Our History and Original Founders
The business began in 1980 with a perfect marriage of transformation, compassion, coaching, technology, intelligence, people skills and a strong determination to make a difference, embodied in the husband and wife team of Jinny and Tim Ditzler.
Starting her working life as a secondary school teacher, Jinny was an early adopter in the human potential movement when she took the est training (forerunner of Landmark Education) in 1972 and went on to become a seminar leader and regional center manager in the organization.
Unlike most of the "graduates" she became dedicated to putting as much of this experience into practice as she possibly could. She became a transformation expert, starting with herself and her own life. In 1981 she originated the genre of personal and executive coaching, now a multi-billion dollar global industry.
She has 30 years of experience coaching people from CEO's to small business owners. Her experience brings her a deep appreciation of their strength, compassion for the issues they face and knowledge of how to bring their full potential to their organizations as well as to the rest of their lives.
Jinny has started and led five businesses and managed several others. This experience has been invaluable as she developed and Best Year Yet Personal and Team Programs.
Through the years she has continued to participate in seminars and trainings and along the way found many teachers who helped to strengthen her ability to make a difference to others. At the same time, she observed that too many of these transformational trainings were too complicated and complex for most participants to implement successfully in their own lives. She became passionate about making transformation, personal and organizational development and performance improvement much simpler and far more understandable and accessible. She kept this promise with the development of the Best Year Yet® system.
Tim first demonstrated his love of technology and computers in 1960 at the age of 13. He built a computer to calculate which world capitals could be bombed with a missile launched from Washington, DC, using initial launch velocity and angles of elevation. With his invention he won first place at the County Science Fair, including an invitation to attend classes at Goddard Space Flight Center.
After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1970, he moved to New York City and again joined the world of technology as Vice President of Computer Services at a subsidiary of Brakeley, John Price Jones, Inc., the leading fundraising company in the US.
Several years later he took the same position with Printronic Corporation of America, running the computer center that produced personalized direct mail and merge purge services. As his experience and knowledge grew, so did his passion for finding creative uses of the computer - so much so that he became a lecturer on the subject for the American Management Association.
He founded a computer bureau called Printronic International in London in April 1979 and it grew to become the leading bureau in the UK and Europe, particularly active in the area of international direct marketing, personalized laser printing, database management and statistically-based targeted marketing. During this time he was active on the executive boards of several direct marketing organizations and a frequent conference speaker - as well as active in several nonprofit organizations. Tim and Jinny met and were married in London in 1981.
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