About Velocity

Velocity brings extensive experience in strategic consulting, executive coaching, and developing the people side of the business. We partner with clients to accelerate performance by helping them achieve clarity and make better decisions by empowering teams and organizations.

Meet the Velocity Team

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Ariel Wescott

Executive Assistant

Ariel provides administrative support to the team at Velocity. Skilled in organizing meetings, arranging travel, and maintaining executives’ calendars with an innate ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Asley Pollas

Asley Pollas


Asley has a strong track record in facilitating excellent leadership development trainings and workshops. His background in sales, higher education, and civic engagement empowers his ability to equip teams to achieve and sustain success in a significant way. At Velocity, his role as an advisor focuses on helping clients maximize clearer communication, self-awareness,  goal attainment, and higher satisfaction.

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Ben Bowman

Partner | EVP

Ben specializes in bringing clarity and direction to complex environments. He focuses on strategic planning, culture building, retreat facilitation, and organizational development consulting. He has a unique ability to see the big picture and drill down to the details while remembering that the best plans fall short without the right people to implement them.

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Bob Weinhold

Partner | EVP

Bob Weinhold has spent his career helping individuals, teams, and organizations accomplish what they did not think possible. At his core, he connects deeply to help businesses and individuals achieve results that they could not imagine while engaging employees to drive innovation, growth, and sustainability.

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Brooke Page-Thompson

Partner | People Development

Having been both a trusted consultant and advisor for 17 years, Brooke has been able to help clients think holistically about what their objectives and goals are.  She understands the power of community and relationships, leveraging her ability to connect at a personal level to help organizations transform their culture and HR systems.

Christine Galliano

Senior Sales Advisor

Christine Galliano has over 25 years of experience in corporate marketing strategies, business development, strategic partnerships, and channel partnering in a variety of diverse industries. She is always pushing the “revenue-generating initiatives envelope” in her work and finding new and innovative ways to increase a company’s footprint, sales, and revenue streams. Christine oversees business development and strategic partnerships for Velocity Advisory Group.

Christy Guilfoyle

Senior Advisor & Consultant

Christy is an accomplished leader and learning and development practitioner. She brings 20+ years of experience in sales, service, management and workplace learning and performance to the table. Christy’s career history is rooted in telecom and the homebuilding industry wherein she served in various roles with numerous Fortune ranked companies. And as a trainer, coach and consultant in the professional services space,  Christy has partnered with numerous organizations, in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to retail. As a result of her experiences, Christy has the ability to create and deliver practical, yet powerful solutions that move the needle.
Dan Blake

Dan Blake

Director, Internal Operations

Dan has worked for over a decade in the sports industry developing processes, systems, business intelligence, and creates a culture that leads to scalable growth. An entrepreneur at heart, he challenges the status quo and looks for alternative strategic solutions that can make an impact for people and businesses. At Velocity, Dan will lead the Operations team to create internal efficiency and top-notch delivery tools for our advisors and customers.

Dan Silvert

Partner | President

Dan Silvert is a behavioral expert, keynote speaker, and executive coach. Dan has guided organizations through cultural transformations, coached hundreds of leaders to greater organizational and career success, and trained thousands of sales professionals to increase revenues through the power of deep relationships.

Dave Fechtman

Partner | CEO

Dave Fechtman is recognized for his ability to immerse himself in a wide variety of businesses and to approach each company’s challenges as if they are his own. He has the unique ability to connect with his clients on both a professional and a personal level, which has led to his becoming a de facto member of the leadership team for many of the companies he serves.

Diliam Ruiz-Nunez

Project Coordinator

Diliam is a resourceful, high-energy project professional with expertise in coordinating efforts of cross-functional teams to deliver complex project deliverables timely and accurately, achieving target goals. She is highly skilled in managing multiple priorities to deliver high quality support and excels in customer relationship management, CRM database and virtual classroom delivery, creating solutions that enhance processes and maximize organizational effectiveness.

Dmitry Rechnov

Service Delivery Manager

Dmitry’s background spans front-line, management, and leadership roles where he led and coordinated organizational development, service delivery, change management, and process improvement initiatives with an emphasis on enhancing health and human services for vulnerable populations. Dmitry is an innovative, proactive, and results-oriented individual who is passionate about helping people achieve their fullest potential.

