Meet Your ILEC Coach

Dirk W. van der Vaart

Master Certified Intelligent Leadership Executive Coach
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Dirk has 30 years of experience in the defense and security industry and has served in executive, operations and business development roles throughout his career, including overseas projects in more than 22 countries. Dirk most recently served as President of a US subsidiary of global defense and aerospace conglomerate, Ultra Group. Prior to Ultra, Dirk held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at an advanced technology company dedicated to the development of intelligent optical inspection systems. He previously served as President of GardaWorld Government Services. Earlier in his career, he served in senior business development and strategy roles at Global Group, Raytheon, American Systems and ManTech. Dirk’s start-up experience includes a role as vice president and general manager for an Israeli tactical radar innovator. He also formed a company in Iraq, spending nearly two years in Baghdad at the height of the conflict there. Before entering the defense industry, Dirk served 11 years as a special operations officer in the Intelligence Community and was also a Port Security officer in the Coast Guard Reserve. He is fluent in Italian, Dutch, French, German and Spanish; and is currently studying Hebrew and Arabic. Dirk holds a BA degree in journalism and political science from Messiah College and an MBA in international business from The George Washington University. When not riding horses, he shoots in the Precision Rifle Series and competes in the Kayak Bass Fishing regional circuit.

All ILEC Coaches are Master Certified Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaches. They have achieved their distinguished certification by successfully passing 6 ILEC training programs all approved and accredited by the world’s #1 coaching governing body, the International Coach Federation (ICF). In addition, all ILEC Coaches bring significant significant leadership experience to their client engagements. ILEC Coaches have a strong and authoritative pedigree, however, they are real people who have achieved real results in their businesses and lives and, they are passionate about helping their clients achieve the same.

Q and A with Your ILEC Coach

The chance to be in business for myself, but not by myself, doing something I love! ILEC’s vision and principles are very closely aligned with my own and the time was right for me to start building something of my own.

To help business professionals, particularly small to mid-sized business executives, become the best leaders they can be. To help executives align their true purpose with their innate inner strengths and reach heights they had not thought possible.

Leading a small start-up subsidiary of a large company from 12 employees and just over $2M in revenue, to nearly 1000 employees and $80M in revenue in just under two years.

My continuing and constantly improving marriage of over 30 years!

1) The ability to listen with an intent to understand rather than answer.

2) The ability to communicate a vision and goals in a way that makes others want to strive to achieve them.

3) An enduring and deep passion for the art and science of servant leadership.

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