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Biography of Phil Gafka, CBC
Senior Advisor

Prior to founding LEAP Associates, Inc. in 2008, Phil spent 31 years in the kitchen and bath industry. He was the CEO of two high-end appliance distributors in the Midwest. In his CEO positions, Phil led two multi-million dollar corporations in the high-end residential appliance distribution sector (e.g., Sub-Zero/Wolf, Thermador, Bosch and Viking Range).


Through his operational leadership expertise at Lakeview Distributing, Phil piloted his sales and customer loyalty teams to increased productivity which, over a four year period, resulted in revenues doubling from $12M to over $26M.  Additionally, he was the Executive VP of a group of companies encompassing an ultra-high-end kitchen studio, an architectural millwork shop and custom furniture manufacturer.


Now, as the principal of LEAP Associates, Phil translates his winning business experience into solid leadership development and strategic support for entrepreneurs, executives and corporate leaders alike. His certification in a wide variety of diagnostic tools ensures that clients receive targeted coaching for their particular requirements and concrete strategies to develop their potential into improved performance and enhanced business results.


Phil has extensive hands-on experience in all levels of business management. He specializes on executive coaching, leadership development, culture development and strategic business planning.


Education and Affiliations

Phil earned his Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University, with an accountancy major and is a certified business coach.  He is also a member of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC)

Contact Phil at:

(847) 212-4903


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