About Josh Fonger

About Josh Fonger

Josh Fonger Originally from Michigan, Josh has been heading west after finishing his Undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. While developing commercial real estate in Arizona he finished his MBA and moved into business consulting…as well as up to Bend, Oregon. He has been a business consultant/coach/trainer one-on-one to more than 100 onsite clients and spoken to scores of business groups. He has also coached/trained over 500 business owners spanning 20+ countries in every conceivable industry. His specialty is taking problems (whether they be in finance, marketing, sales, production, logistics, leadership, HR, time management, communication, etc.) and developing systematic solutions that are quickly implemented, repeatable and profitable.

Josh and Family

In August 2011 Josh linked up with Sam over coffee. It was clearly a perfect match and Josh has been working with Sam to fix ailing businesses ever since. Josh is part owner of Work the System Consultants, LLC, and is Chief Operating Officer.

Josh enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, climbing and kayaking with his amazing wife and three boys.


Recent Clients…

Brandon Roggow“Having Josh as a coach has been awesome! My sales have gone up 23% in the last 4 months and I am spending less and less time at the office… As a side bonus, I’ve kicked my caffeine addiction and made some personal life tweaks that have had a major impact on the home-front.”
-Brandon Roggow – Habitat Health & Fitness


Oli Traustason“I thought Josh’s coaching was terrific…presentations and analysis were very helpful. I would highly recommend Josh and WTS..My encounter with WTS and his help was ‘Life Changing.’ Thanks a million.”
Oli Traustason, MD -Orion Eye, Surgery Center


Miranda Burnet“I can’t say enough about Josh’s insight and ability to provide highly actionable advice. When I first started my company, it was just me and I was merely flying by the seat of my pants and hoping for the best. Less than a year later, thanks in large part to my consultations with Josh, I have a thriving million dollar business and a great staff who are helping the business grow even more each day. ‘Work the System’ was one of the best small investments I’ve ever made!”
Miranda Burnet – Flash Tattoos


Adam Kreitman“I got a lot out of reading “Work The System”… I got so much more out of doing private coaching with Josh. Working with Josh, we got much deeper into systemizing my business and we’re way more efficient than we would have been just by reading the book. It was totally worth the investment of time/money and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s serious about making more and working less.”
Adam Kreitman – Words That Click


Amy Smith“Josh has been instrumental in helping our family business become efficient and lean. His 4 month coaching program was an incredibly worthwhile investment… I can easily recommend Josh and his company to any business looking to create systems, processes and procedures to streamline operations.”
Amy Smith – Saratoga Arms Hotel


Marcus Santamaria“Since working with Josh my business is up 20% and expenses are down 10%. Best of all, I am working less and finally taking weekends off. Now I can be successful in my business and be an attentive and effective parent as well.”
Marcus Santamaria – Shortcut to Spanish


Tony Cigno“… thank you Josh for your guidance, and a wonderful program. The one on one time was very valuable, and I appreciate your ‘can do’ and the way you directed me in the development of my business. It was a very worthwhile investment, I would recommend it to everyone!”
Dr. Tony Cigno – Cigno Family Dental


Adam Saylor“My investment with the WTS program has been very beneficial for the company… It has greatly improved the communication and expectations with our staff, clients and vendors and we continue to refine our systems daily to be the most efficient and simple that we can get them… The resources we gained via this training have helped us continue to grow the company. I just wish I had done it sooner!”
Adam Sayler – Arthur Winn Property Services


Ahmad Jooma“Josh is very professional and guides you through creating systems in your workplace with a sense of ease. His experience in the process is obvious and gave me confidence to follow through. I enjoyed our 1-1 calls in which the time often flew by as Josh presented the material in an engaging and easy to understand manner”
Ahmad Jooma – Jooma Care Homes


Larry Aull“I really enjoyed working with Josh one-on-one… He knows how to keep you focused on the important tasks at hand… There’s something to be said for accountability!”
Larry Aull, Pharm. D. – Head to Toe, Research and Development


Jason Bross“Using Josh’s systems of automating our business…has changed the way we operate our business!”
Jason Bross – Lifestyle Foods


“It’s been great working with Josh – my life has become so much simpler Nick
and more enjoyable thanks to the WTS group coaching.”
Nicolas Bell – Nick Bell Translations



David Bardon“I have known about the need for and importance of having working procedures… We struggled with this entire process for years… Well, that has all changed now. Our manager group (myself included) now have clarity… Thank you so much for getting us on the right track.”
David Bardon – Bardon Bowling Centers


John Cruikshank“After reading the book I realized that this is exactly what my engineering business was lacking over the past 17 years… I just completed the Work the System Coaching program led by Josh and now I have company buy-in to the changes needed to run my company from an ‘outside and slightly elevated’ position. If you want to get your systems working then I highly recommend getting Josh’s professional guidance.”
John Cruikshank – JMC2 Civil Engineers & Surveyors


Jared Fielding“Josh is accessible, fun to work with, and asks the tough questions to help you get laser focused on making more money. My business now has the strategy and foundation of documented systems and I’m already seeing great results!”
Jared Fielding – Fielding Investments Inc.


