My Story

My name is Garvis Leak, President, Paradigm Life - Life Coaching. 

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, My parents (James/Marie Leak) had 8 children. I am the only boy (7 sisters) My family moved several times, during my childhood (Projects - Happy Hill Garden, Country (Midway N.C.) and Intercity.

 

I spent the summers in Midway with my grandparents and family. My grandfather and uncles/aunts raised tobacco. They showered me with love (agape love), importance of family and leaning on GOD. I learned the importance of hard work, dedication, loyalty and being a responsible person at an early age.

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After graduation from high school (North Forsyth), I enrolled at Livingstone College ( HBCU-Salisbury N.C.) My major was Business Management. My professors and school administrators were always enforcing education and making a difference in your life and others. The wisdom, that was bestowed upon me, I will always treasure.


After graduation from Livingstone College, I was unable to find decent employment in my career, so I decided to enlist in the Air Force.


I entered the Air Force in Nov 1984, following personnel technical school training at Kessler AFB MS, my first duty assignment was Langley AFB VA as an Evaluations Manager. I held many different jobs in the personnel career field. A core Personnelist (human resource).

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I have worked in all sections/facets of the Consolidated Base Personnel Office/Military Personnel Flight/Commander’s Support Staff and Air Force Personnel Center. My family and I served 13 years overseas (Germany, Japan, Turkey) and I deployed several times during my career ( Kosovo, Australia, Korea, Sarajevo Italy, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan) One of my last duty position in the Air Force. I held the position - Superintendent, Military Personnel Flight, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Ohio. As the Superintendent of AFMC largest MPF with 7 sections with 60 military, civilian and contractor personnel. He manages annual budget of $589K O&M/deployed operation budget; manages PERSCO team assignments and training. Responsible for personnel actions affecting 6K+ military, 95,000 retirees/family members in a six-state area. In addition, overseas Air Force largest Individual Mobilization Augmentee (1K); MPF training program/Staff Assistance Visit program and annual awards.

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In Feb 2011, I retired from the Air Force, after serving in the Air Force for 26 years as a Personnelist (Human Resources) and a decorated combat veteran (i.e. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, etc). It was an honor and privilege to serve my country, with my comrades and friends. A great way of life and truly a blessing.


After retiring in Feb 2011, I worked as a Director of Sales for a small publishing company and local contractor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base; however my true calling and purpose in life was totally different (Teacher, Coach, and LifeCoach) 

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I have been involved with mentoring and life coaching for the past 20+ years. Spanning from coaching youth sports (baseball, soccer, basketball and golf); reading tutor at a local middle school in Dayton, working at several homeless shelters; financial facilitator at Wright Patterson Air Force Base; spearheaded a mentoring program at Dayton Public School (Rosa Parks) and former Golf  Coach with the First Tee of Greater Miami Valley for 10 years.   

Additionally, I am the Golf, Coach at Ponitz Career Technical Center (Dayton Public School - High School) in Dayton Ohio.

My wife (Danette Leak) and I have four children and one granddaughter.