Carnahan, Smith & Gunter, Inc. (CSG) is a Portland, Oregon-based firm of business development and leadership coaches. Each of our business coaches has over 30 years experience in business, most of those as an owner or senior executive of a successful business. Any time a Continuous Breakthruz Coach works with an individual to enhance their leadership abilities you can count on that coach to demonstrate qualities and actions of leaders.

In the past thirty years the Continuous Breakthrough's team of Carnahan Smith & Gunter Inc. has served businesses large and small, public and private, throughout the U.S., Mexico & Canada. We work with corporation and organization executives, business owners, partners, managers and teams to create and implement strategic transformational futures  both short-term and long-term. We are committed to transformation in the workplace -- at all levels. 

As Applied Futurists, our goal for each client, and the result we commit to, is optimal sustained business growth and enhanced effectiveness within the company.

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Karen Carnahan, BA, International Certified Spiral Dynamics Wizard

Dynamic, humorous, serious, tenacious, community builder ‑‑ these are just a few of the leadership attributes of Karen Carnahan. With over 30 years of business and ownership development, market strategic planning, market research, promotion and advertising, Karen is an internationally known leader and coach with organizations, corporations and businesses. She is the President of Carnahan, Smith & Gunter, Inc., known as Continuous Breakthroughs and has served as the National President of Women In Communication, Inc. (WICI). In addition, Karen has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Chair of Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation and most recently Chair of the Board for FamilyCare, Inc., a health company in Portland, Oregon.

In her capacity as President and Co-Owner of the firm, she ignites and inspires hundreds of client team members, executives and owners in the transformation of work, leading change and fulfilling organizational and individual visions. Karen spends most of her client time coaching executives for both the strategic future of their business and their growth as a dynamic, inspiring leader.

Karen is an avid learner attempting to stay on the expanding edge as an applied futurist. She is a student of collaborative leadership and studies with such individuals as Don E Beck, Ph.D. of the National Values Center and founder of Spiral Dynamics Integral; Jill Taylor RN, MH, of The Taylor Group and Jeannette French MS, PMHMP, APReN, CS, AAMFT; Adizes Graduate School, Santa Barbara, CA; Kimberly Herkert of The Way of the Heart and Charlotte A. Tomaino, PhD, Author of "Awakening the Brain --The Neuropsychology of Grace."  Karen also enjoys music, art, reading, being a maniac tourist, digital photography and relaxing at home.


Marsia Gunter, MBA, International Certified as a Spiral Dynamic Wizard-in-Training

Marsia Gunter is an inspiring and spirited seeker of possibilities. With over 30 years as a business owner, Marsia brings an integrated holistic approach to developing a business. Her experience includes market strategic planning, business growth development, breakthrough leadership and ownership growth.

Marsia is known internationally as a business coach in her work with companies, organizations and corporations. She is the Executive Vice-President and Co-Owner of Carnahan, Smith and Gunter, Inc. and has served as adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University in Oregon. Prior to her engagement with Continuous Breakthroughs, Marsia spent fourteen years in the healthcare industry in market strategic planning. Marsia brings a unique perspective to business development coaching, which comes from her childhood experience of family-owned companies.  Today she spends much of her business and leadership time with family owned businesses as they pass the baton from generation to generation.  

Marsia concentrates her work to assist corporations and business owners to generate a compelling strategic future executed through daily intentional action. Her stand for each client to engage in world stage breakthroughs is infectious. For fun, Marsia reads extensively, instigates neighborhood parties and is always lending a hand to family and friends. Marsia is involved in extensive collaborative leadership development as a student and participates in more than 15 days of integrated leadership  learning each year.  She is full of fun, frolic, laughter, learning and action!

PS Stay tuned as she is soon to launch a new endeavor and begin a life long dream of receiving her PhD. 



Cindy Calderwood

A native Californian, Cindy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cindy migrated to Oregon in 1986, and for the past 10 years has lived in her family home in Lake Oswego. Since August 2014, Cindy has been with CSG as a “Jack of All Trades” doing whatever is needed and fun!

Cindy has a Project Management Certificate from Portland State University and is a certified Scuba Diver. She has been a Senior Trainer/Consultant teaching various computer applications and developed and designed technical documentation for courseware. She also administered and maintained hardware and software upgrades for departmental computers on a large company wide network. Cindy has completed advanced training in time management, communication, and diversity and change in the workplace. With her diverse background and experience, Cindy considers herself a student of experience with a degree in Life.

Cindy has known Karen and Marsia for over 11 years and has attended their Breakthrough Leadership, Exploring Mastery, and is currently in her fourth year in the Leaders in Action program.

Cindy is active in contributing to the community. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, as an adult leader from 1986 to 2012 in many capacities, including the Sea Scouts and Venturing programs. Cindy serves on the Executive Board of AFSCME Local 328 Union, and is a bargaining team member and volunteer. She also volunteers at her church, serving as Executive Secretary on our Council, Co-Chair for the Prayer and Memory Garden, and a member of the Prayer Shawl Knitting group.

Cindy loves to quilt, read, garden and travel.


Victor Gunter

Victor Gunter is a multi-generational leader in business and education. Victor has worked in various leadership capacities from student to teacher, employee to employer, and laborer to management. He has a unique approach to problem solving that explores possibilities from many different perspectives. He is an accomplished instructor in both spiritual and secular learning.

Victor's background is rooted in the principles that he learned on the family farm. "The work needs to be completed in order to sleep when the wind blows." His vision is broad enough to encompass the stage and screen where he learned to see beyond the obvious. His kindness extends to the many youths and adults who's lives have been touched. It is also present in the breakthroughs associated in delving into the creation of business leadership practices and principles.

Victor lives to enjoy his family! He enjoys the outdoors and activities that include family campouts, skiing, and horseback riding, along with just a walk in the woods to embrace the beauty of God's creation. Not only is Victor an avid coach and mentor for the joy of living in all aspects of our lives, he is also a consumer of living in the moment!

As you work with Victor, you will realize that there are those people in this world that once you meet them your life will never be the same. He is thrilled with the opportunity to explore and embrace the future and possibility that can be enjoyed today.