March 28, 2016


Human Staff

Josh Davies, Chief Executive Officer


Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. An in-demand speaker, Josh gives keynote presentations and workshops to more than thirty education, workforce, and corporate events annually. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve a second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and to Chair the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also chairs the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado, and serves on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Josh previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.
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Paxton Oliphant, National Sales Coordinator

Paxton comes to The Center for Work Ethic Development with a background in education, and a passion for helping others. Growing up with a high school principal as a father and an elementary school teacher as a mother, Paxton understands the power of education to transform lives. Paxton is a graduate of The University of Texas (Hook ‘em Horns!), and has recently begun the journey through his professional career.

The Center for Work Ethic Development provides him a tremendous platform to not only help others succeed but grow personally as well. Paxton’s background in education and passion for learning helps him to provide great support to partners all over the country. Additionally, through his mentors at The Center for Work Ethic Development, Paxton feels like he is in an ideal position to grow both professionally and personally, and looks forward to the opportunities that are ahead. Paxton can be reached at or (303) 433.3243.

Sarah Browning, Operations Manager


Sarah comes to The Center for Work Ethic Development with a background in state government and nonprofit work.  She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in history of public policy, and completed her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado Denver.  Sarah’s passion for helping others succeed in the workplace began during her time as a job coach to adults with developmental disabilities.

In her free time, Sarah likes to spend time with her family and dogs, travel, paint, camp, and kayak.

Eric Chester, Founder

Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. He’s a former high school career and tech-ed instructor who became a motivational speaker for more than a thousand high school and colleges in the 80’s and 90’s. It is there that he witnessed the declining emphasis placed on preparing students with essential work ethic values and soft skills.

Determined to remedy the situation, Chester wrote the groundbreaking book, Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work: The 7 Values That Will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You in 2004 and it became an instant hit. Soon after, he created a version of this book for adults, and then assembled a team to write the corresponding curriculum for classroom instruction. The curriculum and books have since been updated and improved tenfold and now are being used in schools, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world to help inculcate essential workplace soft skills into front line employees.

Now as an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester is the author of 5 leadership books and has been the keynote speaker for more than 1,500 companies and organizations on 3 continents. A Hall-of-Fame speaker, Chester’s clients include Harley-Davidson, Allstate, McDonalds, Chrysler, and Wells Fargo.

Contact him through or at 303-239-9999

Canine Resource Team

We are a dog-friendly office, and as such we rely heavily on input from our “canine resource team.” They are always willing to greet new people and offer themselves for pets and treats.


Campbell is a six-year old black Labrador retriever and lives with his human and best friend Paxton. Being a mostly outdoor dog until moving to Denver 2 years ago, Campbell really enjoys the activities and the dog parks that Colorado has to offer. Campbell loves chewing on his deer antler toys and greeting the UPS delivery guy – to make sure he doesn’t forget to deliver the daily dog treat.

Lucy & Odie

Lucy (left) and Odie (right) are both Jack Russell Terriers.  Lucy is nine and Odie is Eleven.  Both precious pooches live with their human best friend Sarah and family.  Lucy is an independent pup that loves going camping, hogging the bed, and being anywhere her humans are, including the bathroom.  Odie is a happy-go-lucky little love, and is instantly best friends with anyone that glances in his direction.  He enjoys playing with toys that don’t squeak, napping, and being loved on by everyone.