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EAM Consulting Group | Troy, MI

Meet the Sandler Training® by EAM Consulting Group Team

We strive to be the best at what we do, and help you to do the same.

Who We Are

At Sandler Training, we are committed to working together to make the changes necessary to take your company and career to a higher level.  Owner Erik Meier has been a student of sales his entire life.  From an early age, he recognized the key to personal achievement comes from the ability to "write your own ticket".  Whether that means you take an entrepreneurial path or choose to work within an existing company, that path requires a system of selling which enables you to set and exceed personal and professional goals.

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Erik Meier

Erik Meier is the President & CEO of Sandler Training® by EAM Consulting Group, a performance development company partnering with businesses and high performing individuals to deliver training for sales, management, and organizational excellence to grow their top and bottom lines with locations in Southeast, West, and Central Michigan.


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Ken Seawell 2024

Ken Seawell

Ken Seawell believes that business owners can have a confident expectation in a brighter future. For more than a decade, Ken has been assisting his clients in developing better business practices that lead to increased sales, increased profits, and increased peace of mind.


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Chris 2021

Chris Drouin

A 20-year veteran of sales and marketing, Chris has worked in a diverse range of industries including several premier brands in the automotive, banking, real estate, and healthcare sectors including Volkswagen, Audi & Bentley Motors, Quicken Loans and McKesson Pharmacy Systems. This experience gives Chris a unique blend of knowledge which companies find to be refreshing and beneficial when understanding their needs and helping them achieve that next level of excellence.


In addition to his sales career, Chris has experience in advancement and fundraising where he has presented at Walsh College and is also a former board member for the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Legislative Action Council, and the founder and past President of the Brother Rice Business Alliance. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for US Lacrosse–Michigan and The Dildilian Foundation for the Trades.


When not working or networking, Chris can be found officiating and coaching high school and college lacrosse, camping, hunting and spending time with his family.


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Bob Bolak

Bob Bolak

Bob Bolak has a rich business background in Leadership, Management, Selling and Customer Service. He consistently delivered double- and triple-digit revenue and profit increases throughout his business leadership tenure. Bob built a top-performing Sandler Training Center in Denver, Colorado, then successfully exited to move back home to Michigan where he now proudly serves on the EAM team and on the Sandler Training Corporate Training team.


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Tim Bryson 2024

Tim Bryson

Tim Bryson joined Sandler by EAM Consulting Group in 2019 with an intense curiosity and hunger to learn the art and science of strategic influence and authentic persuasion. The ability to “shift to assist” and help where most needed, learned in his decade in craft retail and restaurant management, proved invaluable as he assisted in building out the customer care training program and the client success function.


In addition to his diverse work experience, Tim started and ran several successful side businesses, providing expert proofreading and servicing an international client base of Lego collectors from his home office & basement stockroom, respectively.


Today, Tim is thrilled to unite his curiosity, his passion for excellence, his drive to connect positive, growth-oriented people with each other, and his staunch belief in the power of personal development to assist his client in accelerating revenue growth with commitment, conviction, consistency, and courage.


Tim grew up in rural Lapeer, MI, where he acquired a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge. He enjoys country and folk music, unapologetically geeking out and spitting rapid-fire puns (believe me, they are pun-believable), and sharing his love of travel and adventure with his wife.


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Joe Desanto

Joe DeSanto

Joe DeSanto is a seasoned executive in Sales & Operations with 30 years of experience working with startups, developing processes, and leading software development projects.


Throughout his career, Joe has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage and motivate teams. He has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful strategies that have resulted in increased profits and improved efficiency.


Joe is passionate about supporting founders in creating innovative technological solutions that provide a competitive advantage. The last 10 years have been focused on financing, buying and selling of businesses in and around the healthcare sector. These projects have included acquiring, reorganizing, and driving exponential growth by implementing software and selling systems designed to shorten revenue cycle time frames and increase revenue.


In his free time Joe enjoys hanging out with his kids, traveling and spending time at the gym.


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Dan Cubr

Dan Cubr


Dan provides a wealth of knowledge and trusted thought leadership to his clients by tapping into lessons learned over a 25+ year career. With an extensive background in cultivating high performing and cohesive sales teams, Dan’s hands-on approach and collaborative nature allow him to help individuals and groups break though barriers and find success. He has a passion for serving others and helping people develop both personally and professionally.


Dan sits on the board of directors of Mimi’s Mission, a Metro Detroit non-profit focused on helping individuals and families impacted by autism.


In his free time, you can find him hanging out with family & friends, cheering on his kids at their sporting events, or playing an enjoyable but usually frustrating round of golf.


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Ben Chirla 2024

Ben Chirla

Director of Client Success


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Maria Bartolone-Varner

Maria Bartolone - Varner

Director of Client Engagement

Maria comes to EAM with over 16 years of Training and Development experience in the corporate space – from entry-level customer service, sales, and leadership development to process improvement and quality assurance. An expert in people development and training delivery, Maria works alongside our clients to ensure that learning is optimized, skill is developed, and Sandler resources are leveraged to the fullest. Her bias towards efficiency and excellence is contagious.

As a graduate of Michigan State University (BA in Social Relations, James Madison College), she bleeds green and is also pursuing an MS in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from MSU. With servant leadership as a core belief, Maria has sat on the Board of Directors for Fellowship of Christian Athletes Southeast Michigan since October 2019 and has been involved with international (Haiti) missions since 2010. 


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Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens has more than 25 years of proven success at team-building, acquisition expertise, capital ventures, sales, and sustained profitability. Most recently, Tom provided international business consulting to firms interested in a potential move to the United States. Tom has invested talent in retention/expansion and branding, while always conscious of the bottom line in driving growth and profits.


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