After 29 years in corporate settings, 25 in the pharmaceutical/biotech healthcare industries, Walt started Development First, LLC in April 2007. He has capitalized on a wealth of experience in sales, sales management, managed markets account management, marketing, human resources, and leadership development training to help clients develop leadership skills of people leaders.

Few consultants focused on developing leadership skills have had experience in several capacities being a leader. Because of Walt’s background in leadership and human resources development positions, he is able to connect well with sales, sales management, general management, and research and development audiences. As a coach and facilitator, Walt is able to relate real-world experiences that allow participants to be able to immediately apply their skills back on the job. Walt brings that same experience to designing leadership training and follow-up tools that help people-leaders achieve results through other people.

Walter Hoff Walter W. Hoff, President of Development First, brings practical business and management consulting solutions to improve the ability of people leaders to achieve performance through others:

  • 37 years of business experience
  • 29 years of corporate line and operations experience
  • 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech healthcare industries
  • A certified facilitator who has completed more than 50 hours of facilitator training
  • A Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, accredited by the International Coach Federation, the coaching profession’s governing body recognized for its excellence in established standards, core competencies, and training professional coaches
  • Curriculum design training, developing a complete understanding of the entire process from needs analysis to evaluation of effectiveness
  • Consulting skills training that focused on driving a client to a broad performance-based solution
  • ASTD certified virtual trainer