Our Leadership Team
John Honor – Founder and CEO
John has more than 40 years’ experience in corporate America working with Fortune 50 companies and a Big Four accounting firm. His career has spanned six industries, including leadership positions in aerospace and defense, automotive, professional sports, insurance, transportation, and professional and financial services. As a senior HR executive John spent much of his career providing strategic and tactical advice and counsel to C-Level executives across the organizational spectrum, including corporate board members. His career has required him to work effectively across cultures which led to his travel and work throughout Europe and Asia Pacific, including the People’s Republic of China. He also led an internal coaching, counseling and mentoring organization with an emphasis on the retention of high potential employees of all organizational levels for a Big Four accounting firm.
John practices “Co-Active” leadership coaching that emphasizes a coaching relationship in which the coach and client are active collaborators in an alliance of “two equals.” Through Co-Active coaching clients are enabled to meet their learning and developmental needs as well as career and life goals. John holds the client’s agenda as sacred using a coaching methodology of facilitation of clarity of the client’s objectives through guided self-inquiry, curiosity and self-examination to reach those objectives in a safe environment free of righteous judgment or criticism. He believes coaching’s value proposition for the organization lies in the understanding that organizations are composed of people who perform at their best when their personal and professional values are in harmony with those of the organization; therefore, coaching can be used by the organization to allow and/or encourage its people to use the coaching experience to validate or invalidate the harmonious relationship between themselves and the organization. This process allows both the organization and the individual to make choices of mutual benefit.
Mr. Honor is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 900 leadership and executive coaching hours. He is an active member of the ICF and its Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C. affiliates. He is also certified by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to administer and interpret its suite of assessment tools, including Executive Dimensions, Benchmarks, Prospector, 360 By Design, Skillscope, and Keys to Creativity. This certification provides him full access to CCL’s research, developmental tools and technical support. In addition, Mr. Honor is certified by the Management Research Group (MRG) in its Strategic Leadership Development (SLD), multi-component assessment process and Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA) model; Integrative Enneagram; has worked with the Leadership Versatility Index (LVI); is a Cook Ross, Inc. certified and licensed Unconscious Bias Educator; a member of the adjunct faculty of the Executive Leadership Council; and holds a JST Coaching, LLC, ICF certified Certificate in Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD.
John received his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from The Austin Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certification Program.
He is a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife, Vivian, have three adult children and one grandson.
Darryl A. Simon - Partner
Darryl A. Simon is a Partner with the Honor Group, LLC. He is a senior-level strategist and executive advisor with expertise in organizational strategy, analysis and effectiveness; executive coaching, leadership development, human capital planning and talent management.
Darryl is highly valued by clients for his ability to ask powerful and insightful questions, and his keen understanding of people and behavior, combined with his savvy business acumen honed by a thirty-two year track record of providing organizational solutions.
Combining his insight and experience with a range of models, assessment and tools, Darryl’s approach in working with clients is collaborative, strategic and analytical with a focus on development to achieve and sustain measurable goals and results. His versatility has enabled him to work effectively with managerial, director, senior executive and board level clients on engagements ranging from individual executive coaching and leadership development to enterprise wide strategic planning, organizational growth and human capital initiatives.
Darryl is a former senior executive and corporate officer with a wide breadth of industry experience in healthcare, energy, international development, technology, commercial real estate development, food and dairy, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and government. During his twenty-four year corporate career, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for Pact, Inc., a Washington, DC international development organization; Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management for CarrAmerica Realty Corporation; Vice President, Human Resources & Administration with USEC, Inc., a global energy firm based in Bethesda, MD; and Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development with Manor Care Health Services, based in Gaithersburg, MD.
Having walked in the shoes of his clients, Darryl is regularly sought by organizations from these industries and sectors, and others including bio-technology, commodities, financial services, aerospace and defense, chemicals and plastics, telecommunications, education, media and entertainment, trade associations and private equity/capital markets. His clients include Ameritox, American-Turkish Council, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Boston Scientific Corp., Bunge International, Charles Schwab & Company, Constellation Energy, DuPont, Freddie Mac, Habitat for Humanity, HBO, Inova Health System, MedStar Health, National Association of Manufacturers, Northrop Grumman, Pact, Inc., Realty Investment, Sterling Capital Partners, Time Warner, Verizon, U.S. Interior Department, USDA and U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Darryl has been quoted in the media and has written on leadership and organizational development issues. He organizes professional development programs and presents extensively to professional and industry associations on a wide range of organizational strategy, executive & leadership development and human capital issues and topics. Darryl has also served and or advised the boards of several national and international professional associations, including the National Association of Health Services Executives, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, the Black Human Resources Network of Washington, DC and the Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network.
Darryl earned his MS degree in Applied Behavioral Science and Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University and his BS degree in Psychology and Communications from John Carroll University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and in the use of a wide range of organizational, leadership, and behavioral assessments from organizations such as the Center for Creative Leadership, Lominger Limited, Human Synergistics and Consulting Psychologists Press.
