A Valley native has returned to Sayre to start a transformational coaching practice.

Gary Lougher returned to Sayre three months ago and opened an office for Crossroads Coaching in the Enterprise Center on South Elmer Avenue.

Prior to coaching, Lougher spent several years working in leadership and sales management roles for Federal Express, General Electric, Suburban Propane and other corporations, he said. He also started his own company, DumpsterGard.

Lougher developed an interest in the coaching world after he was introduced to it six years ago, he said. When asking others how to become a coach, he was advised to receive coaching himself and retained three people he called "three of the most respected coaches in the world."

The coaching process helped Lougher to resolve self-limiting beliefs, roadblocks and fears in his own life, he said. "My own experience has been my own best teacher," he said.

Lougher returned to the area on the advice of one of his coaches, who encouraged him to serve his hometown. "It would be a great opportunity to come back and serve the community where I was born and raised and has had a profound impact on me," he said.

Since opening Crossroads Coaching in December, Lougher said he has taken on both local and national clients, coaching them in person, over the phone or via the Internet through video communication, he said.

Coaches help people become the people they want to be, using guiding questions and exercises to help remove their own blocks, gain clarity and create action toward achieving their goals, Lougher said. "I don't tell people what to do," he said.

Lougher also offers his services to businesses looking to improve in sales, morale, teamwork, leadership development and other areas and speaks to groups about overcoming fear, breaking out of comfort zones, leadership and other topics, he said.

For more information, call Lougher at (607) 565-1252 or visit www.thexroadscoach.com.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.