Jerry Eppler, Ph.D. US Army (Retired)  Board Advisor


Jerry is President of Jerry Eppler and Associates, located in Carmel, California, a professional practice of senior individuals who specialize in coaching, training, mentoring, and developing high-performance management teams.  


Dr. Eppler focuses on coaching and developing executives individually and as leaders and members of teams.  His goal is to help individuals and organizations optimize and sustain superior performance.  He is founder and principal presenter of “Executive Excellence: A Seminar in Personal and Professional Excellence,” which receives rave reviews from business leaders worldwide.  He is also principal facilitator for the innovative “One-on-One, Executive Intensive.”

From 1975 to 1985, Dr. Eppler was the Civilian Dean of Training for the U. S. Army’s Organizational Effectiveness program, a fully accredited graduate-level program which trained officers and senior non-commissioned personnel to be internal management consultants Army wide.  While with the program he designed curriculum, conducted seminars on personal effectiveness, coached individuals in peak performance, and consulted at the highest levels in the U.S. military.  His military clients included commanders of  First U. S. Army, Headquarters I Corps, Readiness Command, Recruiting Command, Army Logistical Center, National Guard Performance and Productivity Division, Naval Organizational Effectiveness Center, Navy Missile Test Center, and the Berlin Brigade.  He continued to support innovation in the military by consulting to the Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Army, the Surgeon General of the U. S. Air Force, the 416th Medical Group and the U. S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

As a result of his efforts during this period, the U. S. government saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through his introduction of new cost-efficient technologies and training programs throughout the Army.  In recognition, he received fourteen awards for excellence, including the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, one of the highest honors offered to a civilian employee by the Department of the Army.  For his contributions to readiness improvements in the Berlin Brigade, he received the Guardian of Berlin’s Freedom Award.

Prior to the end of the Cold War, Dr. Eppler was a guest lecturer and consultant at the business school of the University of Saint Petersberg, Russia.  While there he conducted management seminars and coached the senior staff of the university.  He also consulted to the Minister of Economics in Estonia and taught seminars at the Estonian Management Institute.  Since then he has served clients in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America.  A partial list of his civilian client organizations in the United States, past and present, includes Apple Computer, American Medical Association, Bosch, Discovery Channel, IBM, Kellogg Company, Matsui, Revlon, Sony, Sprint and Visa International. His business website is

Dr. Eppler is the author of many articles on communication and high performance and regularly reviews books in the fields of personal and organizational effectiveness.  He has been a featured guest on television programs and at national conferences.  During his tenure on the American Management Association faculty for the prestigious Presidents’ Association training and the Executive Effectiveness Program he was consistently one of their highest ranked presenters.

Dr. Eppler is a Michigan State University fellow with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University.  He has completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University in the Organizational Effectiveness Executive Program.  His academic assignments included membership on the graduate faculties of University of California at Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, Chapman University, University of Puget Sound, and University of Northern Colorado. Jerry is also an active member in 2 organizations, Veterans for Peace & The first Earth Battalion created in Delta Force back in the 70’s.


Away from work, Jerry enjoys smoking meats, fish & chicken, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, venison, duck,  turkey,  and Hatch chiles!  In addition, Jerry is also finishing a book describing his early life living in an rural village in Alaska. He's also starting a new book, ‘Warrior Monks’ detailing lessons learned and the impact the Organizational Effectiveness School and Center had on 2,000 combat veterans from the Vietnam era.  He also enjoys reading books to his grandchildren via Skype. He lives with his spouse, Lonni Trykowski, who is active in her physical therapy practice and belly dancing throughout California.

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