Testimonials

 

  • Jerry Straks is honest, direct and thorough. He is always friendly, punctual, and does what he says he will do. In an industry with a less than ideal reputation, Jerry is a man you can trust. (T.M. Real Estate Pro)
  • I have had the delightful pleasure of knowing Jerry Straks and partnering with him in various real estate transactions. I must say that Jerry is not only a fantastic & knowledgeable business man, but probably one of the most honest, sincere, ethical and moral gentlemen I know. If you have the good fortune to work with Jerry or become his friend, LUCKY YOU! You will know what it’s like to work with a person of real true character, strong values and dedicated principles. Thank you, Jerry, for being in my life!!! (Mary Burak Real Estate Pro)
  • In the real estate world, integrity, experience, know-how, and connections count. Jerry Straks has them all and he loves what he does. I highly recommend him. (Gabrielle B Dahms Real Estate Pro)
  • It is with great pleasure that I write in support of Jerry Straks. I spoke with six coaches in my attempt to find someone that I believed could help me in my transition into a senior leadership role at my company. Within 10 minutes of speaking with Jerry, it became clear to me that he was the one. He made me feel relaxed and comfortable immediately. Over a short period, Jerry got to know me, my ambitions, my fears, my good and bad habits, and how my mind works. He learned the job that I was to do, and what kind of evolution it would likely take to help me step into this role. Because Jerry has a scientific/engineering background, he could appreciate readily the challenges that I faced in my new role. Through regular questioning, he forced a level of introspection that I had never experienced in my past. He provided me with tools through both personal tutorials and readings (for example, he introduced me to de Bono’s writings). Throughout my time with Jerry, he made me feel optimally uncomfortable, pushing me to think hard about what it is I needed to do to face the various challenges I encountered. I wholeheartedly recommend Jerry Straks to anyone that is ready to work hard on self-betterment. (Mathai Mammen, Senior Vice President, Research at Theravance, Inc. www.theravance.com).  
  • Given that I had never worked with a coach before, I had no idea what to expect when Jerry Straks and I began our journey. Although the primary focus was increasing my effectiveness and driving my career growth, the productivity gains have been phenomenal. Jerry challenged me to not only address a key area of development, but provided the environment in which we could eliminate many adverse behaviors. Like a strand of pearls falling off a string, as we worked through one issue, a number of other barriers were removed. The value of our work reveals itself daily as I am significantly more productive at work and at home. I view challenges in all areas of my life with a new perspective; allowing me to negotiate and facilitate innovative solutions. Thank-you Jerry! (S.S., Cisco Systems Inc.)


  • Jerry Straks is a treasure. He is a wise and caring person who is constantly learning and knows how to share his wisdom with other people. This quality makes him an excellent coach. Unflinchingly honest, he will ask you provocative questions that will stretch you and help you to rethink your situation. He did that for me, which triggered the chaos necessary for me to uncover ideas that transformed my situation. If you want to work with a person with complete integrity who can help you turn a career corner, I recommend you contact Jerry. (Steve Smith, Owner, Steven M. Smith & Associates, LLC, steve@stevenMsmith.com)
  • “Jerry Straks has truly gone to finishing school so he can help others realize their true purpose. My experience with Jerry always reveals practical, logical and self reflective action steps that embrace principles of building relationships in business. Many marketers lead with their head, rather Jerry leads with his heart and has helped my company by always inspecting the foundation of business systems and how they all apply to reach a major objective. From my experience, his years of experience mixed with his ability to team build and unify all kinds of personalities under one roof, is a gift. Thanks Jerry, for your integrity and big heart.”(Jerry Hart, CEO, Hart Creative Marketing, Inc.)
  • “I was unsure about the true value of ‘coaching’ services until I met with Jerry Straks. Jerry has helped me to refocus on the winning strategies, and day to day implementation tactics, that have proven universal in my career. Regardless of client, problem, setting, or circumstance, Jerry helped me identify the techniques that would always be a winning factor in my consulting engagements and future job-related roles. Jerry opened me up to several universal tools andsustainable growth techniques that are proving themselves to be key to my long-term success and growth in the industry. My hat is off to Jerry and Petra Consulting and Coaching, Inc.!” (P.K., consultant) 
     
  • “My experience with Jerry Straks was very productive and enlightening. The coaching sessions provided a forum for me to openly discuss issues and get honest, constructive feedback. Jerry provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which his clients can learn about their strengths and weaknesses and identify how to improve their effectiveness.” (K.M., product manager)
  • “This [coaching] has been valuable beyond my expectations. Jerry Straks was insightful, took the time to know me and my role and expectations of my role to personalize the process and techniques for me. He displayed a belief in my abilities to lead, to learn and to make changes that gave meencouragement to risk making changes and try new ways of leading. I have greatly appreciated the work and look forward to revisiting to update and evaluate my growth. Thank you, Jerry.” (P.K., pastor)
  • “I came into this personal coaching with goals I hoped to achieve, but without high expectations of really being able to achieve some of them. With Jerry Straks’s help, I not only achieved the goals, but I have been equipped with the knowledge to assist me accomplishing future goals more effectively. I have been given insights to becoming more effective in all areas of my own life. I am also somewhat equipped to help others in this process. I highly recommend this personal coaching to anyone. You can only improve your effectiveness.” (B.R., engineering manager)
  • “Through the coaching I received from Jerry Straks I was able to get some ‘traction’ on developing sustainable leadership within my church. Coaching enabled me to keep my leadership focused and provided me with the tools to keep the momentum going.” (B.B., pastor)
  • “Jerry Straks gave me perspective on things that I did not have on my own. He had a great way of holding my coaching goals for me and keeping me focused. I got more focused on finances, got more organized in my personal life (opening mail on a regular basis) and made some work goals for myself. It was all valuable to me.” (L.M., H.R. professional)
  • “I wanted to learn a process for change in a number of areas that would lead to more disciplined action. My goals were met beyond my expectations. I’m excited, full of hope, and moving in a strong and positive direction. [This has been] the most effective three months of process-oriented work I have ever done.” (L.P., pastor)
  • “This first time experience of ‘coaching’ was very helpful at this point in my life. I didn’t want someone who would be judgmental to tell me what to do. I know what I want to do; I just didn’t know how to get ‘there.’ Coaching is a very non-threatening way to think ‘outside the box.’ We dealt with the hot issues for me. It’s nice to have someone who is there for you, listening, asking questions, but not counseling. This is not therapy. It’s real help to reorganize how I want to do some of the important things in my life. Hooray for good coaching!” (W.J., pastor)
  • “Your training program was ‘right on’–and enjoyed by all…who attended!” (J.L., operations manager)