PlusOne Performance Group

Our Team

Since leaving public education, the principals of Plus One Performance Group, Russell Fleury, M.A. and Mark Hardwick, Ph.D. have been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures History and diversified consulting practices in team development, leadership training and communication training. The core of their philosophy has been to use adult learning principles and unique communication tools to help individuals, teams, and organizations explore, develop and execute their vision, mission and strategies in sync with their strengths and values. Out of this varied and successful experience has come the integration of Road Scholars and CommonGround under one entity, Plus One Performance Group in Chapel Hill, NC.

”I have been to many, many speaker training sessions over the years and this was certainly worth it. I learned many new practical tips for engaging the audience and getting my message across. The single most important thing I learned was not to use MSU (making stuff up) and just tell people I don’t know everything.” — John Reynolds M.D., Astra Zenca Speaker Training Forum

Our core team is located in Chapel Hill, NC with talented, experienced and certified performance coaches and facilitators located in other areas of the country.

Russell L. Fleury, Senior Partner

Russell is a life-long learner with over 35 years experience as a professional educator and the co-author of two college-level textbooks on individualized instruction. He began his career as an educator with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools where he was a mathematics teacher, guidance counselor, varsity football coach, and high school principal. He has also taught undergraduate level Mathematics courses and graduate level courses in Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Maryland at College Park.

In 1986, Russell left public education to begin his career in organizational development and human performance improvement. Over the past 20 years, Russell has designed, developed, and delivered a wide variety of programs for Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, and executive managers. His areas of expertise include: leadership development, building high-performance teams, business process analysis, interpersonal communication, and executive coaching. 

Russell is best known for interactive seminars that provided participants with the skills and insight necessary to develop a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Russell earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bucknell University, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, and has completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at the University of North Carolina.  Russell is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement. He lives in Cary, NC.

You can contact Russell Fleury at

Mark W. Hardwick, Ph.D., Senior Partner

Mark brings clients a richness of experience and credentials rarely found in the executive presentation, adult education/coaching, and strategic planning disciplines.  As a successful entrepreneur, Mark built and sold two companies during the past decade and performed a successful buy-out of the technology division of a major regional bank.

"Mark, a lot of the things you and Russell shared with us on how to lead and communicate have come into play, and I really appreciate it. The Leadership training was the best I have ever experienced and I am a better person because of it." — Sydia, Director of Field Operations

Dr. Hardwick has taught courses in Communication, Organizational Strategy and Ethics at Texas State University, University of Maryland and Ohio University in the Departments of Management and Education.  

During thirty-five years of corporate consulting, organizational development and training Mark has garnered an impressive list of profit and nonprofit clients. His stature as a Business Communication and Team development expert has allowed Mark to coach more than fifty teams of consultants from leading national consulting firms on consultative selling and effective proposals and presentations. 

As a business educator, facilitator and coach, Mark is considered a leading authority on effective communication skills, personal and organizational change, strategic planning, team development, and consultative selling through quality proposals and presentations, as well as team & leadership development.  In addition to designing and delivering seminars, he has written numerous articles and a very successful business book entitled Quality Selling Through Quality Proposals. 

A popular public speaker, Mark has delivered approximately 5, 500 speeches to over 20,000 executives and associates in corporate America.  He has designed and facilitated over 12,500 training workshops on many timely topics such as Power Presentations, Win-Win Negotiation, Teamwork,  BASIC Selling Skills and Winning Proposals, Keys to Effective Meetings, Employee Involvement and many others. Hardwick began his professional life in academia as a Professor and Administrator at the University of Maryland, Ohio University, and Michigan State University.  He taught courses in Counseling and Communication, Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Mark attended Michigan State University where he received his B.A. in Social Sciences, an M.A., in Counseling Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Organizational and Educational Leadership.

You can contact Mark Hardwick at