Experience and Understanding

Richard D. Geib II, MPOD, CFSP

Rich Geib understands family business.  When he became the fourth generation owner of a private family firm, Rich successfully navigated the emotional and personal challenges inherent in family transition.  After achieving his career goals, he transferred ownership of the firm to the fifth generation of the family, again successfully maneuvering through the transition and gaining additional insight on the unique dynamics of family business.

These experiences, enhanced by his advanced professional education, allow Rich to understand, support, and guide clients who are dealing with business change and transition as they face the personal and emotional challenges that inevitably result.

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in education from Heidelberg University, Rich completed advanced study at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was granted state licensure to work in the field of funeral service, his family’s business tradition.

Rich joined the family firm and served at all levels of the business before assuming ownership in l992.  Throughout his 34-year career, Rich served on various funeral service boards and committees at the local, state, and national level and facilitated presentations on multiple subjects nationwide.  During this time, Rich also created and operated a local not-for-profit organization, growing it from one single company to five highly successful operating divisions which annually provide seasonal work to over 100 high school and college age students.

When his daughter expressed interest in the family business, Rich embraced the opportunity to focus his energy on new endeavors.  He completed a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he studied under world-renowned faculty members David Cooperrider, Ron Fry, Richard Boyatzis, and David Kolb.  Rich then enrolled at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, completing study in the areas of executive coaching, Gestalt principles, experiential applications, and physical process. Rich recently served as Associate Executive Director for the institute.

Rich understands family business, and he brings the unique perspective that comes from having personally experienced the challenges you are facing now.  Educationally, professionally, and personally prepared, he is ready to listen and to guide.

Catherine A. Geib, MPOD, GPCC, SPHR

Cathy Geib is an executive coach and authentic leadership development consultant.  She is a woman with many talents who is known for two strong passions, communication and actualization.

Cathy recognizes that healthy conversations are key to the survival of a family business, and she is skilled in facilitating and coaching those interactions, helping family members clarify professional expectations and maintain personal family relationships through positive communication.  She also inspires clients, particularly female leaders, to recognize and acquire the skills to reach their highest potential. In her role as coach and consultant, Cathy brings her years of corporate experience, her education, and her personal innovation and vitality to family businesses, and to private sector, non-profit, and community-based groups and organizations.

Cathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  She completed extensive studies at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, earning a two-year certificate in Becoming an Effective Intervener, in application to organization leadership, and the Gestalt Professional Certified Coach designation.  Her professional certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources, Emotional & Social Competence Inventory (HayGroup), Myers Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO-B, DiSC social styles, and Kolb Learning Styles Inventory.

With over 26 years of corporate experience in the legal services industry, Cathy has been a key member of the senior management team for several statewide firms.  As Director of Office Administration and Personnel, Cathy led the daily office operations for all functional areas and became a valued strategist, skilled in challenging current perspectives with new lines of inquiry.  As the Director of Human Resources and Benefits, Cathy identified barriers to effective relationships between professional and support staff, improved the performance management system and the recruiting and retention functions, designed and implemented cutting edge wellness programming and cost-effective and competitive group insurance benefit plans.  Her workplace learning initiative was credited with increasing the effectiveness of both department managers and high potential employees and with creating a more productive organization.

Cathy recently provided a 10-month program of coaching, interactive team building and Gestalt-based organizational effectiveness training to passionate civic leaders who wish to make positive change in their communities.  A visionary, Cathy inspires individuals to move beyond self-imposed limitations and experience the full expression of who they can be.

"“I had reached a plateau on my journey of professional and personal growth. Rich is that rare guide who was able to present a cognitive road map that helped me move form intention to genuine results. My life and my work now have a new spirit of integration and vitality.”"
-- Patrick J. Boylan, II, Managing Director/Owner, Boylan Funeral Homes, Inc.