About Darla Sees

Meet the Founder

Darla Sees

Founder/CEO, Sees Consulting

As founder of Sees Consulting, my passion is helping small- to medium-sized business owners follow their goals by helping them in understand employee and leadership development as they grow a thriving and profitable business.

As businesses grow, their employee development issues increase. Many business owners are not prepared to take on dozens of employees and the responsibilities that accompany a larger workforce. Sees Consulting was developed to bridge the gap and ease the growing pains that small companies experience in becoming a mid-sized business.

Background

I consider myself a Texan. Being raised as a military brat, I traveled regularly until I was 11, when my family moved to Fort Hood, Texas. My father retired from the U.S. Army during my senior year in high school, and my family remains in the area. 

I began my career as a Substance Abuse Counselor after earning an Associates degree in Applied Science from Central Texas College. After studying to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, I worked at a female prison unit with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. While working at the prison, I continued my education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I later went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management from Tarleton State University and am a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Recently I became certified through the Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). 

With 20 years of experience, I’ve held a wide range of positions with increasing levels of responsibilities across a variety of industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, construction and healthcare.

My true passion is in helping growing businesses succeed.  I believe that employees are the heart of all businesses and creating a company culture which engages our employees is key to the success.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors – camping, RV’ing and tubing on the lake. 

I’m a 1st degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, training for my 2nd degree. I began this path with my young daughters with the goal for them to gain self-confidence, learn leadership skills and self-defense.  The journey has been a game changer for all of us.

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Owner & Management Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations Issues

Mike Shenk

Leadership Facilitator, Sees Consulting

As a life-long servant leader in the United States Army and Team member at Sees Consulting, my passion is facilitating leader development and transformational followership across all layers of a business owner’s employee structure.

Whether a business owner considers his or her business to be small, medium, or large, efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability are directly proportional to the leadership’s developmental efforts across the entire leader – led spectrum within the organization.  With experiences ranging from small teams in high-performance / high-stress environments to large strategically focused organizations, I aim to facilitate leadership growth within the Sees Consulting organizational development framework. 

Background

I am from Pennsylvania but got to Texas as soon as I could!  Following undergraduate studies in Mathematics, I earned an aviation officer commission in the United States Army, where I served in leadership and academic positions over a 26-year career on active duty. 

I served as an Army Aviator for the preponderance of my career from the rank of Second Lieutenant to Colonel and was very fortunate to have several broadening assignments that enabled me to serve in variety of academic and leadership capacities.  Earning both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics enabled me to serve as an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point.  Additional broadening assignments included Department Head and Professor of Military Science, Auburn University at Montgomery, and Inspector General, III U.S. Corps and Fort Hood, Texas.  My academic leadership development opportunities account for nearly four years of my active duty service, including Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and Staff Services School, Command and General Staff Officers Course, Army and Joint Command Inspectors General Courses, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin.  As a senior Colonel, this last developmental opportunity gave me the honor of studying leadership full time and publishing a thesis on transformational followership under the guidance of Dr. Howard Prince, the UT Austin Chair of Ethical Leadership. 

With more than 26 years of leadership experience, I have commanded and led complex organizations and planned and executed leadership development programs at every level of Army operational command (platoon through brigade), inclusive of 10 deployed years leading our brave sons and daughters in combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

My passion is individual and Team leadership development and transformational followership.  I believe that an organization’s true potential to be efficient, effective, and successful (profitable) is inextricably reliant upon the continuous growth of its leaders, the empowerment of its followers, and a concerted effort to train the collective Team as one.

During my free time, I enjoy travel, bicycle and motorcycle riding and racing, tennis, swimming, and yoga.  And, I greatly value the opportunity to support my 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations of choice: Team Rubicon, Heroes Night Out, and Texas Cyclocross Project.