Rich Meiss, MBA has played a key role in people and talent development, holding executive positions with Personal Dynamics Institute, Carlson Learning Company (presently Wiley Publishing, Inc), The Bob Pike Group, and now President of Meiss Education Institute. He has personally trained over 75,000 trainers, presenters, employees and leaders, conducting workshops and seminars in over 150 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Africa. Rich works with clients from small to large businesses, government, education, non-profit and ministry and health care. He has worked in over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies in America.
Rich works with organizations in creating and delivering innovative training programs at the organizational level (coaching, meeting facilitation and teambuilding), and at the personal level (communications, leadership and train-the-trainer/presenter workshops). Rich easily warms up to his audience and is known for his ability to involve and engage participants through his interactive presentations and seminars.
Rich is the author of Coaching For Results and Powerful Presentations, and co-author with Becky Pike Pluth of six CORE books: Closers, Openers, Reviews and Energizers for Trainers.
Meiss Education Institute is a training, speaking and consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations capitalize on their human resources. We look forward to working with you to help you develop your most important resource… your people.
An educator by profession, with advanced degrees in education, numerous accreditations, and certifications to lead workshops and seminars, Barbara has been involved in teaching and training for over 35 years. She has served in leadership positions in business, nonprofits, and ministry. Her career has ranged from teaching in public schools to national training and management duties with major training corporations. Current profession includes Vice President of Meiss Education Institute, and Director of Leadership Development at Lead Like Jesus.
As Vice President and Co-owner of Meiss Education Institute Barbara is responsible for general management of all business practices, client relationships and financial fiduciary duties of the business. She oversees different areas in the organization, such as marketing/operations, and manages independent consultants that contract with the organization for a variety of services.
Barbara serves as the Director of Leadership Development at Lead Like Jesus, a non-profit organization that equips and empowers people to lead like Jesus. Her role at Lead Like Jesus involves developing curriculum, managing the training function and overseeing facilitator certification of workshops and assessments. With a servant heart striving always to lead like Jesus, she seeks to help others find their purpose and passion in life.
Barbara and her husband Rich have two adult married children and five grandchildren whom they enjoy spending time with. They reside in MN during the summer and AZ in the winter.
Rich is deeply admired by his peers, highly regarded within his industry and one of the true thought leaders in training and development that I have enjoyed working with. Having him on our team at The Bob Pike Group is an honor. I can highly recommend him.
-Becky Pike Pluth, M.Ed., DSP, MPCT, President & CEO at The Bob Pike Group
Rich Meiss is an excellent facilitator and trainer. The training course that he delivers for AICPA consistently rate as one of our top courses. Rich has a warm and engaging teaching style, and by modeling the techniques he teaches, he leaves instructors impressed with how much of the content they can apply to their classes. I highly recommend Rich for any organization.
-Chris Fleck, Senior Manager, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Rich is a highly gifted trainer and leader who continually demonstrates a tremendous capacity for business development. He is passionate about his work and is a true professional, but he is also blessed with a kindness and humility that inspires leadership in and through others.
-Chris Gardner, Technology Executive and Senior Pastor
Rich is indeed a Master Trainer! He is masterful at facilitating groups while teaching them new concepts and skills. I found him to be very effective in the way he connects with his audience and gets his message across. I would highly recommend Rich to anyone who is searching for a dynamic trainer.
-Adrianne Roggenbuck, Master Trainer, the Bob Pike Group
Rich has been an important part of our training efforts over the last 15+ years, training on topics ranging from Coaching, DISC TTT, Presentation Skills, Teambuilding and more. In that time he continually achieves the highest ratings among our many training efforts. Rich was recently selected as one of two co-facilitators to lead our Emerging Leaders program. I highly recommend Rich’s services.
-Kris Zilliox, Vice President, Ecolab Institutional Training, Global & North America