CEO / Founder
Over the course of a career spanning nearly 20 years, Verl Workman has delivered over 1,000 seminars, webinars, keynote addresses and other motivational messages to real estate and sales professionals around the world. In 2016, Verl earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. His winning attitude and undying passion infuse every encounter with a sense of discovery that empowers him to inspire his clients and truly change lives.
Co-Founder / Chief Strategy Officer
A skilled and dedicated professional, Brianne Ika has spent years learning the intricacies of the business world and developing a formula that has proven financially successful. Whether it is operations or business development, Brianne’s positive energy and love for her work has allowed her to help countless aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their goals, coast to coast. Brianne’s genuine care for her clients is what sets her apart. Nothing gives her more satisfaction than setting people on the path to prosperity. She is passionate about her work and is always on the lookout for new ways to grow as a person and as a professional.
With more than 30 years of experience launching and managing businesses at both the CEO and COO levels, Brent Gray knows business. As the Chief Operating Officer at WSS, he is passionate about ensuring that every client and every WSS team member has the best career and life experiences possible. Brent is an avid tennis player, having competed at both regional and national levels, but finds his greatest joy with his wife, Trish, and their four children, eight grandchildren, and three dogs. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
VP of Sales & Marketing
With 25 years of successful experience in sales management, training and coaching, Cleve Gaddis is highly regarded for both his professional expertise and his willingness to invest in the success of others. In addition to serving as Workman Success’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Cleve is also the Managing Partner/Broker of Gaddis Partners, one of the top real estate agencies in the State of Georgia for 10 consecutive years (closing as much as $60 million in sales volume annually). He is also an experienced real estate investor and property manager. He is frequently quoted in both local and national media, and speaks regularly to trade associations and other professional groups.
Director of Coaching
Nearly three decades of real estate experience – including 15 years of coaching with Workman Success Systems – has made Jim Knowlton one of the top agents in the country! Jim owned and managed several real estate franchises, earned numerous awards for his performance, and continues to lead a mega-agent team in New Hampshire today. His credentials and accomplishments include: Owner Mega-Agent team office with Keller Williams, former co-owner of Keller Williams franchise, former manager of Keller Williams Business Center, Top 1% of Realtors in America, Real Trends Top 100 Realtors, Top 100 Keller Williams agents worldwide, Top 25 RE/MAX agents in New England, #1 Agent in New Hampshire, Keller Williams Pinnacle Award, and Founders Top 100 Mastermind Program.
Cooking, carpooling, homework projects, two-door entrances with a “Use Other Door” sign, swimsuits, and high heels. These are a few things for which Coleen holds a mildly strong distain. On the other hand, design, books, boxes with exceptional packaging, museums, Weimaraners, laundry, handbags, and family are some of Coleen’s greatest joys. Take note.
Resourceful and highly organized Training and Development Manager with several years of corporate employee training dedicated to achieving business objectives by delivering proactive training programs and implementing sound organizational development processes, policies and procedures. Passionate about professional development and internet learning facilitation. Motivated and maintaining quality work ethics to improve organization and employee performance by creating an environment of mutual respect, trust, consensus-building and accountability. Proven ability to pinpoint, analyze, assess training needs within the business and translating those needs into actionable training initiatives also have the ability to assess the performance of existent training programs identifying points of improvement and developing new improved strategies and initiatives.
With 15 years of successful sales experience in various industries, Nate has worked at WSS for over 3 years. He has been involved in many aspects of the development of WSS coaching programs as the company continues to grow; he is known for leading a rockstar team, consistently pushing them to reach outside their comfort zones.
Jon Miller has been mentoring and consulting for businesses for the last 10 years. Jon’s love of technology and coaching others encourages him to always be on the cutting edge of technology, and he’s always learning! As Jon always likes to say “If you’re not learning daily, you’re failing.” He’s helped companies that range all the way from startups to 100+ employees. In his time off, Jon enjoys activities like camping and gaming with his wife and kids.
I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more about the Real Estate industry and the opportunities to help people achieve their goals. Sports are a big part of my life! I grew up playing pretty much every sport but recently picked up some golf clubs and found a new obsession. I became a father for the first time last year after the birth of my son and I am loving the opportunity to watch him grow and learn each day. If I am not golfing, I enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that Utah has to offer during the summer months but I am not the biggest fan of the cold or snow.
Zac came from a career in medicine where he was lead medical assistant for the Men’s Health Department at his clinic for nearly 4 years. Zac is new to this field, but is excited to develop his professional experience here at Workman Success. He loves being part of great causes, changing people’s lives, and inspiring them to be the best they can be.
Coaching Consultant/Personal Trainer
Jay is from Salt Lake City. Studied Business in Washington State. He is a Sales Coaching Consultant for Workman Success and the Fitness Trainer for Verl and company.
