GARY RECCHION

President & Founder

With more than 25 years of “in the trenches” experience in human resources, Gary has refined a results-driven approach to executive coaching that combines personal marketing, positive psychology, faith/spirit and principles of quantum physics. The foundation of this approach is Find Your Story. Own Your Voice: 10 Key Career and Job Search Strategies. Using this proprietary workbook together with Gary, clients across every level and discipline take ownership of their work, find their voice and connect with their passion.

Municipalities, universities and businesses of all sizes — including Fortune 500 companies such as Honeywell, American Express and IBM — have benefited from Gary’s years of experience and expertise. He has designed, written and facilitated corporate career programs to motivate and engage individuals and retain employees, inspiring personal attitudes of success and purpose, and creating organizational climates that value employees and their development through his highly effective Personal Career Leadership™ and Five Principles of Career Success™ workshop series.

His team developed a world-class, career development program for Honeywell Aerospace, establishing and managing corporate career centers for over a decade used by nearly 10,000 employees each year. Gary’s initiative was immediately recognized as a Malcolm Baldrige-based “best practice” and a corporate model worldwide. Gary designed and facilitated career development training programs delivered to leadership teams in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Gary’s background also includes five years in career management/transition as a consultant and trainer supporting major Southwest corporate clients and twelve years with Saudi Aramco where he led international career development and training programs throughout North America and Saudi Arabia.

KRISTY BACH

Senior Coach & Consultant

When looking to make a change in one’s career, it makes sense to work with a coach who has been “on the inside,” someone who has made senior level hiring decisions and has been an executive recruiter. Kristy Bach is that someone. A proven powerhouse in the world of HR, she is currently the COO of The Finders, a highly-respected recruiting firm specializing in technology, finance, accounting, and human resources, which she was instrumental in building into an industry leader.

Kristy’s success is due to her ability to immediately connect with, understand and inspire individuals across every level and discipline, building trust and authentic relationships with clients, team members and peers. Her industry experience runs the gamut, from front-line sales and service responsibility to high-level strategic analysis, planning, and implementation. Her specialties include candidate career/executive coaching, strategy and program development/implementation, team leadership, talent recruiting, sales management and training, and P&L development.

Her approach to helping clients create their most authentic and compelling story and guiding them to their highest level of career success puts her in lockstep with the Recchion coaching principles. Kristy is a master at building relationships and networking and a champion at connecting people who she feels must meet each other.

Prior to multiple positions at The Finders, Kristy was a sales and marketing VP for Talent Tree, a national talent development, recruiting and consulting firm. She is a co-founder of U Rock Career Center, a partnership between Genesis Church and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation, which provides career counseling and coaching to community-members involved with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Community Center. Kristy is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

DR. CHERYL WILSON COMPTON

Ph.D., ACC, Senior Coach & Consultant

Dr. Cheryl Compton provides career transition and leadership coaching to her clients that leverages her extensive background in vocational education, small business and corporate leadership.

Cheryl’s broad management experience was developed at Spherion Corporation, a global human capital management organization. During her nearly 25-year career at Spherion, the company grew from an independent, privately held organization to a $2B+ global segment leader. Cheryl’s journey at Spherion led her through assignments that included oversight of branch operations, implementation of a Regional Operations Center and engagement with the company’s M&A team in major acquisition events. Cheryl also led the company’s sales and operations in the Southwest U.S., a capacity from which she was elevated to the critical role of Special Projects Director with overall responsibility for addressing Spherion’s markets with material profitability or leadership challenges. Eventually, Cheryl became the Vice President and General Manager of the Midwest U.S.

Cheryl’s experience at Spherion also provided front line insight into career development, recruiting and job placement techniques. This unique background has been critical to her work with professionals in career or personal life transitions. Most recently, she led the Career Transition/Outplacement practice at Leathers Milligan and is currently engaged as a coach for senior executives in transition.

Cheryl earned her Ph.D. in Vocational Education from Iowa State University where her research focused on Entrepreneurship as a Career Option. She is a Graduate of Coach U and has achieved the designation of Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

DR. CARL FOWLES

Ed.D, SPHR, PCC, Senior Coach & Consultant

An expert practitioner in the Recchion Method, Dr. Carl Fowles’ profound belief in the potential of people to achieve at higher levels is at the core of his belief system and approach, based on both professional (working with thousands of executives over 25 years) and personal experience.

