Our Team of Professionals
Our team of consulting and coaching professionals include highly credentialed business executives and senior practitioners in the areas of leadership development and organizational performance. They are able to demonstrate a balance of diverse and relevant business experience, an understanding of organizational dynamics, and proven executive level consulting and coaching capabilities.
Our career consultants have experience across a broad range of industries, including for-profit, non-profits, and educational institutions.
We work with clients across the full spectrum of functional expertise and organizational roles.
We are engaged with CEOs, Presidents, and Senior Executives in organizations that range from partnerships to the Fortune 100, start-ups to turn-arounds, rapid growth businesses to companies that are restructuring and downsizing, mergers to buy-outs.
Rod Bacon, President/CEO
Rod Bacon is the President and CEO of Torchiana. Prior to joining the company, he was President of The Advantage Group, an executive coaching and consulting firm supporting successful leaders in improving their leadership effectiveness. His background includes being one of the original founders and CEO of Media Publisher Inc. a venture-funded enterprise software company that grew into a successful organization and was ultimately acquired for more than $50 million by a publically traded company. His corporate background before this role included executive roles with P&L responsibilities from Fortune 500 organizations to startups.
Rod’s practical business experience dealing with the complex challenges of running a successful business blended with his extensive experience as an executive coach provide him with the critical skills needed to lead Torchiana.
Rod’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Haas School of Business, and Masters of Arts degree in Human and Organizational Communications from San Francisco State University. He also holds certifications in the Marshal Goldsmith coaching methodology and in the Meyers-Briggs Type Instrument.
Kristi Rocha, Vice President, Client Services
Kristi Rocha, Vice President of Client Services, is responsible for business development in the East Bay. Ms. Rocha has 20 years of experience in consulting services most recently at Spherion HCCG. Prior to moving to a business development capacity, Kristi has held operations and management roles as well as an entrepreneurial small business owner. She understands human resource initiatives and seeks opportunities to partner with employers of choice who lead retention and corporate sustainability efforts.
Kristi received her business degree from Saint Mary’s College, and a M.S. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. She has served on two non-profit boards and helped build a networking and job search group for senior level HR executives. Kristi is active in the local community. She has served two terms on the Economic Vitality Committee for the City of Pleasanton and chaired the pleasantonjobs.com (now trivalleyjobs.com) initiative. Currently Kristi is on the Pleasanton Unified School District’s Innovative & Creativity Committee.
Lynne Saiz, Vice President, Client Services
Lynne Saiz, Vice President, Client Services, is responsible for business development in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula. Lynne has over 20 years of experience in global high technology companies including internet, telecommunications and government contracting. Previously, Lynne was a Senior Consultant at Torchiana delivering career transition services. Prior to Torchiana, Lynne was a Director, Human Resources at VeriSign. Earlier in Lynne’s career, she held various Human Resources roles with Mitel and Network Solutions.
During her 21 year career, Lynne focused her expertise as a generalist, managing a variety of functions including recruiting, employee relations, and HR administration groups. Her broad experience includes training, M&A, leadership development and performance management. Her wealth of operational and organizational knowledge is of great value in partnering with clients to customize solutions in support of their strategic vision.
Lynne earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University, Radford, Virginia.
Mike Freccero, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Mike Freccero, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, joined Torchiana in 2005. Mike is responsible for all business development and client relations activities. Previously, Mike was the Area Managing Director for the Spherion Human Capital Consulting Group offices throughout the Western United States. Prior to joining Spherion, he was the General Manager of the East Bay and Sacramento offices of Lee Hecht Harrison. Before his transition into the career management industry, Mike had an impressive 20-year career with Bank of America. He held several key senior assignments in the retail branch system from Branch Manager to Area Manager. As an Acquisition Specialist, he successfully managed the due diligence teams that led to the acquisition of several S&L’s in the Southwest.
Mike also spent over 10 years in Human Resources as a generalist culminating as a Human Resources Director for a 5,000-employee business unit. Upon the acquisition of Security Pacific Bank, Mike was named Project Manager for all career transition services for impacted employees. He was responsible for the development and management of five career centers in California and Washington, and for coordinating outplacement services for executive level employees. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Davis with a major in Economics and a minor in Psychology.