Areas of Expertise

Executive Coaching
Career Management/Outplacement
Organizational Effectiveness
Leadership Development
Building a Presonal Brand
Busniess Language Resiliency
Team Development

Functional Experience

Post-M/A Integration
Performance Management
Change Management
High-Potential Development

Industry & Sector Experience

Energy / Services / Financial
Manufacturing / Entertainment
Medical Devices / Hospitality / Telecom
Bio-Tech / Pharmaceutical / Aerospace

Fluent Languages

Italian (conversational)




Human Performance Technology
University of Southern California

Hogan Assessment Systems
Social Styles Personality Inventory

Rick J. Hernandez


With a combined 20 years of Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and Career Transition Services to C-suite, “High-Potentials” and executive teams, to front line individual contributors, Rick has designed and launched key business and culture-specific initiatives that increase leadership influence, career satisfaction and performance “Excellence.” His charter – inspire a heightened sense of personal awareness, strategic vision and empowerment, as expressed through his signature, “Conscious Leadership”® principles.

He is a Management Consultant, Author and Motivational Speaker whose business and career advisory experience is based on a “Whole-life” approach to produce results around career satisfaction and Organizational Effectiveness. Quality, Leadership Authenticity and Change Management are echoed in his recently published Amazon/Kindle book, “Creating a Culture of Excellence – The 3 Awareness’s.™ This work serves as a blueprint to growing businesses and markets in any economy. Woven within these pages, is where one captures the depth and philosophy of a personal brand built by assisting executive leaders, people and companies to navigate through change, career considerations and organizational challenges. Whether events resulting from restructuring and Mergers & Acquisitions to Job Search and Career Management, his focus on leadership credibility, communication effectiveness and ROI/ROT (return on investment/return on time), provide a strategic roadmap that is underscored by his transformational alignment model framed within Precision. Agility. Resilience.™

For over a decade, his “Winning Together”™ Leadership & Team Learning programs have helped companies improve efficiencies, costs/margins and reliability, by motivating individuals to raise the bar, and “Buy-In,” to business and organizational “Excellence.” Rick believes that People, Purpose and Process drive business results, value creation and market share, as improved morale leads to positive business and career choices. These, he feels, are a natural consequence to employee commitment and pride of ownership.

Formerly, Rick served as the Managing Director, U.S. West Division, for DBM, a global human capital consulting firm. Prior to joining DBM, in 1999, he was the founder and President of Syntesis International, a Leadership and Performance Consulting Group, offering services around leadership development, cultural integration, and experiential teambuilding. His focal point was to build effective team learning systems by enhancing synergistic leadership skills, vision strategies, and personal transformation. Notably, in 1999, Rick was recruited to launch and facilitate a premier management development series for Disney’s Global Leadership and Organization Development Departments, coaching “High-Potentials,” and mid to senior level executives identified for advancement within The Walt Disney Companies.

As an international Executive Coach, Career Advisor and Motivational speaker, Rick has served such notable organizations and individuals from such premier Fortune 50, 100 & 500 organizations as Intel, The Walt Disney Company, Nestle, Sony, IBM, Intel, Bank of America, Amgen, Caltech, Baxter, Motorola, Dole Foods, DWP, Verizon Communications, Hunt-Wesson, The Gas Company of Hawaii, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (NASA), Guitar Center, Wells Fargo, Cisco Systems, Anheuser-Busch, Harman International, Marriott & Hilton Hotels, Raytheon, Jafra Cosmetics, and Haas Automation.

He is fluent in three languages; English, French, Spanish, and can navigate conversational Italian.He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Theatre from the University of Northridge, California. Additionally, in partnership with ASTD, he received a certification in Human Performance Technology from USC.

Affiliations lie within his participation and support of ASTD, SHRM, PIHRA, NHRA, and as a Guest Speaker at such universities as U.C.L.A., Pepperdine, Claremont, and CSCI.