund for Education


  • Relevance and Rigor: Executive Education as a Lever in Shaping Practice and Research Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2007
  • Speaking Up: How Patient and Physician Voices Shaped a Trial to Improve Goals-of-Care Discussions The Patient – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, 2017

Academic Credentials

  • EdM Adult Education and Leadership, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • BA English Literature and Cinema, Denison University

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Dan J. Cooney

Director of Business Development

Dan brings 30 years of marketing, sales, and communications expertise to his role at The Latimer Group from the insurance, financial, energy, internet, and not-for-profit sectors.  Dan’s broad experience enables him to quickly attune to a client’s industry language, metrics, and pressure points. He develops the trust and rapport necessary to support client objectives as they are developed, explored and achieved.  Dan highlights the importance of communicating in a way that is easy to consume and that persuasion is more about “pull than push.”  In the end, business value is built when coworkers are synchronously motivated and aligned.  His coaching identifies and accentuates natural strengths while illuminating areas that hold leverage for substantial gains in skills.

Professional Credentials:

  • Senior Facilitator and Director of Development, The Latimer Group
  • Chief Marketing Officer, US Sailing
  • Director of Advancement, Sea Education Association
  • Senior Account Executive, Yahoo!
  • Risk Financing Analyst, Liberty Mutual
  • Executive Director, State of Oklahoma Washington, D.C. Office
  • Director of Finance, Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Campaigns
  • Past director of Community Nurse Hospice Fairhaven, Community Boating New Bedford, Sail America and past Commodore of the Beverly Yacht Club

Academic Credentials:

  • MBA, UNC Kenan Flagler Business School at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Bowdoin College