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About Visible Progress


Our Story.
Our Mission.

Tim Scholten
– President & Founder, Visible Progress, LLC.

Tim Scholten is a veteran banking executive and founder of Visible Progress. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Visible Progress is a leading consulting group that partners with financial institutions on smart strategic planning, immersive operations/systems review and inspirational change management. Guided by Tim’s expert hand, Visible Progress has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional return on investment while leading bankers through a variety of initiatives including bank launches, major systems launches and upgrades, strategic streamlining and cost-reduction projects and the development of top-notch call centers. Tim is a noted expert in strategic and operational planning, team building, market positioning and new business development.

With more than 25 years experience as an executive in the financial services field, and having held senior leadership positions in such notable institutions as Huntington Bank in Columbus and First Michigan Bank in Holland, Tim is known as a straight-shooter and a passionate advocate for his clients’ success. As the leader of Visible Progress, and throughout his lengthy career in financial services, Tim has maintained an unshakable commitment to providing his clients with an exceptional return on investment. This dedication to ROI is instrumental to every client proposal he develops and every recommendation he makes. Tim’s vision for customer service excellence, and building successful teams with a customer-focused mind set, was the foundation for his success in banking and it’s that same vision that serves as the foundation of Visible Progress.

An honors graduate from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, Tim is also an active leader in his community, where he serves on the executive board of The Opportunity for Hope Foundation.

Visualize The Possibilities…

Tim saw the need of community banks with great potential who were lacking the right discipline, focus, and training for optimal success. So in 2008 he launched Visible Progress to help these companies improve their probability for success. The resulting improvements have transformed the direction and results of these clients.

Some of the leading banks and mortgage companies Tim has helped include:

Banks: Huntington Bank, M & I Bank, First Niagra, AAA Bank, Northpointe Bank, Ohio Valley Bank, Consumers National Bank, First State Bank, Flagstar, ChoiceOne Bank The Ohio State Bank, Buckeye State Bank, Benchmark Bank, New Buffalo Savings Bank.

Mortgage Companies: United Wholesale Mortgage, Residential Bancorp, Cornerstone Direct Lenders, Jeanne D’Arc Mortgage.

Visible Progress…delivering visible results

Aaron Schulman
-Lead Marketing / Brand Consultant

Aaron Schulman has been working as a strategic partner to many business owners in the areas of Internet Marketing, Web Development, Message Development, Social Media Marketing and Advertising, and Marketing Automation. With over 15 years of experience serving entrepreneurs, business owners, non-profits, start-ups, and large businesses improve their Marketing Message and Internet Marketing & outreach effectiveness, he enjoys helping businesses find hidden opportunities for market growth, improved communications and automation systems to help increase ROI while reducing the need for added staff, thereby helping accelerate the scalability of companies.

He lives in central Ohio, is happily married and has 3 daughters. He is an active leader in his church community, avid golfer and musician. In his spare time, he enjoys helping the young adults in his community explore and excel in their personal talents and entrepreneurial skills, and is an advocate for entrepreneurship and helping people experience new business ownership.

He has partnered with Tim Scholten and Visible Progress for a number of years, helping clients across multiple industry verticals improve their digital marketing performance and simplifying their message.

Diahn Hevel
-Lead Banking Consultant

For over 25 years, Diahn Hevel has helped senior executives maximize the return on investments in their people. Her consulting and employee performance development practices focus on performance coaching skills and execution, organizational and talent development, sales management, and employee readiness for change initiatives. Client examples include Arvest Bank, Chase, C&F Bank, First Merit Bank, First Niagara, Frost Bank, Heartland Bank, Huntington Bank, M&I Bank, Nationwide Financial, Peoples Bank, Webster Five Bank, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and WesBanco Bank.

Prior to consulting work, Diahn spent 15 years in financial services leadership roles including branch management, product management, incentive comp. management, internal communications, sales/service/sales management training director, and director of retail sales & service support.

In addition to her MBA, Diahn has completed Dartmouth’s Leading Strategic Change executive program. She is a certified facilitator for both The Leadership Challenge® and Coach2Lead. Her toolbox includes assessments such as DISC® (Behavior and Communication), Emotional Intelligence 2.0®, StrengthsFinder 2.0® and Strengths Based Selling®, and Prosci-Change Management. She is an adjunct instructor for Columbus State Community College (teaching interpersonal skills, principles of business, and business ethics). Diahn also currently facilitates the Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leadership Development programs for the Community Bankers Association of Ohio.

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