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Personal development

Providing tools for individuals to break bad habits and achieve personal growth.

State Programs (Workforce Development & Education)

Enhancing skills, fostering education, and promoting workforce readiness.

correctional &

re-entry programs

Empowering individuals for successful reintegration into society.

School Systems & Athletics

Mentally conditioning students and athletes for success in academics and sports.


Transforming mindsets for improved professional performance and success.

Faith-Based Entities

Fostering spiritual growth and personal development in diverse religious communities.

Recovery & Addiction services

Supporting individuals on the path to recovery and breaking free from addiction.

the starter program

The FINISHER Program: Develop a Mission Statement, Establish SMART Goals, and Foster True Positive Transformation as FINISHERS

The STARTER Program: 7 Complete Lessons

lesson one: habits

Focus on the three components of habits: Trigger, Routine, and Reward.

Emphasize control over the "Routine" as the manageable aspect of a habit.

Dissect triggers to understand the "Why" behind each habit and develop new routines aligned with goals.

lesson two: motivation

Introduce the "Scales of Motivation" to assess reasons for actions.

Explore External and Internal motivation, advocating living through Internal motivation.

Encourage evaluating and adjusting the motivation formula to progress toward goals.

lesson three: pain

Highlight the role of pain and discomfort in positive transformation.

Emphasize that the pain of change is minor compared to the potential pain of remaining in the current situation.

Encourage embracing discomfort as a crucial part of the journey toward improvement.

lesson Four: the seven e’s

Explain the Seven E’s as the pathway thoughts take in influencing the mind.

Stress the importance of stopping negative thoughts at the "Entrance" and nurturing positive thoughts to the "Enveloped" stage.

Connect thoughts to actions, emphasizing how habits define one's identity.

lesson five: visualization

Emphasize the significance of visualization in achieving goals.

Use the analogy of a puzzle box image to illustrate having a clear picture of the destination.

Stress the difficulty of starting a journey without a clear visualization of the end goal.

lesson six: value of time

Explore the "Value of Time" in the context of transformation.

Advocate making a daily task list and optimizing the available 168 hours each week.

Emphasize that lasting transformation requires time, and effective time use facilitates change.

lesson seven: burn the bridge

Encourage identifying and visualizing challenges preventing change.

Symbolically "burn the bridge" by eliminating obstacles and committing to the future self.

Highlight the importance of unwavering commitment to personal growth and change.

The second part of TOPUCU is the FINISHER Program. Here, we guide you through the process of taking an inventory of your life. We’ll break it down into sections like family, education, health, work and more. This activity leads to the creation of a Personal Mission Statement for your life. We’ll get to the core of who you are and help you lay out specific, positive statements about yourself that will keep you motivated and on track to being the best person you can be each day.

Then we identify specific and attainable SMART Goals for every area of your life. We teach you about four types of time-sensitive goals. These goals become the ultimate key to seeing true positive transformation.


Analyze Areas Of Your Life To Develop A GPS For Your Life:

✓ Family Values

✓ Finances and Work Life

✓ State of Mind,

✓ Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health

Analyze Areas Of Your Life To Develop A GPS For Your Life:

✓ Family Values

✓ Finances and Work Life

✓ State of Mind,

✓ Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health

Develop and Refine A

Mission Statement

Learn How To Create Short-Term, Mid-Term, Long-Term, & Big Hairy Audacious Goals For Every Area Of Your Life:

✓ Family Values

✓ Finances and Work Life

✓ State of Mind,

✓ Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health


Learn How To Create Short-Term, Mid-Term, Long-Term, & Big Hairy Audacious Goals For Every Area Of Your Life:

✓ Family Values

✓ Finances and Work Life

✓ State of Mind,

✓ Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health

identify specific and attainable GOALS for every area of your life





As an entrepreneur, civic leader, and passionate student of leadership, Norm brings his lifetime of experience as the founder of TOPUCU. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served faithfully with the United States Army. Upon returning from his military service, Norm became a firefighter/paramedic. During this time he successfully launched and sold his first business, which led him into financial planning. In 1979 he started his own company. Forty-five years later he has ownership with what is now a Fortune 1000 company. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards helping facilitate community and life transformation across the U.S. Norm & his wife Pat live in Northeast Ohio. They have 5 adult children and sixteen grandchildren.


Human Resources

Joining Norm and Pat Mulder in 2004, Michelle brings 25 years of Human Resource experience specializing in small to mid-size organizations providing guidance and leadership to senior managers in startup, growth, and stable organizations. Her broad experience includes employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and management. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University.


Director of Program Management

Rick joined TOPUCU in March of 2018. He comes to the team with over 30 years of management experience in the corporate world. While he served in the capacity of a senior leader in technology, his passion is people. This passion plays out in the areas of teaching and coaching. He has experience teaching high school and adult classes at church, facilitating corporate training classes and guest lecturing at Kent State University. He has served in a coaching and mentoring capacity in many of the same circles – coaching for a good number of years in youth sports as well as mentoring youth and adults in multiple settings (church, higher education and corporate).

It's Not About Information.



To equip people with principles to identify and change habits, make better decisions, manage their time, develop a clear mission and goals to ultimately transform their lives.​


To be a leading provider of proven transformational programs that enhance the lives of those who have been uninformed or underserved.


Our time, energy and resources are dedicated to providing grants to provide TOPUCU programming and services to individuals, families, and the community to help facilitate positive life transformation.

topUcu is trusted by 250,000+ people worldwide


"This program is like no other offered here in Ohio’s prison system. TOPUCU has taught me, in a very short time, how to look inside of myself in order to make permanent and very positive changes. TOPUCU is a powerful and needed program for all."

Robert H.


"TOPUCU gives you that gentle push to start raising the bar. To start seeing yourself as capable and valued. You can do some crazy things if you are willing to put in the time and push through the initial discomfort."

Jesse G, CAD Engineer


"TOPUCU really influences me in my everyday life because before TOPUCU, I didn't have my schedule straight, my grades weren't the best. But, once I got into the program - it really helped me figure things out. I can schedule my day, I prioritize and my grades started getting better. Now I'm living at a 3.6 and it's really nice."

high school sophomore


"When working out now I look at my wristband when I want to stop and it reminds me of the TOPUCU principles and gives me the extra drive to reach my goals ... to be able to do the things I couldn’t do before ... don’t stop. I truly believe this program will help many people change their lives."

john c.