Meet our Team

  • Tom Palzewicz

    Managing Partner, Certified Business Coach

    After serving in the Armed Services on the USS Scamp, a nuclear submarine, Tom ventured into the world of accounting and finance, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting. He enjoyed a rewarding career in banking with Firstar, Marshall & Ilsley, Associated Bank and US Bank.  While working in corporate banking Tom discovered his passion lay in a much different arena – community growth and development.  He immediately recognized ActionCOACH would help him to achieve this vision.

  • Jim Palzewicz

    Founding Partner, Certified Business Coach

    Jim understands what it takes to start and grow a business, having started his first two businesses in his early twenties. He founded ActionCOACH of Elm Grove in March, 2004 with the intention of building the best business coaching firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and beyond. "I'm excited to help business owners achieve the success they dreamed about when they started their business. I believe that small business is the backbone of our economy, and that we need to grow jobs by helping small and medium-sized business owners to grow more successful businesses."

  • Rick Appleby

    Certified Business Coach

    After spending many years in high-level operations and manufacturing roles with some of the world’s largest companies, it is exciting for me to have the opportunity to work with business owners of all types, assisting them in taking their businesses to a higher level. Seeing owners experience dramatic improvement in their time management, financial performance, and team development is highly gratifying!

  • Jackie Zach

    Certified Business Coach

    Jackie has a well-rounded professional background, including management roles with a Fortune 100 Company, financial positions in the automotive industry and opening up a highly successful retail store in Brookfield, which she still owns today. She opened her retail store in 2008, just before the economic collapse. While many retailers were forced to close, Jackie's store thrived - which is a testament to her ability to own and operate a successful business.

  • Mike Thompson

    Certified Business Coach

    Mike has worked first-hand for over 25 years with a veritable “Who’s Who” list of Milwaukee-area client companies. His experience spans the manufacturing, services, distribution, banking, healthcare, insurance and non-profit sectors and includes the following functional areas: sales, sales management, tactical and strategic sales planning, marketing, public relations, staffing, and talent acquisition methodologies. Mike’s expertise is partnering with business leadership to develop solutions designed to help companies maximize their potential.

  • Todd Ruedt

    Certified Business Coach

    Born and raised in the Brookfield community, Todd's deep roots and passion for local business will set him apart with his over 3 decades in the services industry and over 17 years owning his own landscape company.

  • Gary Peavler

    Director of Strategic Partnerships

    Are you ready to take your business to a new level of success?  We've helped hundreds of business owners do just that.  My job is to make it as easy as possible for owners to understand exactly what ActionCOACH of Elm Grove is all about and to then 'take action' and connect with a coach at a workshop or a personal meeting to discuss their specific growth challenges.

  • Max Palzewicz

    Business Catalyst

    Max’s first stint with ActionCOACH involved a couple months’ worth of bank reconciliations and bookkeeping, but more importantly, an exposure to the culture that has shaped his worldview ever since.

  • Sara Diaz

    Finance & Operations Manager

    Sara is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management at WCTC, Pewaukee Campus. Her background as a Restaurant Manager for 5 years gave her the motivation to continue her learning and education in the Business field.

  • Molly Barnes

    Marketing Communication Specialist

    Molly is a 2016 graduate of St. Norbert College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Media Studies. She is very excited to be a part of the ActionCOACH of Elm Grove team as the Marketing Communication Specialist.