About us

Learn more about us on this page – including our key personnel and affiliate relationships.

Rick Straker, CPT

Rick is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Simple Performance, and brings more than 20 years experience in a variety of performance improvement roles – including management, training, performance consulting, organizational development, knowledge management, and change management – to his consulting.

He's completed successful projects in a range of industries – such as energy/oil & gas, high tech, the public sector, biomedical, healthcare, and financial services – and has worked with such firms as:

  • Abbot
  • Cameron
  • Compaq Computer Corporation
  • Dell
  • Harris County, Texas
  • Houston Airport System
  • McKesson
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Owens Corning, and
  • Riverside Country, California
  • Samsung.
  • Shell
  • University of Texas Medical Branch

Rick is Past-President of the Houston Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), is active with the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD), and holds an MS in Human Development. He's earned ISPI's Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) designation and frequently presents at national and local conferences – most recently at ASTD Houston's 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition.

His passion is simple, plain English approaches to performance improvement.

Amos Benning

Amos is a Simple Performance partner and is in charge of business development. He has over 30 years expertise in business development, sales, sales management, organizational leadership, leadership development, and human performance consulting.

Amos spent 25 years with Xerox Corporation holding senior sales management positions – including managing sales and technical training at the Xerox International Center for Training and Management Development.

He has expertise in both the public and private sectors – including:

  • healthcare.
  • oil and gas
  • manufacturing
  • high tech
  • telecommunications
  • financial services
  • pharmaceutical
  • federal, state, and local government

He participated in Xerox's Malcolm Baldrige national quality certification award and is a role model in his knowledge of Lean Six Sigma and Quality principles.

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Simple Performance is proud to have affiliate relationships with the Six Boxes Performance Thinking Network, Expert OJT, Saba, and Platinum Performance Partners – and is supported by a network of experienced colleagues.