Cheryl Leone and Dave Favor are the originators of Catalyst Group, Inc., including Law Firm Coach and The Catalyst Way. Catalyst is about relationships. Our team includes mentors with experience running profitable businesses, law firm management, self-mastery, and leadership We help you define your goals and build a successful business, all while living an unbalanced life of joy.
Many clients started with Cheryl and Dave’s free back yard porch consultations at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina. While their business backgrounds include some impressive experience, Cheryl and Dave are really about family, and have a combined group they call The Clan consisting of children, spouses, partners, parents-in-law, grand-children, extended family and friends together with grand-dogs and grand-cats. Their home tends to bulge at the seams with a gathering of their beloved Clan. It’s not even uncommon to find a client or two in the mix.
Meet the Team
Cheryl Leone, Chief Energy Officer
Cheryl Leone has been in and around law firms her entire life, with more than 50 years working in and with law firms. Her practical knowledge of the internal workings of a firm and its people allows the team to identify and break through bottlenecks within the firm. Cheryl has built firms from the ground up that have withstood the test of time. She believes strongly in high performance law firm team members who are taught to take responsibility for their actions and deliver quality work product. Cheryl is the visionary for the team. Highly energetic, Cheryl seems to instinctively know how to create profitable law firms. While others retire, Cheryl continues to work her magic with lawyers and law firms. One client has given Cheryl a title we love: the “Law Firm Whisperer.”
Dave W. Favor
Dave Favor spent 30 years at IBM before retiring as a consultant. Dave brings his C-level management experience and understanding of the “art of the business of law” to the table for clients. Dave’s background as a project manager and auditor gives him insight into what makes a law firm profitable. He develops practical processes that build stronger law firms. Dave sees law firms as a business practice with specific deliverable that achieve a strong return on investment for the clients. Dave believes you must have a long term vision and a strategic plan to support that vision. Those who have met Dave will tell you that when Dave speaks, you need to listen! His advice and impact on our clients has changed non-producing firms into profitable, high performing law firms.
Dr. Shawn Noble, PhD, brings more than 20 years of experience with exploring human behavior to Catalyst. His background in Cognitive Psychology, with an emphasis on Judgment & Decision Making, has allowed him to help several Fortune 100 companies gain a richer understanding of customer needs and apply those insights to create innovative solutions. Shawn has conducted several creative problem sessions with law firms.
An example of the role Shawn plays with Catalyst clients is in planning and implementing strategic plans for a law firm. He has created ways to increase productivity and meet the needs of the firm’s employees.
Carl L. Solomon is the practicing law firm owner of Solomon Law Group LLC in Columbia, South Carolina. He handles complex litigation cases. Carl started as a client (with a backyard dreaming session) and has become critical core member of the team. He is a strong proponent of the concept of values-based law firm management and internal best business practices. Carl is the past president of the South Carolina Bar (2010-2011). He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forums, the National Trial Lawyers, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” SuperLawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. He is the 2005 recipient of the silver Compleat Lawyer award by the University of South Carolina. Carl is a nationally known speaker and conducts law firm training seminars across the United States, including presenting each year at Harvard. Carl understands how to brand yourself as a lawyer and what it takes to stay the road to success.
Angel Carey works with Catalyst as a process and procedures developer, mentor, and editor. Angel has designed work processes and procedures for law firms. She worked as a law firm resource center manager, developing the center to support firm work production. She has supervised resource personnel in client contact, medical resources, and overflow of work production. She is the author of several articles on education. Angel is a former K-12 educator and Head of Early School for a prominent Pre-K through 8th Grade independent school and an advocate of life-long learning. Angel brings her values-based approach to education and administration to Catalyst. Angel lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys being close to her son and daughter and four amazing grandchildren.
Kathy brings more than 15 years of marketing experience to Catalyst. Her past background includes work in the financial services and computer software industries. Kathy works with law firm clients to develop web content, produce newsletters, and ghostwrites books for law firms. Outside work, Kathy enjoys traveling, baking, reading, and spending time with family.
Together our team creates passion for our clients. They practice what they preach. And what they preach works. They have a strong belief in giving back to the communities they touch. They donate many pro bono hours to helping others whether in business or life. Catalyst members have over 100 combined years experience in self-mastery, leadership, strategic planning and business and law office management. Their “think outside the box” approach has allowed their clients to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. When their clients need help, they are able to say Been There, Done That! with an understanding of what the needs are and a solution that works.
Asked one time to sum up what Catalyst does, Cheryl quickly replied, “We convert dreams to reality.”
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