Team of Coaches

Each business coach at QLI International has led a successful career as a corporate executive, entrepreneur or nonprofit leader. And each coach has a specialized area, such as leadership, strategic planning, team building, finance and risk management.

To learn more about our team and our areas of expertise, call 864-245-2324 or email

Manfred Gollent, MBA, CBC

Manfred Gollent is a certified business coach and founder of QLI International. He is also a senior associate and executive coach for the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman University.

QLI has provided leadership, organizational and management consulting services since 2006. Mr. Gollent’s experience in business development, employee performance, and team building comes as a result of more than 30 years of highly disciplined techniques and processes learned within the industrial sector.

Prior to founding QLI International in spring of 2006, Mr. Gollent has been a turn-around executive in a Fortune 500 company with global operations for some 22 years. During his 30+ years in the corporate world, he led the rebuilding of underperforming subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, and Asia by developing their leadership team and organization, restructuring their market portfolio, operations and efficiency to improve results toward meeting investor’s expectations.

Mr. Gollent’s corporate senior executive roles included facilitating strategy development and business process improvement for companies in the UK, Belgium, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and the United States. He has extensive experience in all areas of management including marketing, sales, financial operations, product development, and manufacturing. He served on company Boards in nine countries.

Mr. Gollent holds a degree in electrical engineering and an Executive MBA. He is fully proficient in both, German and English. Manfred is a Mentor at the Founder IInstitute Greenville ( ), a co-organizer/mentor for 1 Million Cups Greenville, a coach/mentor for the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, a youth mentor at NEXT Highschool of Greenville ( and volunteers as a mentor for young people in foster care within the “Fostering Great Ideas” organization ( )


Rick Lochner

Rick Lochner is president and CEO of Chicago-based RPC Leadership Associates Inc. RPC’s mission is to help organizational leadership teams, business owners, and nonprofit boards align their strategic plans to improve and enhance customer loyalty and increase profitability.

Prior to starting RPC in 2008, Mr. Lochner joined a private company that had received their second round of funding and needed to place a high level of importance on operation excellence. Mr. Lochner rose to the challenge and soon two thirds of the company reported to him. After two years the company was sold, growing from $30 million to $140 million.

Before that, Mr. Lochner was a former executive with Sprint Corp. As vice president for Sprint Business, he was responsible for the central United States and 640 people.

Mr. Lochner is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is an adjunct professor at Aurora University and a visiting professor at the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.


Alan Kovitz, MBA, CBC

Alan Kovitz is a certified business coach and holds an MBA in human resources from the prestigious Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. His diverse career has seen him work as a stockbroker, utilize his entrepreneurial skills in building successful businesses. He has become known for his excellent training and development skills in both sales and general management.

Mr. Kovitz is recognized as one of the foremost leadership development coaches in the United States. Known for developing effective leaders in 70+ industries for more than 25 years, he works with a process to help executives uncover areas in need of improvement and discover unique strengths.


Robert E. Evans, CLU, CHFC

Robert Evans is a Strategy Planning Consultant and a seasoned executive with C-level experience in restructuring businesses, general operations management, and acquisitions and divestitures. As a fully credentialed life insurance actuary Bob developed “financial engineering” skills in his early career – analyzing and designing long term financial and risk management structures. Beginning with undergraduate degrees in Math and Economics, he added a master’s designation from the University of Michigan through an Executive Development program focusing on corporate strategy.

After extensive experience in product design, marketing and operations Bob served as president of Travelers Life Insurance Company. He led a major, very successful restructuring of operations. He spent about three years as Managing Director of Insurance for Fleet Financial Group in the mid-90s.

Bob, his wife Marie, and their four children moved to Greenville, SC in 1999 as he assumed the role of president and CEO of Liberty Life Insurance Company. He moved the Liberty people and the company through a major restructuring – increasing the value of the company. Bob played a leadership role in developing a corporate restructuring strategy and in negotiating the divestiture of major businesses.

Bob brings skills in business and financial analysis to help determine and fine-tune strategy and performance. He has demonstrated communication skills – moving a team, collaborating with stakeholders and negotiating with counterparties.

Bob has served the community as well as his companies as a board member of Christ Church Episcopal School, the United Way of Greenville, Greenville Health Corporation and the Urban League of the Upstate.