Spotlight: Marc A. Wolfe

SPOTLIGHT: Marc A. Wolfe

Marc A. Wolfe

1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I grew up in a small diverse middle-class town in Northern NJ (Bergen County) and yes the Italian food and bagels were fantastic. My wife is from the Midwest (Indiana) and wanted to be closer to her family and leave the NJ taxes and weather behind so my bride and our two daughters looked for a town that we would never have to leave and we found Franklin, TN. Now we make our Italian food at home ;-)

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?

Most of my career has been starting and running my businesses - from being a freelance press photographer capturing notable Americans like Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Jackson, George HW Bush, and Supermodel Cindy Crawford to starting an Apple consulting firm in the 1990s. My consulting firm worked with corporate executives and it was then that I realized people were being undervalued. I later surmised that coaching was what they needed so they could have a different perspective and a voice, and now I help them see how they can develop and Turn Conversations into Outcomes.

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

I am professionally curious and love to understand people and help them see their potential. Executive Leadership Coaching and Development is a natural extension of assisting business leaders to impact the people that are entrusted to them, as well as their organization and ultimately everyone an individual interacts with.

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

The greatest challenges and rewards are intertwined. I will be an active coach for the rest of my life. The exciting challenge is reinventing myself to continue to be relevant, evolving, and aware of how to serve clients differently as the world and demand continue to grow and change. It’s not changing my Why but changing my How.

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?

When I was 9 years old I was in a NJ public grade school and it was the late 1970’s. The problem was I was asked to leave that public school. Why? For helping other students during class understand their work. When the teacher didn’t assist with explanations, students asked me, not for answers, but for a better way to explain the problem. By doing so, I was considered a "disruption" and received a private tutor (paid for by the school) and received A's. The teacher was later also asked to leave but that was for lack of engagement. I guess I was coaching even back then.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

I love my wife and our 20 and 22 year old daughters and we enjoyed (pre-COVID) traveling. I would always include a random location like the Pez factory in CT, the RT 11 Potato chip factory in VA or the largest paint can in PA. We also enjoy food (if you haven’t noticed) so we would pick a food focus in each city we visit, like Cannolis in Little Italy, Boston, Sushi in Seattle, and Lobster in Maine. Yum, Food is Life.