About the Founder

Mark Heydt is the Chief Learning Officer and Founder of Game Plan Leader, LLC.

Business and Career Background

Mark has held senior level positions in which he has led the strategy and execution of talent development, talent management, talent acquisition, and talent engagement at large companies including Target, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, DCP Midstream, and Sports Authority. He has worked in a variety of industries including energy, retail, and services. Now as a consultant, he has added experience in healthcare, manufacturing, media, and financial services. Mark is focused on coaching and developing the next generation of leaders across industries.

Coaching and Leadership Development Experience

Mark has experience coaching many C-suite executives, divisional leaders, entrepreneurs, and middle managers. Mark’s clients consistently praised his positive energy and his ability to develop a collaborative and strategic environment. His programs create actionable game plans that deliver results. His clients also say that his extensive corporate experience provides relevant situational examples that helps gain the trust from both executives and program participants.

While at Sports Authority, Mark established and led the team responsible for all training opportunities for all 15,000 team members at corporate and in the field. While at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Mark designed and facilitated the first high potential leadership development program for directors and vice presidents. More recently at DCP Midstream, a Fortune 500 energy company, Mark integrated all talent strategies including talent acquisition, onboarding, new hiring training, leadership training, talent management, and employee engagement.

Education and Certifications

Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University and a Master’s in Organizational Development & Training from the University of Denver. He is a certified coach through Gallup and the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is certified in Gallup StrengthsFinder, Myers Brigg’s Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Zenger-Folkman “Extraordinary Leader” 360 Coach.

Contact Mark Heydt at mark.heydt@gameplanleader.com