Don Barefoot
Don Barefoot

Principal/CEO of Integrity CEO Advisors

Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers

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Rating: 4.30/5 stars (2075 ratings)

Level: LEVEL 07

12 month points: 11653 ptsView details

Lifetime points: 17172 pts

Management 1171
Sales 779
Leadership 723
Marketing 615
Strategy 556
Training 478
Coaching 459
Consulting 311
Manufacturing 306
Finance 263
Entrepreneurship 95
Product Development 94
Budgets 77
Start-ups 74
Small Business 66
Venture Capital 66
Project Management 61
Leadership Development 55
Business Development 55
Process Improvement 49
Business Strategy 44
Negotiation 44
Marketing Strategy 44
Change Management 41
Management Consulting 33
Public Relations 33
Strategic Planning 30
Executive Management 27
Program Management 21
Executive Coaching 20
Nonprofits 19
Organizational Development 19
Executive Development 12
Lean Manufacturing 11
Team Building 10
Strategic Partnerships 10
Operational Excellence 10
Public Speaking 6
Contract Negotiation 6
Operations Management 6
Sales Management 6
Business Planning 5
Conflict Resolution 2
Team Leadership
New Business Development
Workshop Facilitation
Cross-functional Team Leadership
Mergers & Acquisitions
Situational Leadership


Experienced Principal Owner with a successful history as a CEO of midsize and large companies (both turnaround and growth situations) and consulting with the CEOs and leadership teams of hundreds of comparable companies. Skilled in General Management, M&A/Negotiation, Executive Recruiting and Development, Strategic/Business Planning, and Operations Management (including supply chain and lean, Six Sigma expertise). Strong business development professional with a MS in Management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.



Integrity CEO Advisors

May 2016 - Present

Integrity CEO Advisors is a specialized consulting firm helping principled CEO/COOs and private equity firms leading mid-sized to large enterprises achieve excellence in planning, execution, stewardship, and impact. ICA catalyzes progress through engagements with a limited number of significant established companies whose CEOs desire to attain outstanding performance through servant leadership and best-in-class business practices. Offering a rare combination of trustworthiness and proven five-star expertise, ICA: provides objective "fresh look" benchmarking of against potential and best-in-class peers; aids senior executives in developing on-target strategies and topnotch general management capabilities; facilitates executive team interaction around strategic planning, M&A, and major projects/negotiations; provides sound counsel during challenging times (e.g., financial/operating turnaround, jump-starting growth, generational succession); facilitates organization development through executive retained search, competency assessment and development, coaching/mentoring, and succession planning; assists servant leadership cultural formation and business model refinement to seamlessly serve stakeholders; and helps with Board governance issues, interim CEO/COO situations, and buy/sell planning/transitions (private equity/ESOP/M&A). ICA's dedicated consultants all possess proven excellence as senior-level practitioners in their fields with 25+ years of topflight accomplishments as CEO/COO/VP of significant leadership firms. ICA provides its clients with uncommon impact and value and will not - unlike most consulting firms targeting larger companies - send expensive but inexperienced young consultants who've never walked in your shoes. Contact us today to begin a discussion aimed at helping you stretch for what's possible as you steward the God-given resources and opportunities you're entrusted with! We don't succeed unless you succeed. Let us help!