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The Kamis Group

 Strategies for Leadership and Life


The Kamis Group

 Strategies for Leadership and Life


Guiding Individual and Organizational Change

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Inspiring Presidents, CEOs, and Leaders to:

ü Succeed personally and professionally 

ü Identify and pursue your purpose and passion

ü Set business goals and create a life plan

ü Find more time for you through work-life balance 

ü Become self-aware and optimally effective

ü Be true to your desires and authentic with others 

ü Enhance relationships at work and home

ü Enjoy the journey on the way to success

ü Live a full life, on purpose without regret

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Russ Kamis — Testimonials


“What I like best about Russ’ training/facilitation skills is that he is organized, detailed orientated, with a deep breadth of organizational experience/knowledge.  He has a caring personality, is flexible to the groups needs, intelligent and compassionate.  Russ has extremely effective listening skills and the ability to challenge the status quo.  I would absolutely invite Russ to work with my company again given the experience with Russ over the prior 4 years. I rate Russ as a 10-plus!”

Bob Denning

President & CEO, Perry’s Ice Cream



“Russ Kamis is one of the sharpest people I know.  He has opened and raised our YPO Forum to a new level through his excellent coaching, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Russ is able to listen, analyze what a person said, then coach/redirect/question that person to bring out a new light/view of the situation.  Russ is an excellent coach.  He is able to integrate his varied life’s experiences with his professional knowledge and present it in an easily understood manner.  I rate him a ten out of ten.”

Steve Detwiler

President, Buffalo Crushed Stone



“As president of Insyte Consulting, I was excited to engage Russ to coach key members of our team and work with us on strategic planning.  Russ offers a unique value proposition as a certified coach, an experienced strategist and a successful CEO of a $100M+ manufacturing and technology company.  This combination of skills and experience has been a great resource for us and I would strongly recommend Russ to others.”

Benjamin Rand

President, Insyte Consulting



"Russ Kamis recently pulled off what we thought was the impossible for our ownership team.  Russ facilitated a retreat that led our four man team to reach significant decisions that have been nagging us for years.  Russ’s ability to understand and blend four very different perspectives together and gain consensus on strategy and direction was simply amazing.  Using his experience as a CEO of a fairly large corporation along with his experience as an executive life coach, Russ applied his skills and knowledge to stretch the ownership group to places and ideas that we, as a team, may have taken years to get to and see -- if we ever got there at all.  We would be hard pressed to find another person with the diverse background and experience that Russ brings to the table.  We are looking forward to working with Russ in the future as we implement our plans.”

Rick Muller

President, Inergex Inc.

& Executive Ownership Team



“Russ Kamis; an outstanding resource that I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years.  He is extraordinarily bright, well educated, and has operated at the highest executive levels in a number of businesses.  Russ is adroit, unassuming, and empathetic.  He is a very effective communicator.  His natural ability to lead us has been augmented by the ongoing training he has done and in achieving certified coaching status.  It is his nature to relentlessly strive to improve and add value to those he works with.  Russ’s training and facilitation skills easily exceed those of other resources that I have worked with.”   

Michael P. Modrzynski  

President, Allied Mechanical, Inc.



“I have personal experience with Russ Kamis as a trainer and facilitator in several capacities that include group-type settings as well as one-on-one coaching/mentoring.  I have seen Russ in “action” during several YPO Empire State educational meetings where his interactions and management of group dynamics was capturing and captivating.  On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), without hesitation Russ is a 10!  What I liked best about his training/facilitation skills is that Russ is very, very prescient.  He has and draws upon a world of experience behind his very contemplative style and demeanor; he listens very intently for the true message; is very non-judgmental and he is able to elicit a clear response/reaction from individuals in both group as well as one on one situations.  I would invite Russ to work again with my organization without hesitation.”

Mark Celmer

President, Exigence North America.



“What I like best about Russ Kamis is that he has been trained in public speaking which puts a professional polish on his delivery.  He is sensitive to the group, involves and responds well to the audience and he brings personal experience and connection with people to his facilitation.  I am looking forward to working with Russ again on two other upcoming training projects.”

Kel Shipman

President, C&D Machine Co.



“Russ Kamis and has a lot to offer and is an ideal life coach because he is:

1.  Balanced – He is by far the most well-balanced person that I know at keeping priorities in order for all areas of your life - wife, family, work, friends, time alone, and meeting new people too.

2.  Purpose driven - I am certain that if I looked in his day timer, journal, whatever...that he has a list of personal as well as professional goals set for the next 3 months, 1 year, and 5 years.  Goals he maintains, updates, and changes -- a rolling list of goals...and accomplishments.

3.  Capable of speaking to all people - From CEO to janitor, from sports fanatic to financial investor...Russ is able to relate to, and talk to, all people.  Whether it's just to say 'hi' to someone who happens to walk past, or to explain how an intake manifold on a combustion engine works, or to motivate a struggling product manager...Russ can speak to people in a manner they can understand.

