For Business Owners, from Business Owners

Long days, dealing with customers, stagnant growth, little support…it’s easy to let day-to-day problems get in the way of the freedom you envisioned when you started your business.

You know that a solution is out there—a new system or process, a better team, a strategic plan–but with all the treading water you’re doing in the business right now, the solutions feel practically impossible to find.

At Denver Business Coach, we get it.

Our team of coaches and consultants have all run businesses from start-up to exit, so we don’t just understand the issues that you’re facing right now, we’ve worked through them ourselves.

Since 2011, we’ve helped hundreds of business owners just like you build valuable businesses that deliver time, freedom, and financial success.

We’re committed to helping you reach your goals and build a stronger, self-sustaining business.

Denver Business Advisors

The process is simple:

Act Strategically

As certified advisors we create plans that support the immediate and the long-term needs of your business.

Provide Support

Consider us your not-so-silent partner. We’ll hold you accountable to completing the work that will lead you to your goals.

Build Value

Working together we’ll exponentially grow the value of your company so that your exit (whether in 2 or 20 years) will be a successful one.

Meet the Team

Steven Kohnke 

Partner | Value Growth Advisor

Steven grew up in Chicago and graduated from CU with a Psychology & Neuroscience degree. He is a seasoned Business Strategist with a robust entrepreneurial background. Having successfully founded and expanded small enterprises, including a house painting business and a moving company, my expertise lies in optimizing business operations. He holds a certification as a Change Management Practitioner from PROSCI, emphasizing a data-driven approach to navigating organizational transformations.

As a critical partner at Denver Business Coach, he specializes in developing valuable, transferable assets for business owners. Notable certifications include Value Builder Advisor and ProfitFirst Professional, showcasing financial analysis and strategic planning proficiency. His experience spans diverse sectors such as professional services, health & wellness, and construction trades.

Recent achievements include obtaining the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation from the Exit Planning Institute in 2022 and becoming a Certified Trainual Consultant in 2023. He delivers concrete results through tailored success strategies, ensuring clients achieve expedited outcomes in attaining time and financial freedom. Experience the impact of proven expertise converging with a commitment to shaping businesses into enduring legacies.


Simon Zryd 

Partner | Business Coach | Value Advisor

Simon founded Denver Business Coach in 2011. Since then, he has personally worked with hundreds of business owners and helped them build better, more profitable, and more enjoyable businesses. Simon understands that every owner is different and needs a different approach as it relates to strategy, accountability, clarity, and support in execution.

Simon is able to meet each person where they are at and help them gain traction with achieving their goals very quickly. Simon is a father and people person at heart. He loves the outdoor life – camping, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, snowboarding.


Walt Boylan 

Business Coach | Business Strategist

Drawing on his diverse experience in multiple industries including software, construction, and manufacturing, sales, engineering, and executive management, Walt works with owners to help them address the important issues that often take a back seat to the everyday challenges that leaders face in operating a small business.

He will actively listen to your priorities then help you craft a plan to address each area of concern. Outside of business, he spends his time with his family, cycling, playing softball, and volunteers as a Board member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cindy Carrillo, MSW 

Leadership & Executive Coach

With over 40 years of business experience, including private enterprise, retail, non-profit, and government sector work, Cindy has developed significant leadership and management skills, has strong fiscal management and organizational development expertise, and has developed a proficiency in mentoring, coaching, meeting facilitation and public speaking.

Prior to coaching, Cindy was the founder and CEO of Work Options Group for 23 years, then sold to a major competitor. She now lives on a 35-acre ranch in beautiful Ridgway, CO, bringing all of her business, leadership, mentoring, and ranching work ethic to each coaching session.

Jeff DeGarmo 

Business Coach | Acquisitions Specialist

Utilizing 28+ years of leadership, military service, entrepreneurship, consulting, and coaching experience, Jeff provides management and executive-level coaching services to start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. From starting a business to scaling and optimizing it, he can help analyze business problems, research viable options, and develop creative solutions.

Jeff also has extensive experience with franchising, helping his clients create efficient processes and systems to build additional value for their business or scaling by franchising their concepts. He is also passionate about health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition to support a balanced life.

Sharon Moskowitz, MS. Ed.

Business Coach | Performance Coach

Sharon draws from a diverse, high-performance leadership coach and strategist background. Her coaching history includes top global teams in the USA Paralympics, Non-profit, hospitality, and private enterprise.

Sharon enjoys working alongside business owners and executives in the pursuit of developing more efficient systems and processes for a scalable future.

