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Mack & Ria Story

Top Story Leadership Founders

Mack Story has logged over 11,000 hours leading teams through organizational change.  He is the author of the extremely popular Blue-Collar Leadership Series.  Mack began his career in manufacturing in 1988 on the front lines of a large production machine shop.  He eventually grew himself into upper management and found his niche in Lean manufacturing and along with it, developed his passion for leadership. 


Ria Story is an author, TEDx speaker, and expert in leadership and life skills for women.  Ria has nearly 20 years of experience in leadership and management. 


Mack and Ria co-founded Top Story Leadership in 2008, are certified leadership speakers and trainers, and have published 22 books on leadership development and personal growth.


Highlights for them have been:

  • Helping train 20,000 Guatemalan Leaders with John Maxwell

  • Speaking at Yale University

  • Offering leadership development support for the U.S. Military, Chick-fil-A, Auburn University, Chevron, and many other organizations.

Jess Orr

Founder of Yokoten Solutions and Performance Excellence System Practitioner at WestRock 

Jess Orr is the founder and lead practitioner for Yokoten Solutions, a provider of training and workshops that help organizations maximize their impact by building their internal continuous improvement capability. Her approach is greatly influenced by her time working directly for Toyota, and she is passionate about sharing the principles and practices she learned to benefit others. She has a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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