Who We Are

Ruhmann Associates is a management consulting firm dedicated to developing the leadership potential of individuals and organizations. We mentor and coach C-Suite Executives, Physician Leaders and Emerging Leaders.

We help organizations grow to be outstanding organizations by:

  • Making better hiring and promotion decisions
  • Building teams with a shared vision and values
  • Maximizing individual performance by growing leaders, not just managers

Rich Ruhmann, President

Rich Ruhmann, founding president, has more than twenty-five years of experience in organizational development, human resource consulting, leadership development, and personnel management. He has a diverse background having consulted with industry/manufacturing and service organizations, as well as education and governmental organizations.

Rich completed his Masters Degree in Psychology and Education from Kansas State College at Pittsburg, Kansas. He taught leadership at the US Army Service Schools, was the Senior Organization Development Consultant to the Commanders of the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division before retiring in 1983. Rich studied under Dr. Jim Farr, one of the leading pioneers in the field of leadership and organizational development, from 1983 until Dr. Farr’s death in 1999. Dr. Farr was the first director of the Center for Creative Leadership and president of Farr Associates for more than 40 years.

Rich has continued to seek out the most effective tools available to assist leaders and managers in the realization of their full potential. Certificates and certifications received include:

  • Certificate of Achievement from the Advanced Study of the DNA of Competencies
  • Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA)
  • Certified Professional Values Analyst (CPVA)
  • Certified in Path of Dialogue®
  • Certified to Administer and Interpret Benchmarks®
  • Certified in the Administration and Interpretation of Myers Briggs and FIRO-B
  • Certified in Transactional Analysis Personality Adaptations
  • Certified Personal Coach for Executives

Sharon Hickman, Program Manager, Administrative Assistant

Sharon Hickman joined Ruhmann Associates, LLC as Administrative Assistant in October 2007. Prior to coming on board with Ruhmann Associates, she spent 10 years in the direct mail marketing industry as a sales and marketing design specialist. She then had a 10-year career in the radio advertising sales industry. Since joining Ruhmann Associates, Sharon’s role has expanded to include Program Director, in charge of orchestrating the flow and production of assessments and materials needed for Executive Leadership and Team Development Programs conducted by Rich Ruhmann. At Ruhmann Associates, we work diligently to ensure that we have the best tools available on the market to help our clients maximize the potential of their people and their organizations. Her interest, enthusiasm and quest for knowledge necessary to best serve our clients spurred her to achieve the following:

  • Certified DISC Model Train-The-Trainer™
  • Certified Global Models and Benchmarking™
  • Certified Values Model Train-The-Trainer™
  • Compass Suite DISC, PASSIONS and Judgment Feedback and Training

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Marketing from NC State University. She continues to grow and develop her understanding of the assessments tools.

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“When I want to gain a significant insight in to how individuals will interact and relate to one other, I make sure we employ the teambuilding assessments available through Ruhmann Associates.”

Tom Campbell
Family Business Consultant
Raleigh, North Carolina