About RI

RI’s founders, Gil Brady and Jack McGuinness, have known each other since their plebe (freshman) year at West Point. They served as junior military officers and were fortunate to learn many great lessons in leading teams from a number of seasoned commissioned and non-commissioned officers and were fortunate to lead teams of some of the US Army’s finest troops. After serving, they took different paths – Gil in the pharmaceutical industry and Jack as a management consultant – that eventually brought them back together to form RI in 2009. 

We formed Relationship Impact because of our passion for unlocking the potential of leadership teams. We continually observe organizations that have outstanding executives who work hard and are committed to the success of the company – however; often times these executives aren’t on the same page, which contributes to the organization failing to reach its potential. Our approach challenges leaders and leadership teams to heights of learning and performance beyond their expectations.


RI Principals

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Gil Brady, EdD.

Gil works closely with clients and drives the innovation and shaping of the RI learning and development programs. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and following the completion of his service with the U.S. Army, he enjoyed a varied and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. He then served as principal of a private school, at which time he began to explore the concepts that have contributed to the Relationship Impact philosophy. He left his position as principal in order to pursue his doctorate in executive leadership and adult learning from the George Washington University which he received in February 2013. Gil has come to appreciate the essential role learning communities play in improving productivity and service in any endeavor and is much sought-after as a trusted counselor.


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Jack McGuinness

Jack McGuinness has 25+ years experience working with leadership teams at organizations big and small across multiple industries. After serving as an airborne ranger with the U.S. Army’s prestigious 10th Mountain Division, he helped build a successful boutique management-consulting firm where he served as COO for 13 years. Jack also served as CEO of a contract packaging company, where he developed a passion for unleashing the leadership capacity of teams throughout an organization. In 2009 Jack joined forces with a West Point classmate to form Relationship Impact, a consulting firm focused on working with CEOs to unlock the potential of their leadership teams. He also serves as a Senior Professional Instructor at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business where he teaches courses on strategic management and human capital. Jack holds an MBA from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College and a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


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Sal Farina

Sal brings a wealth of successful executive leadership experience to Relationship Impact with over 32 years of insurance agency executive experience of agency leadership. Sal is proven leader and leadership development expert, well respected throughout the insurance industry. Sal is both a student and teacher of the agency field management system. A former Zone Senior Vice-President for New York Life , Sal took over an agency in decline that was once a Flagship agency. At the end of Sal’s tenure the office had more than tripled in size in annual revenue. The agency won several NYLIFE national trophies for manpower growth, new organization sales and agent retention, including the coveted Chairman’s Trophy (First in class) in 2014 & 2015 and was the first agency in company history to receive a top compliance rating for 14 consecutive years. Sal has spent the last 4 years as an international high performance leadership development consultant. He holds a High Performance Leadership Coaching Certificate from Cornell University as well as an MSM (L) from The American College and a BS from the New York Institute of Technology.


RI Strategic Partners


Smart HR is a company built on the premise of offering innovative, world-class human resource services to our clients. Our commitment to innovation drives us to continually seek new ways to maximize the potential of our clients’ employees. Our clients love the way we work closely to help them reach their organizational goals. Smart HR was built from the client outward by asking employers what we could do to help them better manage the HR process. Our philosophies and guiding principles are based on the feedback we received and continue to receive from our clients.


TCI is a global professional services firm with a clear purpose: to help our clients create and maintain high performing teams and organizations. TCI was the first team diagnostic on the market, and has existed for nearly a decade. With the data from thousands of teams we have the formula for success. We know organizations must center their attention here in order to achieve improved results under the relentless pressure to do more with less. We have benchmarked thousands of teams using our proprietary diagnostic software. 


People are complex, and that can make interacting with people challenging. At times, it can make them downright difficult. TotalSDI is based on powerful yet simple approaches to helping individuals and teams develop the awareness and skills they need to build more effective relationships. It helps them sustain those relationships by understanding the underlying motivations of themselves and others under two conditions -- when things are going well and when there is conflict. Our approach helps people recognize they are free to choose behaviors that accomodate their values, while also taking into account the values of others. This dynamic and powerful way of looking at the motives that drive behaviors aids in building effective communication and productive work relationships