Testimonials

These are testimonials from individuals and companies who have benefited from working with Terry. You may leave a testimonial by accessing the testimonial submission form by clicking here.

Inspiring Leader

Rosandra Silveira

“Terry was one of the best leaders I ever had. He was a role model and inspiring leader through his charisma and sensibility, but also his deep and holistic business knowledge, discipline and always putting customers first in all the decisions. I learned a lot with him. He was very direct and timely manner on coaching and feedback. Many times, he identified on myself a potential that I was not seeing yet. He never hesitated to challenged me, to assign me to lead big initiatives and expose me to new things. This is the best a leader can do for talent development: be him/herself a role model, direct/honest feedback and trust.”

Rosandra Silveira
Vice President & GM Consumer North America
Dell Technologies

Challenger

“Terry Kahler gave me my first big break, back when I was an upstart leader in Sales Operations. He gave me the opportunity to lead a big, complex project that involved “dotted line” reporting to one senior executive and managing a “steering committee” of a dozen more. During our regular touch points, Terry challenged me to consider factors and aspects I hadn’t even identified, coached me through my mistakes, helped me navigate the political landscape and supported me through a successful execution. Without his inspiring, visionary leadership and development, I would not be the leader I am today.”

Henry Cubillan
Director of Sales
Dell EMC

Strong and Positive Influence

Daniel Neiva

“I had the pleasure to work for Terry for more than 5 years. He had a strong and positive influence on my career. His leadership helped us become a better team balancing execution, discipline and strong focus on customer experience. Our success as a team in Brazil is directly related to his positive leadership.”

Daniel Neiva
VP Sales and Marketing
Unicoba

Learned from a Leader

Greg Kelly

I had the pleasure of working for Terry while I was on assignment in Porte Alegre, Brazil. We both worked for Dell or (DALE) as Terry would point out my unique East Tennessee accent. In the role I was fortunate to learn sales and marketing first hand from Terry as I was responsible for Manufacturing Operations in his organization. Terry’s command and knowledge of the market, financials and the in country politics was amazing and I learned more about the total view of how to run a business than any other role in my career. Terry was very data driven, bold and direct in his view of how our team was to compete in the Brazilian market. Just as most roles you never really appreciate what you are learning or the experiences you are gaining until it is over. I look back on my career and see that Terry’s leadership and his willingness to help me address my developmental areas has been a foundation to my career success.”

Greg Kelly
Global IT Director, Supply Chain Ops and Materials Management
General Motors

Key to Success

Lamar Smith

“Terry has been a real key to the success of the UT McCombs School of Business Labs program in his role as coach. Comments from the students and the company personnel alike indicate his insights to company culture and executive expectations have been instrumental to the excellent performance of the students in their roles. He is THE cornerstone of the program!!!”

Lamar Johnson
Executive Director
University of Texas, McCombs School of Business

Comprehensive Knowledge

Vinicius Arosi

“I worked with Terry Kahler from 2001 to 2004 while he was leading Dell BCC (Brazilian Customer Center). As Dell Brazil GM, Terry’s big challenge was to coordinate and align efforts from several areas such as, but not limited to, Sales, IT, Operations, HR and Services in order to allow Brazilian customers to fully experience the capabilities of Dell’s Direct Model. Terry was the right person in the right time for Dell Brazil. His comprehensive knowledge on Dell business model and an inclusive Leadership style combined to intense drive for results approach shaped the entire organization and the future generations of Dell Brazil employees and leaders. Working under Terry’s leadership was a rich learning experience and I’m thankful for having such opportunity. Terry, thanks for everything you did for Dell Brazil.”

Vinicius Arosi
Global Channel Supply Chain Transformation Director
Dell Technologies

Helpful Friend and Coach

Renee Weissend

“Terry is the perfect combination of teacher, mentor, friend, and coach. His guidance and insight propelled me personally and professionally.”

