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 been learning from entrepreneurs for most of his life. Today he works hard to give back – as an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, Certified EOS Implementer, and as the Visionary for EOS Worldwide.

Paton discovered the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) a dozen years ago while trying to take a $7 million company to the next level. Feeling stuck and more than a little frustrated, his search for answers led him to Gino Wickman and EOS. Having helped run four entrepreneurial companies, Paton instantly recognized the power of this simple, holistic “way of operating” a small business. He quickly became a passionate advocate, joined the Professional EOS Implementer Community, and dedicated himself to helping other entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses.

Since then, Paton has conducted more than 1,200 full-day sessions with the leadership teams of more than 110 companies and helped thousands more entrepreneurs by sharing EOS in dynamic talks and workshops the world over. During that journey, Paton wrote Get A Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable with Gino Wickman and then succeeded Gino in the role of Visionary for EOS Worldwide. In that role, he leads a close-knit community of more than 250 Professional EOS Implementers around the globe – each passionate about helping entrepreneurs run better businesses and live better lives.

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. During her journey 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 North America 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 where she assists and guides other EOS Implementers to help them be their best for their clients.

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

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Sean started his career in the corporate world. He later moved to 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 was introduced to the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) when he read TRACTION by Gino Wickman. He immediately recognized its value in an entrepreneurial company and set about implementing it. Sean subsequently introduced EOS in another company and became such a believer in the system that he trained as an EOS Implementer.

Since then, in 5+ years of implementing EOS Sean has helped over 40 companies implement EOS and realize the benefits of VISION, TRACTION, HEALTHY and the freedom they can provide. He continues to hone and refine his craft on his journey to EOS mastery. He brings a unique perspective with an appreciation of implementation from both the client and the implementer viewpoints.

In addition to being a Certified EOS Implementer, Sean is an engaging speaker. He provides results-oriented, value-packed keynotes and workshops that help entrepreneurs and their leadership teams deliver results and get what they want from their business.

In 2016 Sean joined the EOS Worldwide Coaching team, which coaches and mentors new and Professional EOS Implementers.

Sean lives in Minneapolis with his wife Trish and their two sons.

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