DeLaPorte & Associates, Inc. is the premier boutique consulting group in the United States. For more than 30 years, DeLaPorte has been unlocking the potential of organizations and individuals across industry.

Companies maximize their productivity with DeLaPorte’s customized solutions that address employees' unique needs and learning styles within a strategic framework that aligns the organization’s corporate goals while addressing their workforce issues.

Our organizational experts provide unmatched: experience, insight, knowledge, best practices, wisdom and know how to guide your efforts in accomplishing goals.

Our systemic approach of behaving as partners, rather than vendors allows us to solve problems and drive potential which sets a standard for transformation within an organization. Working with you, our efforts produce measurable business results: reduced costs, higher quality, lower turnover, ready executives, and increased diversity.


The DeLaPorte team is dedicated to making good companies great, and that commitment begins at home, with our own company. The business of our business is helping your organization achieve strategy by improving human performance. Internal and external drivers provide the foundational information that becomes the context for development.

We believe that four components need to be in place for real performance improvement to occur. Your employees need effective knowledge and skill development, integrated tools and processes, measurement and feedback to assess performance, and management alignment to produce business results.

As a team we start the performance improvement process by discovering what skills your employees need to deliver on the strategy of your organization. In this context, we are able to identify the competencies that make your high performers stand out, assess your people against those profiles, create custom development plans based on the results, and build solutions to develop those critical skills for a return-on-investment.

Our team work passionately to help build organizations that will stand the test of time; that move beyond making a profit to making a difference.

Success is simply not enough - our team desire to leave a legacy.

Since any organization is only as good as the people it employs, DeLaPorte is dedicated to hiring the best and brightest, and developing each team member as it would those for a client. DeLaPorte staff is dedicated to ‘being the best it can be’ within itself and among its peers in the training and consulting industries within which it competes.

Jason DelaPorte
The vortex of a storm is where Jason finds comfort. His uncanny ability to see beyond the chaos allows him to provide dynamic and unforeseen opportunities to those on the journey. As CEO of DeLaPorte & Associates, inc., his passion for purpose, people, productivity and real results provide just the right balance, and keep clients and customers returning for more. As lead Game Changer, Jason’s sole desire is to equip, educate and empower Texas High School coaches to see beyond the game, and equip them with the tools to impact and prepare players for the game of life.


Michael Boland
Advisory Board
Michael is President and Founder of Performance Technologies, a premier consulting and training firm. As a leading consultant to domestic and international organizations, his strength is in his ability to tackle issues, open minds and convert problems into opportunities. Merging 25 years of experience with best current thinking, he drives and enacts positive change, and instills belief systems that convert challenges into achievements. Michael is Board Chairman of Dayton Right to Life.


Joseph F. Meyers
Advisory Board / Project Lead
Joe is President of Myers Consulting and brings over 40 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. His leadership and expertise in Managed Programs, Finance, Contracts, Marketing and Operations provide his clients with proven systems and innovative strategies for achieving success. He has received numerous awards and recognition within industry and community.


Bob Gaines
Advisory Board
Bob has been consulting for numerous years using his diverse management, entrepreneurial and corporate experience creating innovative solutions for clients. He has held positions such as President of Mak-Redy Services, President of Passport Oil Company and President of Great North American Companies as well as Director of Strategic Alliances for Accenture. His achievements include helping companies exceed financial objectives and achieve gains in revenues and profits.


Melinda Cox
Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff.  Conductor and head synchronizer. Melinda has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 100 executives in corporate leadership from project management in organizations, talent and corporate initiatives as well as managing processes and systems for client services, human resources and global management. Melinda also assists the CEO for numerous organizations both profit and non-profit.


Dayna Melvin, CPA
Dayna oversees responsibility for a broad range of financial, legal and regulatory requirements as well as human resource activities that have impacted our organization for over 14 years. Her expertise in internal and external financial reporting, guides short and long term planning through forecasts and projections, tax planning and entity formation as well as competitive analysis of global markets. Dayna concentrates on employee related issues for reporting, compliance and benefits.


Sandra Crawford Williamson
Marketing Genius and Strategist Extraordinaire. Sandra is a seasoned executive who was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for a $3 Billion advertising agency for 600,000 small to medium sized businesses in America. Williamson brings over 20 years of general management, marketing, and sales experience with a passion for taking brands to the next level of awareness and developing product portfolios that deliver strong results.


Lisa Stephenson
Gifted, detail and logistical master.  Simplifying the complicated is her forte. Lisa brings with her more than 25 years of experience in corporate event planning. Her resume in sporting events ranges from celebrity golf tournaments worldwide, opening ceremonies for the World Cup, hospitality at the Red River Rivalry and a host of bowl venues as well as multiple NCAA Final Fours and the Kentucky Derby. At the high school level, Lisa has managed the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic and the H-E-B Texas Football Classic which coincided with the 40th anniversary of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine. One of her favorite recurring roles is a redhat for ESPN High School Football.


