Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
Les and Leslie are a husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. In 1991, the Parrott’s founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University – a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of good relationships.
As #1 New York Times bestselling authors, their books have sold over one million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Other popular titles include Love Talk, L.O.V.E., Your Time Starved Marriage, Crazy Good Sex and The Complete Guide to Marriage Mentoring.
The Parrotts have been guests on many national TV and radio programs such as CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View with Barbara Walters, NBC Nightly News, and Oprah. Les and Leslie are also hosts of the nationally syndicated radio program Love Talk and are weekly guests on the Fox TV morning show in Seattle. Their work has been featured in Family Circle, Redbook, Men’s Health, Focus on the Family, Brides, as well as USA Today and The New York Times.
Chair – Board of Directors
In 1996, Kevin Small was recruited by the leadership development author John C. Maxwell. Kevin was tasked with the creation of a platform that would be used to bring Maxwell’s leadership books to market. As the President of Maxwell’s company, Kevin launched a satellite event training series that would enroll over 1 million students while rolling out an integrated publishing platform that launched four New York Times bestselling leadership titles.
In March of 2005 Kevin founded The Marcus Buckingham Company around bestselling author and Gallup Researcher, Marcus Buckingham. For the next three years Kevin built a research and training company around Buckingham’s body of work developed after Buckingham left The Gallup Organization. Kevin served as the Executive Producer for Buckingham’s award winning film, Trombone Player Wanted, and launched the book, Go Put Your Strengths To Work, which was debuted with a dedicated Oprah show and a national book tour.
Meanwhile, the book business was changing quickly. Publishers were less and less able to commit the usual level of resources to authors’ launches. Kevin recognized that market conditions would soon require that authors have their own marketing representation in order to have impact — despite the strength of their ideas, or their platform. Kevin’s response was to form ResultSource, a boutique marketing firm that works with today’s thought leaders to build bestsellers.
Today Kevin Small serves as the Managing Partner to ResultSource as well as SmallBooks.com where he agents business, self help and Christian Living books.
Kevin and his wife of 15 years, Robin, have four children and reside in Carlsbad, CA.
The Parrotts welcome Ryan Farmer to the Marriage Mentoring leadership team. Ryan is managing all aspects of the Marriage Mentoring movement, whose goal is to wake the sleeping giant of Marriage Mentors across North America.
Ryan and his wife, Kendra, have two kids and live in Kirkland, WA.
Tim Popadic is the National Director of the Relationship Enrichment Collaborative. He travels the country helping churches, communities and organizations create “Date Night” programs to impact the relationships within their communities.
Tim and his wife Beth have been married for 19 years and have 4 boys.
Director of Awesome Customer Experiences
Mandi Moragne works with our partners and customers to create smooth processes and answer all your questions…all with our customer’s experience at heart.
Mandi’s enthusiasm for customer experience development began 10 years ago as a National Account Manager at AT&T (formerly, BellSouth). There, she developed a high-performing team based on customer-focused principles. Her skill at managing complexity allowed her to move from front-line sales and service to process improvement and project management. Through it all, she never lost sight of the end goal of making the customer experience the best it could be.
In 2004, Mandi joined AT&T’s Broadband organization, serving as the Process Improvement Manager for the DSL Call Center. Her focus on service and growth led to an invitation to join the company’s Leadership Development Team. In 2007, Mandi left AT&T to focus on her young family. She joined our team in March, 2011.
Mandi attended Vanderbilt University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Coy and their four children, Lillie, Carter, Dawson and Eli. In her free time, Mandi enjoys working in her garden, reading and volunteering.
Director of Events
Janice Lundquist is our Director of Events. A graduate of Wheaton college, she began her career in 1986 as a book publicist for David C. Cook Publishers. After several years in the corporate world she spread her entrepreneurial wings and launched her own public relations firm.
Since 2005, Janice has managed all the details surrounding our LIVE events. From a church or organization’s initial inquiry, to the post event wrap up, Janice oversees all the moving pieces. “We’ve never known anyone who is more on top of the details and eager to serve others than Janice,” says Les Parrott. “She’s a true gift to our efforts.”
Janice is also an accredited travel agent, whose skills come in handy as she manages Les and Leslie’s travel all over North America and internationally.
Janice is passionate about the ocean and takes every opportunity to get to a beach – any beach. She loves, boating, waterskiing, swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, snorkeling and bobbing in the waves.
Janice and her husband Curt, married in 1988, live in the suburbs of Chicago. They have one high school daughter at home and one daugther in college.