Renée Weissend
Internet of Things (IoT) Marketing
Dell/EMC -The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business

Setting Future Leaders on the Right Course

Tim Mixon

“As part of the Dell Marketing Labs partnership with UT, Terry counseled and guided MBA students working on timely Dell Marketing initiatives. Terry’s coaching and expertise helped us accomplish two critical goals – he ensured the MBA students’ work provided real and quantifiable value to Dell, while also helping the students gain key experience in understanding how executives think and make decisions. Terry made a huge difference for these young professionals, and helped them achieve the right mindset and approach as they look to accelerate their business careers.”

Tim Mixon
Vice President, Marketing Programs
Q2

Patient and Willing to Help

Julie Ballesteros

“As a non-profit executive, I have always known that financials were a weakness for me.  A few years ago, I was fortunate to have Terry Kahler on my board of directors, and Terry quickly recognized that I was not comfortable with the area of finances.  Terry has coached me and help me have intelligent conversations in areas that were out of my comfort zone.  I am so fortunate that Terry has mentored and coached me, his patience and willingness to help me grow professionally has proved invaluable.  Thank you Terry!”

Julie Ballesteros
Executive Director
Manos de Cristo

Advocate, Guru and Friend

Teresa Bayer

“I feel so lucky to have had Terry’s guidance this past year! He uses his in-depth knowledge of the industry and his passion and penchant for providing expert professional guidance to help you perform better than you thought possible! Beyond your coach, he will be your advocate, guru and friend.”

Teresa Bayer
Dell Marketing
Dell, Inc. / University of Texas - McCombs School of Business

Global Experience

Deirdre Mendez

“Students in my international business courses really appreciate Terry’s lectures. His insights range from the effects of macroeconomic trends on corporations to the challenges of personally orchestrating a successful international turnaround.”

Deirdre Mendez PhD
Associate Director for Cultural Programs
University of Texas, McCombs School of Business

Deep Respect

Susana Fontoura

“Working for Terry as his Administrative Assistant provided me the benefit of being able to work through important decisions from the President of an American company in Brazil, as well as to see the deep respect he got from the executive management team toward his decisions and his personality. I learnt how to be strongly focused on my daily tasks. I am sure I became a better assistant with a vision of the whole business.”

Susana Fontoura
Administrative Assistant
Dell EMC, Brazil

International Experience

Bob Johnson

“A lifetime of international experiences and a career leading successful and diverse teams, Terry brings a broad, balanced and personalized perspective to both groups and individuals working toward ongoing improvement.”

Bob Johnson
Sr. Vice President Human Resources
CHRO-Filtration Group - Retired

Significant Influencer

Carlay Pineyro-Sublett

“Terry has been a coach, mentor and significant influencer in my personal and professional life for over 15 years. He has provided the perfect balance of pragmatism and optimism – pushing me to overcome self-imposed limitations and pursue my full potential. His guidance and support has played a significant role in my ability to scale from a front line manager to a C-suite level executive. Most importantly, Terry took a genuine interest in my success. He made a conscious effort to stay connected and I, equally, have sought his counsel when making big career decisions.”

Carla Pineyro Sublett
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Rackspace

Inspirational Leader

Namrata Kripalani-Felger

“Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe and learn from Terry’s leadership style — specifically how to prioritize and focus on few key objectives, efficiently manage large teams to goals, and consistently communicate results to leaders and team members. Terry is extremely perceptive, quick to recognize the strengths and potential of individuals and then help them leverage their strengths to effective outcomes. He is truly an inspirational leader, and over the last 30+ years he has motivated me and many others to be successful and bring our A-game to work everyday! “

Namrata Kripalani-Felger
Director - Global Customer Programs and Total Experience Management
Dell, Inc.

Professional Growth

Paulo Amorim

“Terry was my first manager when I joined Dell as an Executive HR Director for Brazil. At that time he was the President for Brazil Operations (BCC). His support, was key for my on-boarding and success as an executive in that company.
I had worked at Dell for about 12 years. My career there had a solid basis under Terry’s orientations, feedback, coaching and mentoring. It had been a pleasure working for him. Great times, I had grown a lot as a person and professional.”