4.  Analytical and logical – Russ is a trained engineer and adept problem solver.  When something captures Russ’ attention, he will go to the ends of the earth to find out more about it, learn from it, mull it over, and make use of it to the benefit of those around him.

5.  Caring - In the words he speaks and the actions he takes, it's obvious that Russ spend time on the things that are important – and for those (people/things) he shows a real devotion and commitment.”

Alex Dice

Manger, Lucent Technologies



“Russ has “got it!”  He kept he meeting fresh and moving.  Russ got a lot covered in one day – very effective.  He didn’t spend any time “fixing” anything that wasn’t “broken”.  Russ dealt with our issues and we will be a better Forum for it.”


Tom Grealish

President, Henderson Brothers



"One of the most effective retreat facilitators we have had.  Great at tailoring his approach and the program to our style and needs."

Jim Howland

Managing Director, Private Equity, Morgan Stanley



“Russ provided our group with a much needed re-orientation to the protocols and processes for an effective and meaningful forum experience.  His careful preparation for our forum retreat allowed us to hit the ground running and we accomplished more in 48 hours that we had on our own over the past two years.”

Noah Lapine

President, David S. Lapine Co., Inc.



"Russ is highly skilled in facilitating a group.  He gave us direction, made it safe, kept us on task.  He taught, explained and demonstrated a range of effective tools that would improve team effectiveness going forward.  Four words -- ‘Nice Job, He's Good’!"

Jeff Padovan

President, Polar Electro, Inc.



“Russ Kamis has a very calm way that draws you into identifying the bits and pieces of opportunity in your life.  He showed me how I can change my life in a more positive and fulfilling way and want to be held accountable for it.”


Mike Simplot

President, S-Sixteen



“Russ was a great facilitator – a solid 10.  He demonstrated great flexibility with the group.  A good listener, Russ tailored  the event to the group’s needs real-time while continuing to keep us on pace.   I feel our group will benefit enormously.”


Dave Nicklas
President, Vista Resources, Inc.



“Russ’ passion for helping others lead more fulfilling lives was clearly evident.  I am now more focused on what is important and have action steps to realize my dreams and desires.”

Mark Kadell

President, Thomas Cuisine



"Russ was able to quickly assess both the strengths and the weaknesses of our forum.  He provided our forum with useful tools which should help take our group to a higher level.  He was a very capable facilitator with great communication skills.  He has a very likeable personality which allows him to advance his ideas and gain ready acceptance.  He was able to effectively utilize the limited time which our group made available to him and insert helpful exercises as a means of allowing our members to get even better acquainted with one another’s aspirations".


Craig P. Schreiber

President, Northtown Automotive Companies



“We hired Russ to facilitate a one day forum retreat.  Our forum has a mixture of long time members and several newly integrated participants.  There was some skepticism in the forum as to the value of hiring Russ due to previous experiences with less effective facilitators in past retreats.  Russ DEFINITELY earned his fees and the respect of our members.  He helped us to get back to the basics of why we are in forum and steered us into thinking about how we could get more out of the experience.  The feedback from the forum members was extremely positive - even the old-timers felt that we made significant improvements in the alignment of the group.  Russ was also very helpful in providing exercises for us to pursue in future meetings to help sustain the momentum that we gained in our one day meeting.  I highly recommend him as a facilitator for a retreat or other business meeting.”

Richard Star

President, Shanstar./Cliffstar Corp.



“Russ, did a great job in squeezing it all in.  His approach to people and material made us feel immediately comfortable and we opened up immediately.  Russ was able to draw out issues in the presentation part that we would have not been able to do otherwise.  He integrates himself well.  In short order, it felt like he was a fellow member of the Forum Group working with us rather than for us.  His skills at are great – and we learned a lot from him.  I rate him a “10” and highly recommend him.”

Larry Eagan

President, Collins Electric Company Inc.



“Russ connected with our team quickly.  He was able to identify and assist in dealing with issues that have held our group back.  I found Russ extremely helpful in assisting me to indentify key beliefs that if changed would add tremendous value to important relationships in my life.  I recommend him highly.”

Rocco Falcone

President, Ace Hardware


“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.”

-Samuel Clemens


"Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them."

-W. Clement Stone


“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

-Ralph Waldo  Emerson


“Change is the only constant.”



“When the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

-Abraham Maslow


“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”

-Albert Einstein


“Sound strategy starts with having the right goal.”

                 -Michael Porter


“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.”

-Sun Tzu


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It is more important to life the life one wishes to live, and to go down with it if necessary, quite contentedly, than to live more profitably but less happily.”

-Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

- Albert Einstein


“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

- John Powell

Russ Kamis is a Certified Trainer,  Facilitator and Retreat Resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization, a peer network of more than 9,500 young global leaders in 75 nations, who connect to exchange ideas, create strategies, and achieve personal and professional growth. Learn more at (


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· Team Building

· Strategic Planning

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· Finding Purpose & Passion

· Creating a Life Plan


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Strategies for Leadership & Life