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Contacts Count is the premier coaching and training organization

dedicated to helping you use the power of human connection to transform your career, business, and life.

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You are a talented and seasoned professional.

You know you need to network to take your career and business to the next level.

And you have a basic idea on how to network. That’s why you’ve made the calls and attended the events.

BUT you still haven’t landed your dream job or had the success in your business or career you’ve been striving for.

It’s frustrating and confusing when you’re more than willing to DO THE WORK.

Fact is…there are just some things you can’t do without expert, outside guidance.

Sometimes networking without strategy and skills development makes you busy but not as effective as you could be and you need specialized training and coaching to break through.

Hi, I’m Vern Schellenger,

President & CEO of Contacts Count and I get it and we are here to help.

I know what it’s like to struggle with networking when you’re trying to land jobs, promotions and clients.

After a long career as an executive with Dunkin Donuts, I left my job. I knew networking was critical to finding my next opportunity but I quickly realized I didn’t know how. It felt uncomfortable and awkward and I worried that I was begging people for help.

I then dedicated myself to learning this skill and what I discovered is this:

Networking is more than meeting people. It’s about being strategic about making genuine and mutually beneficial connections.

The result? I landed my next dream job and ultimately my life passion.

Now my team and I at Contacts Count equip and empower professionals in transition and entrepreneurs with all the strategies, skills and tools to master networking (even if they are introverted and don’t like networking events.)

We help our clients make networking a way of life (without feeling dirty or slimy) which accelerates the achievement of their goals and makes them feel in control over their career and business advancement.

Research studies have proven that the # 1 predictor of career success is a broad, open, diverse network!

No matter what your goal the proven path to success is building a broad, open, diverse network.

My mission with my company is to share our proven approach in learning HOW to use networking skills with as many people as possible.
Sharing our proven approach to help you build the relationships and network that can transform your life.

What people say

I knew that networking would be a key factor in starting and growing my small consulting business.  My perspective on networking was jaded and it sometimes felt ingenuine.  As I reviewed my assessment results it became clear that what I had in front of me was an honest picture of my networking attitude and what I needed was an attitude adjustment! I implemented Competency #1: Adopt a Positive Networking Identity.  Immediately I felt momentum kick in. I started meeting others who were willing to share information to help me start and market my business. I no longer feel ingenuine. My attitude toward networking is now, as Vern would say, one of “teaching and giving.”

Dinah Sapunarich

True Colors Int/Elite Facilitator

I didn’t know where to start in finding people and organizations to partner with when pursuing my dream project of developing an education institution in Kenya. I needed a better way to build relationships with like-minded people and the courage to do so even when I got a negative response. Working with Vern helped tremendously, equipping me with the mindset, strategies and techniques I needed to network and build bridges with people and organizations. I found great partners to work with, and over time my projects became a reality. Working with Vern as a coach and also getting leads from him was a big boost and a game changer.

Kyalo Kibua | The World Bank

I truly believe if it were not for your support and guidance, I would not be in the position I am in today. The transformation I was able to make from the unstable world of the airline industry to TSA has been life changing. I feel this position with the TSA is my golden ticket into a lifelong successful career in service to the American people. It is exactly what I wanted to be doing.

Charles Martin | TSA

What we do is unique


We use research and a set of proven networking competencies as the foundation of all our training and coaching. You’ll master the right skills that will propel your effectiveness.

Download the 8 competencies now

Actionable Training

All of our programs give you the scripts, tools and templates that show you exactly HOW to network like a pro. You’ll know what to say, when to say it and how to say it to get results.

Personalized Support

We help you customize our approach to your unique situation, learning style and goals. You’ll get what YOU need to succeed.

Discover tweaks you can make to your networking approach that will help you dramatically improve your skills and reduce the time it’ll take to find that person who has the power to hire you!