Curriculum Vitae for Gary Plaag

Work Experience:

January, 1998 to Present
Owner and Lead Coach/Trainer
Couragio Consulting, LLC
Williamsburg, Virginia

Responsible for daily operation of coaching and consulting firm, specializing in presentation and public speaking skills development, business networking skills development, job interview techniques, performance anxiety mitigation, executive presence, and orals coaching for US Government and private industry RFP bids. A partial client list includes:

Presentation and public speaking skills
          coaching and development:

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Clarabridge
  • College of William and Mary
  • Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
  • George Mason University School of Management
  • GetWell Network
  • Hensel Phelps Construction
  • InfinityQS
  • Juniper Networks
  • Leadership Fairfax, Incorporated
  • Mayvin Consulting Group
  • Titan America
  • Zoomdata

Business networking skills coaching and development:

  • Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
  • George Mason University School of Management
  • International Trade Center at the Ronald Reagan Building
  • Leadership Fairfax, Incorporated
  • Titan America
  • Various Fairfax County Government agencies

Orals coaching for RFP bids:

  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Leapfrog Solutions
  • VMD Systems Integrators/General Dynamics

June, 1986 – December, 1997
Assistant Manager, Information Technology Department
Direct report to Chief Information Officer
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Arlington, Virginia

Responsible for the daily leadership and professional development of ten personal computer and local area network (LAN) technical support analysts, supporting over 650 headquarters and field staff.

February, 1983 – June, 1986
Senior Programmer Analyst, Management Information Systems, The Acacia Group,
Washington, DC

August, 1979 – February, 1983
Programmer Analyst, Information Management Systems
US Department of State, Washington, DC

Other Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 2003-2010.
  • Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI) graduate, Class of 2001; LFI Board of Directors 2001-2002, 2011-2013.
  • Member, Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance (2015-present)
  • Member, Prince William County Chamber of Commerce (2010-2014)
  • Member, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (1998-2009), received Ambassador-of-the-Year Award for highest member retention in 1999.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certified facilitator.Zenger-Miller Frontline Leadership Training – certified instructor. Actively trained NRECA staff for 3 years in Frontline Leadership and Working Together modules.
  • Member, BNI Woodbridge Business Exchange (Business Network International chapter), 2009-2010.  Served 15 months as chapter president.

Civic Experience:

2017 – present

  • Member-at-Large – Board of Trustees, Harmony Foundation International (volunteer position)

2016 – present

  • Member of Newport News Rotary Club (volunteer position)

2015 – present

  • Member of Williamsburg Kiwanis Club (volunteer position)

2012 – 2014

  • Member-at-Large – Board of Directors, Barbershop Harmony Society (volunteer position)

1985 – 2014

  • Member of the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus; 4-time international barbershop chorus champions. (volunteer position)
  • Served as President (2001 and 2006) and leader of the organization’s board of directors. (elected position)
  • Recipient of numerous chapter honors and service awards

1994 – 2012

  • Performance/Presentation Coach – numerous middle and high schools in metropolitan Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond areas, coaching DECA, FBLA and choral arts students on effective performance techniques for both public speaking and music/stage performances (volunteer position)

1998 – present

  • Certified Presentation Judge and performance coach, Barbershop Harmony Society (volunteer position)

2009 – 2010

  • President, Mid-Atlantic District, Barbershop Harmony Society (elected position)

2006 – 2008

  • Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic District, Barbershop Harmony Society (elected position)

2003 – 2006; 2013 – present

  • Vice President for Contest and Judging, Mid-Atlantic District, Barbershop Harmony Society (volunteer position)

1992 – 2002; 2011 – 2015

  • Vice President for Youth In Harmony, Mid-Atlantic District, Barbershop Harmony Society (volunteer position)

2000 – 2002

  • Chairman, Youth In Harmony Committee, Barbershop Harmony Society (volunteer position)
    Responsible for organizing, implementing and presenting a cappella and barbershop music outreach programs, educational programs, workshops, conferences and performance opportunities for junior and senior high school-aged young men and women throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC, Richmond, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland public and private school communities.

1999 to 2004

  • Member, Advisory Board, Education For Independence, Fairfax County Public Schools


George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
MA, Communication

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
BA, Government