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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Coach & Consultant
Mary Ann is a passionate believer that your beliefs can create your future reality, a core tenet of the Recchion approach. She joined Recchion and Associates after 25+ years as a Human Resources executive, business leader and consultant. Throughout her career Mary Ann has been a trusted coach to executive teams and boards, cross functional business and community leaders, and has mentored employees at all levels. It is that experience that’s given her the deep people and communications skills, empathy, and a commitment to help others achieve greater clarity and career direction. Mary Ann’s authenticity, compassion and desire to help others succeed has built sustaining trust among her clients and makes her a valued career and executive coach.
Her insights into career development have motivated many to explore their interests, hone their skills, and build new career paths. She guides her clients to dream big and embrace new beginnings.
Earlier in her career, Mary Ann leveraged her skills at large companies, start-ups, and nonprofit boards and operations, and has worked in a multitude of industries including high tech, insurance, and medical devices. She spent 15 years as an HR leader at CopperPoint Insurance Company and six years at Orthologic, among other organizations. Her colleagues recognize her as a highly accomplished and respected HR executive, business leader, consultant and coach who drives human capital strategies and best practices, organization and culture change, talent/leadership development and engagement delivering outstanding performance and results.
Mary Ann has an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Senior Coach & Consultant
With deep expertise as an executive recruiter, Koko Kuzmanoff Tzavaras is a trusted, respected talent leader in the Valley of the Sun, coaching, guiding and inspiring her corporate clients and job seekers across every level and discipline, from recent graduates to C-Suite executives.
Koko’s experience includes landing executives in leadership roles at several start-ups, and guiding staff during turnarounds with large national and international companies, as well as small boutique firms. Koko is passionate about the Recchion Method, and knows this is her calling – to help her clients see personal change/adversity as an opportunity to take their personal marketing, career campaign, and winning mindset to the absolute highest levels and land that next great role.
Koko’s success is due in part to her natural gift of listening, being able to put herself in someone else’s shoes, and in building honest and trusted relationships. She meets people “where they are,” and coaches them to be the best versions of themselves resulting in more fruitful experiences, greater self-awareness, and more fulfilling professional and personal development.
After graduating from ASU with a B.A. in Organizational Communication, Koko worked for Paine Webber in Los Angeles before returning to the Valley to start her career in executive recruitment. Koko is the past president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, and has served on its board for 15 years. She frequently presents to audiences about employment-related matters and regularly networks with executive professionals throughout the Valley.