We are the Mann Group
We’re the first to admit that we defy definition. Sure, you could call us a consulting firm, but that seems reductive. We do so much more.
Since 2002, we’ve helped some 2,000 businesses and thousands of their employees grow, both literally, in profits and scale, and figuratively, as leaders and salespeople. We’ve worked with designers and outdoorsmen, brewers and bikers, to refine and curate a business and, more importantly, an experience they’re proud of.
We’ve spoken words of encouragement and admonishment to conference crowds and helped managers sift through the masses to find the perfect hire. We’ve coached classrooms full of salespeople and coaxed truly effective leadership out of their managers. But more importantly, we’ve developed relationships with them all, taking late night phone calls and early morning flights to make sure their business is at its best. Because your success defines our own.
Like we said, consulting seems a bit reductive. Instead, we’d call ourselves “Implementers of Change, Learning, and Growth.” Or perhaps just “The Mann Group.”
We may call her our Chief Networking Officer, but perhaps Chief Inspiration Officer would be more fitting. Leslie’s simultaneously our yin and our yang: she has big ideas but can reign them into reality; she is kindness personified, but knows when to talk tough; she’s dyslexic and left-handed, a life she dubs “backwards,” yet it’s Leslie that always drives us forward. The mom of one is a yogi, writer, photographer, and loyal member of the Green Ridge Girls.
Human Resources for 25 years.
10 Years with the Mann group.
Tacos are among Leslie’s favorite food.
Leslie recently adopted an Anatolian shepherd named Ruger.
Taste the Rainbow
Her Fiestaware collection is kaleidoscopically impressive.
Tony Tanner has a uniform: black shirt, black hat, black glasses, and a no-nonsense, straight-talking attitude that gets our clients on track. With nearly three decades of experience in specialty retail—on both the brand and buyer side—he knows how to spot a problem and how to fix it, and he’s not afraid to say so. The cyclist is also quite the movie buff and, thanks to his mind-boggling memory, he can recall movie scenes and lines on a dime. That memory also comes in handy in the workplace: Tony never forgets a name.
28 years retail experience
9 years with The Mann Group,
5 bikes: 60,000 miles ridden over 10 years
Cup of Joe
Tony is a veritable coffee addict and collects mugs on his travels.
He’s a huge (HUGE!) fan of Oklahoma Sooners Football.
You Know Nothing
Tony is an “obsessed, nut job” fan of Game of Thrones.
Director of Business Development
There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but none quite like our Director of Business Development, Andrew Cunningham. The passionate angler brings the trademarks of his hobby—think patience, persistence, and fortitude—plus hearty gregariousness to his job at The Mann Group. Andrew recently became a dad, and his son Hunter has stolen the hearts of the whole Mann Group family. When he’s not on daddy duty or reeling in new clients, you’ll certainly find Andrew on the water.
Current Fishing Tournament Ranking: 1st
Biggest Bass YTD: 7 lbs 8oz (but this is a fishing story)
Andrew can easily wake up at 2 AM to go fish.
Bait & Tackle
You’ll find Andrew’s greatest collection in his tackle box.
If he could, he would eat ice cream every day
Kent may have been born with the Mann magic in his blood, but he’s making a name for himself as our Director of Training and Development. The finance grad has a knack for turning big ideas into implementable and realistic tasks, both in our own company and our clients’. Though his favorite part of his job is travel, Kent’s perfect day would include paddle boarding on the French Broad followed by camping in our Blue Ridge Mountains, hallmarks of the town he’s called home for 16 years.
Fastest 5k: 16:24
Fastest 800 meter: 1:54
Exotic pets owned: 2
Nuts About Pistachios
Kent eats them every day.
Run, Kent, Run
Kent has 100 pairs of old running shoes for nostalgia’s sake.
Back and Forth
His favorite sport to watch is ping-pong.
As our one-and-only bonafide wordsmith, it’s Emily’s job to take all our ideas and experiences and tie them into tidy verbal packages. Years of editorial experience her trusty tool, she’s responsible for wrangling our newsletter, blog library, social media, and general communications into engaging and cohesive content. Her current passion projects include turning her black thumb green and reading more books with underrepresented, minority perspectives.
5 pairs of high tops
Published in 10 magazines
Emily has a very fluffy, slightly drool orange cat named Sebastian.
Her love of Cold Mountain inspired her move from San Diego to Asheville.
Emily likes to spend her birthdays floating the French Broad.
Jen hails from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and she has the Southern hospitality to prove it (though not the accent). It’s that sunny disposition that makes Jen such a pro at pleasing our clients—well, that and her amazing attention to detail and organizational clout (seriously, you should see her pen collection). When she’s not busy keeping us in line, the self-diagnosed Anglophile likes to watch Britbox or Acorn tv shows, read, cook and bake.
13 years in customer service
600+ books read
700 movies owned
Her favorite Pandora stations are Bread, Jack Johnson and Pink Martini.
Jen’s father is from Belize City, Belize and she speaks Spanish.
An Apple a Day
Jen’s go-to snack? An apple with peanut butter.
Hank may be the newest member of The Mann Group team, but he’s no stranger to our creed. He’s spent a lifetime in the orbit of The Mann Group (see what we did there?), so he’s conversant in our methods, and thanks to two years in the teaching field, he’s also uniquely prepared to instill those methods in our students. A far cry from his former pupils, middle schoolers, Hank loves that his new students are eager to change, learn, and grow. The movie buff (his favorite? Star Wars, of course), watches a new tv show or movie every day.
2 years teaching experience
Lifetime as a Mann
Blue Eyed Girl
Hank’s Australian Shepherd mix, Maz, is a ball of energy..
His favorite food is sushi.
Hank counts tv, movies, and video games among his hobbies.
Accounting aficionado Deidra MannMason is passionate about completing her to-do list with a satisfied and precise flourish. Deidra experienced retail from the back door to the front at Belk Tyler department store, but it was her nearly 30 years in accounting and numbers, especially with Beaufort County Schools, that she honed her skills as a math whiz, a combination that makes her a perfect match for The Mann Group. Deidra’s loves are many and include sewing, her kids and grandkids, her pup Princess Meg, and the art of cooking with butter.
20 years as Beaufort County Schools Data Manager
6 years with CPA firm
High School Sweethearts
Deidra has been married to her love David for 39 years.
Deidra sewed her dress and David’s leisure suit for prom in the ‘70s.
Her cast iron collection is quite impressive.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
We understand small, family-owned businesses because we are one. Our logo, a five-pointed star and pixeled stitch of five Ms, is both our calling card and our crest, representing Dan Mann, our founder, and his four children. At the core of our organization sits a family.
And it’s the support of a family you’ll get when you work with The Mann Group. To every client, we offer the kind of unfiltered and unreserved honesty and support you usually expect only from the folks who share your blood type and body shape. With phone calls and check-ins and follow up emails, at midnight and noonday, we’re here for you long after the final class closes.
We’re like your family—just without the obligatory holiday dinners.