Our US Affiliates

Our US Team Affiliates

Peter Arthur-SmithLeadership Advisor

Leadership Solutions, Inc.®

New York, NY

Prior to establishing Leadership Solutions, Peter was associated with Mercuri Urval, a Swedish consulting firm, for more than 20 years. In 1981, the firm sent Peter to New York to establish a United States base of operations. Starting from scratch, Peter built the organization to five offices. The firm now operates in 16 countries with more than 1,000 consultants.

Peter was educated at Steyning Grammar School in Sussex, England; at an Army Telecommunications College; and was graduated from Sandhurst’s Short-Service Officer Course (the British West Point equivalent). He served as a British Army Captain in the Royal Corps of Signals. His army experiences took him to Europe and the Far East and included command of a special Globe Trotters Troop. He took advanced studies in organizational and social psychology at Leeds, Hull, and Nottingham universities. Peter also worked as a human resource executive at a British manufacturing company in Brighton, England, before joining Mercuri Urval.


Ed Frontera
Leadership AdvisorBoca Raton, FL
For more than 20 years, Ed has worked with various sized businesses, non-profit organizations, and private parties in facilitating a process of growth, strategic planning and conflict resolution. He is an experienced counselor, educator and business/project manager.As founder and CEO of a Boca Raton based publishing company, Ed spent the past 15 years assisting south Florida business leaders to position and market their companies for growth and success. During this same time, he was engaged by area professionals in the development of various educational programs. He co-founded programs in entrepreneurship, digital media and visual arts which have been successfully implemented in universities, museums and district schools.

Earlier in his career, Ed worked as the program administrator at the Jefferson Business College in New Jersey, where he facilitated the Implementation of classes in the various aspects of successful business practice. After receiving his Masters Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, Ed began his career in counseling and continues today to serve as an adjunct college professor. His post-graduate work in constructive conflict management was published in the Journal of Social Issues addressing “Problem Solving Styles and Effective Strategies of 3rd Party Mediation”. He went on to serve 4 years in the Office of Veterans Affairs, practicing personal conflict management and career counseling.

Ed is currently living in south Florida, with his wife of 20+ years and 3 sons. He is an avid youth athletics coach, twice named coach of the year by his league. He serves as communications consultant to the board of directors and special programs coordinator for a local chapter of the national not-for-profit organization, America’s Promise.

Denise Lalonde
Leadership AdvisorLeadership Solutions, Inc.New York, NYDenise Lalonde, Consultant and Facilitator, specializes in improving individual and organizational performance. With over 20 years of business experience and 12 years consulting, she is skilled at leadership competency development and change management at the executive level and uses a variety of processes and approaches to align widely diverse groups of stakeholders around issues of strategic intent, action, and profitability.

As a Program Director for the President’s Association, Denise designed and managed Executive Development conferences and courses for Senior Executives, focusing on leadership competency development, culture management, developing people, planning, organizing and control.

From 1995-2001, as Consultant/Facilitator for Holden Corporation, Denise coached, consulted and trained sales and marketing teams in building executive level, strategic relationships to sell multi-million dollar projects. She conducted assessments using competency mapping and other proprietary tools for identifying skills, competencies, aptitudes, and organizational attitudes to address organizational and employee development issues.

Denise then joined Deloitte Consulting January of 2001 in their Change Management practice, focusing on change leadership and communications of major technology implementations for clients. She began her own Consulting firm after taking a sabbatical in 2004.

She has a passion for facilitating dialogues which build collaborative relationships in the workplace and leverages the collective intelligence existing both inside and outside the organization. Through coaching, facilitating, and broadening perspectives on leadership, strategic planning, team-building, communication, core strengths and values, she helps companies and organizations identify the impact all these have on increasing organizational growth and profitability, in improving employee satisfaction and retention, and in achieving organizational goals and results.

She has co-founded a Special Interest Group, through the Organizational Development Network of Greater New York, that focuses on bringing strength-based philosophies to business and non-profits. Denise is also committed to bringing strengths-based, future-oriented dialogue and planning to the New York City Public Schools System.

A dynamic speaker, trainer and facilitator, Denise has delivered hundreds of seminars and consulted for companies on 5 continents.
She holds an M.B.A. from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York and a B.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University, New York .

Jim Leonhard
Leadershp Advisor,Leadership Solutions West,Sacramento, CAJim has worked nearly 40 years as an executive in large, medium and small for-profit businesses, including the last 19 years leading and managing his own companies. He is now utilizing his varied experience to help executives hone their leadership skills, and their organizations to adapt to change.

More about Jim:

Recently, Jim moved to the Sacramento, California region after working as a business broker in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jim spent 19 years in the telecommunications industry as an entrepreneur leading and managing his own organizations – the last 10 years as President of vorCOMM Communications, a domestic and international telecommunications consultancy. He also was founder and CEO of OptiMisers, Inc., a successful domestic telecommunications cost management firm that he successfully sold after 9 years of operation. Prior to that, Jim was a Partner in an international consulting firm providing economic and business counsel to a variety of clients. Earlier in his career, he worked in manufacturing including 5 years as Sr. VP and General Manager for a $20 million division of International Paint (a division of Courtaulds, Ltd at the time). Jim has also held executive positions in marketing, business and product development, and international operations with FMC Corporation and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.

Throughout his career, Jim has led organizations and built effective relationships with successful business owners and executives, attorneys, accountants, transaction specialists and financial advisors. His first-hand experience in many industries allows him to add significant value to almost any operation. Jim is always prepared to apply his business expertise and energy to get results for his clients. He enjoys working along side executives, business owners and entrepreneurs to reach their goals faster and with greater success than they imagined was possible.

Jim has a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a BES in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a licensed California real estate agent.


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