Patrick J. Welch -- Partner
Patrick Welch is a Partner with The Honor Group, LLC. He has more than 25 five years of experience in corporate America including lead communications positions at Fortune 200 companies in the utility and airline industries plus experience in the nonprofit sector. Pat brings senior-level corporate and marketing communications experience to the table with both strategic and tactical expertise. He has had complete responsibility for all phases of communications initiatives, from planning through production and fulfillment in print and electronic media as well as face-to-face.
Among other roles, Pat has been responsible for oversight of corporate identity, assuring a consistent look and feel in both internal and external communications. Recently he led the effort to create the employment brand for a start-up organization. Its advertising/recruiting campaign targeted highly seasoned, highly credentialed professionals, initiating contact with candidates in what was the first step in defining for them the organization’s value proposition. Pat has built internal communications media and messages from scratch in a startup environment, creating newsletters to serve as the voice of the organization, consulting on intranet development, guiding production of video, designing the structure of orientation programs, and facilitating town hall meetings.
In addition to his broad-based corporate and marketing communications background, including change management and crisis communications, Pat has particular expertise in human resources communications. For more than 12 years, he has served as internal consultant to key Human Resources stakeholders, led HR communications initiatives and marketed total rewards. He is equally at home in union and nonunion environments or consulting with C-level executives. His focus is on building consensus and creating an informed and dedicated workforce where staff are engaged and have a clear line of sight to their mission.
Pat led internal communications for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB, an accounting oversight board founded in 2002 with passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act). He also managed human resources communications at US Airways, he and played a lead communications role at Florida Power and Light Company, the largest public electric utility in Florida.
Pat earned his BA and MA in English from Ball State University in Indiana and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
William Zeigler, Jr., Ph.D. – Partner
Dr. Zeigler is a Partner with The Honor Group, LLC and has over 25 years of experience as a human resources professional. He has worked within and consulted to Fortune 100 organizations in industries including defense, financial services, chemical, professional services, energy, manufacturing, and automotive, as well as the federal government. Assignments have afforded him the opportunity to work both domestically and globally
Bill has successfully interfaced with all levels of the organizational spectrum both as a consultant and an executive coach. He has displayed excellent results in helping organizations align their human resource systems with their business strategies – thus ensuring the organizational capability for successful strategy execution. He has been repeatedly recognized for his ability to relate to executives, understand the “big picture” quickly, and translate that into the key enabling factors for success. This has been done on both the organizational and individual levels. His areas of expertise include succession planning, executive assessment, executive development and coaching, leadership development and diversity strategy.
Bill’s most recent position was Vice President, Human Resources and Organization Development at Washington Gas, which included responsibility for the full spectrum of Human Resources endeavors. As the former National Director, Leadership & Organizational Change, at Ernst & Young LLP, he was responsible for creating a leadership culture for the firm. Prior to Ernst & Young, Bill served as Senior Director, Organization Development with Praxair, Inc. in Danbury, Connecticut, where he created a competency-based global talent management system focused on development of general managers and executives, and identification of high potentials. Prior to Praxair, he held similar positions at GenCorp, Inc. in Fairlawn, Ohio, Tenneco’s Automotive Division, Newport News Shipbuilding, and Aetna.
Bill earned his Ph.D., Adult Learning and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University. He also has an M.A., Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut and a B.S., Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University
Bill serves on the following boards:
National INROADS Board – member
Mid-Atlantic Regional INROADS Board – chair
HR Policy Committee of the American Gas Association – chair
George Washington University School of Business Board – member
George Mason University College of Education and Human Development Board – member
Alex Moore , Ph.D. – Consulting Advisor
Dr. Moore is a Consulting Advisor to The Honor Group, LLC and has more than thirty years of business operations and academic experience. His work history includes COO and Associate Dean at the Florida A&M School of Business; EVP & COO of the Industrial Bank of Washington, D.C..; Former Managing Partner, Quality Management International (QMI), an Atlanta based management consulting firm; Practice Director, AnswerThink Consulting; Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP; Manager, KPMG, LLP; Vice President, Coco Cola Enterprises of Atlanta; Associate Dean of the Business School, Clark Atlanta University; Senior Vice President, Home Shopping Network; Vice President, Southeast Bank, NA of Miami; Chairman, Peoples National Bank of Miami; and athlete, Denver Bronocos Professional Football Team.
Alex frequently receives recognition for his client-related work. His consulting assignments include, Business Transformation, Program Assessment, Business Strategy, Leadership Development, TQM, Change Management, Human Resources Programs and Processes, and Globalization. As the former Managing Partner of QMI, he was responsible for a wide array of consulting assignments covering financial management, business healthcare compliance, process improvement, human resources strategies, and change management. In that role he developed solutions and applications to support the strategic requirements of his client base. Some of his clients have included Amtrak, Durcell, Gwinnett County Government, Hewlett Packard, Lucent, PCAOB, Sears, US Virgin Island, and Zambia Communications.
He holds a B.A. from Norfolk State College. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His postdoctoral training was from the Rive Reine Business School in Vevey, Switzerland, and the Columbus Leadership Institute in Columbus, Ohio.