Company – Professional Growth Systems


Who we are

Doug Johnson of PGS leads a sessionProfessional Growth Systems (PGS) started in 1970 to assist emerging Native health corporations in rural Alaska take responsibility for providing their own health care. Today, as a premiere organizational consulting resource for executives, governing boards and management teams throughout the United States, PGS has grown to include a client base in many diverse industry sectors. The unique challenges of those early days have led to the development of a set of organizational tools that are highly effective and easily learned/executed.

Although we have clients, as well as staff, throughout the lower 48, we take special pride in our Alaskan history and heritage. We understand the unique business climate of Alaska – both for-profit and non-profit. If you are an Alaskan business, we can tailor our services to meet your unique needs. Learn more about our Alaskan business consulting.

The History of Professional Growth Systems

Bill Dann facilitatingBill Dann, president and founder of PGS, spent 11 years building and directing the Norton Sound Health Corporation before leaving in 1981 to consult with health care organizations across Alaska. He formed a partnership called Dann & Associates, moved from Nome to Anchorage, and started conducting feasibility studies, developing regional health care plans, and structuring organizations. In the mid 1980s, Dann & Associates switched its focus from building health organizations to truly understanding and improving the dynamics and performance of an organization, and Professional Growth Systems (PGS) was born. In the mid-80’s, Doug Johnson brought his project planning methodology, Dynamic Planning®, to the organization in a marketing alliance that quickly evolved into a partnership.

From the 1990’s onward we have grown both our team and our tools, adding Process Advantage, the Question Method and most recently online Vision Navigation software. Our leadership has transitioned to CEO John Gregoire, and we have added consultants Erin Bellotte and Chris Dykes to the team.  Changing and growing in both breadth and depth of the work we offer our clients is something we are proud of.

Our Team of Experts

Since then, the PGS team has continued to refine their already strong organizational development skills, studying and collaborating with renowned organizational theorists such as W. Edwards Deming, Robert Kiyosaki (author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad”), Marshall Thurber, Bill Bridges, Ken Blanchard, Ichak Adizes, Gerry Faust and Michael Hammer. The PGS team incorporated knowledge learned from these theorists as well as their own proven successful methods and created their flagship process, Vision Navigation®, a cutting edge, easy-to-use strategic planning tool. They tested the Vision Navigation® process on a wide variety of clients and discovered it worked exceedingly well in helping them identify and achieve their desired and intended outcomes. Since then, in addition to Dynamic Planning® they have developed other organizational process development tools such as Process Advantage®, Governing Board Development, the Question Method, Team Development, Succession Planning and Executive Coaching.

Over the last 40+ years, Professional Growth Systems has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing clients with proven, metrics-driven organizational tools and techniques that help facilitate major change  and achieve their intended outcomes.