Acumen: Sharpen, Challenge, Inspire

A Platform for Growth: You. Your Company. Your Equity. Your Profit. Your Culture. Your People. Your Leadership. Your Impact.

About Acumen

Built for CEOs and Owners of strong and growing companies, Acumen is a mastermind community designed for passionate people who work with vision and strive for impact.

Acumen is designed for CEOs and Owners who want to sharpen their edge, growing their companies with strategy and a foundation of integrity.

At Acumen, our CEOs and Owners gather bold insights, experience big and brave results and make lasting impact. The partners of Acumen are driven just as much by our values as we are by our vision. We believe in running our companies with integrity, and doing work with excellence.

Our values are our foundation and our beliefs drive our actions. No one has all the answers, but we are all humble and all teachable. Benchmarks, ROI and the bottom line are critical — but at Acumen, we know it’s how we do business that can drive impact.



To create catalytic communities that sharpen, inspire, and challenge CEOs and ignite a higher standard of influence, impact, and performance.

With shared values, virtues and beliefs, we at Acumen spur each other on towards strong leadership in business and in life. We come together at Acumen to reach new heights in our companies, our communities and our lives.



Facilitate Catalytic Communities that Maximize our Platform of Influence, Impact, & Performance


The Acumen Distinctives

Our Team

Drew Hiss

CEO + Growth Catalyst

Drew Hiss launched his outsourced payroll and HR technology solutions company, Checkdate Solutions, in 1994. The entrepreneurial dream, Drew experienced much success, but not without many failures.

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Joe Calhoon

Growth Catalyst

Joe Calhoon launched his speaking and consulting career in 1986. By the mid-1990’s, Joe was one of the most requested and highest-rated speakers with The Covey Leadership Center.

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Randal Linville

Growth Catalyst

Randal Linville has over 35 years of experience and success as a commodity market trader, international business executive and corporate board leader. He brings expertise and a myriad of connections…

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Sarah Hiss

VP of Operations

Sarah is the Vice President of Operations for Acumen

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Dan Cooper

President + Growth Catalyst

Dan Cooper co-founded ej4, a video-based online training company, in 2003, and was its CEO until selling in 2012. During his time with ej4, he grew the company from a startup to a nationally-recognized firm.

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Tim James

Growth Catalyst

Tim James rose through technology ranks to lead companies in Healthcare, Scientific Research, Software, Publishing and Distribution, spanning both for profit and non-profit arenas.

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Colleen Schorgl

Client Experience Coordinator

Colleen is the Client Experience Coordinator. Her job is to strive for the perfect client experience and making each interaction the best it can be.

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Case Dorman

“The Acumen community has been an invaluable resource for me personally and the key leaders of our firm. The DNA of what makes Acumen unique around the notion of a "higher standard" can be found throughout our organization and leadership approach. The unique combination of competence and confidentiality with a group of high-performing peers is a catalyst for greater leadership effectiveness. The affinity model aligns me with like-minded owners who share similar attributes and challenges.”

Jon Schram

“The major difference I've experienced [with Acumen] is the authenticity, transparency and ‘get-real’ factor associated with this group. We share a common value and belief system and that makes an incredible difference in the connectedness and counsel of our team — the stakes are higher! It's a high-performing team for a much Higher reason!”

Bob Meyers

"Being challenged by a group of other leaders each and every month with key performance indicators and holding each other accountable has made me a better leader and it's helped me to transition my team into better leaders. Leadership at our company is now really an activity rather than a position. I travel in from Florida for Council each month – the newer guys have asked me why I do that… it’s because Acumen is such an impactful part of my life that I wouldn't miss it."

Dustin Doll

"The ROI for me and my business has been tremendous. Our firm continues to grow at record levels and the wisdom and insight provided by my fellow advisors has been a catalyst for not only our growth, but my maturity and effectiveness as a leader of people. I realize now that ROI doesn't just mean "investment" it also means “influence.” I realize more than ever that my business is an incredible platform for influence!"

Dr. Mike Strouse

"What I love about Acumen is the group are all committed to the same values and the same principles and the recognition that you have to be hitting on all cylinders to be successful. Acumen does accountability like no other group I've ever experienced. Investment in strategy, planning and collaboration is what fuels a company (and your life) to go forward -- you have to make time for it. ROI has a lot of layers – Acumen will engage you to make your life, business, and family better – real ROI."