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Joe Witte

Senior Advisor

Joe Witte combines more than twenty years of experience in global entrepreneurship and business development with prior service as an Army officer to facilitate vulnerable discussions that spark sustainable change, in both individuals and organizations. Joe also co-founded a non-profit accelerator that helped veteran entrepreneurs grow their business which included providing mentorship to hundreds of business leaders during his tenure. Joe’s diverse background in a variety of industries enables him to quickly understand business challenges while breaking down tactical approaches that impact strategic success.

Lauren Carlson

Lauren Carlson

Advisor | People & Culture

With a diverse background working in leadership development, marketing, and entrepreneurship across multiple industries, Lauren brings a unique perspective to the team. At Velocity, she supports the development of pragmatic research-based strategies and training programs that bring solutions to the increasingly complex business problems facing today’s Senior Leaders. She also heads the company’s marketing and public relations initiatives.

Luke Berry

Graphic Designer

Luke is an intentional designer focused on bringing visual form and function to Velocity’s products. He has over 10 years of experience as a designer and art director working with some of the world’s largest brands. Luke’s clients and work have been featured by NFL players, entertainment celebrities, a Fortune 100 Airline, HGTV, major e-commerce brands, and more.

Matt Webster

Senior Advisor

Matt is a 1995 graduate of the University Of Florida M.E. Rinker School Of Construction Management. After earning his degree, he served four years and two tours in the US Army as a combat engineer. From 1999 to 2022, Matt worked for Charles Perry Partners Inc. where he worked on state continuing service contracts for over 20-years and was involved with large capital projects in excess of $100 million. He completed his career leading the company as an Executive Vice President and Principal/Owner. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Matt brings real-world knowledge to Velocity clients from the Construction Managers’ perspective.


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Michelle Goembel

Client Success Manager

Michelle has served clients in a multitude of industries throughout her career. Her background includes roles where she was responsible for project management, team leadership, account management, sales of customized training, executive membership sales and support, and development of a sales operations team. In every role, the ultimate goal was to improve customer engagement and satisfaction

Rich Shannon

Rich Shannon

Senior Advisor

Rich is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of construction management experience in both startups and established regional contracting firms.  Rich is passionate about helping Clients build high-performance and winning organizations with a focus on culture, strategic planning, recruiting & developing talent, risk management, financial management, software & systems implementation, and building highly successful project teams.  He is a licensed Florida General Contractor and an alumnus of the M.E. Rinker School of Construction Management at the University of Florida.

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Sarah Beth Blair

Marketing & Content Coordinator

Sarah Beth has a background in marketing and social media management. She brings energy, enthusiasm, and fresh insight into advancing Velocity’s social media presence. At Velocity, Sarah Beth supports content creation and the company’s marketing efforts. She has a passion and desire to share with the professional world the amazing things Velocity has to offer!

Tom Feledick

Senior Advisor

For over twenty-five years, Tom has worked with organizations in the US and globally to set the vision and execute roadmaps to strengthen market identity, operating effectiveness, and culture.  He is an executive who has successfully led Organizational Development and Corporate Strategy for several Fortune 1000 organizations, most recently IMS Health (now IQVIA) and the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.  Results have included significant improvements in sales, market leadership position, operating performance, and best-in-class employee engagement.  He has also been recognized for his ability to replicate the live, in-person facilitation experience virtually for a blended approach.

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Yvette Costa

Director of Coaching Services

With over 25 years in the biotech/pharma arena of the corporate world, Yvette is acutely aware of the shifting needs of businesses to strategically invest in programs that help employees accept and navigate change with a positive mindset. Her unique approach combines her corporate experience and additional training in a way that empowers employees to willingly take responsibility for themselves to be a productive and positive influence on all the teams they are a part of.

Velocity has seasoned executive coaches and senior advisors for every level of your organization.

Allison Halley

Allison Halley

Executive Coach

Allison is an accomplished and passionate Human Resources Executive who has shaped high-performing cultures at both start-up and Fortune 500 companies providing leadership, strategy, and execution expertise to drive employee productivity and development while maximizing organizational effectiveness. Throughout her career, she has developed and relied on her personal core values to navigate complex organizational situations and adapt to the ever-changing HR landscape across both employee and corporate needs.

Ana Ximenes

Ana Ximenes

Executive Coach

Ana brings a mindful approach to the human experience and the business dynamic. Whether it is coaching an individual, team, or company, Ana knows that improvement in one aspect of professional development, team dynamics, or business processes will have a positive effect on the whole organization. How profound or transformative it is will dependon the clarity and confidence that arisesin the execution of the actions taken to achieve the desired goal. Her approach will drive focus, clarity, confidence, and sustainability

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Barb Bergeron

Executive Coach

Barbara Bergeron has over 20 years of experience with training organizations and coaching executives to be more productive, by merging the latest research with traditional productivity and time management training. The result is a new approach to how we teach business leaders to leverage time and brainpower. Barbara’s solutions for her clients large and small, cut both costs and stress. Her client list includes numerous Fortune 500 organizations, such as Merck, QVC, ConAgra Foods, CertainTeed Building Materials, and Rohm and Haas.

