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Farsyte was created by high-tech industry veterans excited by the performance impact delivered by skilled executive coaching, but frustrated with the state of coaching service providers. We envisioned an organization that was national, consistent, experienced in real-world business management and committed to operational excellence.

 

Wes Richards

CEO

Wes Richards is one of the founding Partners of Farsyte. Like all of our Partners, he brings a unique combination of hands on general management experience, years of experience interacting with top executives in the technology field and top academic training and experience in executive coaching.

Background

Wes is a product of the Midwest and a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Economics. Early in his business career, he developed a great appreciation for the value of leadership when he joined IBM. Through a fast paced career at IBM, Wes remembers fondly stops in places like Boca Raton, FL when the PC was in it’s infancy and ultimately, as having responsibility for all of IBM’s Channel operations in the central third of the US.

The skill and training Wes received at IBM proved valuable and in demand and he went on to hold key sales, marketing, and operations positions at Software Publishing Corporation and Ashton Tate during their years of market leadership.

In 1995, Wes took what he defined as a “left turn” and entered the world of executive search as a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles. He quickly became one of the top recruiters in technology with a list of clients that included Apple, Symantec, Google, Cisco and a number of top venture capital and private equity firms. In addition to recruiting, Wes was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and President of Leadership Services. This division of the firm focused on assessment and coaching for its global client base. It was in this position, that Wes developed his passion for coaching and an appreciation for the value it can provide to an executive and their company.

Most recently, Wes was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of the Technology, Media and Telecom Practice at CT Partners. As a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Wes was an active member of a team that managed the highest growth in the executive search industry in the last decade. This growth led to the firm’s IPO in late 2010.

Wes is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas – School of Management in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching. He is a Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

 

Rick Troberman

Managing Partner

Rick is a founding Partner of Farsyte. As a professionally certified coach, he practices the high-stakes art of helping talented people prepare for and succeed in senior roles that demand further professional growth. His interest in helping executives develop and succeed as leaders grew from his extensive background in executive management in the fast paced high tech industry and as a senior level executive search consultant.

Background

Rick’s career started at IBM Corporation in sales and sales management. He spent the next twenty years as an executive sales leader successfully building and leading high performance teams at Nynex, Software Publishing, Ashton Tate, Sirius, and Sterling Commerce.

Rick’s passion for being a top performing executive shifted in 1999 with the sale of Sterling Commerce to AT&T. His focus turned to evaluating and assessing executive talent. With Senior Partner positions at both Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry International, he built a successful search practice helping client companies evaluate and attract executive talent.

Working closely with executives in the search world fueled Rick’s interest in executive coaching and its ability to improve the lives of individuals and the performance of organizations. He was so impressed that he went back to school and got his coaching credentials. Today, he uses those skills to help executives enhance leadership skills, improve relationships, develop better self-management capabilities and manage conflict more masterfully.

Rick is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of the School of Management in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching. He is a Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

 

Rick Scherle

Managing Partner

Rick Scherle attended the birth of the digital age, and has been personally involved in many of the key technology advances of the last 35 years. His contributions include hardware and software design, distribution channels, public service, writing and speaking, and for the last 20 years, marketing strategy and implementation.

Background

In 1992 Rick was appointed as Director of Technology Business Development by the Governor of Utah. His successes there included creating 23,000 jobs through the commercialization of university, research lab and private sector technology. This so-called “Utah Miracle” made it the “#1 state to start a technology business”, and resulted in cover stories in Time, Money, Inc., and The New York Times. Rick was presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Economic Development for his achievements.

In 1994, Rick broke his neck in a surfing accident the same week he became president of computer memory company Kelly Micro Systems. Over the next year, Rick nursed both himself and the company back to full health, culminating in the profitable sale of Kelly Micro to a public company.

Rick went on to found one of the top 50 interactive agencies in the country, launching some of today’s biggest Internet successes. His commitment to managerial excellence and the development of every person in the organization led to the development of advanced software for recruiting and personnel management.

Rick is a student at UT Dallas, School of Management in Organizational Behavior, where he is working towards his certificate in executive coaching.

 


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