Our Team

Phillip Van Hooser

Founder & President EMAIL

“Leadership is NOT position. Leadership is the ability to offer service AND the willingness to take action.” ~ Phil

Phil Van Hooser is a leadership training expert, Hall of Fame keynote speaker and author who helps new (and not-so-new) managers transition into great leaders!

Before starting Van Hooser Associates, Phil was responsible for Employee Relations, Human Resources and Safety Training for FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and major consumer products companies. His career included work with material handling leader, HYSTER®, automotive parts supplier, Dayco Products®, as well as top consumer brands, Tidy Cats® and ClosetMaid® to lead and train their most important resource – their people.

His participative leadership approach helps frontline supervisors, mid-level managers and senior management teams strengthen employee relations and engagement to achieve growth and competitive advantage.

Phil’s latest book, Leaders Ought To Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, is a must-read for leaders feeling the pressure to perform.

His professional accomplishments and volunteer efforts include:

-- Member and Past President, National Speakers Association
-- National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional
-- National Speakers Association, Council of Peers Award of Excellence (Hall of Fame)
-- Member, Board of Directors, Farmers Bank & Trust Co.
-- Advisor, Mentor & Coach, Vision 2050 Emerging Leader Development

In 2014, Phil started a non-profit initiative for the development of rural-area millennial leaders, Vision 2050. Calling it one of the most rewarding efforts he’s ever been part of, Phil serves as advisor, leadership instructor, mentor and coach for 25 to 35 year olds seeking leadership growth and training.

Phil enjoys pheasant hunting, teaching his 7 grandkids some new trick or joke, and exploring new places and opportunities with his wife, Susan!

Alyson Van Hooser

Business Development Strategist EMAIL

Alyson loves helping people! She loves building client relationships to help companies and individuals find the resources they need to grow in their leadership abilities. She develops and executes sales, marketing and social media strategy for Van Hooser Associates.

Her management experience with Walmart® and sales and marketing experience with top banking and insurance groups in Kentucky helps her understand the leadership issues of highly competitive organizations – especially as it relates to developing millennial leaders.

A few of her professional accomplishments include:

-- B.S. Marketing & Management, Murray State University
-- Kentucky Banker’s Assn, General Banking Graduate & Certified Electronic Banking Officer
-- Leadership Kentucky Graduate
-- Council Person, City of Princeton, KY
-- Charter Member, Vision 2050 Emerging Leaders Development Program
-- Young Professional of the Year, Princeton – Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce

“I’m one part wife, three parts mom, part break-dancer with mediocre skills and 100% all-in when it comes to developing leaders! With the experiences and successes I have had, how could I not share them with the world! When it comes to management and leadership, Phil knows what he is doing, so I am thrilled to add to the Van Hooser Associates team. I believe the dichotomy between Phil’s experiences and mine makes for a great learning environment for today’s diverse workforce.” ~ Alyson

Susan Van Hooser

Administrator EMAIL

Since its inception, Susan Van Hooser has provided administrative management, marketing and sales support for Van Hooser Associates, Inc.

She manages all day-to-day details for the company, while providing a friendly point-of-contact with all clients. Her responsibilities include new business development, brand development, product development as well as copywriting and publishing. Her financial experience includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, inventory, tax preparation and reporting. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Murray State University.

Susan's community involvement includes work with:

-- Vision 2050 / Vision West Kentucky Emerging Leader Development
-- IGNITE Caldwell Community Based Development Team

Her happy place is in the midst of her family -- 3 loving (and loud!) children and their families which include 7 beautiful (and loud!) grandchildren! Or out for a run on the quiet streets of her small hometown. (At 54, she ran her first race -- a half-marathon!) She also loves discovering new diners and dives with her husband, Phil, and hanging out with their black lab, Jaz!

"Every hard step taken toward the goal is one less hard step you have to take." ~ Susan

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A Few Of Our Successes

  • “Phil Van Hooser is the best received speaker in the ten years of our Supervisor Leadership training.”

    - Westar Energy
  • "Seldom does one see a presenter that captivates an audience after three hours so well, and our team was ready for another three hours when he finished. Great speaker, Phil is entertaining and provides real meat... "

    - The Andersons
  • "Valuable lessons for life including personal and professional development. Common sense approach that relates to real life situations. Lots of fun also! "

    - Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC
  • "Phil is the only leadership trainer/speaker at our annual leadership meeting that we have invited to come back to speak a 2nd time."

    - CORE
  • "Phillip Is a captivating, deep keynote speaker and educator of leaders. He has great insight into how leaders should behave in today's business climate. "

    - Lockheed Martin
  • "Phil's clarity of the leadership concept in his presentation is the best out there. The results are that the participants actually use the information as leaders at a much higher level than from any other I have experienced. That result is to the bottom line. He is a key resource in executing our growth strategy. "

    - Dwyer
  • "Phil received the highest customer satisfaction ratings we've seen from our membership program. We have hired him multiple times and wouldn't hesitate to use him directly with our clients on leadership, management or any type of communication issues."

    - Techsolve
  • Phil has the gift and talent of connecting with his audience through humor, storytelling and personalization. It is very evident that he loves his work and believes, practices what he teaches.

    - Coca-Cola Credit Union
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