Paulo Amorim
Owner
Parallax Institute - Brazil

A Rare Find

Ron Rose

“An executive’s job is threefold. Create a strategy that aligns with customer value creation. Understand and organize a plan of execution. Lead with positive optimism and communicate effectively. Throughout the time Terry and I worked together at Dell he was always effective at progressing all three of these important skills with the team, and mentoring each of the team members about how to examine all three and accelerate each for maximal effectiveness of the overall organization. In my experience, his skill in this regard as a coach/mentor and leader is as important as it is rare to find.“

Ron Rose
Chairman and CEO
Value Creation Strategies

Pivotal

Suyan Rambor

“Terry was a pivotal place in the roadway to me. He help me to trust myself and believe that some ideas in spite of not immediate results, it will pay back in the long run but to convince others of that, this is the right path, you need to believe in it yourself, heart and soul.”

Suyan Rambor
Facilities Sr. Manager
Dell | EMC Brazil

Challenged Me

Luis Fernando Gonçalves

“Terry always challenged me to go beyond my responsibilities and capabilities, showing that promotion should naturally emerge as a result of an instilled attitude.”

Luis Fernando Gonçalves
Vice President and General Manager
Dell | EMC

A Great Example

Luiz Castilhos

“Terry was one of the great leaders I had the pleasure to work with in my career. The time was the beginning of 2000’s in a computer manufacturing operation start-up in Brazil. The company was too vertical in the departments, resulting in a matrix of interaction and cross function support. Terry was fundamental, was the glue on the matrix leading the teams engagement for the main goal and directing the power to what was really important at that moment. And for that is necessary a lot of leadership, people relation and be a great negotiator! A great example to be followed.”

Luiz Castilhos
Facilities Sr. Manager
Dell EMC - Latin America

Real World Experience

Linda Gerber PhD

“For several semesters now, Terry Kahler has been kind enough to speak to my course on International Trade and Investment at the McCombs School of Business. Drawing on his extensive international experience with Dell Computers, Terry shares convincing insights which allow the students to better see how material we cover is applied in the “real world”. I always try to schedule Terry’s visits for early in the semester so I then can draw on his stories as examples of key topics as we progress through the semester. In addition to contributing his extensive knowledge and experience, Terry always recommends important sources of information that will help students better understanding global markets. Students regularly report his talks as a highlight of the course.“

Linda Gerber PhD
Director of Center for International Business Education and Research
University of Texas at Austin

Experienced Executive

Annette Clayton

“I had the opportunity to work with Terry for a few years and I was most impressed by his ability to ramp in a new assignment, quickly get up to speed, identify a strategy and then execute the plan methodically. His attention to detail, work ethic and management style were key to him achieving, and in many cases, exceeding his objectives with speed. He has mentored and coached many individuals who are now in critical executive roles. I highly recommend Terry for anyone looking for assistance from an experienced executive who can drive exponential results.”

Annette Clayton
CEO & President
Schneider Electric

A Great Listener and Caring Leader

Andrea Bogado

“I was very fortunate to work in multiple organizations led by Terry at different times of my career. He was one of the best leaders I have worked for. He cared deeply about his teams and each person’s individual development. He truly challenged us and motivated us to bring our very best every day. As a mentor and coach, he is a great listener and possesses the gift of asking right and meaningful questions to get you thinking and believing in your own potential. I’m very thankful for all the insights, support and guidance I always receive from Terry.”

Andrea Bogado
Director, Strategy & Planning
Dell EMC

Amazing Coach

Mandy Zhang

“Terry is not only an amazing coach but also a caring friend! Before the project, I didn’t expect to learn so much from him. I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to work with Terry in the Supply Chain Labs program.”

Mandy Zhang
Dell, Inc. / The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business

Logical

Vanessa Yu

“Terry is one of the best mentors I have ever met. He is very logical and forthright. The advice he provided to me is very insightful and helped me grow not only professionally but also personally. Terry is also very thoughtful because his focus of my decks is not only on the contents themselves but also on the aesthetic level which eventually led me to the success of the final presentations at Dell. I feel honored to have Terry as my coach.”

Vanessa Yu
Senior Financial Consultant
Sysco

People Oriented Leadership

Danny Schexnayder

“I worked with Terry a few years back at Dell, in a logistics support role. Terry’s excellent people oriented leadership and management style was evident whenever I joined his group meetings. Highly motivated team, one of the best at Dell, and the reason they excelled. He practiced what he preached, and it worked.”

