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It’s hard for me to put into words the utmost, deepest appreciation and respect I have for Gary and everything he has done for me. Anything I say doesn’t do him justice.

I’m a skeptical person by nature, and when my wife told me to consider meeting with Gary, I dragged my feet and frankly, was a little insulted.  To me, a coach was someone who gives you some wishy washy hippy advice in exchange for a lot of your money.  I wasn’t buying it.  However, my career and company felt like it was going the wrong direction, my marriage was rocky at best, I didn’t get to spend much time with my kids, and I felt beaten and lost in life.  I didn’t know what to do and when my wife finally just set up a meeting with Gary for me, I grudgingly obliged.  

I met with Gary in a little cafe near my work, and within minutes I felt a weight lifting from my shoulders.  I don’t know for sure what compelled me to so easily lay out all of my problems in front of Gary, but I did. I think it is because Gary didn’t seem to have a hidden agenda.  He is incredibly friendly, thoughtful and easy to talk to, but also honest and strong.  He didn’t beat around the bush and he kept my line of thinking on track.  I was blown away and still am at his determination, enthusiasm and passion for helping people find happiness and success.

After my first visit, to the surprise of my wife, I immediately saw the value in what Gary brings to the table and I was hooked!  I continue to see Gary every couple of weeks, and while I see him for executive coaching, I find that a lot of the coaching bleeds into my personal life.  My way of thinking and perceiving things has dramatically changed in the time I have known him, and I feel stronger and more confident in my choices every day because of it.  

I have gone from looking at uncertainty with anxiety and depression to looking at it with determination and a challenge I want to rise up to.  I’m not 100% where I want to be yet, but I am 100% certain I am on the right track.  Gary has brought a new sense of purpose and optimism to my life that I not only feel at work, but at home as well.  He has helped me put my priorities in the order that I want them to be in, and not the order that others want them to be in.  Now, the only depression or anxiety I tend to feel these days is when I think about where I would be now if I hadn’t met Gary.

Chances are, you don’t know me.  You may not trust what I writing now, but I do promise you that Gary has absolutely changed my life in a way I would have never thought possible.  He has saved my career, he has saved my dignity and he has even saved my marriage.  He has done this by helping me be the better person I’ve been wanting to be.  

Gary is a great man and a great friend. I am forever in his debt.  I can’t recommend him enough.  Thank you so much Gary!

-Mike Richie

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