Bob Gazich is a student of business and of people.
His successful career in sales and sales management taught him firsthand the importance and challenges of working with and leading others in a business setting. "Sales requires a closeness to the customer and an understanding of what customers need," Gazich reflects.
He became a student of how to work effectively with different personalities, manage conflict and achieve successful results. After 12 years in sales for a variety of industries from transportation to cellular phones, Gazich decided to formalize his interest and pursue a doctorate in counseling psychology.
Today, as a consultant with Hubler for Business Families, Gazich blends his 20 years of experience in sales management, psychology and education to help family businesses achieve their goals.
"When you examine who is contributing to the gross national product, it's a lot of family-owned businesses," Gazich says. "I like the challenge of helping families uncover their untapped potential."
"So much importance is put on leadership today," Gazich continues, "in both a good and not so good context. But it all boils down to the basics: good leadership is about character and competence." Gazich specializes in assisting adult children of business owners develop their career and leadership skills and provides ongoing coaching. He also provides succession planning services to family businesses in transition.
When he's not busy working with Hubler clients, Gazich teaches management courses at a variety of local universities, including the University of St. Thomas Center for Business Excellence and the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University.
He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, as well as a master's and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychologists and the American Psychological Association.
In his spare time, Gazich enjoys spending time with his wife and their three young sons, coaching youth hockey and baseball, and being active in their church and community.