About us

Torch was founded by an experienced team of entrepreneurs, executive coaches and psychologists who are passionate about helping professionals recognize and realize their leadership potential.
Our innovative model blends the high-impact nature of coaching with state of the art software and analytics to create a results-based leadership development platform.
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Our leaders

Cameron Yarbrough

Co-founder | CEO

Cameron is the Co-founder and CEO of Torch Leadership Labs. He brings 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to his role as CEO, along with a deep background in mindfulness and psychotherapy.

After the successful sale of a “click and mortar” retail company in 2005, Cameron spent 30 days on a silent meditation retreat. Insight from that period of silence and subsequent meditation retreats were foundational to his development as a leader, and lead him to study the roots of Freudian and Humanistic psychology at the California Institute of Integral studies, after which he co-found Well Clinic: a mental health company in San Francisco.

Under Cameron’s leadership, The Well became the Bay Area’s leading provider of private pay psychotherapy services. Torch is the natural next step in Cameron’s leadership journey, as it aims to democratize coaching by making it available to leaders at every level of an organization. Cameron has also served as an interpersonal dynamics facilitator at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Keegan Walden, Ph.D.

Co-founder | COO

Dr. Keegan Walden is the Co-founder and COO of Torch. In this capacity, he leads a product team focused on building software that uses ongoing feedback and analytics to help leaders recognize and overcome their challenges. He also coaches a select group of C-suite leaders at high-growth startups.

Prior to co-founding Torch, Keegan led the outcomes research team at a national provider of behavioral health services (5,000 clients per year), where he studied the role that personality, mindfulness, and psychotherapy play in improving wellbeing over time. Before becoming a psychologist, Keegan spent 11-years in UX design, creating interfaces for complex financial applications.

Keegan has served on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research has been published in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience the International Journal of Psychophysiology, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.

Scott Mercer

CTO

As CTO, Scott Mercer leads the engineering organization within Torch. Scott has worked in engineering and technical leadership roles at several start-ups and large enterprises across multiple verticals. He is an organizer and regular presenter for the Python-Buffalo user group.

When he’s not leading our engineering team, Scott can usually be found playing bass or snowboarding around Western New York.

Benjamin Stingle

VP of Product

Benjamin is the Vice President of Product at Torch Leadership Labs. He brings to his position a diverse range of experience in entrepreneurship, engineering, and investment. In addition to former roles as a software engineer and lead product manager, Benjamin has started two companies focused on behavioral wellness, and a third focused on cats.

Investment is a passion of Benjamin’s. During the many years he spent in venture capital at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Battery Ventures, Benjamin invested in a range of sectors from consumer & enterprise software to cleantech & the life sciences, and from seed to growth stage.

Erik Bengtsson

VP of Customer Success & Operations

Erik Bengtsson is Vice President of Customer Success and Operations for Torch Labs. Previously, he was a Coach, Facilitator, and a VP of Coaching for The Trium Group.  He’s also been an operating leader at DaVita, building new preventative care business lines, and a management consultant in the private and social sectors (at Bain and Bridgespan.)  He holds an MBA and a Master’s in Education from Stanford.

Erik is a long-time meditator who made coaching a core theme in his career as a way of integrating his professional life (oriented towards purpose and results) with his practice life (oriented towards consciousness and health.)  In his spare time, he’s headed outside with friends to climb and to surf.

Brian Zalaznick

VP of Client Success

Brian is the Vice President Of Client Success at Torch.  He brings 25+ years of management experience in the Financial Services sector. His career has spanned the gamut from Fintech startups to Fortune 500 global institutions.  Brian’s passion is working with clients to solve complex business problems.

Brian applies first-hand expertise in the field as a certified Co-Active coach, having trained at CTI in Marin, California.  In addition to coaching and finance, he owns and operates Angel Camp Vineyard in Mendocino, CA.

Our coaches

A few of the coaches that form the core of our service

Christina

Christina is a certified professional coach, mediator, and facilitator. She has successfully coached a diverse spectrum of clients including start-up CEOs, managers, non-profit leaders, and executives of Fortune 100 companies

Michael

Michael draws upon his experiences as the FBI’s global chief of internal communications, director of a White House national initiative, and improv comedy performer to make coaching engagements powerful, transformative, and fun.

Sherri

Sherri brings 3+ decades of leadership and organizational development experience to her work as an executive coach, facilitator & strategic advisor.

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