Meet The Founder


Ben Brooks

Founder & CEO

Inspired by his successful business & executive coaching practice, Ben saw an opportunity to democratize executive coaching and founded PILOT. Previously, Ben held a number of leadership and management roles at Lockheed Martin, Oliver Wyman, and Marsh & McLennan Companies, where his last role was as SVP of HR, where he was named a “rising star” by HR Executive Magazine and later was featured on its cover for his innovative work in human capital. He started his career at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. In the community, Ben served on the board of directors for OutServe-SLDN, the organization that spearheaded the successful effort to end the Department of Defense's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and he co-founded the LGBT employee resource group at his management consulting firm. He unexpectedly let go of his long-held aspirations to climb the corporate ladder and instead has chosen to fly his own plane. 

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Meet The Team


Amy Shade

Director of Product & Delivery

Leading a team of talented PILOT crew, Amy works to translate PILOT's vision into the creation of innovative and engaging technology to make coaching more inclusive and equitable for everyone. Having over fifteen years of project management and software development experience, Amy also studied and has a passion for how organizations navigate and implement change for the better. These two aspects find true synergy in her role at PILOT. When she’s not working on PILOT, Amy is the manager of one very chaotic but fun household as a mom to two very energetic kids and wife to a wonderful husband. 


Rachel Crice

Manager of Development & Delivery

Rachel is our engine for Product & Delivery, where she collaborates on creating impactful coaching products and works closely with members to energize and challenge them. She comes from a background of growing & assisting startups. Rachel is passionate about mental health initiatives and finding ways to disrupt the human experience to create meaningful change. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. When she isn't working on PILOT, you can find her experimenting with skincare & makeup, behind a camera or spending time with her family and dog.

Allison Brust

Operations Analyst - Product & Delivery

Allison comes to the PILOT team with a background in counseling and higher education administration. Serving as a generalist, Allison loves a good puzzle and finds it daily supporting all things product development and delivery. From developing college students into new professionals to coaching professionals through continued development, Allison loves the opportunity to work with and help people. In her downtime Allison can be found designing her dream home, spending time with her dogs and fruitlessly training for 5ks.

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Beth Gatsick

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Beth is a seasoned Executive Assistant with a background in real estate & the financial services industry. As veteran “Right Hand”, she loves to tackle new challenges and support her team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Business Administration. Having explored living in numerous beautiful places, Beth always calls NY home. When she isn’t working, you can find her hiking the many scenic trails in the Hudson Valley, cheering for her son, both on and off the playing field, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family.


Kut Akdogan


Kut is a Managing Partner of Gaussian. He manages the portfolio of Gaussian Holdings, a technology holding company comprising of investments (Newton Three), an incubator, and several non-controlled startups. He founded and ran HERO Health, a medical device company, launched a number of consumer technologies as lead entrepreneur at the Brainchild incubator, and was a Senior Associate at Bain & Co, working in healthcare and consumer tech. Kut’s background is in theoretical aerospace, and he built Visor, the business consulting AI.

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Jenny Thompson

Operations Coordinator

Jenny is our go-to person for research and other last-minute tasks needing a good home. She thrives on new challenges and is willing to lend a hand in any area. She comes to us with a background in coordinating human research projects on university campuses and providing technical support to communities across the United States. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education. In her free time, you will find her bundled up in an arena watching her teenage sons play hockey, on the court working on her volleys, or rehabbing her house.

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Stephanie Weimer

Sales Assistant

Stephanie discovered success early on as an executive assistant, increasing CEOs’ productivity by 30% and giving them back 6 days each month. At PILOT, she utilizes the same attention to detail and eye for optimization to support the Sales & Marketing team while ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. When she’s not working, Stephanie can be found pushing herself through early morning workouts, curling up with her rescue pup, loving on her nephews and niece, and seeking adventure through travels with her new husband.

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Joshua Spiegel

Legal Counsel

Joshua J. Spiegel, Esq., is an attorney and co-founder of Horzepa Spiegel & Associates, P.C., a boutique law firm specializing in business services for entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage companies. Joshua has extensive experience in areas including, corporate transactional matters, employment matters, and the protection and monetization of intellectual property. Working with PILOT for years, he has been instrumental in helping to close deals and continue the success of the company.


Paul Julius

Technical Advisor

Paul also best known as PJ spent over 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies. He helped them adopt Agile engineering principles to gain competitive advantage. PJ cofounded the Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps movements. He persevered as part of a very small group early adopters. Those movements transformed the way that Enterprise software delivery occurs today. PJ also serves as CTO at Intent Media in New York and London. He also strives to help small tech companies by providing insights into how to scale.


Janet Burton


Janet Burton is an innovator and leader who capitalizes on opportunities and sees potential in any situation. She has held diverse leadership positions in Government Affairs at a world-class biotech company, and as a Regional Economic Developer helping companies move, start, and grow. She has owned and operated an award-winning boutique inn, and currently owns and operates an executive career coaching business. Janet’s greatest strength lies in inspiring transformations in individuals, organizations, and complex situations. In her down time Janet can be found doing a variety of outdoor activities with her husband and dogs.


Kori Lusignan


Kori is an enthusiastic executive coach and speaker. Prior to establishing her coaching practice, Kori worked at the Advisory Board company in several capacities, including researcher/writer, manager, and instructional designer. As a classically-trained musician, Kori is passionate about the arts. A curious learner, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring new languages and cultures. She holds a masters degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. When not working, you can find Kori enjoying the sunshine with her husband and daughter.

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Alistair Marshall


Alistair is certified in the Co-Active model of coaching, via the Coach Training Institute (CTI), and he combines these philosophies with over 15 years of executive experience. Alistair held senior leadership roles within the retail industry in both the USA and UK, most notably at Dior and Ted Baker, before taking the role of VP of Retail at Hugo Boss for the US territory. He has experience developing brands and teams in emerging markets, creating people strategies to support business growth and building a dynamic, progressive and successful company culture.