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Chris Campbell

Executive Coach

Chris has 30 years of experience as a leader in the Software Technology and Client Services industries.  She has been a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Client Officer in private companies as well as held Senior Executive positions in publicly traded corporations.

Ed Forsberg

Ed Forsberg

Executive Coach

Ed Forsberg orchestrates transformations in clients’ organizations and in their leaders’ capabilities. Ed attributes his success to his ability to think like an architect, visualizing unique solution structures and recognizing the potential in leaders and their organizations that others find hard to discern. His clients span a wide range from Industry Leaders to Middle Market companies in dozens of industries. Ed isn’t climbing the ladder anymore; he’s holding it for others. 

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Gladys Williams-Tillmon

Executive Coach

Gladys Williams-Tillmon has over 30 years of leadership/development experience in the Corporate sector, sales, for-profit and non-profit worlds. She has held Executive leadership positions in Human Resources and Sales for a Fortune 200 company, led various seminars, certified with the International Coach Federation, certified Trainer, certified Change Management Instructor, serves on various Boards and was once featured in an edition of Ebony Magazines, Women at the Top.  Gladys’ mantra that she lives by is, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living has not been in vain.”

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Janet Swaysland

Executive Coach

Janet works with organizations from start-up to midsize and at all stages, with experience in sectors including professional services, life sciences, technology, retail, and manufacturing. Clients appreciate her ability to help them pinpoint where to focus, her inspiring yet firm style, and smart use of data, gained from leadership roles in corporate global environments.

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Ken Sher

Executive Coach

Ken is an Executive, Career, and Certified Life Coach with 28 years of experience leading and coaching individuals and leadership teams within Fortune 200 companies like Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ken helps his clients identify strategies and tactics to more effectively lead their organization to goal attainment while helping them find a balance that leads to a more fulfilling life both professionally and personally. He brings a practical and humanistic approach to coaching, focused on identifying corporate and individual goals, maximizing opportunities, and finding a life balance leading to increased productivity, career fulfillment, and improved employee engagement.

Leila Ansart

Executive Coach

Leila Ansart helps executive leaders navigate perpetual change by intentionally increasing their capability to adapt, align (and realign) their people strategy with their business strategy, and solve their biggest business pains and the challenges of leading a distributed work force. Leila’s diverse background and personal experience allow her to approach the ever-changing challenges that leaders face with a unique approach that helps shift perspectives and find adaptive solutions to problem

Rebecca Haley

Rebecca Haley

Executive Coach

Rebecca has 25 years of experience as a Human Resources executive in a wide variety of settings. She specializes in working with middle management to VP level to develop management and leadership skills and approaches that build relationships and increased employee engagement. Rebecca is passionate about supporting leaders in their ability to drive change and deliver results through partnerships and the creation and implementation of innovative initiatives.

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Tricia Seitz

Executive Coach

Tricia is an Executive Coach with 20 years of experience leading and coaching individuals within Fortune 100 companies. She is dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to maximize their potential through one-on-one coaching, webinar and classroom training, and organizational sales consulting. She specializes in systematic, skill-based development style coaching as well as “just-in-time,” situational coaching. Tricia brings a natural curiosity and a healthy dose of optimism to every interaction. Her style is direct, high energy, and action-oriented.

Vickie Bevenour

Executive Coach

Vickie Bevenour is a Leadership Strategist. Using her natural passion for excellence, she inspires and activates business professionals to use their Inner Leader, all day, every day, to become the top 2% in their world. Her mission is to pave the path for leaders to truly embrace and leverage their personal competencies into a series of achievements that translates into personal happiness, a purposeful legacy, and a world where living at the top of one’s game is a constant state of being.

Dave Fechtman

Strengthening leaders is our passion.

At Velocity, we get excited when our clients accelerate their success in ways that couldn’t have been achieved alone.

However, breakthrough business results are only part of the picture. The pay-off extends beyond senior leadership teams and into the lives of employees and the surrounding communities. By working directly with leadership, the impact we can have ripples out a long way.

Our commitment is to be your trusted partner on the journey to organizational success that benefits all.

Dave Fechtman, CEO