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Release - Expansion and Leadership ReAlignment

Market Leading Coach Training School Announces Big Expansion Re-Aligns Leadership Team to Drive the Effort

SHREWSBURY, NEW JERSEY – May 11, 2016 – The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) – the market leader in coach training across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom – has announced that it is in the midst of a large expansion of services based around an extensive suite of new programs for its alumni community and ultimately the public-at-large, including a new digital media platform called, Mastermind Business Alliances, and a series of immersion and partner training programs.

As part of the expansion, iPEC’s Board of Directors, led by Founder and Chairman Bruce D Schneider, has announced that effective today, Joan M. Ryan will succeed Luke Iorio as Chief Executive Officer. Ryan previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Operations at iPEC. Iorio will now be dedicating his primary efforts to the company’s expansion. In connection with this transition, Iorio will continue to serve as President and as a member of the Board of Directors, after serving in the capacity of CEO over the last seven years.

This shift in responsibilities follows a 12-month cycle of rapid growth in the company’s coach training and certification space as both iPEC and the coaching industry continue to climb year after year.

“Throughout iPEC’s history, we’ve regularly shifted and pushed the company further, even during times of great prosperity and growth. This is the continuation of practices that have helped us be a leader in our space,” said Bruce D Schneider. “With this realignment today, we accomplish two big things critical for our strategic expansion. We place Joan Ryan, a bright rising star in this industry, at the helm of our core coach training business, which also brings us added expertise from the training and performance industry. And at the same time, we enable Luke Iorio, who was integral to our rise over the last decade, to join me and a few key team members to spearhead the growth of our new, exciting endeavors aimed at supporting not only iPEC’s expansion, but also raising visibility and credibility for the whole of our coach community as well.”



iPEC is expanding its program offerings to its alumni community as well as the public-at-large. Over the coming year, iPEC will be adding to its already highly-reputed COR.E DynamicsTM program, which provides mastery tracks within leadership, sports performance, and wellbeing. Additional immersion and mastery programs such as the Law of Being and Energy Leadership will soon be available as well. Many of these new programs will be paired with consumer-based personal and professional development programs that will attract new audiences to both iPEC and its graduate coaches.


The Live Lead Play Network was born from the stories, insights, and results of the thousands of coaches and experts who have graduated from and partnered with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). It is a multimedia platform – from blogs to podcasts to video hangouts and more – that addresses how to make the many, everyday aspects of individual’s lives just a little easier, a little sweeter, and a whole lot more fulfilling. Live Lead Play content streams include – LIFE (Transition, Spirituality, Purpose, Reinventing, Retirement, Fun & Enjoyment, Leisure); CAREER (Transition, Development, Advancement); RELATIONSHIPS (General, Dating, Professional, Parenting); HEALTH (Wellbeing, Stress, Fitness, Nutrition); MONEY (Beliefs, Budgets, Building Wealth and True Abundance); and LEADERSHIP (Vision, Teams, Communication, Decision Making, Navigating Change, and Driving Engagement).


Ryan is an 18-year veteran of the learning and performance industry and will now administer iPEC’s overall strategic direction and infrastructure, operations and compliance, market leadership, and business development across the company’s burgeoning verticals.

Prior to joining the ranks as CEO, Ryan provided strategic oversight to iPEC’s operational functions such as student support services, trainer and mentor involvement, information technology, employee relations, staffing, and budgetary controls. Most significantly, she has recruited a handful of highly talented employees.

Additionally, Ryan brings with her extensive experience in instructional and curriculum design, strategy implementation, and performance consulting. Some of her most notable accomplishments included influencing leverage model efficiencies, crafting national policy, and building strategic relationships on behalf of professional services leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. - Additional biography


After becoming the company’s youngest CEO at age 32, Iorio was soon recognized as one of New Jersey’s elite Forty Under 40 prodigies, while helping to position iPEC as a Best Place to Work, and nabbing a top 10 spot amid Leadership Excellence Magazine’s Leadership 500 list. Iorio is a graduate of Fairfield University and a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. He also holds his ICF credential as a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC).

Under Iorio’s tenure, iPEC graduated over 10,000 certified coaches and Coach CentricTM leaders, increased school enrollment by 400%, and expanded the number of accessible coach training locations – growing from five locations to 18 across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Additionally, Iorio has grown iPEC from one division to five, spanning corporate, leadership, education, wellbeing, sports performance, and graduate programming, while attracting industry-leading giants such as MGM Luxor Excalibur Hotels, NASA, and branches of the U.S. Military.


The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) offers the most comprehensive and experiential coach training program in the world and remains a pioneer in the field of human potential. An ICF-accredited Coach Training Program, iPEC is the originator of the COR.E Dynamics CoachingTM process – the most effective leadership framework and change process in use today. Founded in 1999 by Bruce D Schneider, MCC and Ph. D., the Institute graduates Certified Professional Coaches in the specialties of life, transition, health and wellness, relationship, small business, corporate, and executive coaching and operates in 18 major cities across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

In addition, iPEC offers highly successful and powerful leadership engagement programs to corporations, governments, K-12 school districts, universities, and non-profit organizations, around the world. Visit

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