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.”

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?! Amanda has now transitioned into a consulting role after spending over 4 years training under Rick and Ross and learning the business from the ground up.

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! She's known for presenting information to our clients in an easily understandable way that makes going through the assessment process with her efficient and helpful.

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, having fun with friends and spending time with her little from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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

Monica Childers

Monica hails from the Worcester, MA area, has brown hair and hates anything to do with orange, be it the color or the fruit…..that was our best crack at the intro to Love Connection back in the Chuck Woolery days, because…Monica has a huge crush on Chuck Woolery. Who doesn’t, right?

Monica’s husband, Eric, subs in for Chuck and they have 2 sons, Boston and Eli, who are both very athletic and balls of energy. When they aren’t running around ball fields, they’re running AFTER their Irish Terrier, Ruby. Monica loves the outdoors, is a big Patriot and Red Sox fan…thank god…and is incredibly organized and dedicated to helping people.

As most of you are aware, a certain someone in our office has been known to be a little high energy and chaotic at times. To keep the office from burning to the ground, we have stacked our team with several humans whose mission is to keep us focused and on track.  Essentially, Monica run’s mission control for Ross, who tends to have an ear for anyone, and time for everyone.  She helps make sense of everything he needs to accomplish from a day to day basis (which, if you know him it's a whole bunch).  Monica also supports our team by helping with our assessment platform, coordinating interviews and project work, and coming to the rescue whenever a member of our team yells, ‘Uncle’.

Her journey to the promise land started with a friendship…Monica and Ross had a number of mutual friends from around the town they both live in. One of those friends mentioned that Monica was looking to make a career change, so our original goal was to help Monica find her passion and connect her with opportunity. Of course, she had to complete our assessment…..when we saw her scores for authority [65], social skills [68], and discipline [96], we knew she was what this office needed in order to continue steady growth and maintain a stable roof. We have been truly blessed to have Monica Childers join our team. Her presence in the office everyday has been a breath of fresh air for all of us. Her hard work and dedication are something we admire and aspire to. She has a big heart and a sincere desire to learn everything about our clients.

Be sure to chat her up when you call our office, and be prepared if your name is Chuck, she may get a bit flustered.

Kathy Vivier

Kathy has been an Executive Administrative Assistant for A LONG time! Like way back in the dark ages before FaceTime, Netflix, and Instagram! She spent most of her career as an Executive Administrative Assistant at two local companies that utilized Giombetti Associates, so she worked closely with Ross for many years and was crazy enough to beg him for a job….but, honestly, it’s more like the reverse of that. We have wanted to hire Kathy for many years, but the timing was just never right. Kathy supported an Executive team and a CEO who were very type-A and high-performance for over 20 years. She’s ready for anything, so bring it!

As the newest member of the team, she has very big shoes to fill, replacing Amanda as the Office Manager and keeping up with Monica’s endless energy. Kathy will serve as our office Air Traffic Controller, coordinating anything and everything. Her personality is incredibly infectious; a combination of compassion, affection and patience. Kathy is passionate about helping people, cares deeply about her coworkers and clients, and has been referred to as Mama Bear on many occasions.

Likes: Chocolate, gardening, and running marathons (well, basically only in the shopping malls!)

Dislikes: Mean people and running out of chocolate.

She is grateful for her amazing family and friends, especially her childhood sweetheart, best friend, and husband Ed; her daughter Jackie who is a super hard-working, compassionate nursing student; and her daughter Breana who is an incredibly big-hearted early education teacher. When she is not at work, she is either in the pool or spending quality time with her husband Ed watching old Columbo movies! She also has a cat named Wally and a very spoiled Bichon Frise named Marco.

Tom Moran

Tom Moran embodies the old quote, “he liked it so much he bought the company”. Well, he didn’t really buy the company, but Tom has been working with Giombetti Associates as a client for almost 24 years prior to joining our team in March, 2017.

Tom’s background is in Leadership, Banking and Financial Systems. Having graduated from Rutgers University with an Accounting/Economics degree, Tom spent 15 years in various corporate lending and credit management roles. He served the final 23 years of his pre-Giombetti Associates career as the President and CEO of Financial Partners, Inc. (FPI), a nationally focused banking technology firm based in Agawam Massachusetts. Tom is credentialed as an MBA, and has two law degrees….so basically, he’s wicked smaht….then why did he join Giombetti Associates you probably ask? Did they drug him?

