Circle of Experts

Meet our Circle of Experts. We are a team of compelling individuals brought together by an entrepreneurial spirit and the need to make a difference through inspiring, educating and motivating others. Each associate has differing areas of expertise to perfectly complement your needs. Learn a little more about each of us here.

  1. Yvette Poole
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    Owner, Founder of Yvette Poole & Associates and L’Cheriyve

    Yvette Poole, Managing Founder of Yvette Poole & Associates and L’Cheriyve, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. As the founder of Yvette Poole & Associates she’s worked with countless individuals and corporations on developing individuals’ unique talents to help people be happier, more effective and more motivated in their jobs. Prior to launching her own firm in 2005, Yvette enjoyed a lengthy career as a senior executive in the multi-housing industry while honing in her business acumen.

    The daughter of an Air Force officer, Poole moved extensively in her youth, teaching her adaptability and acceptance. Her travels also spurred an early interest in fashion, merchandising and boutique sales. Ever the adventurous type, Yvette is also a certified yoga instructor and a student of Ayurvedic medicine. Her curiosity, drive, intuition and experience all inspired the launch of her second company, L’Cheriyve – a company specifically for women, giving them a place to celebrate their femininity. This venture was a natural extension of her understanding of how human relationships are developed, encouraged and maintained.

    Yvette’s family life is equally as dynamic. Poole and her husband share a blended family of seven children, an experience that’s taught the partially reformed Type-A personality to finally say, “Why take life so seriously? Have some fun!”


    Conferences, Retreats, Strategic Consulting, Executive Coaching, Brand Development

  2. Valerie Sargent
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    President, Yvette Poole & Associates

    Valerie M. Sargent has a passion for bringing vitality to individuals and organizations. She began her career over 24 years ago as a leasing consultant in the multifamily industry, guiding her career through the years toward speaking, training, marketing, consulting and executive coaching. Today, as President of Yvette Poole & Associates, she is a dynamic presenter and consultant who loves inspiring others.

    Valerie is a Level I and Level II TalentSmart Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Certified Trainer, one of only about 700 individuals across the United States with this certification. She will help your employees increase their EQ, managing their emotions and relationships better on the job for maximum performance. Through her one-day “Discovering Emotional Intelligence” training helps teams work together more cohesively. Those who utilize her for EQ Executive Coaching find her to be insightful and authentic. Valerie’s signature message, “It’s in the Pause,” helps you understand how Self-Management skills preserve positive relationships in the workplace and beyond.

    Valerie also specializes in Multifamily Leasing, Sales, Customer Service, Leadership and Motivation. Her engaging and humorous presentation style creates a learning environment that is exciting, inspirational and memorable. By providing cohesive, educational and motivating experiences, Valerie takes pride in helping companies create effective and productive associates and teams who love their jobs. Areas of expertise include: Speaking, Training, Coaching, Marketing, Consulting, On-Boarding, Telecommunications, Team Building, Corporate Retreats and Leadership Conferences.


    Keynotes, Training, Emcee, Conferences, Retreats, Executive Coaching, Strategic Consulting

  3. Dan Terheggen
    danterheggenDan Terheggen

    Dan Terheggen is the CEO of Consolidated Smart Systems, which is one of the leading providers of ancillary services to the multifamily industry in the Western United States. Consolidated offers broadband services that include satellite television, high speed internet and VoIP. Consolidated has been providing service to the multifamily industry for more than 50 years.

    Dan currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Independent Multi-Family Communication Council (IMCC), an organization which represents independent broadband providers throughout the United States to the FCC and the multifamily industry. He has owned Consolidated for 40 years and built it to become the largest private cable operator to the multifamily market in California and Arizona.

    Dan’s involvement with Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and numerous trade associations has allowed him the opportunity to lead corporate retreats, provide strategic planning services and give keynote speeches to numerous industry leaders. Dan resides in Los Angeles County in California.


    Keynotes, Conferences, Retreats, Leadership Training, Strategic Consulting, Emcee

  4. Bryan Rader
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    Bryan J. Rader formed his new firm, Bandwidth Consulting LLC in 2007 to provide industry-wide participants in the multi-family technology industry with guidance and assistance on strategic business planning and operational challenges and issues.

    In 1996, he founded a start-up private cable company called MediaWorks in Atlanta, which he grew to be the largest operator in the southeastern U.S., and one of the rop PCOs for a decade. Clients included many well-known national and local property owners. In 2006, he sold his Atlanta, GA-based independent cable TV business, MediaWorks, the largest PCO in the southeastern United States, to DirecPath, a newly formed company with Hicks Holdings and DirecTV as its primary partners. His firm had roughly 40,000 MDU units and served such markets in the southeast as Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, West Palm Beach/Miami, FL, and Raleigh, NC. He was the CEO and Founder of Apartment MediaWorks LLC, and led the firm from its inception to sale in 2006.

    Bryan Rader resides in Chesterfield, Missouri today with his wife of over 20 years and two children. He is very active in a number of charity events including the support of autism awareness and research.

    Awards and Distinctions
    Bryan J. Rader has earned numerous awards and distinctions in the multi-family technology over the past fifteen years.
    • Selected as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Real Estate & Technology” in 2002.
    • Earned national “Cable Company of the Year” award in 1999, 2002, and 2003 for his company MediaWorks.
    • Selected as a Top 40 member in the Real Estate Telecom industry in 2006.
    • Awarded the Cornerstone Award for “Industry Excellence” in 2003.
    • Writes a monthly columnist for Broadband Properties magazine called “From the Operator’s Perspective.”
    • May 2002 – 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate & Technology


    Keynotes, Consultation: Technology, Connectivity

  5. Sylvie Obledo
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    Sylvie Obledo, a brand architect, communicates brand and trend intelligence, develops creative visual strategies, and produces inspirational assets that build brands. A trusted advisor to decision-makers, she guides entrepreneurs, executives, and creative teams on building consistency across all touch points of their brand.

    Her expertise of developing brand heroes and heroines ensures brand alignment of company ID systems, websites, marketing collateral, brand books, look books, still and moving images, products, services, environments, and experiences.

    Sylvie assessed brands and provided recommendations for Senior Management while at Whitaker International, a strategic lifestyle agency in New York City. As US Sales Agent for Novotex A/S, the first environmental apparel manufacturer in the world, she serviced clients including Garnet Hill, Hanna Andersson, and Patagonia, protecting their brand DNA’s throughout design and product development. While Fashion Director at Here & There in New York City, she attended European and American collections spotting and interpreting fashion trends for a client roster of retailers and manufacturers.

    When not consulting, Sylvie develops characters for performances in film, television, and theater. She devotes time to the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe in support of artists’ economic sustainability worldwide. A yogini, she enjoys learning about ancient wisdom for our modern world, mindful living, has fun trend spotting, loves traveling, and savors walks in nature. She lives in Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA.


    Brand Development for Startups, Brand Assessment, Brand Reinvigoration, Brand Extension, Brand Guardianship

  6. Merri Lee Marks
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    Merri Lee is known as the” Conscious Philanthropist.” She prides herself on giving back for social good and empowering others on how to give back and find reputable organizations. She is a big supporter of Charity Navigator, a site that evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of 6,000 of America’s largest charities.

    Merri Lee’s landscape design led her back into philanthropy after having children and becoming involved in their schools. She is involved with many charities and causes including The American Horticultural Society, Robinson Gardens of Beverly Hills, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s LENS: Photography Council, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Center Dance Arts at the Music Center, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Latina Dance Project.

    Merri Lee has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design from The School of Visual Arts in New York and a Master’s Degree in Painting and Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.


    Keynotes, Strategic Consulting