Dan has been in the real estate industry for over 20 years. He is passionate about helping people reach their dreams and beyond. He’s been happily married for over 25 years. If you need useless movie trivia he’s your man. He is sold out in love with his family and everything is done for them. That includes being a Christmas fanatic…twelve trees and always room for more!!!
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Ryan is experienced in sales across the country. He’s the loving father of three girls (with one on the way), and the proud member of an Electronic Dance Music family. He loves to eat sushi, and especially enjoys trying different varieties in different cities when traveling with Verl on speaking tours. #familyfirst
Brokerage Development Consultant/Staff Coach
Randy has coached, trained, and mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, managers, salespeople, and customer service representatives for over 25 years. He has extensive experience implementing systems, scaling companies, enhancing profitability, and achieving higher overall customer satisfaction.
Business Analyst Team Leader
Jeff Gray is a Coaching Consultant with Workman Success Systems. He works directly with real estate professionals across the US and Canada to educate them on the “Workman Way” and how to grow their business to another planet focusing on teams. He has worked in the real estate field for many years and has over 20 years of sales and ownership experience. Jeff resides in Draper UT and is married to his wife Amber. Together they have two young daughters who are his everything. His kids are his “why” and what motivates him to elevate every day. He loves to be active with his family and spend as much time as possible outdoors, hiking, biking, camping and traveling.
I am originally from Florida but moved to SLC as a kid. I am a baseball fanatic, having played since before I can remember all the way up to the College level where I also studied Sports Management. After my baseball career came to an abrupt halt, I decided to use the knowledge and skills I acquired to mentor and train younger players. The work ethic, critical thinking and competitive nature I developed in baseball can be seen in my day to day work. I’m always striving to be better than I was yesterday!
Robby is the office Harry Potter aficionado as well as a business analyst. He could school you on the particulars of real estate, as a future real estate franchise owner, or talk to you about his “Game of Thrones” theories. And if that doesn’t speak to his class, well you’d have to hear him play the piano.
Born in Elko, NV, I moved all over Arizona for the majority of my childhood and eventually found myself in Salt Lake City. From moving around so much, I found a love for the real estate industry and have been in it for the past 2 years after receiving my license. Before that, I’ve had 5 years of sales experience in many different fields ranging from car sales to solar sales and even industrial mechanics. Golfing has become my latest hobby. I love most sports, reading and unfortunately I’m very interested in politics and the stock market.
I was born and raised in Utah. He was raised around cars so naturally, he has a passion for the sound and smell of fast cars, especially the Ford Mustang. I have a beautiful wife and four amazing boys that keep him young. I try to live my life as an example to my family, teaching the importance of setting goals and striving to achieve them. A successful businessman, Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Helping people find their thing and succeed is important to me and am happy to be at home with WSS.
Besides working for many years as a creative professional, Matt is a kinetic sculpture artist, enjoys origami, cooking, hiking, camping, skiing, and riding his motorcycle.
I am a one-time publication designer who now designs everything. My career began with Sam Battistone and Sheri Dew at This People Magazine – a regional publication that featured articles and photo shoots with Senator Orrin Hatch, Peter Vidmar, Sharlene Wells and Steven R. Covey. I have worked with companies like Novell, and Dahlin Smith White advertising in SLC, Durham Brands and Target. I am a husband and father to 5 boys and 1 girl, ages 30 to 15. Like Verl, for me family is first.
Taryn is a creative and dedicated writer with experience in developing unique and original copy, content, and entertaining stories that provide a message. She loves playing tennis, reading, and spending time with her hunky husband outdoors and on long road trips. She places great importance on creative expression. Although she is quiet, Taryn brings positive enthusiasm and optimism to the table and can get along well with anyone. She also has her UT real estate license and is a published writer on Medium.com.
At work you can find Aiden with her nose in an online thesaurus, looking for the perfect word or losing her favorite pen in plain sight. She’s the kind of person who still handwrites letters, and her old soul makes her like black liquorice. She’s a surprising mix of serious looks and sweet-hearted comments. Don’t tell her to smile more! She will when she means it.
Rachel lives in downtown Salt Lake with her husband. She loves cycling, TV, writing, and playing Scattergories. Rachel is a connoisseur of dessert, especially chocolate chip cookies. She was born in California but considers Utah home. Rachel’s favorite meal is breakfast, and her favorite breakfast food is peanut banana toast.
Assistant to Director of Coaching
Lover of spreadsheets and drinker of Thai iced tea. Theatre major currently starring in the role of Assistant to Director of Coaching and loving every costume change that comes her way. She thinks that life in the mountains is great, but prefers to be in her natural mermaid habitat gathering seashells in the salty air.