Danny Schexnayder
Art Gallery Owner
Vintage Poster Gallery International

Phenomenal Coach

Stephanie Moten

“Terry was my mentor while I was getting my MBA at the University of Texas and we remain in contact to this day. He is a phenomenal coach and supporter. During my year-long internship at Dell, we spoke at least once week and discussed both the content of my work and my interpersonal experiences on the job. He guided me through the experience and contributed greatly to my success. He helped me prepare multiple presentations and gave me very constructive feedback that helped me refine my executive presence and gave me confidence. His coaching style was a perfect fit for me because he was so supportive and encouraging but still was able to help me develop my weaknesses. It was invaluable for me to learn from Terry’s years of experience as an SVP at Dell. Terry is a tremendous asset to anyone who knows him. I’m so thankful to still have him in my corner.”

Stephanie Moten
Operations Program Manager
Microsoft / The University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business

Significant Promoter of Talent

“Terry is a significant promoter of talent – he is highly calibrated, specific in his approach to grow talented team members to executive leadership. An astute strategist with a brilliant analytical approach– Terry led his team, which I was part of, to many successes. I’d highly recommend Terry to anyone who needs advise on how to grow their business at an accelerated pace”

Vandana Singh
Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure
Dell, Inc.

Experienced, Knowledgeable and Personable

Ginger Lackey

“Terry is an excellent mentor – experienced, knowledgeable, and personable. Terry was instrumental in my career transition from nonprofit fundraising to corporate marketing, and guided me through my first venture in a very large, complex corporation. Based on his years of experience in international business, global operations, and executive leadership, he provides sound, clear, and constructive feedback and helps you examine challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives — perspectives which you likely have not considered before. Moreover, he is sincerely interested in and dedicated to your success. Terry was an incredible resource for me, and I highly recommend him as a mentor and coach.”

Ginger Lackey
Marketing Senior Advisor
Dell EMC

Business Challenge Solved

Tommy Geary

“I was facing some difficult business strategy and organizational design challenges and Terry helped me solve them. His structured approach and his attention to detail were essential in coming up with the right solution. He saved me both time and effort.”

Tommy Geary
Senior Vice President, Global Sales Operations
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Great Fit

Lorrie Schultz

“I had the opportunity to work with Terry and witness his leadership in action. He has a fantastic executive presence to admire even when crisis situations arose. He was recognized for being able to make the difficult challenges come to life and showed great style and leadership to help his organizations and teams rise to any occasion. Terry was a perfect choice for helping find a well-respected leader to mentor and coach our Dell UT McCombs Marketing Fellow University Program. We were looking for an individual who had experienced a lot of leadership challenges and success, diversity of experience and admirable people development. Terry was a great fit and has been successfully leading and coaching individuals beyond the University program. I would highly recommend Terry as an executive coach and strategic leader.”

Lorrie Schultz
Marketing Executive
Dell, Inc. / Q2 Software

Tough and Insightful

Todd Morrissey

“I connected with Terry through an internship program at UT McComb’s School of Business. During this internship I worked for Dell Inc. and Terry coached me for a year to deliver results to their business. My professional skills grew more during this year than any other due to Terry’s mentorship. I can sum up Terry’s influence in three areas:

  1. He’s tough: Terry communicates with the utmost respect and professionalism, but he will not short-change his students with the tough feedback they need to improve. I appreciate this candor from Terry, and I know it makes a difference.
  2. Business Insight: Terry has a knack for understanding what’s important to a business and how to address it. Seemingly with any functional area or business discipline, Terry knows what works, and advises his students on how to overcome obstacles and maximize results.
  3. Presentation Skills: Terry is a master of general presentation skills and specifically with PowerPoint. Separate from his knowledge of business, he coaches students to greatly improve their abilities in this area, especially when presenting to senior management.

In all, Terry is a servant leader. He mentors students for the fulfillment of seeing them grow and achieve success. I will be in touch with Terry for many years to continue a relationship with a great mentor and friend, and to receive feedback in the places I need most.”

Todd Morrissey
Dell, Inc. / University of Texas - McCombs School of Business

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