Founder, CEO & Executive Coach

Daniel Harkavy has been coaching business leaders to peak levels of performance, efficacy, and fulfillment for more than twenty-five years.

In 1996 he harnessed his passion for coaching leaders and teams to found Building Champions, where he serves as CEO and Executive Coach. Daniel and his team of coaches have worked with thousands of clients and organizations to improve the way they lead and live.

Daniel is a sought-after author and speaker, most recently authoring “The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders” which released in October 2020. His book “Living Forward,” a national best seller, was published in March 2016. Daniel also authored “Becoming A Coaching Leader: The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions” in 2007.

As an executive coach and trusted confidant, Daniel works with high profile leaders to improve their leadership, decision making, influence, and overall effectiveness. Daniel’s emphatic belief is that self-leadership precedes team leadership, and his goal is to help his clients optimize how they lead themselves first, then focusing on how to best work with their executive teams and all key constituents in their organizations. He engages with clients in many forms including one-on-one executive coaching sessions, executive retreats, speaking engagements and custom experiences.

Some of the clients he has worked with include: Daimler, Nike, Chick-fil-A, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Infineum (an ExxonMobil and Shell company), Bank of America, Wells Fargo, MetLife, PrimeLending, US Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and many others.

Daniel lives just outside Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife and family enjoy a little space for gardening and play. Daniel actively serves his community as a member of nonprofit boards and a mentor to those seeking his guidance. His other passions include surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

  • Self-Leadership
  • Team Health, Alignment and Performance
  • 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders
  • Strategy
  • Building a Magnetic Culture
  • Thinking and Decision-Making
  • Surfing
  • CEO Mentor
  • Executive Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Keynotes
  • TTI Success Insights DISC Certified
  • Leadership Circle Profile Certified


Living Forward

A proven plan to stop drifting and get the life you want.

Becoming a Coaching Leader

The proven strategy for building your own team of champions.

The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders

A proven framework for improving decisions and increasing your influence