The SagePresence


Specialized Presence Experts for Presenting, Selling, Brand Advocacy and Customer Experience

“SagePresence offers some of the most progressive and innovative methods for improving presentation skills and creating professional and confident presence.”
Oussama El-Hilali
Co-Founder of DeFiner

Dean Lincoln Hyers—Founding Principal, Speaker, Facilitator, Coach

Strategic and bold, Dean speaks to inspire and takes responsibility for your win. His background is almost stranger than fiction, teaching and coaching presence with film actors, stage speakers, sales presenters, courtroom attorneys, and government covert agents, and translating all of this unique experience to elevate your team’s presence. Check out our speaking page here.

Pete Machalek—Founding Principal, Business Development, Facilitator, Coach

A born facilitator, Pete expertly crafts safe environments that set professionals up to succeed. Pete teaches clear, concise, and intentional communication, leveraging simple tools that transform nerves to excitement. He believes in each person’s capacity to lead, influence and shape the world, and in the simple but profound power of presence and communication skills to help them realize this capacity.

Troy Parkinson—Business Development, Consultant, Facilitator, Coach

Troy is driven by a deep passion for fostering meaningful connections with individuals, communities, and businesses. He thrives on helping teams express themselves with confidence and clarity. During his two decades in the film and television industry, he worked on projects for HBO, Netflix, Discovery and History. At SagePresence, Troy has coached and trained companies to over $5 billion in project wins, helping teams increase their confidence and communication skills for live, virtual, and hybrid presentations.

Ellen Ruiters—Speaker, Consultant, Facilitator, Coach

Ellen has helped domestic and international organizations raise over $1 billion and brings those proven strategies and structures to her clients. With 22 years of global leadership, she provides expertise in leading through crisis; donor acquisition and retention; board effectiveness; and sustainable organizational growth.

Laurie Currell—BD, Consultant, Facilitator, Coach

Laurie is a veteran business development rep, manager, trainer, coach and interview consultant. She specializes in helping subject mater experts confidently and efficiently develop new business, virtually. Her training and coaching audiences range from individual contributors to executive leaders. For over three decades, Laurie has coached thousands of individuals to become top performing business development professionals.