Meet The Team


Our team at Emerge Business Coaching is dedicated to your success. We bring over 70 years of combined experience as coaches, trainers, senior managers and business owners to assist you in overcoming any challenge that you will address in your business. We don't apply a one size fit all approach, all of our solutions are customized to your unique issues.  No matter where you may find yourself in the growth cycle of your business we are here to help you transition to the next level.

Andre P. Smith

Founder & CEO

Mr. Smith brings over 20 years of experience as a small business owner, manager, trainer, consultant and speaker. He is a certified coach, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. He has created professional development curriculums and facilitated 100’s of workshops on a wide array of topics for small businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Smith partnered with District of Columbia’s Department of Small and Local Business Development to facilitate the delivery of the “Street Wise MBA” program; an intensive executive training and business coaching program for local disadvantaged businesses. The CEO’s participating in this program won procurement contracts totaling 14.5 Million in just 6-months with skills, training and coaching they received as a result to the program.

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Kiisha Jennings

Operations Manager/CEO Roundtable Administrator 


Kiisha Jennings is a goal-oriented business operations/management professional with 18+ years of progressive experience working in a top tier, international law firm and management consulting industry. Kiisha possess solid leadership in operations management, project management, budget development, contract and event management. Ability to plan, implement and monitor multiple projects in fast-paced, team-oriented environments. She is a forward-thinking strategist in analyzing business models, automating processes and systemizing operating structures ensuring client’s needs are top priority while exceeding expectations and operating with a spirit of excellence.

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Ed Plater

Executive Coach/CEO Roundtable Chair


Ed Prater is a professionally trained coach, with a strong background in sales, engineering, marketing, leadership development and emotional intelligence. Ed Prater is passionate about engaging individuals in compelling conversations that inspire them to dream bigger, and live fuller, more meaningful, and happier lives. When he’s not coaching Ed is a college professor and shares his knowledge as he holds positions on a number of boards.

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Jennifer Middleton

Chief Financial Officer


Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience as a financial officer and will make a wonderful addition to our team.

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