Rick Giombetti

Our fearless founder! Let’s all face it, without him we wouldn’t have this job and place to call home. Rick took a risk back in 1986, leaving his comfortable corporate America job, with 2 young kids, and jumped ship. He wanted to make a difference and do this thing called ‘leadership’….BETTER.

Leveraging his undergrad degree in Wildlife & Forestry…….wait, what? Wildlife & Forestry? But it did really help with those leaf reports for his son, Ross, and daughter, Ashley, when they were kids. Rick has a Master’s in Psychology from Westfield State College and has taught as an adjunct professor. He has worked for the State of MA in the division of employment security, helped manage and run a residency program with his wife, Andrea, when Massachusetts de-institutionalized and has been the Director of Employee Relations for a large, privately held food distribution firm in CT.

Today, when he CAN be found in the office, Rick spends most of his time developing the leadership potential in individuals and teams alike. Almost 30 years later, he remains extremely passionate about building world-class companies and making you truly great. Excuse his bluntness, as he tends to call it as he sees it….”a duck is a duck”, as Rick so aptly puts it. Chances are, if you’ve ever met him or get the chance to, you’ll hear one of his thousand clichés and mixed metaphors, anecdotal stories or Navy ‘mishaps’….yeah, Rick was an electrician in the Navy. It’s a wonder how in the heck he didn’t manage to electrocute the entire boat. Between him and Ross, they keep us laughing every single day.

Rick is enjoying over 40 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Andrea, still in love today.There isn’t anywhere they won’t travel to….unless the flight is over 10 hours, there’s no fishing available, no water or ocean around, or nothing to do. They thrive on spending quality time with family, including their 4 grandchildren, and literally can’t get enough of Cape Cod. Rick is an avid guitar player of 50+ years, has written many songs and is an all-around party animal.

To use one of Rick’s many clichés or coined phrases, if you want to make a difference in your life, “you gotta take the bull by the tail and shake it up.”

Ross Giombetti

Ross is no stranger to rolling up his sleeves and working hard. When he was 16 his career at Giombetti Associates started while he was cleaning the toilets, vacuuming the floors, and taking out the trash. Fast forward 20+ years and he’s worked his way up to re-painting the conference room and washing dirty coffee mugs. When he finishes all his chores, Ross spends the majority of his time leading the business by facilitating workshops and training programs, bringing new clients aboard, one-on-one coaching, and learning as much as possible about the culture, needs, and people of the businesses we support.

Ross’ value to the organization is his ability to read and understand people. One of the greatest gifts he received from his father, Rick, is the gift of intuition. Coupling that with his natural relationship building skills, Ross is excellent at building rapport with others so they feel at ease and are able to accept developmental feedback. He leverages a direct approach to feedback, providing open and honest insight. He understands that without being supportive, but tough on you, real growth is limited.

Ross graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s in business and received his MBA from American International College. During his time at AIC, he also received his Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Prior to coming to Giombetti Associates, Ross spent a few years in Human Resources for Six Flags New England and a few years helping drive the recruitment function at Mohegan Sun Casino. We’re pretty sure that riding rollercoasters and playing craps may have played a part in his early career choices.

A native of Western Mass, Ross currently lives in Wilbraham with his better half, Liz, their 2 daughters Noelle and Lainey, and their son Ryan. Let’s not forget our office mascot, their chocolate lab, Bailey. When he isn’t playing chauffeur/coach for his kids’ sports, he’s raiding Tree House Brewery and cheering on the Patriots and Red Sox. His other hobbies include un-organizing Amanda’s desk, dressing up as Cousin Eddie at Halloween parties, blowing an air horn in the office when it’s quiet, singing karaoke to Jamie Kent, and checking up on his fantasy football team. He loves to cook, is a sports enthusiast and wouldn’t trade his friends and family for anything in the world. And, oh by the way, his nickname as a kid was Screech….you know, the Saved by The Bell character. His hair says it all. We’re still not sure how he got Liz to marry him.

