About us

H. J. Corbett & Associates, Inc. (“HJC”) has been helping businesses achieve significant, profitable growth since 1985. We specialize in leadership training, strategic planning, sales & marketing improvements, operational improvements, and increased profitability.

The owners and presidents of client companies hire HJC to train their staffs in leadership basics, design and implement sales, marketing, operational and financial improvement programs, and setup metrics that the management team can use to keep the business operating at optimal levels.

Our solutions have touched every part of a business including financial controls, improving workflows to reduce overhead, developing comprehensive financial and performance reporting, training personnel and project management.

We work with clients wherever there is a need to improve operational efficiencies, upgrade automated systems, or enhance the skills of the staff. And HJC does not leave you to implement our solutions on your own. We train and mentor your personnel to insure the improvements we implement continue to accrue financial benefits for your company after our departure.

We have worked for companies of all sizes and in numerous industries. Company sizes include small family businesses, all the way up to large national companies. Industry experience includes companies in manufacturing and high technology to service industries, where we have improved efficiencies, reduced costs, improved workflow and successfully implemented strategic planning.

Industry experience includes companies in manufacturing and high technology to service industries, where we have improved efficiencies, reduced costs, improved workflow and successfully implemented strategic planning.

H.J. Corbett and Associates, Inc. past success is attributable in large part to the commitment to always deliver the highest quality solutions. HJC does this through a highly professional and experienced team that has hands-on expertise in the client’s industry.

HJC has also served as project managers for our clients. This leaves the client’s personnel free to run the business while the HJC team handles the project work.

Contact H.J. Corbett and Associates, Inc. to discover how you can help your business be more profitable, attract and retain better talent, reach new customers and new markets, and successfully launch new products or services.

Our Team

Harry J. Corbett

President and Founder, 1985 – Present

H.J. Corbett & Associates, Inc.

Harry Corbett is President of H.J. Corbett & Associates, Inc., a consulting and contract services firm founded in 1985 to provide companies with support in strategic planning, finance, mergers & acquisitions, IT, sales & marketing, procurement, employee training, operations and succession planning.

Mr. Corbett has also served clients in interim C-level roles in fines and operations.

In his over 40 years of experience, Mr. Corbett has directed startups, performed turnarounds of underperforming businesses and held interim C-level positions in large and small companies. His services span many industries including high technology, insurance, retail, consumer products and manufacturing.

Harry is also the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Barnabas (dba JobSeeker.pro), a non-profit founded in 2002 that provides training and mentoring to people in career transition. This is a volunteer run organization that currently provides services to the general public at no charge in Jacksonville, FL and Beaufort, SC.

Mr. Corbett has a BS in Economics from Cornell University. He has also studied in graduate MBA programs at Cornell University and Boston University.

Steve Richards

Steve has 25 year of experience working for and consulting with family businesses. His career began in quality assurance and production management for manufacturing firms in the Midwest. Later, he moved to Upstate New York to work for Cornell University, authoring 17 business planning workbooks and consulting with hundreds of small businesses on topics such as profitability improvement, business expansion, business financing, and succession planning.

In his more recent roles, Steve consulted for a large regional bank and worked with entrepreneurs in New York’s growing Finger Lakes food, wine, and tourism region.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science in Economics at The Ohio State University where he was also employed as an Economics Research Assistant. Additionally, Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from The McGregor School of Antioch University.

Steve has received the Dale Carnegie Awards for Leadership, Human Relations, and Public Speaking and is a BREI certified Business Retention and Expansion Master Consultant; a Certified Tax Specialist; and a licensed Life, Health, Accident, and Annuity Producer.

Steve’s personal interests are the great outdoors and volunteer work. Steve enjoys hiking, kayaking, and bicycling, holds volunteer positions at his local church and also volunteers for Friends of Barnabas.

Edward Gelb

Ed Gelb brings over twenty years of expertise in business growth consultation and management. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Vermont, and a Masters in Business Psychology from Harvard University. He has been a leading contributor in search engine optimization over the last five years and is now working as a consultant with HJ Corbett & Associates.

Laurie Brown

Having spent nearly 30 years in a corporate leadership and management role at General Motors and the Volkswagen Group of America in Michigan,

Laurie moved to South Carolina in 2014 and was inspired to launch Aunt Laurie’s to fulfill her longstanding passion for helping individuals with special needs.

In the corporate environment, Laurie’s vast experience ranges from organizational restructuring, strategy, branding, customer service, marketing, process improvement and resource efficiency. She also has experience with start-up phases of companies, and as a small business owner herself, Laurie understands the many challenges of an entrepreneur. She also is currently involved with leadership mentoring, coaching, and speaking to students, managers, and executives, along with meeting and off-site facilitation.

At Aunt Laurie’s, Laurie has worked to create multiple relationships with organizations around the country employing those with disabilities who then make her products for the gift baskets.Aunt Laurie’s was awarded the 2015 Bluffton Business Start-up of the Year award, the 2015 SCORE Lowcountry Chapter Client of the Year, Finalist for 2016 Small Business of the Year, and she was a nominee for 2016 and 2017 Women of the Year by the United Way of the Lowcountry Women’s Leadership Council. Laurie is currently the secretary and facilitator of the Beaufort County Disabilities Coalition.

A graduate of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, Laurie also holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management. In addition, Laurie holds an Executive Leadership and Strategy certification from Notre Dame. She and her husband, Bob, live in Bluffton, SC and own Sunburst Homes, Inc., a residential redevelopment company. They enjoy golfing together and their three big dogs, one of which is a certified therapy dog.

About Us - Company Philosophy

“At H. J. Corbett & Associates, Inc. we believe that our job is not done until change has been successfully implemented.”

At H. J. Corbett & Associates, Inc. we believe that our job is not done until change has been successfully implemented. Many firms deliver a report with written recommendations that you must implement. Our business philosophy is based on the assumption that we have not fully met our commitment to the client until our proposals for change have been put to the test and proven they are viable solutions that deliver the promised benefit.

About Us - Experience

Client confidentiality prevents us from naming our clients or discussing their industry here, but
summarized below is some general information about our work product.

Many of our clients have become repeat clients.

We strive to always come in within the contract price.

We price and plan our work to include the successful implementation of agreed to changes in

We work with our clients to develop metrics that accurately measure the benefits achieved by HJC

“HJC is in the business of building long-term relationships with its clients …
we see ourselves as business partners to our clients.
Everything we do is designed to make the client a HJC client for life.”