Sharon is a highly skilled train-the-trainer nationally recognized for her expertise in health and lifestyle topics. She is dedicated to working hand-in-hand with clients to identify problems and find collaborative solutions. Sharon is an accomplished writer with extensive experience creating organizational change and change management editorials. Her expertise includes mentoring, coaching, guiding sustainable change, and facilitating thought leadership discussions.

Personally, Sharon is solar-powered and active. She believes your work can only match the commensurate quality of your rest, overtime. She has purposefully built a life that allows her to call many places home: traveling, hiking, and splitting her time between Europe, North Carolina, and Colorado.


  • National Presenter and Train-the-Trainer
  • Change Management Editorial Contributor
  • Certified Train-the-Trainer Nutrition Coach, NETA
  • Certified Train-the-Trainer Wellness Coach, NETA
  • Curriculum Designer

Trisha Mitchner

Business Coach | Performance Coach

Trisha’s passion for business started in 2013 when she co-founded a series of licensed, community-driven fitness studios in NJ, still serving 850+ active members today. Since selling the business, she’s been a passionate coach and business consultant in a number of industries.

She provides business development and executive-level coaching services to small businesses, start-ups, and professionals ready to shift gears. She helps clients analyze business problems, create calculated solutions and develop plans to take things to the next level confidently.

Her coaching style is rich with a unique background in performance, neuro-linguistics, process improvement, and strategic planning. Working with her will feel experiential, focused, yet lighthearted.

Outside of business, she enjoys being active outdoors, hiking, biking, and playing any game that involves aim. She’s a huge dog- and bird-nerd and will forever bleed maize and blue. She resides in Michigan.


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Ed Sadler

Ed Sadler

Business Coach | Performance Coach

Ed grew up in Maine and New Hampshire and then attended New York University, graduating in 1985. He enjoyed a 34-year international banking career living and working in a variety of cities and countries across Asia, the U.S., Middle East, and Europe. Responsibilities included numerous line management roles and he then managed acquisitions, divestures, business and office closures, transformation and restructuring initiatives for the private banking division of a major British bank for over ten years.

In 2021, he established a Sunbelt Business Brokers franchise in Denver to guide and assist owners in selling their small and medium sized businesses to the right buyers.

As a DBC Coach, Ed sees an outstanding opportunity to work with owners of small and medium- sized businesses who, over the next 1-3 years, want to grow and prepare their business for an eventual sale at a much higher valuation than exists today.

Ed has been married to Susan for 29 years and they have 26-year-old twin boys, Anthony and Alex, who are both loving life in the bright lights of New York City. Ed has really enjoyed the move to Colorado and the outdoor lifestyle it offers; he skis, hikes, and continues to participate in various ultra and endurance events.


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (Colorado, #FA 100094411)
  • Certified M&A Professional
  • Certified Main Street Business Broker
Annie Groth

Annie Groth

Certified Financial Business Specialist, CPC, ELI-MP

Annie is a dedicated Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and Speaker committed to empowering individuals and organizations. With expertise in business and human behavior, she navigates personal and professional challenges, fostering growth and transformation. Annie’s empathetic coaching style creates a safe space for self-discovery, goal-setting, and actionable plans. As an ELI-MP, she utilizes the Energy Leadership Index assessment to guide clients in understanding their energy patterns, enabling conscious choice for fulfilling lives. With a diverse clientele, Annie stays at the forefront of coaching techniques, embodying mentorship, motivation, and advocacy for professional and personal growth. Beyond coaching, she champions mental health awareness and volunteers for local community initiatives. Annie is a guiding light for those on a transformative journey toward purpose and vitality.


  • Certified Family Business Specialist
  • Certified Professional Coach
  • Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner (MP)


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Jessica Howell 

ACP Professional Member

With a decade of success leading a top-grossing franchise and experience in the animal industry, Jess brings a wide range of expertise to business coaching. As someone who started as an owner-operator and then worked herself out of the business, she understands the spectrum of business ownership. Jess is particularly passionate about creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and fostering happiness in the workplace. By integrating these elements into her coaching approach, Jess can offer strategies tailored to each client’s goals. When not helping others in their businesses, you can most likely find Jess outside with her 2 kids and 3 dogs, enjoying all the activities Colorado has to offer! When Jess was the owner of her franchise, she was a client of Denver Business Coach. Now, she has sold her franchise and has joined our team. We are very lucky to have her!

Here For You

We use our 100+ combined years of business experience and extensive training to help you reach your goals.