When asked what gets him out of bed in the morning and into the office before 7 AM each day, Ross laughed and said, “It’s so cliché and I feel so corny saying it out loud, but making a difference and inspiring people…not only helping them make changes to become more successful at work, but to also help them find happiness and fulfillment in their personal lives; it’s what I was born to do. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would never stop trying to touch others’ souls and give them the tools they need to be the best version of themselves.”

Mick Ats

After an initial failed attempt at college, the food service industry beckoned, or was the only industry that would hire him. With a passion for good food and creating an impassioned dining experience since being a youngster, he thought he had found his calling.

A few years into his career, fortune found Mick by offering him a chance to become part of a restaurant group that was cutting edge in the food-service world. They did it while focusing on doing things differently from a leadership and innovation standpoint. It was a very serendipitous meeting, in 1988 however, with Rick Giombetti and Paul Alves that would lead him to Giombetti Associates. Stated by Mick, "it helped me find purpose in life and the finer side of personal growth".

After going back to college to complete a business degree, with a focus on behavioral psychology, he spent time around the country in key leadership roles within the retail and service industry, with a focus on customer relations and franchise development. Think of him like Rambo, without the anarchy part. Being a deeply committed guy, he always kept in touch with the team at GA. Twenty five years after that initial meeting, it was a casual lunch with Rick, Paul and Ross that would uncover a potential future at Giombetti Associates.

Being blessed with the incredible gift of intuition along with his ability to offer truly brilliant suggestions and ideas has made him a crucial part of the team. Think of him as Scientist meets Socrates meets Professor....but definitely not John Nash. Mick is horrible at math!

He spends most of his time focusing on developing people, helping prevent our clients from making bad hires, spearheading most of our talent acquisition projects and being our overall “idea guy”.

When Mick isn't working, he can be found spending quality time with his wife, Jennifer. He continues his love and passion for great food, as he and Jennifer often frequent the best restaurants in whatever area they happen to be in. He loves a good cigar, craft beer and red wine. Unfortunately, Mick is a Yankees fan, so we've almost had to fire him every season.

Mick puts 150% into everything he does and we don't doubt for one second, that he would literally take a bullet for any one of us or you!

Amanda Collins

Amanda's journey to finding the promise land (Giombetti Associates) began in the form of an internship during the summer of 2013. The team at GA reached out to a local professor at Springfield College to see if he knew anyone who might be looking. Amanda showed up on our doorstep like a lost puppy looking for a home, so we HAD to take her. Our team was in the midst of a painful transition, watching our beloved Office Manager, Sandi Leverone, retire. Amanda realized her strengths seemed to align well with what GA needed and while Ross was on vacation one week, Amanda posed the idea to Rick and Mick and it was a done deal. Fast forward to today, we're still not sure what hit us?!

As an indispensable member of our team, Amanda does an incredible job at keeping all of us organized and on task. Her customer service to our clients, and beckoning to their every call, is immeasurable. She has single handedly reinvented our internal systems, presentation materials and all things technology....got to love those millennials! More responsibility awaits Amanda as she continues to gain experience, learns more about our clients and broadens her scope.

Some of her greatest gifts are her ability to anticipate every move, unflappable focus and structure and her ability to accept and apply developmental feedback. Seeing her talent, the team at GA has been very tough on her and she's taken every bit of it. It's very refreshing to have someone on your team who encourages, embraces and seeks out developmental feedback. She has come completely out of her shell, has grown a lot in confidence and is learning to love good food.

Amanda holds a degree in psychology and a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Born and raised in what she refers to as “Northern New York”, she’s basically from Canada. She hails from Potsdam....where the heck is Potsdam? Our understanding is that deer outnumber humans up there, which makes her parents very happy since venison is basically a staple. She had never seen Top Gun for crying out loud....who hasn't seen Top Gun?! When she isn't at the office she's usually found at the gym, meeting new people and traveling to visit her family and friends around the region.

She truly loves organizing, making things better and taking Facebook pictures.