Our Team

Achieve Traction is a team of Certified EOS Implementers united by a passion for helping entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. We share a deep commitment to our clients and to one another. That has helped each of us develop into a leader within the larger EOS Implementer community. We’re grateful for the unique opportunity to help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and our fellow EOS Implementers get better results and live their ideal lives.

Mike Paton has spent a lifetime learning from entrepreneurs. Today he
works hard to give back – as a speaker, author, certified EOS Implementer, and as the Visionary for EOS Worldwide.

Paton grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. He cut his teeth in banking, then spent more than ten years running (or helping run) four entrepreneurial companies. In 2007, while trying to take a $7 million company to the next level, he found himself stuck and more than a little frustrated. His search for answers led to Gino Wickman, and to EOS. Paton quickly became a passionate advocate of the system and leader of a vibrant and growing community of professional EOS Implementers, clients and fans. He’s now conducted more than 1,000 full-day EOS sessions with leadership teams of more than 100 entrepreneurial companies.

During his journey, Paton wrote Get A Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable with Gino Wickman. He’s also become an award-winning speaker who’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs learn and begin implementing EOS at dynamic, value-packed keynote talks, in-depth interactive workshops and peer-group retreats. In all his efforts, Paton’s goal is simple: to help others master EOS by implementing simple, practical tools proven to help entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses.

Paton lives in Minneapolis with his wife Kate. Together they have five boys.

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CJ DuBe’ has always been an entrepreneur. With more than 25 years of experience, CJ knows a lot about business and people. Not following a traditional path, CJ has worked in a variety of capacities, from managing a sales team for a large international company, to Director of Operations and HR for a facilities management firm.

Seeing the need for talent management, CJ began consulting with businesses on their talent acquisitions and management functions. In 2006, along with two other talented entrepreneurs, CJ launched the professional contract placement firm Oberon, which in 2009 was ranked third on the Minneapolis – St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50 Awards. After selling Oberon CJ went looking for her next entrepreneurial venture and was introduced to Gino Wickman’s book TRACTION. Seeing the benefits of companies Implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS), CJ had found her next obsession.

Since 2010 helping entrepreneurs and their leadership teams has become CJ’s passion. As one of the top Implementers in the country she has helped over 90 companies clarify, simplify and achieve their vision.

An award-winning entrepreneur with a dynamic background, CJ is also a sought-after speaker. She speaks throughout the United States to spread the word of EOS and to help companies and leadership teams get better at three things: VISION, TRACTION and HEALTH. In 2016 CJ became the Head Coach at EOS Worldwide.

CJ is a Minnesota native that splits her time between the Twin Cities and Arizona. A mother of seven and a grandmother of eight CJ is family oriented and lives life full circle.

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Sean started his business career in the corporate world. He later moved into the entrepreneurial world and found his sweet spot. As part of the leadership team in five different entrepreneurial ventures Sean has experienced the highs and lows of growing companies with limited resources.

In 2009, Sean came across the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) when he read the book TRACTION by Gino Wickman. He immediately recognized its value in the entrepreneurial company environment and set about implementing it, with the help of Mike Paton as EOS Implementer. Sean subsequently introduced EOS in another company and became such a believer in the system that he trained as an EOS Implementer and was invited to join the Achieve Traction team. For 4+ years Sean has helped over 40 companies implement EOS and realize the benefits of VISION, TRACTION and HEALTHY and the freedom they can provide. He brings a unique perspective with an appreciation of implementation from both the client and the implementer viewpoints.

As well as implementing EOS, Sean is also an engaging speaker on the topic, providing results oriented, value packed talks which help entrepreneurs get a grip on their businesses and lead the lives they wish to lead.

In 2016 Sean was invited to join the newly created EOS Worldwide Coaching team and helps coach and mentor new EOS Implementers and other EOS Professional Implementers. Sean lives in Minneapolis with his wife Trish and their two sons.

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