The 4th Gear Mission

Our mission is to help leaders, organizations and individuals transform their potential into results.

4th Gear Consulting is a partner who will work with your team, your culture, your budget and your aspirations to make your business more successful.  We help you build stronger leaders, accountable and fully engaged employees, and the capability to lead change better than your competitors. 

We work to help the people and organizations we partner with achieve everything they are capable of and more than they thought they could.


4th Gear Model

Why the Name 4th Gear?

Knowledge, skill and experience determine the potential of people and organizations.  They are the first three gears. But potential turns into results only when it’s driven by commitment.  Commitment is the 4th Gear.  Fully engage the 4th Gear and you shift from where you are today to where you could be.

Recent Gallup research shows that most companies are getting less than 40% of what they could achieve if their leaders and people were fully engaged.  Your organization very likely has many of the skills, knowledge and experience it needs for tremendous success.  Now it’s time to gain the full commitment of your people and transform that potential into results.


About Randy Hall

Randy HallRandy Hall, has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 25 businesses to small and midsize organizations, to help them effectively execute change, develop leaders, engage employees, and reach their full potential as a business.

Randy serves as a consultant, coach, and facilitator to help companies lead change and build organizations that engage employees, dramatically improve results, and sustain growth.

He leverages his sales, sales management and executive level experience to ensure that real-world change happens for 4th Gear Consulting’s clients.  He has created learning opportunities and developmental initiatives that enable leaders and managers to build and sustain high-performing teams and help capable individuals reach their full potential.

Randy has directly coached CEOs and senior leaders in ways that cause them to shift their perspective, consider new approaches, and ultimately become significantly more effective at leading people, teams, and businesses.

In roles such as Senior Vice President, Learning and Leadership Development at Bank of America and Global Director of Learning and Development at Pfizer, Randy has orchestrated and facilitated changes within companies. He now helps this happen for each and every client that engages 4th Gear Consulting.

He is uniquely positioned to coach, train, and support organizations and individuals who want to accomplish more, and who would like the support of an outside partner dedicated to helping them do just that. 


About Viive Ralston 


Viive is the detail-oriented operations manager at 4th Gear Consulting.  She handles all things back end, and loves every minute of it.  She is passionate about organization, facts and figures, and cares deeply for the 4th Gear clients; working hard to ensure that the client experience at 4th Gear is second to none.

With a degree in Art History and Economics from Davidson College, Viive began her career in financial services, but in recent years has found her passion working in operations for small businesses, helping them achieve sustainable growth.

In everything that she does, Viive brings her fundamental belief in the power of hard work, and a dry sense of humor.  On weekends you can find her roaming the Bechtler Museum in Charlotte where she lives, or jogging with her Siberian Husky.


About Bethany Swartz

bethanybiopicBethany brings with her a decade of experience in capacity building, leader development, as well as a lot of energy.  She believes that leadership is a decision to act and that sometimes the best leaders emerge from the most unsuspecting places.  

Bethany's greatest impact is on building a team mentality, improving employee engagement, and creating an atmosphere of accountability and fun.

Prior to joining 4th Gear Consulting, Bethany served as the Assistant State Director for Youth Villages, Inc, a national non-profit organization. In this role, she was responsible for the day to day operations throughout North Carolina including strategic planning and execution, employee development and training, talent planning, and contract management.  

Bethany holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Counseling, with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Management. Because Bethany believes in self development and growth through learning, she is now pursuing an MBA with a graduation date of August 2014.


About Sandi Grivat 

Sandi Grivat

Sandi Grivat is an independent leadership and communication coach.  She helps leaders grow across critical domains—of communication, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management—so they can lead from a place of grounded optimism and achieve desired results.

Before starting a coaching and consulting practice in 2011, Sandi was the Vice President, Communications / Executive Coach for the Executive Vice President of GE Financial / Genworth, for whom she translated a deep proficiency in communications into effective coaching and skill building. She also lead a team of communications professionals at Fannie Mae—during prosperous and tough times—to manage the company’s employee engagement and social responsibility efforts.

Sandi holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation with the International Coach Federation and is accredited with the Hay Group emotional intelligence instrument (ESCI).  She also has a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, and is accredited in Public Relations (APR) with the Public Relations Society of America.  Sandi has been contracting with 4th Gear for over a year, providing executive coaching to several 4th Gear consulting clients.