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The Full Story


With over 20 years of training and development experience combined, Adrian Taylor (R) and Kenneth Barney (L) lead The Gentleman's Council. 

While working in Corporate America, Adrian and Kenneth developed a passion to bring the career development topic to the forefront because companies do not normally have training about or do not know how to address.

Our coaching helps bring out the leader that is within you.

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Adrian Taylor (Coach, Author, and Podcaster) is a young man from Gulfport, Mississippi, who is no stranger to the set-backs of the deep southern struggle of racism and inequality.  Although Mr. Taylor is a young man, he has experienced segregation from a young age where blacks and whites voluntarily and involuntarily lived separately.  The hostility that we read and hear about in the history books is a memorable reality for Mr. Taylor; in the 1990’s blacks were still called the “N” word and not treated as respectable Americans in Gulfport.  Mr. Taylor’s paternal history isn’t much different than many; he was victim to an inconsistent father which in retrospect helped to become a man quickly but unfortunately caused him to grow up faster than he deserved.


After graduating high school, in 2001, Adrian enlisted in the United States Air Force and learned a great deal about leadership and was exposed to diversity he hadn’t known before.  During and following Adrian’s 6 year career in the Air Force, he attended Troy University where he received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Resource Management and a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership and Organization Effectiveness.

In addition to higher learning accomplishments, Adrian achieves to be a great community leader as well. He is currently involved in aiding the elderly and disadvantaged members of his local community volunteering with Meals-on-Wheels, coaching young boys in youth football and baseball while also making time to mentor young men and women between the ages of 13-24.  Adrian doesn’t stop at the youth, he inspires and discusses real life issues with other like-minded and advice seeking adults on his podcast GCounsel.  He reaches these individuals through a series of topics, round table discussions, and community enhancement projects that promote personal and professional growth, leadership, and infuse ideas surrounding new age values with traditional values.


Finally, one of Adrian’s major accomplishments is publishing his first book, It’s Already Written, where he discusses his personal story and journey in order to relate and motivate people to continue striving. Adrian is a very busy and well rounded young man, but he doesn’t intend to stop here with his accomplishments; in fact, his goals increase as he excels. As he continues to motivate, inspire, mentor and coach others, he aspires to become an even better person on his way to professional success. 

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Kenneth has been with Microsoft for over 2 years, starting as a Lead Recruiter focusing on Early in Career Talent. Kenneth has recruited in multiple industries including Oil and Gas, Consulting and Tech in his 15-year career.  In this time, he’s had the opportunity to work in a global capacity from Canada, LATAM, and many other countries. Last, in between consulting with Engineering Leaders, he enjoys being a Career Advisor. 

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