Alex Fuerst
Creating visually stunning graphics and video. Alex's work has been seen on the local level to internationally and everywhere in between for 13 years. A broad set of experience with feature hollywood films, national broadcasts, corporate media productions, independent films and hollywood crews over the last decade endorse his desire for excellence and innovation to advance motion medias.


Debbie Terry
Premier relationship and value producer. With a wide range of experiences in both for-profit and non-profit  sectors, Debbie Terry has been an owner of a nationwide executive recruiting firm for small business lenders and has served as a national sales and marketing consultant in the healthcare industry.  Whether cultivating business expansion, launching people movements, consulting in international ballot security, or training women in developing nations, Debbie is energized by connecting people with the right opportunities to create success to the bottom line, change lives, and impact the culture with timeless truth.


Anna Greer
Our white tiger, rare.  Graceful, yet powerful. Anna Greer is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University with a major in Communications and a minor in Sociology.  Anna is involved with sales, marketing and media relations for our clients as well as production and design.  Anna’s attention to our client needs as well as their respective businesses is key for the valued services we provide our customers.


Zack Cox
Clark Kent
Uber talented writer and journalist by day... Zack Cox attends Oklahoma State University with a major in Journalism and Communications.  Zack has written and researched articles and tutorials for an award winning technology company as well as created web and social media content.  Zack’s creativity is key in delivering the most relevant information for our clients.


Dr. Jim Beckett
Senior Consultant
Jim Beckett is founder of Beckett, Inc. and publisher of the popular Beckett monthly magazines for collectors and online destination and community for sports collectibles enthusiasts. Jim Beckett earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Southern Methodist University in 1975. Prior to starting Beckett, Inc. in 1984, he served as an Associate Professor of Statistics at Bowling Green State University and as vice president of a consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.


Russell Lake
Creative Director
Russell has lead a successful creative agency specializing in marketing and promotion along with product development. He has produced millions of successful direct mail promotions along with millions of recorded products. Russell has also served twice as an elected official on Keller City Council as well as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.


Joe Galindo
Senior Consultant
Joe founded 6th Man Executive Coaching, a strategic management and consulting firm in Dallas, Texas where he has served as executive coach, professional facilitator, and management consultant. Over the past 10 years, Joe has successfully facilitated thousands of strategic retreats, planning meetings, and small group forums for well over 500 organizations - both business and non-profit entities - ranging from local to global in scope. The resultant strategies and action steps addressed organizational issues and processes, provided coaching and mentoring of executives (in both business and spiritual dimensions), and developed key leadership personnel for his clients. Joe’s unique ability to facilitate, listen, and then capture vital elements of an issue or meeting, reliably produce tangible, strategic direction proven to be of great value for his clients.


Mary Rios
Senior Consultant
Mary has been training international employees for over 20 years with a major financial institution as well as working voluntarily with the Hispanic community throughout the DFW metroplex. Mary consults with non-profit organizations in global ministries as well as with at-risk youth teaching the X-Factor Program.


Hermilla DeLaGarza
Senior Consultant
Hermilla is a native Texan and has used her bilingual ability to impact lives for adolescent and adult education for over 30 years. As a Testing Specialist for students in a major North Texas school district with over 20,000 students enrolled, she assesses their ability to transition into regular classes or whether additional needs should be addressed. She also has facilitated Practical Parenting Education throughout the district. Hermila also works with a non-profit organization training parents the X-Factor Program.


Larry Luby
Senior Consultant
Larry has passionately worked with leaders to encourage and challenge them to know their purpose and empowering companies to achieve success through the improvement of people, processes and performance. Larry has for over 30 years provided consulting of problem solving, turning around troubled operations and is an excellent motivator of people. He is a published author and also consults with the Justice departments within the DFW area facilitating the X-Factor Program.


Steven Esquivel
Senior Consultant
Steven has been working professionally with a major airline within the IT, marketing and training departments. Steven leads teams and manages multiple projects addressing targets and goals for his team. Steven brings over 15 years of experience in the area of character development and continues to train at risk youth within Tarrant County of Texas.


Jo Umberger
Senior Consultant
Jo Umberger is the owner of Umberger Development Partners, Inc., a business training and coaching firm in Dallas, Texas. She is a trainer, coach, speaker, author, and business owner. Jo has served a highly diverse clientele for 20 plus years and has helped many DeLaPorte clients. She creates and delivers custom training/coaching programs that facilitate participants’ buying into clients companies’ objectives and implementing the concepts on the job to improve their results.


Bob Ramsey
Senior Consultant
Bob Ramsey has over 25 years of experience as a business leader specializing in training, consulting and sales.  Bob is also a professional speaker and consultant in financial, insurance, automotive, energy and healthcare industries. His experience in sales and management led him to his passion, providing leadership training for one of the nation’s most elite chemical companies.  He has the ability to take complex ideas and create relevant concepts to all participants.  Through mentoring and coaching, he has evolved many future leaders in multiple industries.

