Succeed Sooner is a group of seasoned business leaders who have a proven track record of success in their respective careers and industries. We have built the team of professionals engaged through Succeed Sooner based on their common belief in a human and authentic approach to leadership and business development, shared ethics and values, and a belief that businesses and people can win together through innovation. You can review the biographies of our leadership team below.

We don’t purport to be all things to all people, and we will not dilute our value by offering services or support beyond our areas of focus. Where we do not have expertise we will be happy to introduce you to some of our trusted partner organizations who offer marketing, creative, sales, and public relations support to augment the strategic innovation, project delivery, and leadership development capabilities that we can offer.

Leadership Team

cropped-TimEmpringham_HeadShot-512x512.png Tim Empringham, MBA
President & CEO

Tim Empringham is a disruptive and transformative leader who has built his career disrupting traditional thinking, exposing hidden opportunities, and redefining markets. He believes in a both/and approach to problem-solving and refuses to accept an either/or decisions at face value. He is a firm believer in leveraging failure as a key component of success in innovation and disruption. Tim has developed leaders throughout his career by challenging people to achieve their best in their career and their life by applying a constant focus on reflection, learning, and stepping outside their comfort zone. He has a unique ability to connect with individuals through his humble learning approach and is constantly expanding his experiences through his ongoing coaching and mentoring relationships.

Tim was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the Niagara Region in 2005, has served as a leader supporting municipal and regional governments, and has been recognized repeatedly by customers, employees, and suppliers for his leadership in strategy, team development, change management, and innovation.

Stewart Hayes, MBA
Partner, Employee and Customer Experience

Having spent over a decade in operational efficiency & effectiveness, change and strategy, Stewart is now focused on helping clients better engage with their customers, employees and partners. Over the past 5 years, he has developed experiences in marketing and branding which, along with operational strengths, positions him well to support in clients in both designing key strategic communications & messages as well as enact the operational changes needed to deliver upon promises of authentic engagement. Ultimately, Stewart helps his clients create great customer & employee experiences and then tell the stories around them. He challenges the status quo and provides the support, leadership and tools to his clients for them to do so as well.