Buddy Hobart

Founder and President

About Buddy Hobart

Buddy is a consultant, entrepreneur, author, speaker, radio host, and internationally recognized pioneer on leadership in a multi-generational workforce.

Buddy is a trailblazer in the practice of attracting, developing, and retaining next-generation leaders. He authored the Gen Y Now series, which was widely regarded as groundbreaking in portraying Gen Y in a positive light, and both editions resulted in sellouts. His sixth book, The Leadership Decade: A Playbook for an Extraordinary Era, details how to prepare your company for prosperity through intensive investment in your employees’ abilities as supervisors, managers, and leaders — even during a crisis.

He showcased this practice with the success of Solutions 21, which joined the ranks of the Inc. 5000 in August 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Buddy is a frequent speaker at industry events and leadership forums in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and is a returning instructor at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches an elective course on the evolution of leadership. He works with globally stationed senior military leaders on 21st-century leadership practices.

His history in global leadership development has inspired Buddy’s current methodology and programs at Solutions 21. Decades of experience and research have culminated in the creation of Solutions 21’s Next Leader Now program, a proven, research-based development approach that is structured to ensure next-generation leaders build the muscle memory habits needed to mature into key organizational decision-makers and continue to build business’ legacies.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Buddy is active in numerous community and professional organizations. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Susanne.

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