Vision, Mission, Values

DeLaPorte’s vision is to be the worldwide partner of choice for organizational change and workforce development.


To accomplish our vision, we:

  • Strategically align resources to help organizations achieve competitive advantage
  • Model core guiding principles
  • Develop partnership-oriented relationship with clients and alliances
  • Model service attitude with both internal and external customers
  • Provide quality products and personnel

Our progress will be measured when people consistently express a desire to be a part of a culture like ours.

DeLaPorte’s mission is to help organizations and individuals embrace change - ensuring their growth, future, performance, and fulfillment.


To accomplish our mission, we:

  • Provide services and implement technologies that develop the organization’s human resource
  • Apply current research in adult learning, communication, and behavioral sciences to the concerns of people and organizations
  • Apply an understanding of the leading edge of business trends to help organizations achieve a competitive advantage
  • Help our clients distinguish relevant implications of global changes on their business.

Our values:

Model Christian Ethics*

  • Love others
  • Forgive
  • Humble yourself
  • Be thankful in everything
  • Be merciful

Balance Personal Priorities

  • Work hard, play hard
  • Protect your health
  • Protect your spiritual well-being
  • Protect your family relationships
  • Grow your mental capabilities

Exceed Customer Expectations

  • Give more than you receive
  • Deliver on the contract
  • Service internal and external customers
  • Always leave a gift
  • Help them grow

High Performance is the Only Option

  • Meet your commitments
  • Contribute to our sales efforts
  • Secure our customers through delivery
  • Be the best in your role
  • Be a high-activity self-starter

Encourage Teammates Daily

  • Be a team player
  • Deliver two positives for every negative
  • Be each other's advocates
  • Be positive with mental resources
  • Be sincere

Resolve Pinches

  • Clarify expectations
  • Be easy on the people
  • Be hard on the problem
  • Nip it in the bud
  • Avoid being a nit picker

Leverage Individual Talents

  • Know and appreciate others' gifts and shortcomings
  • Engage right person, gifts, interests, tasks
  • Collaborate to create synergistic results (1+1=3)
  • Be respectful of others' availability
  • Own the responsibility for coordinating efforts

Err on the Side of Action

  • Act within our Vision, Mission, Values
  • Over-communicate
  • Make decisions for greater good
  • Always play win/win/win
  • Keep your promises

Do the Right Thing

  • Treat the business as your own
  • Value all people
  • Work within our Vision, Mission, Values
  • Be 100% alighned with DLPA
  • Be willing to challenge the status quo

Create the Future

  • Reputation counts long-term
  • Be willing to stretch
  • Demonstrate a learning attitude
  • Apply and grow your skills
  • Challange our system, respectfully

* DeLaPorte & Associates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants for positions are judged on qualifications, with no consideration given to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age. The first company Value refers to Christian ethics no Christianity.


Our Founder

In September of 1980, Terry DeLaPorte pursued his calling and set out to build an organization focused on helping individuals and organizations fulfill their potential. It was evident to everyone who knew Terry that he was a man on fire — consumed with reaching this goal.

He would often share a quote from Jay Carty that typified his approach to business and personal life:

"If every morning your banker credited your account with $86,400 but every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you failed to invest, what would you do? Invest every cent - of course! Well, you have such an account - it is called time. Every day you are credited with 86,400 seconds. At midnight, whatever you failed to invest is lost forever. A balance is not carried over to the next day and you are not allowed over-drafts. Each day the bank called Time opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours." Arguably, this relentless time management and laser focus is what enabled Terry to accomplish so much in his short yet intense fifty seven years.

Terry was great at what he did, in part because he loved to help his clients achieve success. He had a stake in their dreams and possessed the passion to help those dreams become realities. He understood, more than most of his contemporaries, that a constant focus on helping clients solve problems, aspire, and achieve their goals would inevitably help DeLaPorte achieve its own goals. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he saw the goals as intertwined. “Our business is helping their business,” he would say.

Having succumbed to pancreatic cancer on September 20, 2004 after a hard-fought four-month battle, we are left with irrepressible memories. We miss him dearly, in so many small and large ways; from the larger-than-life aura he possessed and the noble vision he had for human development, to the wisdom he conveyed in each encounter we had with him.

To the thousands around the country and across the globe who showered the family with encouragement and condolences we are so grateful. Terry often commented, “The ultimate measure of a leader is legacy.” This has been true for eons, and it will prove true again here.

While no one can compare to Terry or fill his shoes (nor would anyone be foolish enough to strive to do so), his DNA is ever-present in our business plans, our structure, our values, our product line, our services, our selection criteria for new employees, and every imaginable realm of our business.