Richard Avdoian

St. Louis, Missouri

Engagement Director

How Richard Can Help

  • Recruit, train, and retain highly motivated productive employees.
  • Design and implement training programs to enhance employee potential and maximizing capabilities to provide exemplary customer service, increase productivity and profitability.
  • Implement presentation and writing programs to enhance marketing and networking skills to strengthen company’s expertise and brand.
  • Assess business marketing and public relation practices and identity areas of improvement.
  • Strengthen the leadership team’s individual skills and team dynamics.

Executive Experience

  • Psychotherapist, Private Practice, Clinical Solutions, Implementation
  • Director, Behavioral Healthcare Service Management, Departmental
  • Director, Mental Health Service Management, Departmental
  • Director, Social Services Management, Departmental
  • Director, Clinical Service Management, Departmental
  • Consultant, Medical Staff – Clinical Solutions, Implementation

Education/Professional Training

  • AA in Associated Science, Niagara County Community College
  • BS in Minority Studies & Sociology, Niagara University
  • MS in Counseling, Niagara University
  • MSW in Social Work, Washington University


  • Certified Speaking Professional, National Speakers Association
  • Certified Facilitator, The Alternative Board (TAB)
  • Certified Business Coach, The Alternative Board (TAB)


  • Leadership & Employee Development
  • Team Dynamics/Executive Coaching
  • Business Consulting & Coaching
  • Business Growth Forums & Summits
  • Midwest Speakers Academy

Success Stories

  • Worked in the health care field for over 25 years both in leadership and direct practice.
  • Worked with clients in over forty different industries providing programs and services in the area of teamwork, leadership and employee development.
  • Earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent in the profession.
  • Presented over 700 speeches throughout the United States
  • Established and serve as president of Small Business Week Southwestern IL Committee
  • Formed and chartered a Business Network International (BNI) chapter
  • Formed and serve as President Men Mentoring Men Network


Richard Avdoian is Founder/CEO of the Midwest Business Institute, Inc. Metro St. Louis since 1996.  Midwest Business Institute offers business and executive coaching, consulting services and training in the areas of teamwork, leadership, and employee development.

Richard has over 20 years of coaching experience working with executives, business owners, entrepreneurs and professional service providers.  Coaching accelerates a client’s progress in achieving desired objectives and goals.  Through coaching, clients broaden their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of their personal and professional lives.

He is a nationally recognized employee development expert who offers keynote speeches, seminars & workshops that focus on enhancing human assets to increase productivity and profitability with the key being maximizing personal capabilities.

In July, 2003 he received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.) from the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent of all members of the profession.

In October, 2006 he was honored by Niagara County Community College and inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery in recognition for his personal and professional accomplishments and community service.

Richard has been a frequent guest on local business radio stations.  His column “Smart Business” has appeared in the St. Louis Small Business Monthly Magazine since May 2014.  He authored numerous articles and has been a contributing author to countless publications and has produced numerous CDs throughout his career.

Clients include: United States Postal Services, American Bankers Association, Corning Glass Company, National Insurance and Financial Advisors Association, Illinois Health Care Association, Associated General Contractors of America, Monsanto, Clinical Laboratory Management Assoc., Illinois City Management Association, United Meat Cutters Union, United States Air Force and Meeting Professionals International.

Richard is an active member of the National Speakers Association, presently serving on the National Chapter Leadership Council. He has chaired and served on a number of national committees and served as President of the NSA/St. Louis, MO chapter twice. He is also an active member of a few local Chamber of Commerce and serves on many committees.