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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Ashley Walker, Director of National Accounts

Ashley is a valued and trusted business partner, with an instinct for knowing when to listen and when to contribute. She is enthusiastic, accessible, and full of great ideas! She works collaboratively with clients to achieve a common goal and has a unique ability to customize her approach to different needs and personalities. She started her sales and marketing career as an account manager in Nestlé USA’s Leadership Program. She quickly progressed in a variety of corporate sales roles, becoming a Division Director at a Fortune 500 company within a few short years. Wanting to do more with her talents, she went back to school and earned a Masters of Public Administration.

Ashley views her role as  Director of National Account as the perfect career match, combining her knack for sales and her passion for community improvement and development. She currently serves on the Denver Workforce Board and is Chair of the Youth Committee. Ashley can be reached at or (303) 433.3243.

Nina Sonovia, Director of Operations

Nina comes to The Center for Work Ethic Development with an extensive background in education, curriculum design, operations, and program management. She has been involved in higher education for over 18 years and has a passion for helping individuals and teams succeed. As the Operations Director, Nina is responsible for overseeing operations, providing support for business development, and ensuring the ongoing programmatic development of our curriculum, and certification program. Currently, she is also pursuing a doctorate degree with an emphasis in workplace resilience and performance. Nina can be reached at or (303) 433.3243.


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.


Jennifer Reineke, Office Manager

Jennifer comes to The Center for Work Ethic Development with an extensive background in Accounting (AP and AR and Payroll), Human Resources, Office Management. Previously, she had been with a secure card manufacturing company for 16 years in that same capacity. She is now responsible for all of the accounting, office management, and administrative support for the team in the Denver Headquarters. Jennifer is also studying to be a Life Coach and believes this is a perfect complement to The Center for Work Ethic Development’s philosophies and training program.
Jennifer can be reached at or (303) 433.3243.


Eric Chester, Founder


Since 1998, Eric Chester has been known by millions as the premier expert on Generation Y and school-to-work transition. As the author or five books and coauthor of eight others, Eric was the first to explain the differences the new enigmatic generation brought to the workforce, and he emerged as the “go to” guy when employers wanted to know how to recruit, train, manage, motivate, and retain them in the workplace. Since most people now recognize the differences this age group has introduced to the workplace, Eric has evolved his program into one that addresses the core problem that is eroding the foundation of America’s way of life: the lack of work ethic among young people. Eric latest book, REVIVING WORK ETHIC: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce is the first business book on work ethic since 1904 and has gained widespread attention.

He is frequently interviewed by the national media (Good Morning America, MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, Forbes, Huffington Post, etc.) to provide insight and perspective to business leaders about the challenges they are experiencing with a work-ethic deficient labor pool. Eric is a 2004 inductee into the Professional Speaker’s International Hall of Fame and has addressed more than 2000 audiences from a plethora of industries over the past 25 years, Eric’s delivered keynote speeches for annual conventions of organizations that include McDonald’s USA, Harley-Davidson, Wegmans, Wells Fargo, Alcoa, and Toys-R-Us. Eric is the creator of the Bring Your A Game to Work program and wrote both the adult and teen versions of the book BRING YOUR A GAME TO WORK – Seven Values That Will Make Every Employer Want to Hire You and Fight to Keep You.

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.


Since his rescue in July 2011 from the Fremont County (CO) Humane Society, Dexter has been exploring and enjoying life in his new home city of Denver. The self-proclaimed “Alpha Dog” of the office, Dexter can often be found using his status to lie around and occasionally sneak an extra treat or two. His greatest accomplishment was one day in 2016 when he was able to sleep for almost the entire day. When not guarding his bed, Dexter enjoys long walks in the park and chasing rogue squirrels.


Jax is an eight-year old Havatese – a Havanese/Maltese mix – who lives with his human, Ashley. Jax enjoys vocally greeting visitors and staff alike, and letting a certain staff member who shamelessly feeds him know when it is time for treats. Jax is also a connoisseur of the delicious Starbucks Puppuccino (a cup of whipped cream).


Campbell is a five-year old pure 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 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.