So, how do economics, accounting, law, lending, credit management, and leading a banking technology firm fit together? Tom says, “Beats me; it’s all about a passion for learning and challenges, none more enjoyable than experimenting with and developing leadership teams and working with others to both bring out the best in themselves and their teams”.

Tom spends most of his time @ GA working on the “meaty stuff”, developing Senior Leadership Teams, building future leaders and challenging everyone to continually improve and strive for the best.

Upon “graduating” from his CEO role and moving into a Senior Leadership Advisor role at Giombetti Associates, Tom is thrilled to have the best of both worlds: the opportunity to work with leadership teams and individuals around the country, while also spending half his time with his bride of 35 years (Maureen), four adult children aged 33-24 and the next generation of grandchildren as they arrive.

Maureen and Tom split their time between Wilbraham and Harwich, MA, spend a lot of time traveling the globe and are focused on family, community volunteering and creating fun! If you want to trigger Tom’s interest, bring up Rutgers Football, History, Cape Cod, Genealogy, Sports of any kind, travel…really anything come to think of it. You’ll find Tom to be a great storyteller…..but do NOT ask him to navigate while driving somewhere….unless you want to get LOST! You’ll find Tom to be very outgoing and engaging, completely authentic and very direct. Sorry guys, he’s close to Ross #2, only much smarter.

Tom Costella

Tom Costella joined the GA Team in 2018, after being a client and user of our process for the last three decades. As a seasoned Operations Executive, Tom brings more than 35 years of experience in Business Operations, Manufacturing, Logistics, Quality/Regulatory Affairs, and Acquisition Integration. He has held key management positions (e.g., Director of Operations & Logistics, VP of Manufacturing & Quality, COO, President) at companies with revenues ranging from $4 million to $12 billion.

The best way to capture Tom’s personality is by using the phrase “walks softly, carries a big stick.” He has a successful record of building multi functional business teams, transforming organizational culture, improving profitability, creating and streamlining business systems, and providing innovative solutions to meet customer needs. However, with his humility and non-threatening demeanor always shining through, he will never present as someone who thinks he knows it all (even though he’s probably seen it all). When he engages a new client, he does every bit of research he can and asks a lot of questions to understand how he can be most effective. His drive and motivation to continue making an impact on businesses has not wavered in the least.

Alex Sabol

Alex stumbled upon Giombetti Associates in 2012 when he was applying for a management role with a Giombetti client. He got feedback that he wasn't as perfect as he thought he was during a feedback session with Ross Giombetti and took that to heart. Although he didn't end up moving forward with the role, he kept in touch with Giombetti Associates for the next half a decade and also kept the paper copy of his assessment results everywhere he moved (Indiana, Chicago, New York, Denver, oh my!). In early 2018, Alex reached out to Ross for some sage advice and support, and he and Ross conjured up a way to partner together to support Alex's growth as a connector and innovator and Giombetti Associates' growth as a leader in the world of leadership development.

As the Director of Business Development, Alex now leads the efforts to develop partnerships with organizations looking to find and develop World Class Leaders and Teams. With a (somewhat confusing) background in investment banking, growth strategy and coaching, Alex has found a perfect place to develop and grow with his love of business and his love of people. He focuses his energy working with private equity groups and top notch organizations to introduce them to the impact this work can have on their people, teams and bottom line. He brings to Giombetti Associates a vast network of resources and an incessant string of lame jokes.

Alex graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and its Investment Banking Workshop. He stays very involved with the school and chairs a board to engage young alumni across the globe. Alex is extremely passionate about kids having every opportunity in the world and has been an adamant supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past decade where he has been a Big Brother, a young professional volunteer and now the Vice Chair of the National Young Professional Board for the organization.

Alex was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is immensely proud of the Crossroads of America (that means most people don't stop, right?) and Lincoln's Boyhood Home (that's a real welcome sign for Indiana - look it up). Alex works remotely from New York City where he lives with his lovely fiancé, Arielle, and (hopefully soon) a new addition to the family... a puppy (Alex stills needs a couple years of growing up before children). Alex loves eating ice cream, making ice cream, looking at pictures of ice cream... well he just really likes ice cream. He is a huge fan of Indiana University basketball, blues and jazz, hiking, and cooking.

When asked what Alex wants to see in the world, he said, "I want to have people truly understand each other, take extreme ownership of their lives and happiness, take care of the planet, and love life." He thinks Giombetti Associates moves those initiatives through the work we do with World Class Organizations and Leaders.