Carl’s executive and leadership coaching experience encompass financial services, healthcare, utilities, tech, and manufacturing. Clients have included Arizona Public Service, Raytheon, Verizon, General Dynamics, and IBM. Previously, in addition to leading Kellogg’s Global Organization Effectiveness and Leadership Development division, Carl’s corporate career includes serving as Senior VP of Organization and Professional Development for First Security Corporation (Wells Fargo), and Managing Director of Drake Beam Morin’s Salt Lake City/Intermountain Area Offices.

Carl’s areas of experience include: executive and leadership coaching and assessment, career and transition coaching, life coaching and enhancement, personal and organizational consulting, effectiveness consulting, strategic change and execution alignment, career transition/change management, leadership development & organizational learning, talent management and succession, culture development, and performance management.  

As a member of the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Educator Network, Carl coaches executives on leadership development. President of the Arizona Management Society, Carl is also affiliated with the Society for Human Resources Management and International Coach Federation. He holds certifications as a Lee Hecht Harrison Executive Coach, and in MBTI, FranklinCovey, Lominger Leadership Suite, and as a facilitator in 30+ OD/HR and focused leadership development programs/processes. Carl has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University.

BARBARA GORKIS

Senior Coach & Consultant

According to Gary, one of the greatest gifts Barbara gives her clients is an inner confidence, a belief in themselves, their personal power, and the power of their story.

An accomplished human resources executive who has worked in multiple industries and coached thousands of professionals during her career, Barbara has utilized a variety of coaching tools. Until she started working with Recchion and Associates. Now she relies on what she deems the best program; the Recchion Method.

Barbara’s areas of expertise encompass career transition, career counseling/coaching, career management, executive recruitment and recruitment of all levels. Her HR VP background enables her to provide a unique viewpoint by leveraging her complimentary business, HR, recruitment and coaching experiences.

Barbara’s notable recruitment consulting accomplishments include partnering with the VP, Human Resources at Education Management Corporation to build an internal executive search program, creating an annual university hiring event with Northrup Grumman/TRW, and her turn-around organization assignments with EMI/Capital Music. She is recognized for her great success in sourcing, interviewing and placing candidates in a variety of positions, from professional up to executive, in established and start-up organizations.

Past clients include Apple, Allergan/AMO, American Express, Caesars Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products, Education Management Corporation, Iowa Health Systems, LA Times, Lowermybills.com, Northrop Grumman/TRW, Rain Bird, Textron, Universal Studios and WR Grace, along with start-ups including ESS Ventures (joint venture between Pacific Telesis and LA Times) and Toytime.com.

Barbara has an MBA from Pepperdine University. She is DISC-certified and holds certification as a Lee Hecht Harrison Certified Coach-Leadership Effectiveness Analysis.

SHEILA KEITEL

Senior Coach & Consultant

Sheila’s clients say her warmth, compassion and humor help keep them on track and that she gets to the meat of the matter quickly with sensitivity. Her insight into human behavior and motivation combined with an uncanny ability to accurately “read” a situation quickly, make her a valued asset to the Recchion & Associates team and its clients.

Her insights and talent development skills engage the hearts and minds of her clients and equip them to be strategic masters of their own change. Sheila’s solutions have accelerated organizational growth and breakthroughs for many organizations. For one-to-one engagements, Sheila is a passionate advocate and of Gary’s approach to evince growth and change.

As Talent Development Director and member of the Strategic Leadership Team for Goodwill of Central Arizona, Sheila transformed the organization into a learning culture in partnership with the executive team. She developed the learning strategy from the ground up, increasing engagement of 3300 employees in over 120 retail and career center sites. Sheila and her team streamlined learning for thousands of job seekers supporting more than 80,000 prospective job candidates, and assisted in placement of over 45,000 of them in 2016. Prior to working at Goodwill, Sheila played a major role in transforming a state agency to a large, fully privatized mutual insurance company, making project management and change management a core competence in change leaders across the business. Earlier still, Sheila served as an Organization Effectiveness consultant, dramatically improving performance that set new industry benchmarks of operational excellence in nuclear power generation.

Certified in Predictive Index and DiSC, Sheila holds training certifications in problem solving, team building, decision-making, communication, and leadership development. She earned a Masters in Human Resources with emphasis on Change Management from Ottawa University.