“Great investment of time and money, I highly recommend working with Josh. I now have much more free time to work on my business instead of in my business… we’re way more efficient now. Thanks a lot Josh!”
Mahesh Kolhe – Essaypoint


Sharon Desjarlais“Investing in WTS has been one of the most profitable decisions we’ve ever made…Communications between team members has gotten far more efficient and productive… we’ve got a solid plan in place to continue scaling up our business in a way that actually frees us as owners. I’d recommend Josh and WTS in a heartbeat to anyone who’s serious about creating a business that’s an asset rather than just another job.”
Sharon Desjarlais – Client Rich


“Josh guided me through the systemization process in a very logical way, with one step being solid preparation for the next. His experience is deep and he’s confident and I couldn’t make a stronger recommendation for the program, no matter the type of business.”
Ray Norton, Rassas Battery Inc.


“The Work the System system is terrific and I’m so pumped by the process of processes – I’m going to be a tweaker for the rest of my life! Thank you to Josh and his calm guidance as well as all the clear videos and materials – it keeps it flowing when it feels overwhelming.
Call me a fan of WTS!”
Shawna Schuh, Women in the Pet Industry Network


“The WTS Coaching Program taught me many valuable lessons. The most important lesson for me was to place myself as if I were looking down at my business and seeing all the moving parts. Josh helped me to see that even though I own and work behind the chair in my salon, my true passion and my true self is being an educator. I will take what I have learned from the WTS Coaching Program and implement it as an educator in the hair industry.”
Eleanor Pinkney, Natural Perceptions Salon


“It is one of the best business decisions I have made. Josh has a passion for this work and really understands the material. I have experienced him as a support by my side in facing the myriad daunting challenges in our business and going to the next level. I highly recommend the WTS program, as it will build stronger entrepreneurs who can create better companies for themselves, their staff, and their customers. The success skills developed here are timeless and will last for life.”
Saeed Rouhani, Camros Organic Eatery


“Josh Fonger made a great complement to Sam Carpenter and Mike on the Work the System Academy. His Webinar presentations lent additional clarity and many practical examples to the material presented by Sam and Mike. I was impressed by his clear-sighted business nous. With thanks to Josh, I was able to see clearly how I should change my business.”
James Dunstan, The Vine LTD


“Josh takes you through the program in a very measured and detailed way, which really gives you the results you need as a business owner. At the time you want to move fast, but really the best thing is to take it slowly, follow the process, follow the system and the magic will come. Yes, its hard work. Yes, it might make you feel like you’re not achieving things as quickly as possible. But what you do get is actionable results at the end of it which make all of the effort and time worth while. I thoroughly recommend the course for business owners that want to look at their business as a system which can be controlled, managed, and motivated as opposed to a conglomerate mess which is just causing their lives a lot of stress and strain.”
Chris Price, www.arkadvance.com


“Working on our Strategic Objective and General Operating Principles helped clarify my thinking. One-on-one meetings with Josh enabled us to get past some places we were stuck, and to speed up our overall documentation progress.”
Wiley Long, Wiley Long Enterprises


“The WTS group coaching program helped our company put documentation in perspective as far as what processes are core to the business, and for identifying our procedure problem areas. We even picked up some tricks for gaining company participation and motivation.”
Marla Martin, HSA for America


“Josh has been coaching us in implementing the Work the System methodology in our busy medical clinic. We’ve already seen tremendous improvements in efficiency and consistency, reduction of mistakes, and the ability to get new hires up to speed quickly. Josh’s insight and support along the way have been invaluable—I can’t recommend him enough.”
Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac, California Center for Functional Medicine


“I have read hundreds of books on business systems and management, but I never felt moved or motivated to actually change things. After reading Sam’s WTS I just felt that I had to dig deeper in it, hence the WTS Coaching Program. Josh has been wonderfully supplying me invaluable information on how to improve my business thus giving me more quality time for my personal life.”
Rafiza Rahim, Servis Stesyen Kembara “gas station”


“What is so great about this Program is the structure, content, delivery and how it is set out over just a few months – plus the example templates that are provided. Highly recommend”
Joe Bowers, Small Business Authority


“Winging it was never OK, however we did OK… we thought. We have good people, however, from time to time we were held hostage by a good person. We are now creating a system that holds good people accountable, thanks to the Work The System Academy, and Coaching program.”
Perry Hildebrandt, Flooring Canada


“I would highly recommend the WTS Coaching Program. I really like that Work The System is grounded in reality and provides a practical approach to operating a successful business. Josh is very professional and has provided several suggestions that have immediately helped our business.”
-Konrad Gastony, Paws & Pals Pet Resort