Gary Rush, IAF CPF | Leader in Structured Facilitation | Facilitator Trainer PDF Print E-mail

Gary Rush

FoCuSeD facilitation "Gary Rush, IAF CPF, Leader in Structured Facilitation | Facilitator Trainer, teaches you not only "how to"; he also teaches you to understand the "why" so that you can perform effectively."


Gary Rush, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF), is Founder & CEO of MG Rush Systems now MGR Consulting. Over the past 30+ years he has been a leading Group Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. He is the only person, still working, to create his own facilitation techniques - FAST revolutionizing it with FoCuSeD™ - a unique approach to structured facilitation transforming the facilitation industry. He has trained thousands of people from more than 18 countries, and has delivered his structured facilitation class in 8 countries within North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His students have gone on to become CEOs and CIOs, crediting their success to the people and process skills gained in his facilitator training classes. He has written numerous "how to" books covering facilitation, collaborative leadership, strategic planning, data modeling, etc. During a hiatus from consulting, he owned and was "Chef" of a highly acclaimed restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - MG Rush dba Miracles Restaurant.


Gary has facilitated significant workshops including the first strategic plan for the combined EDS/GM organization. He facilitated Star Alliance where they identified that in-flight Wi-Fi was possible - a critical service offering on airlines today.  He facilitated and trained Texas Joint Military Forces in Strategic Planning, creating their 2035 Strategic PlanReviewing this 4-page plan, the length of the U.S. Constitution, is now part of their monthly meetings - something they were unable to do previously. He is an IAF CPF Assessor and former IAF Chair. Gary also formed and led the IAF Chicago Chapter - the 2nd IAF Chapter to be established in the U.S. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and holds a BS in English Literature.

"He continuous to be the leading edge in the industry by continuing as a practicing Facilitator."


Selected creative achievements:


  • Creating his own Structured Facilitation Techniques - FAST and FoCuSeD™ - a revolution from FAST.
  • Becoming the leading facilitator trainer - having his facilitation technique used widely around the world.
  • Providing Facilitator training and coaching since 1985 - training more Facilitators worldwide in structured facilitation than just about anyone else.
  • Creating alumni who are amongst the most successful and influential Group Facilitators and Leaders - most attributing their success to what they learned in his classes and, the successful growth of Group Facilitation in Northern Europe is directly related to his alumni.
  • Implementing his group facilitation technique at numerous companies, including some of the largest in the world.
  • Influencing thousands of companies because of the consulting firms that he trained who use Group Facilitators with their clients.
  • Writing and publishing numerous "how to" books.
  • Becoming a Thiagi Certified Trainer enhancing his FoCuSeD Facilitator training through effective, highly interactive learning activities.
  • Developing and delivering many different classes plus numerous one-off classes for refresher training and user group training.
  • Successfully trained numerous Group Facilitators to teach his "FAST Session Leader Workshop" class.


"His alumni are amongst the most successful and influential Group Facilitators and Leaders; they often tell us how much Gary has changed their lives."


In 2004, Gary sold to Morgan Madison & Co. the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the FAST and FORM class materials and use them to provide The FAST Session Leader Workshop class - subject to royalties from 2004 to 2009. He signed an addendum that provided Kevin Booth, Founder, and Terrence Metz - 1999 FAST Session Leader Workshop class alumnus, the exclusive use of "MG Rush" identity - logo, internet domain, electronic mail addresses and telephone numbers (it did not constitute acquisition of MG Rush Systems, Inc.), and non-exclusive use of "MG Rush" customer and prospect list with known contact information and purchase history.  Gary transferred his facilitation know how to Terrence Metz to provide FAST public and in-house Facilitator training as of June 2004 as "MG Rush Performance Learning" a division of Morgan Madison & Co. (not affiliated with Gary Rush, IAF CPF).


In 2004, Gary ceased operations of MG Rush Systems now MGR Consulting and left the U.S. to pursue his dream of becoming a restaurateur - "MG Rush" dba Miracles Restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. After a one-year absence, he returned to consulting to continue his legacy as a recognized leader in the field of Structured Facilitation and Group Facilitation Training, changing his company name from MG Rush Systems to MGR Consulting.


In 2006, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) awarded Gary the IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation. In 2007, he became an IAF CPF Assessor, was nominated IAF Incoming Chair, and from 2008 - 2011, he Chaired the IAF.


In 2007, Gary created FoCuSeD facilitation and the FoCuSeD Facilitator Academy - the 1st Holistic Facilitation Technique.


Gary values what he does because he believes that the power and wisdom of people can change the world through Facilitation as his company mission states, "Leading Innovation 'n Collaboration thru Facilitation" - making Facilitation a way of business. Besides his family, his passions are cooking and making a difference in the world by encouraging innovation and collaboration thru facilitation.  He envisions a collaborative society that respects individualism and embraces diversity. logo


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September 2016 - "We hired Gary Rush at Aetna to provide training to our Enterprise Business Architecture team in 2011. I also individually attended his facilitation training in the late 80's/early 90's, worked as an independent consultant professional facilitator for many years, and earned a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation through the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). I highly recommend him as a trainer. He is a recognized leader in facilitation, and has adapted and responded to evolving changes in the business climate."

Nancy, Architect Advisor O&T: EA Business Architecture (FAST Session Leader Workshop by Gary Rush, IAF CPF & FoCuSeD Facilitator Academy alumnus)