Our Story

High Achievers was founded in 1998 by Jeff Liesener and Tom Gundrum as High Achievers Network. Their vision, to break the mold of the traditional all day seminar, was realized by introducing four to six half day events annually with top trainers and success coaches in and out of the country. The Arizona based company expanded to California and Texas and became a leader in training and development for individuals and organizations. Some of the most trusted authorities in training and development took our stage. These included Dr. Denis Waitley, Dr. Ivan Misner, Nido Qubein, Peter Montoya, Glenna Salsbury, Les Brown, Dan Lier, Scott McKain, and the late great Jim Rohn.

Doug Grady came on board in 2002, answering the call of his good friend, Tom Gundrum, who had brought him into the industry several years earlier. Doug helped expand the company and worked his way into an equity position. When the economy began to turn in 2006, Doug was given an opportunity to buy the company.

Doug chose to return to Atlanta in hopes of rebuilding the company in his previous home city. The turnaround began through a re-commitment to fitness and faith (for more of the story pick up a copy of The Ripple Effect).

In 2012 Doug met David Alexander, Executive Director for BNI Southeast and successful business owner. David has started or been involved in over twenty different businesses over the years. During a three hour trail run on a Monday morning they discovered what would be the mission for a new merged company. This mission leads us to building communities of people who love, support and grow each other. After this run Doug and David sat down at a picnic table and carved out what would eventually become the merger of their two training companies, rebranded as High Achievers. David and Doug ran High Achievers until 2016 and had an amazing journey together. The company expanded its programs, lauched internationally and continued to be a leader in the personal development industry.

David is now the president and CEO of High Achievers. His vision is to help entrepreneurs embrace a lifestyle of achievement and truly discover what achievement means to them.  Check out David’s Bio.

  • We believe in the power of mentors, coaches, networks, training, and communities.
  • We believe in professional growth through personal growth.
  • We believe in the power of the human spirit.
  • We believe in Action Based Experiential Learning.

Jeff Liesener is now CFO of TopLine Foods in Arizona and Tom Gundrum is a management consultant and international corporate trainer. Doug Grady is now the president of Doug Grady LLC.  Doug is also a popular speaker and author. Several other former High Achievers Network team members are creating a major impact in the training and development industry. They include David Behr of Edge Seminars, Erik Swanson of Universal Seminars and Habitude Warrior, and “Mr. Charge Higher Prices” Scott Sorrell.

We are leading the industry by helping our members truly embrace high achievement. This will be accomplished through building communities of people who love, support and grow each other. Our members will be engaged in training communities where they will interact with each other, our faculty and stakeholders of High Achievers to build accountability to achieve their goals.

Philosophy Statement

We inspire Peopleignite Passioncreate Profitmake a social Impact!

Value Statement

We are a leading training and development company focused on creating value for our members, friends, team members and stakeholders. This is accomplished globally through teamwork, understanding, persistence, discipline and effective communication.

Mission Statement

We provide the environment, mindset and skill set to allow our entrepreneurial members to create success through maximizing personal potential. This is achieved globally through the application of action based experiential learning “ABEL” and by being a part of our community.

Vision Statement

 Our members and our teams embrace a lifestyle of High Achievement.

Core Value-LOVE


Lead and Learn, Open to Opportunities, Vision and Value, Excellence and Execution