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About Onward

At Onward Coaching, we work to equip business leaders to move their companies and themselves to where they want to be. We don’t just lecture or provide “how to” information.

Instead, we come alongside executives and their teams with dynamic, personalized tools that show them how to become more effective.

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Onward Coaching exists to help the CEO find their way ahead. We do this by providing unique tools, frameworks and coaching, leading to clarity of direction and growth toward where they can go. Through our association with Five Capitals, we help business leaders reach their ultimate destination.

Meet Our Guides

Brandon Schaefer


Brandon serves as President of Onward Coaching. He has a passion for developing leaders and serves as a coach for a number of different CEO's, executives, and other organizational leaders. He’s a gifted teacher, trainer, and leader. In addition, he is Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Certified. He is a a graduate from Iowa State University in International Business and Spanish. After graduating, Brandon worked for Motorola in Glasgow, Scotland and Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis in their strategic marketing departments respectively. After years in the corporate world, Brandon served as the Adult Discipleship Pastor at East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, then as the Pastor of Discipleship, Leadership and Outreach Ministries at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY. He’s married to his lovely wife T.J. and has three daughters. The Schaefers live in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Jay Hidalgo

Certified Coach - StratOp Facilitator

Jay has an impressive track record in helping companies achieve and exceed growth goals. Throughout his career, he has helped national and international companies improve performance in areas of Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service. Before joining Onward Coaching, he served as Chief Marketing and Sales officer for Weldaloy Products, where he significantly increased sales and business pipelines. Throughout his career, Jay has worked with, trained, and consulted companies such as Herman Miller, Michelin, Eloqua (now part of Oracle), Ariba, General Motors, Medtronic, NCR, Harte-Hanks, Toshiba, Rubbermaid, and Pitney Bowes. Jay is also a Certified StratOp Facilitator. Jay, his wife, and four children live in Grand Rapids, MI.

Cory Carlson

Certified Coach

Cory Carlson is passionate about connecting people to greater performance and more significant purpose. He coaches companies and business leaders in the areas of leadership, team development, and business growth. Cory's background includes serving as National Sales Manager for Hartco, Inc., a vinyl manufacturer based in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to this, Cory was President of Sales for Ground Works Solutions, a contractor specializing in soil stabilization and infrastructure rehabilitation in 31 states, where at one point had a team of 30 sales personnel. At GWS, the sales team doubled the sales engineer generated revenue during Cory’s 3-year leadership. Cory has also held executive positions with Contech Engineered Solutions, a national leader in civil engineering products. Cory has a Civil Engineering degree from University of Missouri, and a MBA from Rockhurst University. Cory also serves on the Board of Directors for the Aruna Project, a non-profit providing sustainable employment to woman in Southeast Asia. Mr. Carlson lives in Cincinnati, OH with an awesome wife and 3 amazing children.
Nicole Garritano

Nicole Garritano

Certified Coach

Nicole is a doctorally prepared nurse who maintains practice in both academia as nursing faculty and in the health care sector as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is passionate about helping people achieve a wholly integrated life with focus, purpose, and intention. Nicole helps individuals and teams develop strategic goals, increase leadership capacity, and problem solve obstacles preventing them from reaching their full potential. She is actively involved and holds leadership positions with several professional nursing organizations both nationally and regionally. Nicole received her BA in Speech Communications from Miami University and her master’s degree in nursing from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She completed her pediatric nurse practitioner training at Vanderbilt University and her doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati. Nicole lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and daughter.

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