Testimonials

“Gary was instrumental in helping team members think, act, lead, and work differently. His willingness to provide timely professional feedback whenever necessary was/is a strong trait of Gary's.”

 

Sam Mink

Manager – Learning & Development at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

 

 

“Gary provided excellent performance consulting services on a workforce development project for our oral solid dose manufacturing plant. He worked extremely effectively with our SMEs to identify what types of tools would promote learning and higher levels of performance, from initial training through troubleshooting for each major step in our process. Gary's ideas and expertise were invaluable to us and to the success of this project.”

 

Amy Wilson

Leader in Human and Organizational Performance – enabling resilience and managing risk

 

 

“I am very grateful to Gary for his leadership and mentoring while working together at Lowe's. He provided me with guidance and support as I built skills and an instructional designer and taught me much about navigating the corporate setting. He is always ready, willing, and able to give solid input for interviewing and preparing for moving up the job ladder. I believe his encouragement and advice got me a promotion I had long been seeking. Thank you!”

 

David Koster

Expert in Employee Performance Management | Small Business Consultant | Your Team Learning and Development Advisor

 

 

“Gary DePaul has spoken twice now to our group, the Suncoast Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and on both occasions, his program has been immensely helpful. Project management and expressing our business value are two hot-button issues for technical communicators, and our group was thankful for the gems Gary provided. He was generous with templates and with candid advice from his own recent job search. Gary's talks were pragmatic, well-researched, and dead-on. His credentials are impeccable, and his knowledge of the topics is deep—he was able to change directions to flow with the discussion. He provided references to sites and books for the group to do further reading. Gary is an asset to any educational program.”

 

Kristi Leach

Senior UX Researcher at McGraw-Hill

 

 

“Gary DePaul worked on the Instructional Design team in Learning & Development at Johnson Controls. He brought a keen intelligence and deep technical expertise in human performance improvement and instructional design. Gary showed a strong business orientation. He was structured and disciplined, laying the foundation for the project processes and templates that the department used for years afterward. He worked collaboratively and was consistently warm, positive, and people-oriented. I continue to value Gary as a friend, advisor, and fellow collaborator for articles and presentations.”

 

Don Kirkey, Ed.D.

Strategic Leadership Development / Organizational Development / Workplace Performance Improvement & Learning

 

 

“Gary's group was a service provider to my team, and he worked often on my projects. His ideas were always creative, and his insights to our training needs consistently drove higher adoption of our software deployments.”

 

Ron Sklaver

Experienced Transformation Manager

 

 

“I had the opportunity to work with Gary at Arthur Andersen Performance and Learning. He was the consummate professional who was very meticulous about his work. He was creative -- yet paid attention to detail. What I remember most about Gary is his positive attitude. He always had a smile on his face, and it was a real joy working with him!”

 

Paige Parker Salazar

Instructional Design Consultant

 

 

“With Gary's extensive background in human performance technology, he has brought tremendous value to Lowe's in ensuring that non-learning and learning solutions are aligned with the business and are the appropriate solution to fit the need. While I didn't report directly to Gary, I asked him for advice and consulted him multiple times on various projects. He was always willing to help and provide me with a fresh perspective. Gary has excellent people-skills and treats others with respect at all levels. I admire him and know he will continue to do superior work on any project he both leads or has a part in.”

 

Marianne Oberklein

Medical Office Assistant

 

 

“Gary was an outstanding business partner as a Learning & Development Professional while I was at Creative Channel Services. He has excellent written and verbal communication skills is extremely organized, can work independently, and is able to follow through to ensure the job gets done. Gary is always willing to offer his assistance and has an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by Lowe's Home Improvement including those that assisted our clients, employers, and other professional organizations. He would be an asset to any employer and I recommend him for any endeavor he chooses to pursue.”

 

Seth Burnette

I create teams that produce over $1 Billion Dollars in Revenue

 

 

“I really enjoyed working with Gary during his time at Ceridian. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table regarding adult learning, training, documentation and project management. He successfully managed numerous large knowledge-focused projects that have had a lasting, positive impact on my department. More than just his expertise and ability to deliver, he is also very easy to work with--happy to take on a challenge and an excellent communicator. I hope to have to opportunity to work with him again.”

 

Rebecca Moore

SVP of Operations at Customer Experience at TruHearing

 

 

“Gary is a results-driven, dedicated performance improvement professional. As a collegue at Tampa Bay ISPI, I have observed Gary deliver several presentations that outline his successes at various companies that have been lucky enough to employ him. As an individual who considers herself a "learner" in the area of performance improvement, I can say that I have definitely learned a lot from Gary and I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with him at TBISPI. I also served under Gary's leadership on the TBISPI Board during his presidency. He manages his many responsibilities extremely well and many valuable improvements have been made as a result of his leadership.”