Originally from Georgia, Auston (who’s parents almost named him Mac) has made Utah his home for the last 8 years! He studied advertising at BYU (but we won’t hold that against him). Auston can be found flying his drone while snuggling up with a really good burrito or some pho. Born on July 11, Auston is proud to share his birthday with Rapper Lil Kim and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.
Born and raised in Utah, Patrick “Lava Eater” “Destroyer of Worlds” Engberson is the seventh son of a seventh son. After studying film and media at The U, he spent about a year traveling in Asia and South America. Back in Utah, Patrick decided to run away from the circus and join Workman Success.
Client Support Team Leader
Tasha was born and raised in sunny Southern California. In the summer of 2010 she and her son boarded a plane to Utah to visit family. Shortly thereafter, Tasha met her now husband, which led to the two deciding to say goodbye to beaches and sunshine and hello to the mountains and four seasons! When Tasha is away from the office you can find her at her local nursery admiring and likely buying a new plant or two for her home. She is very excited to be part of the Workman Success Systems family!
Client Support Specialist
I was born in New York and grew up in the northeast. I have 5 siblings, all of our initials are the same. For the last 8 years, I’ve lived in Florida to be closer to family before relocating to Utah. I’m excited to experience all 4 seasons again since I love the fall. I am an avid swimmer and would live in the pool if allowed. I enjoy photography, Pinterest crafting, baking, and game nights at home. I’m a big fan of Disney. Olaf from Frozen is my spirit animal. He has a way of looking at the world with pure joy and optimism that I strive to mimic in my own life.
Client Support Specialist
I was born and raised in Southern California but met my husband in Provo, UT! Funny enough, my husband joined the army after we had our three girls and we have lived in Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington State. However, we have decided to move on to the next chapter of our lives and go back to school and decided that Utah is a great place to do it! We are excited to be back to explore and find adventure here!
Portia De Rama
Client Support Specialist
Portia is responsible for all aspects of how clients are cared for at Workman Success and has been a coordinator/specialist for 8 years! Originally from the Philippines, she has two wonderful kids Phoewi and Margaux both under the age of 11. When she can, she enjoys taking her family to the beach where they can spend all day under the sun playing games and making memories. Her personal motto is “everyday is a second chance”. She tries to make the best of each day, which hopefully includes tacos and pasta, her favorite foods!
Senior System Administrator
Nick who is a dad at heart, has really taken the job seriously after adding two new family members to the flock. He grew up with 5 sisters and is proud to add another boy to the family along with his sweet baby girl. Personally named a certified pro at tossing food skillfully into his mouth, Nick hopes to retire comfortably with his wife Meagan so he can fish, play board games, video games, and woodwork every day of the week. You can find Nick in his oasis of an office working tirelessly as Sr. Systems Administrator for the fantastic Workman Success Systems Team.
Technical Operations Specialist
Born and raised in Arizona Adam has always preferred warmer weather but after moving to Utah he has learned the true value in having four seasons. His lifelong interest in technology and web design helps Workman Success Systems achieve the vision and goals we strive to reach.
Jr. Web Developer
After spending most of his life in southern CA, Michael moved to Utah in 2018. 45 days after relocating, he met his soulmate and is planning a 2021 wedding. Coincidentally, Michael shares his birthday (August 28th) with his fiancee, Sarah. When he’s not writing code, he’s watching TV/movies, hiking, and spending time with loved ones. He enjoys playing with animals, following a plant-based diet/lifestyle, and is excited to join the Workman Success Systems family.
Bela’s background is in marketing and public relations. She has worked for two nonprofits promoting their uplifting messages. Believing in a company’s purpose and message is extremely important to her. She loves adventuring through Utah and experiencing its beauty. In her free time she’ll be found reading a good book or watching a witty comedy.
Irene grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Dance, music, design, attending sports games, and exploring the outdoors are her biggest hobbies. Right after college she entered the real estate industry in 2011. Her experience ranges from the daily activities of being on a team to helping coach teams to grow their businesses. Irene moved to the beautiful state of Utah and joined WSS as an Executive Assistant to Verl Workman. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and is always happy to assist you.
Originally from Colorado, Dakota has made Salt Lake City his home for the past 8 years. He studied aviation before transitioning into business administration at Westminster College. When working, you can find him helping on multiple projects and enjoying the people he works with… you may even catch him air drumming. When out of the office, you can find him cooking, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, practicing his bass slapping skills or hanging out with friends and family.
