About Mike Goodfriend

Thank you for viewing the Goodfriend website and learning more about what we have to offer. I started this firm in 1989 because I believed companies that leveraged the human component could achieve better results and perform better in the marketplace. I believe that everyone can be a big contributor to an organization's success in their own unique way. It is both a challenge and privilege to work with teams and leaders to fulfill our mission to "Create a Strategic Advantage For Leaders and Leadership Teams." Teamwork and leadership development are my passion -- in my consulting, in my work with charitable organizations, as a recreational baseball player and as a baseball coach. We want to make a difference for you and your leadership team. If I don't know you already, I would like an opportunity to introduce myself and learn more about you. Thanks again.

Why Clients Call Mike

"You have a great knack for listening and interpreting well. You not only gave sound advice but you also turned on some light bulbs for me."

  • Resolve trust issues between team members
  • Conduct an independent analysis of the team's performance considering strategic, financial, process and interpersonal issues
  • Design/facilitate a strategic offsite meeting
  • Facilitate team building sessions for developing teamwork competency
  • Coach a leader preparing to advance to the next level
  • Coach a technically superior leader that needs to grow his/her leadership skills
  • Provide interpretations and explanations of Birkman Method results

What Differentiates Mike as a Consultant

  • Prides himself on overcoming perceived "unsolvable" trust issues
  • Faith in the leaders he coaches even when others no longer believe in them
  • Insightful observations to teams/leaders when they have lost their perspective
  • Exemplifies a CPA - independence, objectivity, integrity and confidentiality
  • "Fusionary" Advice for client decisions/challenges -- integrates strategic, organizational, financial, process and behavioral considerations

Industries Served

  • Aviation and Marine Transportation
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • CPA Firms and Other Professional Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas - Upstream and Downstream

Prior Employment - Price Waterhouse (1980 to 1989)

  • Audit Manager, Senior and Staff - Conducted and managed audits of financial statements including internal control reviews. Provided Mike Goodfriend with a foundation for key business activities around key financial indicators, cash management, accounts receivable collections, inventory management, capital expenditures and debt management.
  • Human Resources Manager - Responsble for staff and seniors to client assignments. Increased utilization (125 people) by 4% through a deployment management initiative. Also responsible for recruitment of experienced auditors, compensation administration and mentoring new staff.


  • B.S. Accounting - The Pennsylvania State University

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Senior Certification - The Birkman Method


Served as Chair - Houston Birkman Method User Group

Vistage International Trusted Advisor

Served as Board Member - Houston CPA Society

Served as President - Professionally Speaking Toastmasters


Served as Big Brother and Board Member - Big Brothers Big Sisters

Coach - First Colony Little League and Sugar Land Pony League

Coach and Player/Family Fundraising - First Colony Dream League