By Kurt Kazanowski, Kaznow Inc, Director of Membership

Jeff Clatterbaugh is a student of John Maxwell and received a certificate of training from his program. Jeff’s philosophy on leadership stems from the principles taught through Maxwell. “Studying Maxwell for 15 years has taught me a great deal,” Jeff says. Jeff has evolved his speaking skills and approach to focus on Servant Leadership with a specific expertise in the “Speed for Influence.” This approach helps Leadership refine their Attitudes, Behaviors, and Characteristics (the A, B, C’s) for being a productive Servant Leader.

Jeff is a VP Area Sales Manager for the Mortgage Department division of Independent Bank. Using the knowledge and tools gained through his Maxwell training, Jeff works with and inspires his colleagues. Several years ago, Jeff started on his own a “Sales Achievement” series where he brings in speakers to talk on a variety of leadership topics. Leaders and sales professionals from around the area participate in these events. His work here is one example of Jeff’s approach to and practice of Servant Leadership.

Eight years ago, Jeff committed to improving his speaking skills and joined Toastmasters to strengthen his platform skills. Kurt Kazanowski brought Jeff to NSA over two years ago. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with NSA as it complements what I learned at Toastmasters,” Jeff says. “NSA has taught me so much about the business development side of speaking and developing a career as a professional speaker. I also totally love the networking with people in our group.”

Jeff shares his life with Julie and his two sons. He is also a Cigar Aficionado. You can often find him at the La Casa Cigar Club in Plymouth enjoying a cigar and playing Euchre.

If you don’t know Jeff, please say hello at our next chapter meeting. He can be reached at or 248 790 1256.

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