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The Faces of Stickler Learning

We understand what it takes to produce performance breakthroughs that accelerate results in the workplace.

That’s why our team combines specialized skills, extensive experience, deep passion and full commitment to support our clients to take their leadership to the next level.


Kent D. Stickler

Kent Stickler is CEO of Stickler Learning of Asheville, NC. Stickler Learning provides training and public speaking services regarding sales, leadership effectiveness and peak performance. He’s a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, has an MBA from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.

Kent is a certified Leader Effectiveness Training (LET) instructor and an accredited Emotional Intelligence (EQ) consultant. Over 10,000 managers have graduated from his LET classes over the past years making him the leading LET instructor in the world. Prior to starting his own company in Clearwater, Florida in 1982, he worked for AT&T, an Illinois banking company and a financial consulting company in Chicago.

For over 20 years Kent served on the faculty of four major banking schools throughout the country. They included the graduate banking schools at the University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, and the University of Washington in Seattle.

On the personal side, several of Kent’s past achievements include Rotary Club President, Chairman of the Illinois Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and runner-up in the Illinois State Racquetball Championship. For eight years he was Gold Medalist in the Florida Pinellas County Senior Life Fitness Games.

He is married to Jane Stickler, and has a daughter, Dr. Sara Stickler Allen. Their son, Guy, passed away in the fall of 2009 and was Executive Vice President of Stickler Learning for over 20 years.

Dr. Sara Allen

Dr. Sara Allen, PhD

Sara Stickler Allen is President of Stickler Learning located in Asheville, NC. She is a graduate of Trinity University, Deerfield, Illinois with a BS degree in Social Science. In addition, she has masters and doctorate degrees in Holistic Medicine.

In 1995 Sara started her holistic medical practice in suburban Chicago, Naperville, Illinois. Since then she has over 30,000 clinical hours working with her patients making her a leading and popular practitioner. In 2017 Sara moved to Asheville, NC and started her practice there. The primary focus of her practice is working with clients primarily with stress and depressive disorders.

Several years ago, Sara, in addition to her holistic medical practice, joined the Stickler Learning team as an accredited Leader Effectiveness Training (LET) instructor. She refers to LET as a de-stressor course which draws on her experience in stress and depressive disorders.

In recent years the emerging field of social neuroscience and emotional intelligence and its’ relationship to effective leadership are part of her LET training. She notes, “a bad boss is really a brain problem.” The combination of her holistic medical knowledge with the LET leadership skills have become a popular and highly effective part of her instruction. Recently a community bank CEO rated her LET class as A+.

Sara lives on a mountaintop in Asheville…next to her parents, Jane and Kent Stickler. Sara says “I love talking about the neuroscience of leadership. Connecting the LET skills with cutting edge insights into how stress affects our brains and work experience can be life changing for managers in my LET classes.”

Tom Goodlet


Tom Goodlet is Associate Minister at Harborside Church in Safety Harbor, Florida. He is a graduate of Milligan College, Elizabethton, Tennessee with a BS Degree in Communications. In addition, he has a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Tom grew up in NYC Long Island.

Tom is a best selling author and is accredited as a Life Coach. In addition, he is a certified Leader Effectiveness Training (LET) instructor. LET is a nationally recognized training and development program designed to help those in leadership positions.

He is a Co-Host of the Potentialist Podcast which helps listeners understand there is still more in you, for you and more to be done through you. The podcast is available on ITunes, SoundCloud, Tunein and other popular podcast websites and applications. For information about Tom’s books, workshops and one-on-one mentoring opportunities one can visit

Tom is married to Erica who is studying to be a physician assistant, and they have two sons, Parker and Mason, and a daughter, Avri. Tom is a person of faith and wants you to know that he loves humor, adventure and Jesus.