Feedback from Kirby’s Training!
“Fabulous! Probably the best in-service we have had in a long time!” - Teacher, North Miami High School
“Engaging, Entertaining, Challenging...Kirby has strong experience and solid experience.” - Floyd Memorial Hospital
“I loved this seminar. You were truly a God-send. This is exactly what I needed.” - Mary Kay Consultant participating in a DiSC® Workshop
...is a nationally known, in demand, author and trainer. He has traveled the country presenting countless workshops, keynotes, and training sessions on a variety of topics. Best known for his expertise in the DiSC® Model of personality assessments, Kirby’s vibrant and humorous training style reaches learners at all levels of experience and motivation.
Kirby is a graduate of Indiana University and spent his early professional life as a History teacher. First at a home for court appointed youth, followed by time in the Indianapolis Public School system. These teaching assignments provided him the opportunity to become a master at lesson planning and curriculum development. You do not succeed with at-risk teenagers without the ability to engage and entertain at the same time you are teaching.
After spending several years in the classroom Kirby decided his true calling was in the business world. He left teaching in 1998 to pursue the growth of his meeting planning company. Success Express steadily grew in the ensuing years until it not only incorporated event planning but also was a retail supplier of promotional products, awards, and screen printing. This experience developing and growing a business from the ground up has provided a unique, real world, perspective that allows Kirby to get to know the businesses and objectives of his clients and custom design a solution that fits their industry, market, and company culture.
As engaged and successful as he was, Kirby still felt a tug back to the classroom. However, it wasn’t to return to a public school environment but instead he developed a passion to marry his business experience with his educational training to develop professional training programs for adults. In 2003 Kirby launched the Training & Development arm of Success Express and has never looked back.
In 2014 Kirby published his first book. Growing Up Pink: Lessons Learned Inside the Mary Kay Bubble. Once again Kirby combined his life experiences in creating this work. Kirby’s mom began her career with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. (Listed by Forbes® in their top 150 list of private companies) in 1974 when he was just 3 years old. The influence of growing up as a Mary Kay kid and then continuing to work closely with top people in Mary Kay through his event planning company has impacted the way Kirby teaches and conducts business. Growing Up Pink honors that legacy by providing 50 life, business, relationship and professional lessons he has learned through this 40+ year association. More information about the book and how you can order can be found here.
Kirby lives in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Paula, herself a successful leader and business person. Together they are the proud parents of Kayla (and in-laws of her husband Dylan) and Kori.