Her journey at Workman Success Systems with 20 years of Real Estate experience. A lifelong student, Jamie has an Associates of Arts in Teaching, has completed more than 930 Real Estate specific education hours, holds nine Real Estate Designations, is a certified Texas Association of Realtors Instructor, and has taught more than 30 different course titles since beginning her real estate leadership journey in 2014. Personally, Jamie is a Christian, wife and mother of seven amazing children. Her no nonsense approach helps her manage life as a wife, mother, entrepreneur, instructor, and real estate coach.
Director of Education
Nick is originally from Murrieta, CA but has found a great spot to settle down in Utah where he can hike, paddle board, golf, and camp to his heart’s desire. Even though he is an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys sitting down to watch Shark Tank with his 4 kids and lovely wife Melissa. His favorite quote is”I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” and yes, that is from his favorite movie, Fast and the Furious. He plays a vital role in keeping the great programs up and running for the clients and coaches at WSS.
I’m 26, born in Southern California, and fall is my favorite season. When it comes to my day-to-day, I have recently started a new hobby… Yes, working out can be a hobby. I am currently attending WSU for school (online) while living in beautiful SLC and enjoy watching the Family Feud after a workout.
With more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in Accounting fields, such as Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, Bookkeeping/Financial Accounting, Payroll Master, Auditor, General Accountant, Financing (Budget & Forecasting revenue), and Leading the whole Finance Department. Having actively been involved in three pre-opening Hotels & Resorts and possessing rich knowledge in pre-opening activities in finance and accounting. On my time off, I enjoy diamond painting while eating dark chocolate with my husband right by my side!
Cydney is an avid animal lover and would kiss each one on Earth if she could. (Seriously) She’s the proud mother of a kitty named Peep and four tarantulas named Goldie, Lisbeth, Ybbe, and one that doesn’t have a name yet, but is very sassy. She’s a major trance and house music enthusiast and loves to attend music festivals and concerts. She graduated from the University of Utah and will always root for her Utes and any team playing against BYU.
Coach VA Team Leader/Trainer
Grace has been a Virtual Assistant for over a year now. She loves helping her clients manage their administrative tasks so that they have more time to focus on their business. Before she started working from home, she was a Process Trainer with more than 7 years of experience in the BPO industry focusing on Sales and Banking. On a personal note, she got married in December 2020. Yes, it was a pandemic wedding!
Mary Grace Mindal
Mary Grace has been working as a Virtual Assistant since 2016. She has done several projects as a VA, some of which include servicing Real Estate agents and investors. Before working from home, she worked with BPO company and as a government contractual employee. In her spare time, Mary Grace enjoys exercising at home and going to the mall. Family is her absolute strength and happiness! Mary Grace and her family love watching American Ninja Warrior as a way of bonding. She is very excited about the opportunity to work as a VA for our coaches!
Sherwin and his family are located in Lucena City, Quezon Province. The city is located South of Manila, which is about 3 hours away if you travel by land. The province is abundant with coconut trees, beautiful islands, and sunny beaches. Before the pandemic, Sherwin spent his time exploring the islands and beaches throughout the Philippines. One of his favorite vacation places is Apayao Province, Philippines. He enjoys the serenity that the islands have to offer. Sherwin likes to spend his spare time biking around the city, cooking for his beloved family, and playing Scrabble with them on the weekends.
Arjelle Dionisio, also known as Jelle, is originally from Cavite, Philippines. Over the course of a year she’s worked as a Virtual Assistant handling tasks such as: email and calendar management, data entry, file management, and some ad hoc tasks. Prior to becoming a VA, Jelle was an Estimation and Billing Officer at a ship repair company. She loves watching American TV series, cooking, gardening, and browsing the internet to learn additional skills that she can use as a Virtual Assistant. Her favorite quote is “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”
Nadine previously worked in the UAE. She was in the banking industry for over 5 years. Knowing her big “WHY”, she decided to return to her home country for good, which is the Philippines, and started to work as a freelancer. Nadine enjoys reading books, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. She believes in the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Klarissa, goes by the nickname Kla, was born and raised in Davao City, Philippines. She used to work as an Administrative Assistant for a government hospital before deciding to become a Virtual Assistant. She has been enjoying the work from home set up and all the free time that comes with it which she uses to bond with her family. She loves traveling to new places and reading books.
Sheena has been supporting financial executives and Realtors as a Financial Planner and Executive Assistant for over 6 years. Her duties include providing marketing strategies and implementation, organizing and hosting presentations, and managing administrative responsibilities. Sheena currently lives in Manila Philippines pursuing remote job opportunities and spending time with her husband and 12 cats.
Antoine was born in Manila but currently settled in Tarlac City (3 hours north of Manila). He got married in October of 2020 (Pandemic Wedding). His wife is his inspiration to do better every day. He loves learning new things. He has been a Virtual Assistant for 3 years and is still working on to improving his skills. He enjoys traveling, playing video games, and listening to music. He is passionate about helping other people.