 

Nancy Cali

Professional Developer at USF Federal Credit Union

 

 

“Gary was instrumental in producing the project management methodologies used by our company today. He has a unique ability to work with all levels of individuals across multiple organizations to create a common alignment toward process improvement. Gary builds devoted and impacting teams that consistently deliver unparalleled results. Many within our organization have relied on Gary as a creditable soundboard, and he has delivered foundations & tools that have lead to our individual professional successes”

 

Bill Dimas, RRT

Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital

 

 

“The and knowledge and expertise in HPT Gary has brought to our team raised the bar at Lowe's. He has been quick to share his knowledge and expertise with others and has helped to initiate change from a traditional training organization, to an organization that embraces HPT and works to optimize employee performance. I have seen Gary serve as a mentor to his peers, colleagues, and Sr. Managers within the organization. Gary is truly a strong asset to any team.”

 

Dave Best

Innovate, Strategic and Results Driven Leader

 

 

“I've known Gary for several years serving on the board of the Tampa Bay ISPI association where Gary is currently the President. Gary is a knowledgeable and highly motivated professional. I enjoy working with Gary because he is a "go-to" guy. You can always count on Gary to find appropriate solutions for problems and keep all his commitments.”

 

Patricia Smolen

Talent Development Expert

 

 

“I had the pleasure of working with Gary during his tenure with FIS. He provided direct support on several major initiatives within our call center operations group. Gary listens to his customers and utilizes his diverse skill set to develop a well thought out recommendation. He acted as a consultant on the redesign of our call center training program and employee manual as well as working with the group to get our electronic help systems up and running. I would highly recommend Gary to any organization that seeks a true professional!”

 

Bill Jacobs

Director of Extended Operations at Capital One

 

 

“Gary is a courteous professional who is helpful, displays initiative, cares for his team, and communicates well with stakeholders to ensure the right efforts are pursued the right way. Gary and I worked together to mesh IT and Business project processes and to begin a Project Management Forum that shared lessons learned and best practices. He developed a project management methodology along with templates and training, presented it to the entire department over multiple sessions, and then followed up with coaching and mentoring projects to ensure proper and timely use. Then, Gary built and trained a team for internal training and knowledge management. Gary would bring strong business value to any organization seeking to manage projects, improve their business processes, or develop their staff.”

 

Andy Willums, MS, MA, PMP, CSM, SSBB, ITIL

 

 

“In working with Gary over the past few years on the board of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ISPI, I have often witnessed him act as a source of energy and innovative thought. He invests a significant amount of time and energy in the voluntary role because he believes in the purpose of the chapter. I have seen him pull from his tremendous volume of knowledge about the fields of performance improvement and workforce development and make it relevant to others. I look forward to continuing to work with Gary in this capacity.”

 

Dawn Suni

Foreign Service Officer at U.S. State Department – Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Guatemala

 

 

“Gary is a very professional and courteous individual. He brought a lot to FIS, and single-handedly implemented a PMP program of standardization to several divisions within our company. Gary is a great asset and easy to work with.”

 

Bobby Brinley

Senior Program Manager | Senior Product Manager | Senior Technical Product Manager

 

 

“I worked alongside Gary on a number of initiatives over a couple of year period and have benefited from his leadership and patience. Gary demonstrates integrity, has a keen eye for process improvement, and finds ways to achieve business objectives through training, performance measurement, and learning. Gary is a developer of people.”

 

Dino Ferrari

Project Management Professional

 

 

“I have had the opportunity to work with Gary in finding quality candidates to fill his positions. Gary has always been timely with his responses and offers feedback and direction when appropriate. I have also known him to be a great ambassador of the company by recommending quality candidates for our open positions.”

 

Paula Tripp

Internal Recruiter at Humana, Inc.

 

 

“Gary has a deep theoretical knowledge of human performance, which he is able to share and apply in our Ceridian workplace. We are lucky to have Gary with us in our ever-changing company, as there are many recurring opportunities to enhance performance and knowledge management. On a personal note, I might add that Gary has an interesting personality with a great sense of humor. I enjoy working with Gary!”

 

Art Stadlin

IT Project Manager on Special Assignment in Public Safety at Manatee County Government

 

 

“Gary is an extremely knowledgeable manager who values his people and their development. He excels at gathering intelligence, providing his team with the tools and knowledge they need for success, and then empowering them to achieve their goals. This makes any team he leads valuable to the organization in a uniquely effective way.”

 

Kevin McNulty

I make Social Media easy & effective for businesses

 

 

“Gary and I were colleagues at Fidelity National Information Services, where he led a team of instructional designers and technical writers. I found Gary to be a well-rounded professional with solid leadership skills. He adds a collaborative and thought-provoking facet to any project and has a positive attitude that breeds success. Gary is dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and the advancement of ideas for improvements to benefit the organization as well as its employees. He is an excellent trainer and public speaker with a personable demeanor and a genuine desire to make things better.”

 

David Stinsman

Software Delivery Manager and Technology Leader

 

 

“Dr. Gary did a great job managing a training development group while at Certegy/FIS. His efforts to provide training programs for employees and customers have not been matched! Gary brings with him an interesting array of talents and knowledge, which I've enjoyed during our conversations.”

 

Nung Bedell

Sr. DevOps Engineer

 

 

I have helped organizations from a wide range of industries with resolving HR and leadership performance gaps. For several years, I served senior executives as an internal consultant and later as an external advisor. Below are testimonials from clients, peers, colleagues, and direct reports. These can provide insight into the character of my work.